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The City of Portsmouth, Sanitation department, wishes to announce the trash pick-up schedule for the holidays.

Trash will be picked up on regular days except for Monday, December 25th. Monday’s trash will be picked up on Saturday, December 30th. All other trash days will remain the same.

Bill Beaumont, Public Service Director

The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.” Because of blood and platelet donors, Wissen will celebrate the holidays with her three children and husband.

In December, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give the most important gift – give blood and give more life. To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets Dec. 21, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 15-31 SCIOTO COUNTY:

Franklin Furnace

12/21/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., STAR Community Justice Center, 4696 Gallia Pike

12/28/2017: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Big Sandy Superstore-Distribution Center, 8375 Gallia Pike


12/19/2017: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Valley High School, 1821 State Route 728


12/26/2017: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 4th Street


12/30/2017: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Rarden Community Center, 1663 Main St, ST RT 73


12/27/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wheelersburg Middle School, 800 Pirate Drive

Ohio River Valley American Red Cross

DEC 2017 Blood Drives & CPR Class Schedule

Tues. 19th – Valley High School (1821 State Route 728, Lucasville, OH 45648) – 9a-2:30p – Call 259-5551 to make an appt.

– Christ United Methodist Church (150 Portsmouth Street, Jackson, OH 45640) – 12:30p-6p – Call 740-286-3419 to make appt.

Thurs. 21st – Star Community Justice Center (4696 Gallia Pike, Franklin Furnace, OH 45629) – 9a-2p – Call 740-354-9026 to make appt.

Fri. 22nd – Adena Pike Medical Center (100 Dawn Lane, Waverly, OH 45690) – 11a-3:30p – Call 740-947-6350 to make appt.

– Heartland of Riverview (7743 County Road 1, South Point, OH 45680) – 11:30a-4p – Call 740-894-3287 to make appt.

Tues. 26th – Portsmouth Community (at All Saints Episcopal Church – 610 4th Street, Portsmouth 45662) – 12p-5:30p – Call 740-354-3293 to make an appt.

– Hope United Methodist Church (219 East 1st Street, Wellston, OH 45692) – 1:30p-6p – Call 740-384-2663 to make appt.

Wed. 27th – Wheelersburg High School (800 Pirate Drive, Wheelersburg, OH 45694) – 11:30a-5p – Call 740-574-2515 to make an appt.

Thurs. 28th – Big Sandy Superstore Distribution Center (8375 Gallia Pike, Franklin furnace, OH 45629) – 10a-3:30p – Call 740-574-2113 to make an appt.

– First Church of the Nazarene (Jackson) (251 Powell Drive, Jackson, OH 45640) – 1p-5:30p – Call 740-286-2864 to make an appt.

Sat. 30th – Rarden Community Center (1663 Main Street, Rarden, OH 45671) – 9a-1:30p – Call 740-372-6212 to make appt.

How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site

PHSS Course Schedule

Thursday 14th – Adult First Aid, CPR & AED – 6pm-7:30pm – Online & Classroom – $88.00 OR

Adult & Pediatric FA/CPR/AED – 6pm-7:30pm – Online & Classroom – $108.00 To register for classes, please visit