Brewster community blood drive January 20th; Open burning begins 1/15 in Wellfleet; Barnstable vaccination clinic 1/14; Wellfleet COA inclement weather reminder; Sheriff's Office blood drive January 14th; $40,000 in grants available in Yarmouth

Sheriff's Office's blood drive set for tomorrow, January 14th

Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings’s office will be hosting a blood drive tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It will be at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility (BCCF) in Bourne.  The facility is located just outside the Bourne gate to the Massachusetts Military Reservation, which is near the Bourne National Cemetery.

Walk-ins are welcome.  They have contributed to the Office’s six prior blood drives and so “make a positive difference in an activity where the need is always critical,” Sheriff Cummings noted.  “We’re hoping for another strong turn-out both from walk-ins and from our own staff.  Employees have been  a reliable pool of donors in the past and I’m sure they will be again.”

The blood drive’s other sponsor is the C-Lab at Cape Cod Hospital.  This guarantees that all blood collected on Friday will stay on Cape.

Donors should park in the lot designated for visitors and enter BCCF’s front lobby. 

To get to the facility, take Route 28 (either direction) into the town of Bourne.  At the Massachusetts Military Reservation rotary, follow signs leading to the base and to the Bourne National Cemetery.  Once past the cemetery entrance (on your right), make the clearly marked U-turn just before the base gate.  Those with base access and who enter at the Falmouth or Sandwich gate should exit at the Bourne gate and take an immediate right once they’re off base.

Courtesy of the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office.

Barnstable multi-vaccination clinic to be held tomorrow, January 14th

The Town of Barnstable will hold a multi-vaccination clinic on Friday, January 14, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barnstable High School Field House, 744 West Main Street in Hyannis.

Free vaccinations including Influenza, Pneumonia, and Tdap will be available.  The vaccinations will be offered to Barnstable residents at no charge. Pre-registration is necessary to obtain an appointment. Pre-register online here. If you require assistance with pre-registration, call the public health division office at 508-862-4644.

Courtesy of the Town of Barnstable.

Open burning begins January 15th in Wellfleet

The Town of Wellfleet has announced that the open burning season will begin on Saturday, January 15, 2011 and will continue through 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2011.

A permit from the Wellfleet Fire Department is required before any burning is done, and burning is only allowed when the Wellfleet Fire Department determines that the weather conditions are safe. 

No permits will be issued before January 15th.

Permit holders must call the Wellfleet Fire Department on a special open burning line each day to find out whether or not burning is allowed. 

Click here for more information on open burning and to download a permit application.

Courtesy of the Town of Wellfleet.

Brewster community blood drive to be held January 20th

The Brewster Police Department is sponsoring a community blood drive on Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brewster Police Department, 631 Harwich Road.

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment to donate blood.

Wellfleet Council on Aging inclement weather reminder

The Wellfleet Council on Aging has issued an inclement weather reminder.  The COA operates on the same schedule as the Nauset School system. If school is canceled in the Nauset School District, all programs at the COA will be canceled as well.

Although programs will be canceled, the center may still be open. It is recommended that you call the center at 508-349-2800 to confirm that they are open prior to heading out in bad weather.

Town of Yarmouth announces $40,000 in available grants

The Town of Yarmouth has announced up to $40,000 in funding for the marketing and production of special events, programs and projects that promote Yarmouth as a tourist destination and which strengthen community character.  Grants are funded through the Tourism Revenue Preservation Fund, established by Special Legislation and funded annually through room tax receipts.

Funding is intended to encourage the establishment of new or expanded events, programs or projects and may not be used to supplant existing funding for ongoing programs/activities.  Funding is administered through the Department of Community Development.

Applications are due by February 25, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at the Community Development Office, located at Yarmouth Town Hall, 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth MA 02664.  Grant application and other relevant materials are also available here.

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