Geisinger seeks blood donors

SCRANTON - Geisinger Blood Center, the community blood services provider for Geisinger Health Systems in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, is asking donors to endure the brutal wintry conditions and donate blood over the next week. This will allow Geisinger Blood Center to replenish blood needed for area patients that could not be donated due to recent bad weather and the holidays.

"First and foremost, we want our donors to be safe in these winter conditions and to visit us when they feel safe traveling," says Mike Quint, director, Geisinger Blood Center. "But we need more blood donations to rebuild our community blood supply to appropriate levels to ensure high-quality patient care."

Extreme conditions have impacted the area serviced by Geisinger Blood Center, prompting donors to miss scheduled visits at the blood bank's mobile blood drives and community donor centers.

"Winter weather is expected to continue to negatively impact our blood donations," Quint said. "Patient needs don't change with the weather. That's why we're asking our donors to overcome the conditions and safely make their way to donate at one of our many mobile drives."

For a list of drive locations and hours, or to schedule a new appointment, visit

Community watch meetings set

ASHLAND - The Ashland Community Watch group will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 35 N. Ninth St. Upcoming events and items of concern will be discussed. Residents, business owners and representatives of local organizations are urged to attend.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the church. For more information, call 570-875-4190.