Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on February 28, 1980 · Page 6
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 6

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, February 28, 1980
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p oge 6 — Tuesday, June 18, 1985 / ^fc? 3ttbtana (gazette By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN PennDOT management personnel recognized DEAR ABBY: Regarding the woman who wanted to "build up a blood bank in case someone in my family needs a transfusion." You responded: "It makes sense to me, and so does the idea of giving one's own blood to store at the blood bank in case a family member needs a transfusion." Abby, there are several problems with this concept: Blood banks do not operate like money banks: One cannot simply put biood away and draw it out at the time of need. Instead, the nation's nearly 4 million patients whose lives are saved by transfusions each year depend on the selflessness of a steady stream of donors who come into the blood bank regularly, to give blood for anyone who might need it. Even if blood could be stored beyond its 35-day outdating period, it is "highly unlikely that there would be sufficient numbers of units of the right type to meet transfusion needs from the immediate family. The American Association of Blood Banks, the American Red Cross and the Council of Community Blood Centers have jointly recommended against donors routinely specifying who will receive their blood, stating that a widespread attempt to "direct donations" would seriously disrupt the nation's blood donor system because donors might refrain from routine blood donations while awaiting requests to provide specific individuals with blood. Additionally, the organizations stated that there is no scientific basis for the assumption that blood from family members is any safer than that available from volunteers at community and hospital blood banks. Our'nation's blood donor system is based upon generous individuals giving blood to their local blood bank for patients in need, whether or not those patients are friends or family members. Please. Abby, encourage your readers to pay a visit to their local community or. hospital blood bank and make a life-saving donation. The faceless patients whose lives depend on volunteer donors will thank them! - GRACE M. NEITZER. PRESIDENT, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF BLOOD BANKS DEAR GRACE NEITZER: Thank you for your informative and timely letter. Blood is in very short supply these days, and donors are desper- ately needed. This morning I received this heartwarming letter: DEAR ABBY: Ever since you reminded your readers to donate blood, I have made it a point to donate blood on my birthday. It makes me appreciate being healthy enough to give blood. I consider it my birthday present to myself. " - BALTIMORE BLOOD DONOR DEAR ABBY: I have recently become engaged, and my fiance and I are planning a very small wedding. I've invited a few close friends from work, but not everyone I work with. What should I say when people who aren't invited ask, "Am I invited?" I don't want to create any hard feelings. - TONGUE-TIED IN TEXAS DEAR TONGUE-TIED: Untie your tongue and say, "I'm sorry. It's going to be a very small wedding." DEAR ABBY: Two years ago my niece (by marriage) sold'me a ring with a tiny diamond in it for $400. She said she "needed" the money, and although I had no use for the ring, I bought it just to help her out. Last summer, my 17-year-old granddaughter who lives out of state came to visit me. I had not seen her in four years, and was so delighted with the way she had matured, I gave her the ring. When my nephew and his wife found out about it, they hit the ceiling. You would think I had committed some kind of crime. They said it was a family heirloom - I had no right to give it, and they demanded that I get the ring back "in case" they wanted to buy it back from me someday. When I bought the ring, I wasn't told it was an heirloom, and I have no intention of asking my granddaughter to return it. Am I right or not? Please settle this. - FAMILY FEUD DEAR FEUD: When you bought the ring, it became yours to sell, give away or wear in your nose if you so chose. And since nothing was mentioned about its being a "family heirloom," you cannot be faulted for your actions. Tell your nephew and his wife if they want to "buy" it back someday, they can make your granddaughter an offer. It's her ring Secretary of Transportation Tom Larson recently presented Management Awards to 55 Department of Transportation Managers, including four from District 10. Awards were presented at a dinner ceremony in Mechanicsburg. The District 10 honorees included: William A. Altimus, Plans Engineer; Ken Lippman, Maintenance & Programming Engineer; Betty Serian, Community Relations Coordinator and Rick Hogg, Maintenance Manager for Armstrong County. William Altimus, 81 East Pike, Indiana, was recognized for his leadership abilities as the district's Plans Engineer. As plans engineer for the last 21 years, his hard work and dedication have allowed the Plans Unit to meet the demanding deadlines and yearly letting schedules. His management abilities, coupled with his vast experience, have helped sustain superior performance in the Plans Unit. Specifically, he was recognized this year for the dedicated service he and his unit provided in preparing design plans for two sections of Interstate 80. These plans were completed under a tight schedule and provide for approximately $50 million of improvements to Interstate 80. "Bill has given the department 38 vears of dedicated service," District Engineer Bruce Speegle said. "For his dedication, service and expertise, he is truly to be commended. Ken Lippman, 219 Courtland Rd., Indiana, was recognized for the excellent manner in which he performs his duties as maintenance programming engineer. He is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of many programming responsibilities for improvement of the district's highway and bridge system. In addition to being recognized for the excellent manner in which he performs his assigned functions, he was specifically recognized for his coordination duties in assisting the district in developing its Four Year Business Plan — a plan which outlines the district's direction during the next four years. Lippman spearheaded the plans development from inception to completion and at the same time performed his assigned duties. He has 17 years of service to the department. "Ken is recognized by his peers as a conscientious, dedicated employee who can be counted on to get any job done," Speegle said. "For these reasons, and in particular his management of the Four Year Plan process, Ken was an excellent choice for this award." Betty Serian, 240 Carpenter Ave., Indiana, the district's community relations coordinator, was the district's third management award recipient. Serian, who has been with the department for four years, was recognized for her achievements in administering the district's public affairs and legislative relations programs. Her accomplishments have led to niticeable improvements throughout the district in both the public affairs and legislative relations area. In addition to being recognized for performing her assigned duties in an excellent manner, she was recognized for her assistance on a number of projects serving statewide interests. "Betty's excellent public relations abilities, her total commitment to department goals and countless hours of work, including innumerable hours of her personal time, made her a deservant candidate of this award." the district engineer said. The fourth management award recipient was Richard Hogg, maintenance manager for Armstrong County. Hogg was cited for his excellent management and leadership abilities. Specifically, through his planning efforts, more than 100.000 gallons of skin patching and 14,000 gallons of crack sealing work was performed last year to improve the county's roadway system. In addition to being recognized for his achievements at the county level, he was also recognized for his involvement in. numerous committees and task forces on a state-wide level. "With the assistance of a strong county organization and an exceptional" work force. Rich has helped to make a substantial improvement in the overall condition of Armstrong County's roadway and bridge system," Speegle said. "These improvements were accomplished by careful planning, motivation and fiscal conscientiousness." Hogg has been with the department for 12 years and resides at Kittanning RD 7. "While we cannot recognize everyone who has made important contributions, these managers deserve considerable credit for some of the accomplishments the department has made over the past year," Larson said. INDIANA LIONS CLUB JULY 4TH,1 P.M. 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