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Archive for May, 2011

Rabies Vaccinations For Dogs and Cats Being Given Throughout Union County on Sunday, May 22.

On Sunday, May 22, from 1 to 4 pm, you can take your dog or cat to various locations throughout Union County to receive rabies vaccinations for $7. The vaccines can be given to dogs and cats four months of age and older. Those animals under four months will not be vaccinated.

The locations where vaccines will be administered in Union County include:

* Coughlin of Marysville

* Union Township Fire Department

* Northern Union County Fire Department

* Liberty Township Fire Department

Unfortunately, there are no locations in Plain City at this time. Dr. Allen of Pleasant Valley Vet Hospital used to kindly donate his time to give the vaccinations at the fire station here in town, but he was not asked to do that this year.

These instructions are very important to keep in mind before bringing your pet:

1. All dogs must be on a leash and controlled by an adult.

2. Each owner is responsible for the control and conduct of their pet at the clinic.

3. Payment can only be made with cash or a check made payable to the veterinarian on site. No credit cards.

4. The veterinarians, organizations, and volunteers involved in sponsoring and conducting the clinics assume no responsibility for accidents occurring to either animals or people at the clinics.

Additionally, dog licenses will be available at all four locations. This event is being sponsored by Union County veterinarians, the Union County Humane Society, and the Union County Health Department.

Kelly Presented Her Partner for Promotion Project at the College of Pharmacy.

On May 18, Joe and I attended a dessert reception at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy for the Partner for Promotion program. Plain City Druggist is involved in the Partner for Promotion program. Joe acts as a preceptor for the pharmacy students who work on advanced patient care service projects during their final year in pharmacy school. The students who choose to participate in this program are real go-getters, as they don’t receive any extra credit for doing this. They do, however, learn a lot for their futures as pharmacists. They also really have to be able to manage their time well. The projects usually establish programs in community pharmacies that can continue to work after the students are no longer there. These programs include diabetes clinics, OTC counseling programs, cholesterol monitoring, and other important health services that patients need.

Our pharmacy student and soon-to-be pharmacist, Kelly Hawk, did a Partner for Promotion project as a fourth year pharmacy student this past year at Schieber Family Pharmacy in Circleville, Ohio. Working with owner and pharmacist, Larry Schieber, and pharmacist, Karlyn Neff, Kelly’s project was called “Prescription to Quit” and provided tobacco/smoking cessation counseling and education to smokers who wanted to end their habit.

Kelly (on the end at the right) with other Partner for Promotion students.

Kelly not only set up the program, but she also began a collaboration with Berger Health System in the Circleville area to create a new class series called Stay Quit Tobacco Treatment Program. With this collaboration, Schieber’s will be able to provide medication counseling for patients trying to quit and then recommend them to the Berger classes for behavioral counseling. Studies have shown that for people to successfully quit smoking, they need changes in behavior along with medications to help them stop. Kelly will actually be teaching a class in this series on June 1.

We are so proud of Kelly, who will be graduating from the College of Pharmacy next month. She is going to be a wonderful pharmacist and we are proud that we had something to do with that!

Kelly with Pharmacist Larry Schieber of Schieber Family Pharmacy in Circleville, Ohio.

Weekend of May 20-21 Offers Bargains and History!

Whether you are looking for a good deal or a bit of history, Plain City will offer both on May 20 and 21.

On Friday, May 20 from 8:30 am to 5 pm and on Saturday, May 21 from 8:30 am to 3 pm, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will hold their annual rummage sale with all proceeds benefitting the St. Joe’s Youth Group. The money raised will help fourteen Youth Group participants attend the 2011 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis in November.

The rummage sale will be be held at the Parish Activity Center (PAC), 670 West Main Street (behind the fire station).

Items can also be donated to the rummage sale by dropping off at the PAC on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18 between 9 am and 3 pm. Or call to set up other times for drop off.

For more information, contact Kelly Jacobs, 614-873-8850, ext. 18.

If you are looking for even more great deals, the Country Closet Thrift Shop, located at 299 South Jefferson Avenue (next to the bowling alley), will be holding a “Summer Stuff Sidewalk Sale” from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 21. So hit the church rummage sale and then visit the sidewalk sale for lots of eco-friendly (you are keeping these items from hitting the garbage dump) bargains.

Both sales also support good causes. The Country Closet Thrift Shop is one of many Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) endeavors in which the proceeds are used “locally and globally to meet basic human needs and work for peace and justice.” As their slogan says, “Where every purchase is a gift to the world.”

On Saturday, May 21, UPCO (Uptown Plain City Organization) and the Plain City Heritage Group (PCHG) are partnering to present Plain City Heritage Days. The event, which will run from 9 am to 4 pm in two locations both downtown and on Jefferson Avenue (next to Der Dutchman Restaurant), will feature displays and products commonly seen in our area in the past. An emphasis will be on the Amish culture in Plain City with demonstrations on basket weaving, quilt making, blacksmithing, and more.

For a full list of events, please click on the poster above to make it larger (you can also print it out and display it for others to see) or visit the UPCO web site HERE.

Union County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, May 19, at Union County Courthouse.

Chief Hill of the Plain City Police Department recently invited Joe and me to attend the Union County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm. Chief Hill is the featured speaker at the event, which will take place on the Union County Courthouse North Lawn, 221 West 5th Street in Marysville. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and remember those officers who have died while serving.

Chief Hill also sent us over the official invitation (you can click on it to enlarge it) and the press release, which I have included here, by Pamela K. Millhoan, the Communications Officer for the Marysville Division of Police.

For more information, you can contact Ms. Millhoan at pmillhoan@marysvilleohio.org or by calling 937-642-3900, VM 2015.



“May 15th is Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week of May 15th is National Police Week. Thursday, May 19th at 7 p.m. Union County residents are invited to honor the memory of two local officers who died in the line of duty.

“The Union County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony is an annual tribute to those who serve. The site of the ceremony is at the statue which stands on the north lawn of the Union County Courthouse and Sheriff’s Office, a year-round reminder of the sacrifice some law enforcement officers have given.

“The lives of Sergeant Roger Beekman and Sheriff Harry Wolfe of the Union County Sheriff’s Office will be remembered at the ceremony. Sergeant Beekman gave his life in service on September 19, 1979 while responding to an alarm. Sheriff Wolfe was killed while he was investigating a burglar alarm on January 21, 1982.

“On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. According to preliminary reports by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the state of Ohio is one of the top five states for law enforcement fatalities this year. As of April 25, 2011, five Ohio officers have given their lives in service.

“A news article published April 11 titled, “Why are more police officers getting killed?” Bob Orr of CBS News reported that 26 officers had been gunned down, which showed a 44 percent increase since the 18 shot and killed at the same point in 2010. Preliminary 2011 Fatality Statistics as of April 25, 2011, total fatalities have experienced a 27 percent increase since the same time last year.

“Chief James Hill of the Plain City Police Department is the featured speaker for the law enforcement memorial. Chief Hill graduated from the Central Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in July 1991, is a graduate of the 37th Session of the Law Enforcement Foundations Police Executive Leadership College and the 237th Session of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. He has served the Plain City Police Department for 18 years; first as a patrol officer, then in 1998 he was promoted to Sergeant. He became a Lieutenant in 2004, and has held the position of Chief since July, 2008.

“The musical performance will be the Jonathan Alder concert band, of Plain City.

“Officers from all area agencies will participate in the ceremony as a tribute to those who have given their lives, and to honor their dedication for service.

“The public is invited and encouraged to attend the memorial ceremony. May we honor the lives of peace officers killed in the line of duty and those who continue to protect and serve the community.

“Sources and for more information about National Police Week and National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Day:

Happy Birthday on May 15 to Our Good Friend, Mary Andrews Mitchell.

We cannot forget a lovely lady and special friend who will be celebrating her birthday on Sunday, May 15. Happy Birthday, Mary Andrews Mitchell!

Mary has been so good to Joe and me the whole time we have had the drugstore. Mary always tells Joe that if he had only presented her with his business plan for the pharmacy while she was in charge at Citizens Bank, she would have approved the loan without hesitation. Instead, Joe went to her competitor!

Although Mary is retired now and has slowed down some, she still keeps herself busy. The one thing she did recently to save herself some time and hassle was to cut off her beautiful, long hair. We really like the shorter style, because it looks so classy.

Mary’s birthday falls very close to Joe’s so we always try to have a dinner date to celebrate all of our birthdays. We hope we’ll be able to continue that tradition this year.

Happy Birthday, Mary. Thank you for being a good friend. We hope you will have many, many more happy days.