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Red Cross reports blood supply shortage

The Red Cross believes a blood supply shortage may be linked to economic malaise and the presidential race.

Currently, Red Cross officials report only a three-day supply overall and only a day's supply of Type O-negative blood -- the type most frequently requested by hospitals.

A list of donor centers and blood drives can be found at www.Donate Those donating blood during October are eligible to win a high-definition TV valued at $1,000.


Highway Department sets rules for leaf pickups

Amherst residents may rake their leaves and brush them out to the curb for pickup by Highway Department crews through Nov. 30.

Leaf piles may contain leaves and grass clippings only. Brush should be set out separately.

Mixed piles of leaves and brush will not be picked up because they cannot be composted, Highway Department officials said.

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