Cribbage Tips for New Players


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Currently a student in college taking computer classes, Cody Gotchall is a graduate of Crescent Valley High School in Oregon, where he enjoyed studying mathematics, science, sculpture, and woodworking. When he is not busy with his studies, Cody Gotchall enjoys playing cribbage with his family, a game his father introduced him to when he was in third grade as a means to help him enjoy his math lessons. Here are some cribbage tips for new players.

1. Play toward the basic point-scoring hands, which include combinations of cards that add up to 15, pairs, and three-of-a-kind hands. As you advance in skill start playing toward other high scoring hands, including straights, which are made up of at least three cards in numerical order, and flushes, which involve having at least four cards of the same suit.

2. Throw the best cards you get to your crib, which include fives, any sequential numbers, and pairs.

3. Try to avoid providing your opponent with cards that can easily be used to make 15s, such as five and ten cards, when it is his or her crib.

4. Try to play fives as early as possible to avoid situations where they could be trapped and used against you by your opponent.


Even Housing Animals Temporarily Can Be a Big Help

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SafeHaven Humane Society


An Oregon native, Cody Gotchall currently resides in Corvallis where he continues to pursue college studies in science, technology, math, and engineering. Outside of his academic pursuits, Cody Gotchall is an active community volunteer and has lent his time to various organizations such as local churches and the Safe Haven Humane Society, where he enjoys helping animals.

For animal lovers, the desire to help homeless and rescue animals can sometimes be greater than one’s ability to do so, given their current life situation. Lending a helping hand, however, is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Even if a person can’t commit to housing a rescue or shelter animal on a permanent basis, there are still ways an animal lover can help local humane societies and other animal-welfare groups.

Many shelters are consistently filled to capacity. If a person can’t take home one of these animals and give them a permanent home, there are often programs in which one can provide a temporary foster home for an animal until it can be placed with someone permanently. Even a space like an extra bathroom or closet, where one can care for a cat and a newborn litter of kittens, for example, can mean the difference between life and death for several shelter animals, as taking care of them temporarily means that the shelter can open up extra spaces for needier animals. Then, when the shelter locates a suitable owner, they can refer animals located in the temporary foster home for permanent placement.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Eligibility Requirements

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American Red Cross

Linn-Benton Community College student Cody Gotchall is pursuing studies in business. Alongside his academic work, Cody Gotchall enjoys giving back to his community. He has been a regular Red Cross blood donor since 2012.

The American Red Cross allows most people in good health to make whole blood donations every 56 days. In most states, donors must be at least 17 years old to be eligible. In some states, 16-year-olds may also donate with parental permission.

Donors must be healthy and feeling well on the day they donate. They must weigh at least 110 pounds on the day of donation, though donors under the age of 18 may need to weigh a little more depending on state law.

Donors who meet this criteria will be evaluated prior to collecting blood. Some factors, such as current medication use or recent vaccinations, may render a prospective donor ineligible on that day. Other factors, such as sexual and travel histories, may also preclude some people in some circumstances. These factors will be discussed with Red Cross staff on the day of donation. To learn more, visit: