News Bits — October 7, 2010

Type O negative blood needed 

The American Red Cross has launched local public appeals for blood donors to combat a decline in the number of people giving blood this month. The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region is currently in desperate need for Type O negative and new blood donors to help them be good stewards of the blood supply.

City of Rockford offers fall tree planting program 

The City of Rockford will once again be offering a 50/50 fall tree planting program. Residents who are interested in participating in this program are asked to contact City Hall to make arrangements for the type and location of the tree to be planted. The City offers this program for parkway trees, where the City pays 50 percent of the cost and the resident pays the other 50 percent for the trees planted between the sidewalk and curb area. Once the chosen location is determined to be appropriate for a parkway tree, the City will schedule Miss Dig in advance of City crews planting the trees.

Trees to be offered as part of this year’s fall planting program will include Superform Maples at a cost of $40 per tree to the resident, and Red Sunset Maples at a cost of $50 per tree. This program is available to City of Rockford residents only. Please contact City Hall at (616) 866-1537 to reserve your tree today.

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