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Archive for July, 2013

64th Annual Miami Valley Steam Show will Feature Vintage Garden Tractor Club of America from July 18-21.

The 64th Annual Meeting of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers will take place from Thursday, July 18, to Sunday, July 21 in Pastime Park in Plain City. This year, the 2013 show will feature the Vintage Garden Tractor Club of America National Expo. Also featured will be the Antique Truck Historical Society and the Ohio Made Gas Engines.

As always, the Grand Parade through downtown Plain City will take place on Friday, July 19 at 6 pm. There will also be lawnmower races on Thursday night and tractor pulls on Saturday and Sunday.

General admission is $5 at the gate. Thursday is $2 admission for senior citizens. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE with an adult. Annual membership is $15 and includes two show passes.

For information, visit the Miami Valley Steam Show web site HERE.

For a copy of the show flyer, go HERE.

In 2014, the show will feature the J. I. Case & Empire Tractor Company.

Additionally, please visit the Plain City Lions Club booth at the Steam Show for their Bob Evans’ “Farm boy” sausage sandwiches and bratwursts. The Lions stand is a huge charitable money maker for the Plain City Club and allows them to carry out their good deeds throughout the year. All of the money raised at the Steam Show goes back into the local community.

Joe will be working a few shifts at the Lions Booth, so stop by and say hi. While you are there, ask him to make you a Lemon Shake Up.

The Lions Club Stand is open from 6 am to 10 pm and they also serve breakfast. You can get pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and eggs (any way you like them).

Your Unwanted Bedmate: Bed Bugs. By Our Student Pharmacist for July, Emily Burns, Who Will Now Be Checking the Hotel Mattress Any Time She Travels.

Over the past few years, bed bugs have received much attention from the media. A recent report in USA Today showed a 47% increase in calls to exterminators because of bed bugs in Columbus.

Although these pests used to be completely wiped out, there has been an increase due to international travel (they love to hide in your suitcase) and the ban on the toxic pesticide, DDT.

These night-loving bugs have commonly been found in mattress seams and folds (hence their name), but may also hide in electrical outlets, window and doorframes, baseboards, headboards, drapes, and cracks.

Bed bugs thrive in places with lots of night-time guests such as hotels, hospitals, college dorms, and apartment complexes. They hide and burrow during the day, and come out to feed on you or your animals at night. These small pests are able to live without a meal for months, making them difficult to exterminate.

It may be tricky to determine if you have bed bugs since they are excellent at hiding. Ways to detect bed bugs include:  spotting live or dead bugs, shed skins, eggs, and/or dark reddish-brown fecal or blood spots on the mattress, sheets, or nearby walls or furniture.

Bed bug bites cause a reaction in most, but not all, people. These bites appear on uncovered areas of skin (legs, arms, neck, shoulders) and generally cause itching. The small bites will usually disappear without treatment within two weeks, but there are some measures you can take to relieve discomfort.

To help control the itching associated with bed bug bites, topical moisturizers (Aveeno, Lubriderm), corticosteroids (such as hydrocortisone), and/or oral antihistamines (like Benadryl) may help. If these do not relieve the itching and discomfort, it may be time to visit your doctor to get a prescription-strength product. It is important to not scratch these bites, as scratching could break the skin and cause a skin infection.  Luckily, there have been no reports of bed bugs carrying diseases.

To get rid of bed bugs, a multitude of tasks must be done. Mattresses, other bed linens, and drapes need to be steam cleaned, vacuumed, and encased to kill the pests. All clothing should be laundered in hot water (120°F) in case there are any bugs hiding in them. It may also be necessary to hire an exterminator to fumigate or apply pesticides. Over-the-counter pesticides are not effective in killing bed bugs.

You and your family should follow several easy steps to prevent an infestation of bed bugs:

1.When staying away from home, pull back the covers and inspect the mattress for any signs of bed bugs as listed above (mainly, look for the reddish brown fecal and blood spots). It is also good to check your home mattresses regularly in case some of the bugs hitched a ride back on your suitcase.

2. Inspect any borrowed or second-hand furniture before bringing it into your home.

3. Remove clutter around your home to eliminate hiding spots for the unwanted guests.

4. Finally, wear long-sleeves and pants to bed since bed bugs tend to not burrow through clothing.



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Plain City ArtSplosion: Second Friday Every Month This Summer! Come out This Friday, July 12!

Head downtown for the Plain City ArtSplosion on the Second Friday of each month this summer from 5-9 pm. The first Friday ArtSplosion was held on June 14th. The other Friday ArtSplosions will be July 12 and August 9. Join local artisans who will present handmade goods and artwork for sale.

If you are an artist, you can display and sell your work at the ArtSplosion. For more information, call 614-873-7314.

There will also be kids activities and an ice cream social hosted by The Plain City Historical Society. The Plain City Historical Society will be selling ice cream and pie as a fundraiser during the ArtSplosion.

If you would like to volunteer to make pies for the Historical Society’s ice cream social on Friday, you can call Kathy Cosgray at 614-873-5562 to donate your culinary talents. Pies can be dropped off at the Historical Society after 4 pm on Friday or Kathy will pick them up. For the June ArtSplosion, the Historical Society had 12 pies and one cobbler and they ran out by 7:30 pm. This month, they would like to have between 20-24 pies and cobblers. No cream pies, please. If you would like to volunteer to cut pies, scoop ice cream, or serve, stop by the Historical Society on Friday between 5 and 9 pm and they will put you to work. In June, the Historical Society made over $200 in less than three hours. Please help them raise even more money at this Friday’s ArtSplosion.

For more information and photos of the first ArtSplosion event, check out the Facebook site HERE.

Restore the Jerome Township Soldiers Monument and Help Recognize Other Veterans.

As most of you know, the Soldiers Monument that has stood at the corner of Route 42 and Industrial Parkway since its dedication on Memorial Day, 1913, has been removed to be restored and relocated. The monument is being restored by Columbus Art Memorial and will be placed on a new base 50 yards from where it was formerly located. Lighting and a handicap-accessible walkway will also be installed to allow visitors to examine the monument more easily and safely (without cars whizzing by within just a few feet).

A one-acre park will also be developed around the monument with trees, benches, historical markers, and markers recognizing veterans of the more recent wars. A Wall of Remembrance will be erected to honor those Veterans from Jerome Township who served after the Soldiers Monument was dedicated in 1913. The Jerome Township Monument Park Committee is currently working to collect the names of those veterans.

Around the Wall of Remembrance will be a walk of paver stones. Paver stones can be purchased with the names of any business, person, or family member you would like to honor. The pavers will be available in four sizes: 4 x 8 for $50; 8 x 8 for $100; 12 x 12 for $200; and 24 x 24 for $1,000.

The Soldiers Monument was originally erected to honor Jerome Township citizens who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. Of the 400 citizens listed on the monument, 367 of them served in the Civil War. Jerome Township, with a population of 1,400, had one of the nation’s highest per-capita enlistment rates in the Union military. Many of the Civil War volunteers enlisted near the site of the monument in April 1861 at the New California Presbyterian Church. The New California Church, which is located just behind the former site of the monument, strongly supported the anti-slavery movement.

The back of a historical marker for the New California Church states: “On April 24, 1861, in the sanctuary of the second Presbyterian church built on this site, a congregational meeting was held to respond to the call from President Abraham Lincoln for volunteers to defend the Union. On the pulpit lay the ‘Bible and munitions for war,’ and behind the pulpit stood the Reverend B.D. Evans who delivered a stirring patriotic address and sermon. As a result more than forty men came forward to volunteer for military service. David Taylor was the first to enlist. He served for three years and was killed on a battlefield in Georgia. Before the Civil War ended, more than 367 men from Jerome Township served the Union cause, giving it one of the highest per capita rates for military service in the nation. Seventeen Civil War veterans are buried here in the New California cemetery.”

In 1913, when the monument was dedicated, surviving Civil War veterans attended and a time capsule was enclosed in the monument. A new time capsule will also be included when the monument relocation project is complete.

A Fall 2013 rededication ceremony is planned.

I want to end with something Joe Hofbauer told me about the Soldiers Monument. The base of the monument used to feature cannon balls from the Civil War. However, many of those cannon balls were stolen over the years and had to be replaced with….bowling balls! Yes, bowling balls that were painted to look like cannon balls. Joe Hofbauer told me that he knows where many of the original cannon balls are located and if I looked carefully in yards around Plain City, I would be able to figure out their location, as well. I am still looking!

For more information, visit the Jerome Township web site HERE or call 614-873-4480.

You can also download a form to order the engraving of the name of a Jerome Township Veteran on the Wall of Remembrance or purchase a paver stone by going HERE.

For nice articles about the monument’s move and photos in The Plain City Advocate, the Dublin Villager, and The Columbus Dispatch, go HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Meet Amy Reed, Our Student Pharmacist, along with Emily Burns, for July!

You already met Emily Burns in a previous posting. Now, we’d like to introduce you to Amy Reed who will also be here in the store the entire month of July, assisting patients and learning about the role our staff plays in meeting Plain City’s healthcare needs.

Amy is currently completing her fourth year at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. She is very happy to be spending part of her summer here at Plain City Druggist and learning about the various aspects of life in an independent pharmacy.

Amy is also very excited to participate in the compounding of medications, since compounding is what really drew her into the profession in the first place.

Like all of the cool kids in high school, Amy participated in a scholarship pharmacy summer camp in 2005 at the University of Toledo. She was able to experience a week of pharmacy classes and shadowed the staff in a few local pharmacies, including those at a small, family-owned compounding pharmacy. The summer camp experience was Amy’s first, unique look into the life of a compounding pharmacist. At one point in time, the memory of this special, life-changing event is what drove her to complete a degree, as well as a plethora of exams in order to be accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy program at OSU.

Previously, Amy worked as an intern for a pharmacy in Grove City where she came to love the community pharmacy setting. She currently works in a small, long-term, acute care hospital in central Columbus.

Like many of her classmates, Amy is not quite sure what her future in pharmacy will lead to, but she knows her career will definitely focus around direct patient care. She loves being able to communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals in order to offer the best patient care possible.

Amy is engaged to her boyfriend of 8 ½ years, Ryan Bible. After they marry next September, she hopes to practice as a licensed pharmacist in southern Florida.