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News & Notes: May 8 issue

May 7, 2014

Some hazardous items not accepted

Franklin — Veolia Environmental Services, 10518 S. 124th St., will no longer accept certain hazardous items at its dropoff site.

antifreeze, motor oil, oil filters, batteries, medicines, sharps, latex paint, water based glue, empty containers, fertilizer without weed killer or propane tanks.

Items accepted at household hazardous waste sites include lead-based paint, oil-based paint, stain and varnish, glues with solvents, compact fluorescent bulbs/lamps, thermometers and thermostats with mercury, fertilizer with weed killer, rodent and insect killer, brake cleaner and solvent-containing products that have the words flammable, combustible or contains petroleum distillates on the label.

Residents may drop off household hazardous waste from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/hazardouswaste or call (262) 896-8300.

Foundation gives $19,000

to educational programs

Oak Creek — The PPG Industries Foundation donated nearly $19,000 to four educational programs in Milwaukee. Each grant was made on behalf of PPG's coatings manufacturing facility in Oak Creek.

The recent grants helped Milwaukee Area Technical College provide manufacturing-related education programs,Oak Creek Public Library Foundation enrich the library's children and young adult department, Zoological Society of Milwaukee provide education and enrichment programs; and Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District send female middle-school students to an engineering summer camp.

"We hope this funding helps each of these organizations continue to offer unique educational opportunities in the Oak Creek and Greater Milwaukee areas and expand their valued efforts," said Jack Marshall, plant manager at PPG Oak Creek.

NM noted as long-term blood drive partner

Franklin — Northwestern Mutual's annual employee blood drive on May 6 reached a "life-saving milestone," according to BloodCenter of Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization specializing in blood services.

The latest blood drive pushed Northwestern Mutual to more than 28,500 blood donations from company employees over the span of five decades.

Northwestern Mutual, which has campuses in downtown Milwaukee and Franklin, first sponsored blood drives with BloodCenter of Wisconsin in the 1950s, longer than any other organization in the state.

"Because one blood donation can enhance or save the lives of three patients, it can be estimated that the employees at Northwestern Mutual have impacted the lives of more than 75,000 patients — a remarkable achievement," said Todd Abner, BloodCenter vice president of donor relations.

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