From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 27, 1971:
At a recent Lawrence City Commission meeting, the Red Cross Board, represented by Chuck Lanning, had presented plans for building a new room in the Community Building to be used as a permanent blood collection center. The city had been without a permanent blood center since August and was currently using a bloodmobile several days a week. In other actions by the commission, city manager Buford Watson had asked and received approval for allowing city water bill payments at Rusty's Food Market in North Lawrence. Commissioners had also approved by a 4-1 vote an ordinance limiting the explosion of fireworks next Independence Day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., July 2, 3, and 4.