The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O. The Red Cross currently has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV . Those who give blood or platelets now through January 19th, will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl. The Super Bowl will be Sunday, February 2nd in Miami. The Red Cross bloodmobile will visit two locations in Mifflin County later today. You can give the “Gift of Life” today at St. John’s Lutheran Church on North Main Street in Lewistown from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm, and at the Community Hall on Main Street in Allensville from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
Flu season is in full swing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find that all regions of the country are seeing elevated levels of flu-like illness. The CDC estimates that so far this season, there have been at least 4.6 million flu illnesses, 39,000 hospitalizations and 2,100 deaths from flu. High levels of the flu were found in 25 states. The flu was moderate in a few others, including Pennsylvania.
PennDOT has placed two radar-controlled speed display signs on Route 655 (Main Street) in Menno Township, Mifflin County. The signs are in place to remind motorists to use extra caution when traveling in winter conditions. The signs face northbound and southbound traffic between Knepp Road and Bean Tree Lane. The posted speed limit along this section of Route 655 is 55 miles per hour. Motorists are reminded to slow down, and increase following distances when travel is necessary in winter conditions.