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Park board has vacancy after Mike Ragsdale withdraws; blood drives on tap soon

CPRD taking applications for board position

The board of directors for the Chehalem Park and Recreation District is accepting applications to fill Mike Ragsdale's position on the board. Ragsdale announced recently he is stepping down from the board three months before the end of his term.

"That term concludes in June so his board-appointed replacement would serve at a minimum for three regularly-scheduled meetings in April, May and June," said Kat Ricker, CPRD public information director.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. April 16. Applications are available on the board's website at www.cprdnewberg.org/general/page/board-directors and can be submitted to Ricker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, call Ricker at 971-832-4222.

Despite pandemic, blood still needed

The American Red Cross will hold blood drivers in the area in recognition that although a pandemic continues throughout the world, the need for blood and blood products for diseases and maladies other than COVID-19 continue.

Donors can schedule an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.

To be eligible, potential donors must have two forms of identification to check in, must be a minimum of 17 years old (16 if accompanied by a parent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.

In Newberg, blood donation events will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Newberg High School, 2400 Douglas Ave.; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St.; noon to 5 p.m. March 26 at First United Methodist Church, 1205 Deborah Road.


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