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Thursday, May 22, 2003

Local events - "55 Alive" mature driving program 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Deaconess Billings Clinic, to register, call 255-8440

United Blood Services seeks donations With Memorial Day just around the corner, United Blood Services encourages people to make a special effort to donate blood.

This weekend marks the beginning of the summer season, which is traditionally a tough time to get blood donations because people go on vacation and are busy with other activities.

"To ensure an adequate community blood supply through the long Memorial Day weekend, we need more people than usual to donate blood over the next several days," said Sharon Weatherwax-Ripley, United Blood Services community-relations director. "We're hoping for a very safe weekend, but the blood supply must be ready for the worst."

UBS is the community's nonprofit blood provider. In recognition of the holiday, UBS will give a free patriotic T-shirt to all who donate at the main center at 3000 Seventh Ave. N. on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. If you can donate, call 248-9168. All blood types are needed. Donors should remember to bring their IDs.

Speaker planned for Memorial Day ROUNDUP — Col. Gary Shick, the U.S. property and fiscal officer for Montana, is guest speaker at the Memorial Day program in Roundup. The Roundup High School band also will take part in the program, which begins at 9 a.m. Friday at the War Memorial on the south end of Main Street. The Revs. John Bennett, Patricia Harant and Carter Havner will present prayers.

Battlefield to hold Memorial Day event CROW AGENCY — Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument plans to pay homage to American veterans, active-duty personnel and casualties from the nation's wars during ceremonies on Monday at Custer National Cemetery.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. Keynote speakers will be Loren Yellowbird, a descendant of Custer's Arikara scouts and National Park ranger from the Fort Union National Historic Site.

Assisting in the ceremonies will be the American Legion, Hardin Post No. 8; Veterans of Foreign Wars, James Louk Post No. 7481; and the Northern Cheyenne Vietnam Era Veterans, Morning Star Chapter. If the weather turns bad, ceremonies will take place in the Visitor Center.

Following tradition, the approximately 5,000 graves in the cemetery will be decorated with miniature American flags by 160 school students from surrounding area schools.

Flowers placed on the graves during the weekend must be removed no later than the following Sunday, June 1. Custer National Cemetery is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Effective Monday, the cemetery and monument grounds will be open until 9 p.m. Entrance is free.

Aerospace program available for teachers The Civil Air Patrol has a limited number of free aerospace-education program memberships for professional educators joining the educational program.

Teachers from all public and private schools in Montana are eligible for this free membership.

Applications are available at school offices, from the Billings Education Association office in downtown Billings or from Beartooth Composite Squadron at 652-7268. The applications deadline is June l.

The purpose of the program is to support motivated teachers who desire to introduce aerospace-education curriculums in their classrooms.

Civil Air Patrol is the officially recognized civilian volunteer auxiliary of the Air Force and is a member organization of the National Coalition for Aviation Education.

The aerospace-education office at Civil Air Patrol's National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama can also be contacted via e-mail at aeadmin@capnhq.gov for more information.

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