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Archive for November, 2012

Join Us for Our Christmas Under the Clock Open House, Saturday, December 1 from 5:30-9 pm.

Please join us this Saturday, December 1, for our Open House and Customer Appreciation evening from 5:30-9 pm during Christmas Under the Clock. We will have lots of food (cookies–YUM) and the small glass bottles of soda that everyone loves.

We will also be signing folks up for the $500 VISA gift card that UPCO (Uptown Plain City Organization) and the Village of Plain City are giving away to one lucky winner. You can enter to win at all participating open house locations during Christmas Under the Clock. The more open houses you visit, the more chances you have to win. Pick up a map at the first open house you visit to locate all of the other places holding open houses where you can enter to win the gift card.

You can also get an extra ticket and chance to win the VISA card if you bring a non-perishable food item or toiletry to the Plain City Food Pantry, 156 West Main Street.

The drawing for the $500 gift card will take place at 9 pm at the Plain City Historical Society.

Here at the drugstore, we will also be giving away an iPod Touch (over a $300 value) to one winner, 12 years and older. So stop in and sign up to win the VISA gift card and an iPod Touch!

Robin Terry Yoders will also be in the store from 6-9 pm to sign her most current Christmas ornament, which features the Plain City Auction. If you have ornaments from previous years that you would like to have Robin sign, please bring them along. You will also be able to purchase ornaments from past years here in the pharmacy and at the Plain City Historical Society, 111 West Main Street (next to Security Bank), during the Christmas celebration. The ornaments are $25 each and are limited to 50.

While our open house kicks off at 5:30 pm, Christmas Under the Clock actually gets under way at 5 pm with the Tree Lighting Ceremony downtown in Bicentennial Park (the Flatiron). There will be local carolers, choirs, baton twirlers, the Jonathan Alder Band, and Santa himself at the Tree Lighting. The tree will be lit up by the Tree Lighting Ambassadors, winners of the Christmas Coloring Contest.

Once you’ve been dazzled by the tree lighting ceremony, head over to the Plain City Auction to bid on Christmas decorations and gift baskets. The bidding only lasts about an hour, so don’t delay. Proceeds from the auction will be split between UPCO and the Plain City Food Pantry.

You can then take a horse drawn wagon ride to Yoder’s True Value Hardware for photos with Santa. On your way, stop by the Plain City Library for live music with Classical Sounds and the Friends of the Library’s Book and Novelty Sale. The sale will include holiday novelties, as well as an enormous book sale in the library’s large meeting room. The sale will continue through December 8.

Rock on Ice will be doing ice sculpting in Bicentennial Park following the Tree Lighting.

For more information on the 11th Annual Christmas Under the Clock celebration, go HERE or HERE. You can also click on the poster below to make it larger and get all the vital information you’ll need!

We also want to send out a huge thank you to Julie Weaver for all that she does for Christmas Under the Clock and UPCO all year long. Julie took over on a lot of the Village activities a few years ago when Joe and I became a bit burnt out. So thank you, Julie, for keeping this wonderful tradition going! We appreciate all that you do so much!

Over-The-Counter Cough Treatments. By Our Pharmacy Student, Matt Hammond.

Hi, everyone, it’s Matt, the student pharmacist here at Plain City Druggist for the month of November. Cold season is upon us and few things can be more frustrating than dealing with a pesky cough. Since there are numerous over-the-counter (OTC) formulations available, picking the right medicine to treat your cough can be a chore in and of itself! Cough medications available over-the-counter can be separated into two main categories: expectorants and suppressants.

After reading this post, you’ll be able to make an informed decision to choose the appropriate medicine to treat your nagging cough.

Expectorants are cough medications used to thin mucus present in the airway so that coughing may more easily remove the mucus. Thus, expectorants help to make coughs more “productive”–meaning coughs can get rid of the accumulated mucus. If it feels like you have a lot of congestion in your lungs and throat but can’t seem to cough it up, choose a cough remedy containing guaifenesin. Common products with guaifenesin include Mucinex® and Robitussin®. However, several “store brand” generic formulations are also available and are usually placed right next to the comparable name brand products.

Antitussives are cough medications used for suppressing non-productive coughs. Coughing that is dry and hacking in nature is considered non-productive.  To stop that annoying cough, look for products containing dextromethorphan. Common products containing dextromethorphan include Delsym®, a 12-hour extended-release formulation, and Robitussin DM®. Generic formulations of these products are also available. Benadryl® or its generic, diphenhydramine, is another medication which may be used to help stop coughs. This medication is best used at night around bedtime, as it tends to increase drowsiness. Cough drops containing menthol, as well as applying Vicks VapoRub® around the nose, can help to soothe the throat and lower the urge to cough.

There are also several alternative treatments that don’t use medication which you can try alone or together with the above remedies to help relieve your cough. Hard candy can help stimulate saliva production, reduce throat irritation, and may reduce coughing. Some new OTC cough treatments use honey as the active ingredient and may be especially useful to children between one and two years of age who cannot take expectorants and antitussives. Humidifiers and vaporizers work to increase the amount of moisture in the air of a room and can help to soothe irritated airways. Finally, simply increasing your fluid intake, especially water, can help to loosen phlegm and make coughs more productive.

If you still have questions about the best way to treat your cough after reading this article, please stop in and talk to one of our pharmacists here at Plain City Druggist!

Great Gift Ideas to Help Animals, Including the 2013 Black and Orange Cat Foundation Calendar!

First off, as we are heading into the holiday season, I wanted to make everyone aware of an easy item you can pick up at your local PetSmart or online at www.petsmart.com. Each year, PetSmart Charities promotes two plush toys, Chance the Dog and Lucky the Cat, that they sell for the holidays. The toys sell for $5 each and make great gifts for your pets, kids, or as donations to local shelters, rescues, Toys for Tots, or other charitable organizations. PetSmart donates 10 percent, or 50 cents, from the sale of each toy to their charitable foundation, PetSmart Charities. PetSmart Charities then gives that money out to local rescues, shelters, and other organizations working on behalf of homeless animals. This money is currently going to help the animals struggling after Sandy’s impact on the East Coast.

Fifty cents might not seem like much, but if everyone buys a Lucky or Chance toy, that money will quickly add up to help the animals. Black and Orange Cat Foundation has received a grant from PetSmart Charities in the past and that money all came from donations made by people like you (usually as you checked out at the register for your own pets) and from folks purchasing items like these two super toys.

Order Lucky the Cat online HERE.

Order Chance the Dog online HERE.

Secondly,  the 2013 Black and Orange Cat Foundation calendars are fresh from the printer (a big thank you to Tim Wilson and Melissa Noble from Wilson Printing and Graphicsin London for putting this fabulous calendar together for us).

If you are ready to purchase calendars for the holiday gift giving season, you can do so in one of three ways. The calendars are $20 each.

1. Stop in the drugstore any time during open hours and buy a calendar for $20 (no tax!).

2. Order on the B and O web site under the special PayPal button that is set up about halfway down the home page. Shipping costs will be included. Shipping is $5 for 1-5 calendars; $10 for 6-10 calendars; slightly more as you order larger quantities. Look for the photo of the calendar on the home page and follow the instructions to order. You can use a credit card or a PayPal account to order this way.

3. Download a handy order form on the Black and Orange web site or do it right HERE. Send that back in with the costs of calendars and shipping and B and O will mail the calendars back to you. This is for those people who don’t want to use a credit card, but would prefer a check or money order.

Thank you to all of you who are supporting the kitties by purchasing a calendar!

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Joe and I want to wish everyone a very peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Please note that Plain City Druggist will be closed on Thursday, November 22, in observance of the holiday. We will re-open on Friday, November 23, at 9 am. If you have an emergency or need anything while we are closed, please call the after hours number: 614-240-8421. If Joe does not call you back within an hour, call again and leave another message with your phone number.

Here are the top five things we are most thankful for this year:

1. All the wonderful people we know–friends, family, customers, business colleagues–each and every one of you add something to our lives and we are thankful that our paths crossed.

2. Community Support–we could not still be in business after 13 years without the support of those in Plain City and neighboring areas who choose to walk through our doors and support a local business!

3. Passion–Joe and I are so fortunate to be doing what we love with our lives!

4. Good Health–because we see so many people without it, Joe and I are very glad to be healthy. We wish for good health for all of our patients.

5. Plain City, Ohio, United States, Planet Earth–we are so thankful to live in such a lovely place in the most wonderful country on this beautiful planet.

Thank you to everyone reading this blog posting. We appreciate your continued support of us and the pharmacy!

The vintage artwork featured comes from the following sites:

http://vintageholidaycrafts.com/thanksgiving-crafts-free-vintage-greeting-cards/

http://www.luckypalm.com/2009/vintage-thanksgiving-postcard-free-clipart/

2012 Robin Terry Yoders’ Ornament Features Plain City Auction House!

Robin Terry Yoders (Robin recently married) decided to feature the Plain City Auction House on her annual fundraising ornament. There are only 50 of these hand painted, signed, and numbered ornaments available. This ornament is the eleventh in the series.

A limited number of these ornaments are currently available, as well as ornaments from previous years that highlighted Plain City’s other historic buildings and sites, including Bicentennial Park (2003), Farmer’s Bank (2004), the Grandstand (2005), the Train Depot (2006), the Presbyterian Church (2007), the Methodist Church (2008), Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church (2009), Big Darby Baptist Church (2010), and Canaan Middle School (2011)

We also have burgundy ornaments from the Bicentennial in 2002 featuring the clock for $10. Please note, these ornaments are not part of Robin Terry Yoders’ series. They were made just for Plain City’s Bicentennial.

We currently have the 2012 Robin Terry Yoders’ ornaments here at the drugstore. They are $25 each and all proceeds benefit the Plain City Historical Society this year. We also have limited numbers of ornaments from 2003 to 2009. Unfortunately, the ornament that featured the Clock Building in 2002, and was the first ornament in the series, is no longer available, as it sold out. Ornaments from previous years are $25 each.

Ornaments from 2003 through 2009 can also be purchased at the Plain City Historical Society, located next to Security Bank at 111 West Main Street in downtown Plain City. The Historical Society is open Tuesdays, 10 am to noon; Thursdays, noon to 3 pm; and Saturdays from 10 am to noon. You can stop in during those times to purchase ornaments or stop by during Christmas Under the Clock.

Robin Terry Yoders will also be signing the 2012 ornament in the drugstore at Christmas Under the Clock on December 1 from 6-9 pm. Stop in and have Robin autograph your 2012 Plain City Auction ornament and also pick up any ornaments you may have missed  from previous years.