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Archive for May, 2011

The Lucky Cat Brings Good Luck to the Pharmacy.

Our newest employee, Chiaki Honda, recently gave Joe a very unique gift for his birthday. Called “Maneki Neko” or the Lucky Cat (sometimes also the “Beckoning Cat” or the “Fortune Cat”), the ceramic figurine depicts a traditional calico Japanese Bobtail and is placed in the entrances of businesses to bring luck, fortune, and customers through the doors. Joe put ours on the front counter so customers could see the little cat.

The Lucky Cat has a paw raised, which looks like she is waving, but in Japanese culture is a gesture of beckoning or pulling good fortune and customers to you. Sometimes the left paw is raised, sometimes the right. Some businesses have mechanical cats and the paw actually moves.

The cat is also usually depicted wearing a collar, bib, and bell and holding a gold coin called a “koban.” The coin ties into the belief that the cat brings fortune and many of the Lucky Cats are used as “piggy banks.”

To read more about the origin of the Lucky Cats, please go HERE.

When Joe and I were in Philadelphia last fall, we actually saw a Lucky Cat in the window of a home on Elfreth Alley. Elfreth Alley is “our nation’s oldest residential street” and people have lived there for hundreds of years since the eighteenth century. The Lucky Cat in this window had an arm that moved back and forth and Joe and I thought it was waving to us, since we did not know the origins of the cat. There was a little shop next door to the house, so I wonder if the cat was bringing luck to that business? Of course, I made Joe take a photo, since it was a cat.

We want to thank Chiaki for such a lovely present and for wanting to help make the pharmacy even more successful.

With my love of all things feline, I can think of nothing better to guard the pharmacy and bring us luck than a Lucky Cat.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We would like to wish everyone a very happy Memorial Day weekend. We also want to take the time to thank those who have served their country in the past or who are presently keeping us safe with their military service. Among those current service members we send blessings to are: Airman Tony Wilson, our cousin in the Army, Brandon Blanton, and Chuck and Carol Gaul’s grandson, Adam, who is a Marine.

Please remember that the drugstore will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of this holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 31, at 9 am and will be open regular hours. If you have an emergency over the holiday weekend, please do not hesitate to page Joe by calling 614-240-8421.

Have a very blessed and peaceful holiday remembering those you love.

Thank You to Tony Bonacci for An Awesome Pharmacy Picture.

We have to thank Tony Bonacci for bringing in this really cool pharmacy picture for us. The picture, which shows a pharmacist compounding a medication, will be hung in the compounding lab where we house Midwestern Compounding Pharmacy.

Joe jokingly asked Tony if this was one of Tony’s old pharmacy professors.

If you didn’t know it, Tony Bonacci is also a pharmacist. Although, he has let his pharmacy license lapse (we begged him not to so he could work in the pharmacy, but he decided he had more important matters to take care of with Saint Joseph’s church and his work as a deacon), Tony still keeps up with things at Ohio State. Tony was the assistant dean at the College of Pharmacy when Joe went to pharmacy school there.

Tony was also absolutely essential in getting my sister, Bobbie, into pharmacy school. Bobbie had made a mistake on her application and Tony checked on it. When he found out the problem, he had Bobbie correct it and, immediately afterward, Bobbie was accepted into the program. Without Tony’s help, however, we would not have known what was wrong and Bobbie would not have gotten into the program that year. She might not have ever become a pharmacist.

So thank you, Tony, for all the things you have done for us over the years and for giving us this really awesome picture!

Dale Rausch Named Lion of the Year.

On Monday, May 16, Lions Richard Baas, Melvin Boerger, Ray Merrill, and Ben Cosgray went to The Gables in Marysville to surprise Dale Rausch with the plaque announcing that he was “Lion of the Year” for the Plain City Lions Club. Dale’s wife Rosemary, and his son, Phil, were also at the presentation.

We can think of no better person to receive the Lion of the Year award than Dale, who is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Dale is Grandpa to Racine and Kayla Hostetler, who both used to work in the drugstore (and have now gone on to bigger and brighter futures).

Congratulations, Dale. You truly deserve this award.

If anyone would like to send Dale a card, you can mail it to: The Gables at Green Pastures, 390 Gables Drive, Marysville, Ohio 43040-8358.

We know Dale would love to hear from his friends in Plain City.

FREE Job Training Designed to Get Union County Residents Back to Work.

I recently had this information sent to me from Candace Watson, the Public Relations Director at the Union County Chamber of Commerce:

“Just in time for economic recovery, Columbus State Community College has partnered with the Union County Employment Resource Center, the Union County Chamber of Commerce, and local firms to offer three weeks of free training for Union County residents interested in employment in the logistics field. The training, scheduled to begin June 6, 2011, will take place at the Union County Services Center at 940 London Ave. in Marysville. Limited seating will be available. Individuals must have a high school diploma or equivalent, be legally able to work in the U.S., and successfully pass a drug screen and criminal background check. To register for an orientation, please contact Keith Wollenberg, Columbus State Community College, by calling 614-287-5845 or emailing kwollenb@cscc.edu.

“LogisticsART, which stands for Attract and Retain Talent, is a U.S. Department of Labor grant-funded program designed to train dislocated workers and unemployed individuals, as well as Veterans, in basic logistics concepts and provide them with the tools necessary to obtain employment. The training is tailored to meet the workforce needs of businesses at entry to mid-level positions within warehouse, distribution, and related logistics positions. In addition to Union County, the program is available to participants in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Madison, Morrow, Licking, and Pickaway counties through February 2013.

“Benefits for individuals include a free training program, a certificate of completion, and exposure to a number of employers. Additionally, they can apply three credit hours toward other applicable educational options at Columbus State Community College. Businesses benefit by getting employees who have been pre-screened and pre-trained; therefore, reducing training and recruitment costs!”