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Blood Drive Set For Today

The Community Blood Bank will host a blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. today at UPMC Chautauqua, 207 Foote Ave., Jamestown. Traditionally, winter is hard on the local blood supply due to cold and flu season, as well as inclement weather forcing the Community Blood Bank to cancel blood drives. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to add an additional stress on the already strained blood supply. Due to the ongoing pandemic, around 30% of the Community Blood Bank’s blood drive partners are forced to cancel their routine blood drives. The blood bank will also host a blood drive from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Village Healthcare, 4600 Route 60, Gerry. The Community Blood Bank partners with hospitals in Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York to provide blood for patients in need. Individuals are eligible to give blood if it has been 56 days since their last donation; they are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent); weigh at least 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo or body piercing in the past three months; are in good general health and do not have a cold or the flu. Donors must have a valid photo ID in order to donate. Prior to donating, those giving blood should eat a good, solid meal and drink at least 18 ounces of water. For more information visitfourhearts.org or call (877) 842-0631.

Parks Panel To Hold Meeting

The Chautauqua County Parks Commission will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom on Thursday at 4 p.m. The meeting will be streamed live on the Chautauqua County government Facebook page. Contact judithhunt1@aol.com for the link to be included in the meeting.

Baby Cafe Joins Nationwide Effort

The Jamestown Baby Cafe’, located at 31 Water St. and housed at the Community Helping Hands Building, joined the nationwide collaborative efforts on safe communications while adhering to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines by going virtual with the help of a grant from the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York to purchased new iPads and iPhones. The new equipment will help the staff continue to work with clients effectively through this pandemic. The Baby Cafe’ is a nonprofit agency designed to assist woman with every aspect of breastfeeding to achieve better health outcomes for children impacted by poverty, but not excluding children and mothers of all incomes. For information on lactation counselors, call 720-1778 or 720-1743 Tuesdays or Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gas Prices Are Up In Area, City

Gas prices in Jamestown are 12 cents higher this week at $2.751, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Motorists are filling-up to some of the most expensive gas prices seen in more than a year. On the week, 66% of state averages spiked by double digits (10-22 cents), driving the national average up by 13 cents to $2.63. That is the most expensive national average since October 2019. The two major factors at play are rising crude oil prices and the forced shutdown of Gulf Coast and some Mid-West refineries due to last week’s winter weather. While domestic gasoline stocks are at a relatively healthy level, the shutdowns have tightened supply nationwide. Close to 40% of U.S. crude production is offline because of the refinery closures. Two dozen impacted refiners are expected to restart operations this week, if they haven’t already, which means that regular gasoline deliveries will resume, and impacted stations will be re-fueled. While prices will likely remain volatile until crude production is back to normal levels, large spikes at the pump are likely to subside.

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