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      Blood donation center opens in Liverpool

      Long-time blood donors are giving good reviews to the new Red Cross Blood Donation Center. 'Night and Day' says Mary Ellen Hughes of the new center, in the old Sears Hardware building on Route 57 near Glenn Crossing in Liverpool.

      "The people are the same," she says, but she likes not having to drive in city and Interstate 81 traffic. She also likes that individual televisions are attached to each of the donation beds, so there is no more looking up to the sets suspended from the ceiling, which were shared by several donors.

      Claudia Cropper, the center's supervisor, says the move was quick. They packed last Wednesday, moved Thursday and were open for business Friday. The move had actually been planned for months, with the old center, on the south end of downtown, to be demolished to make room for the new Centro bus hub.

      There have been trucks and cranes in the old parking lot as engineers perform test borings in preparation for construction. There's also a sign in the old center's window advising of the location change, but Claudia says schedulers have been telling donors, and they have also mailed out reminders to regulars.

      The new center has the same number of donor beds, but it's more open, with more space. The waiting room is also bigger, with a fireplace and large screen TV. It'll be open seven days a week.

      To donate call 1-800-RedCross or visit