Eastern Courier : June 3rd 2011
2 EASTERN COURIER, JUNE 3, 2011 NEWS Office Ph 272 7017 Fax 265 1285 Editor Janet Taylor email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Manager Stuart Palmer email: email@example.com Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 39,297 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Wednesday/Friday to Beachlands, Botany Downs, Bucklands Beach, Burswood, Cascades, Chapel Downs, Chapel Heights, Cockle Bay, Cumbria Downs, Dannemora, Donegal Park, East Tamaki, East Tamaki Heights, Eastern Beach, Edgewater, Farm Cove, Golflands, Half Moon Bay, Highland Park, Howick, Huntington Park, Maraetai, Mellons Bay, Northpark, Ormiston, Pakuranga, Pakuranga Heights, Point View Park, Sacramento, Shamrock Park, Shelly Park, Somerville, Sunnyhills, Whitford. Includes Rural Delivery area: Howick RD. 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki. P.O. 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Specials valid until Sunday only $899 $379 $1299 $299 89c $159 Special $399 Ginger Chuek Steak Red Globe Grapes Rump Steak Bose Pear Fuco Coconut Juice 520ml Fresh Flower Nong Shim Noodles 5 pack kg kg ea kg kg kg pack Planting day Nature lovers are being encouraged to lend a hand at Howick's Mange- mangeroa Reserve on Saturday. The reserve's 20-year restoration plan is about half done -- unstable cliffs and eroding gullies are now protected by thriving vegetation. Young native trees will be supplied for planting but volunteers should wear gumboots or solid footwear and bring a spade. Access the res- erve off Somerville Rd. Planting starts at 9am. Blood donor happy to give gift of life Gift of life: Blood donor Richard Woodward encourages others to give. Photo: TAYLOR MOSEN By TAYLOR MOSEN Richard Woodward is a regular blood donor who has made help- ing out somewhat of a routine. Mr Woodward, 23, has donated 27 times in the past eight years. I do it because if I ever need blood, I want to feel like I've earned it,'' the Howick elec- trician says. It's not hard work and every pint of blood saves two lives.'' World blood donor day is June 14. New Zealand Blood Service donor recruiter Bob Richmond says: It is definitely a day to donate, but it's more about cre- ating awareness. Our donor basis is shrinking every year -- we need more young people. We try to keep track of donators after they finish school but it's difficult.'' Mr Woodward has an O-negative blood type which is universal so ideal for donating. People who are O-negative are strongly encouraged to donate regularly but Mr Rich- mond says there's always a demand for all blood types. More than 42,000 New Zea- landers need blood or blood products every year. The blood service has three donor locations in Epsom, Manukau and Takapuna as well as a mobile facility. Mr Richmond says to donate just make an appointment or walk-ins are welcomed too. He says the whole experience takes only half an hour with the actual donation time being between five and 10 minutes. That's including a cup of tea and a biscuit of course.'' Mr Woodward urges others to take advantage of world blood donor day this year. It's easy and convenient.'' The donor centre is at Unit B, 13 Cavendish Drive, Manukau. Phone 263-4667. -- Taylor Mosen is an AUT journalism student Heat goes on electric blanket checks By STEPHANIE FAWCETT Blanket warning: Senior fire risk management officer George Stephens with a malfunctioning electric blanket. Photo: STEPHANIE FAWCETT GUIDELINES Turn off your electric blanket when you get into bed Ensure they are fitted in compliance with the manufacturer's instructions and secured to the mattress Do not fold electric blankets. Roll them up when storing to prevent kinks in the wiring Inspect your electric blanket regularly and if you have any doubts about its condition get it checked by an electrician Have your electric blankets regularly serviced by a qualified electrician Have working smoke alarms in every living area of the house ''just in case''. When the cold weather sets in, the electric blankets come out. And however warm and toasty they make our beds, the New Zealand Fire Service wants to remind people of the dangers. In 2010 there were 19 elec- tric blanket fires across the country -- the lowest recorded in 10 years -- and the Fire Ser- vice is hoping to see that downward trend continue. Senior fire risk manage- ment officer George Stephens says most electric blanket fires over the past decade involved blankets bought before 1990. The law changed in the early 1990s and all electric blankets had to have heat pro- tection built into them. It's been a major contributor to the downturn in electric blan- ket fires,'' Mr Stephens says. But he still wants people to be aware that newer blankets can also cause fires. If an electric blanket has heat protection built in then the blanket itself won't start a fire but there's no protection in the lead or the controls of the blanket. They can still cause fires from having frayed cords, faulty connections or cords caught under bedposts and things like that.'' The Fire Service advises people to still get their electric blankets checked and to watch out for any danger signs. Visit www.easterncourier. co.nz to hear George's safety message.
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