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Archive for September, 2013

Dublin Historical Society Film Premiere on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 pm.

On Thursday evening, September 19, at the Dublin Community Recreation Center (Talla 1 Room), 5600 Post Road, the Dublin Historical Society will host a free, public premiere of the film, “A Stroll through Dublin’s Past” that features the buildings of historic downtown Dublin and the people who built them.

The Society produced the video with a grant from The Dublin Foundation. Copies will be distributed to schools and many others throughout the region.

Refreshments will be served at 7:00 p.m. The 30-minute film will be shown at 7:30 and there will be a panel available afterwards for questions.

The Flu and You, Part 1: Why Should (Almost) Everyone Get a Flu Shot Every Year? By Our September Student Pharmacist, Rich Carter.

Well, that time is now upon us again.

What’s that Rich? Are you talking about Buckeye football season? Or the major league baseball race to the playoffs?

No, I am talking about flu (shot) season! It is now time to start thinking about flu shots. Scratch that–it is now time to come in and get your flu shot or schedule an appointment if that would make your life easier. The flu shots are here–hot off the press!

There is a fair amount of talk out in the community regarding different kinds of shots and what type of shot may or may not be the best for you. We are here to help you with those decisions and make your flu shot experience as seamless and painless (well almost) as possible. Over the next couple of weeks, you and I are going to go on a short journey. We are going to cover some frequently asked questions and try to dispel some myths and misinformation regarding the flu shot. I will try to ‘arm’ you with the most up-to-date and proper information so that you can make informed decisions about your healthcare. As always, if you have any questions regarding any immunizations, don’t hesitate to call and ask us. We are here to help you!

Ok, without further adieu…

Why should I get a flu shot?

I am glad you asked that question! The flu, or Influenza, is a serious disease. The flu can lead to hospitalization and occasionally even death. Sometimes, people who are normally very healthy can get the flu and become very sick. It is estimated that up to 49,000 people suffered from a flu-related death between 1971 and 2007. Besides being potentially deadly, the flu is no picnic!

Flu symptoms can include:

  • Fever/chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Runny or stuffy nose

Some people may become sicker than others, but, typically, the people (or family members of these individuals) who must be the most careful are:

  • Young children
  • Individuals over 65
  • Pregnant Women
  • People with certain health conditions, such as heart, lung, or kidney disease or a weak immune system

If you are in any of these groups or have a loved one in these groups, then both you and this person should get the flu shot. If you are not in any of these groups or don’t know anyone in these groups, then you may need to get outside, meet people, and stop living in a van down by the river. Seriously, though, you should get the flu shot also, both to protect you and those around you.

I got the flu shot last year, so why do I need to get another one this year? I paid attention in biology class and they said that your immune system is capable of ‘remembering’ viruses so that it can defend against them in the future (sometimes years).

I say to you, first of all, great job for paying attention in biology class, because you are absolutely right, your immune system can remember a virus, sometimes for your entire lifetime. The problem is that the flu is always changing. Most of the time all three (or sometimes four) of the flu strains that the shot covers change every year. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) runs complicated studies to determine which flu strains are the most deadly and which are the most likely for you to encounter. Then, the CDC picks three to create a combination vaccine, which will maximize your protection for the year.

That is all for this week. Look for Part 2 next week as we will explore more of the information, myths, and legends of the flu shot. Additionally, if you want more information, all of the info I have given you and much more is available at www.cdc.gov/flu/.

Shekinah Festival and Auction will take Place on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.

The Shekinah Festival and Auction will take place on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14. The featured entertainment Friday evening will be Pure Nard an 8-voice male acapella ensemble with members from Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia. Pure Nard performs hymns, classical choral pieces, spirituals, as well as Irish dance music, pop songs, and pseudo-Amish parodies. The entertainment will begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is FREE to this concert, but a goodwill offering will be taken.

From 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday the 13th, enjoy a pulled pork dinner provided by Todd and Becky Troyer, as well as homemade ice cream. There will also be a silent auction throughout the evening and a hot air balloon lift off before sunset.

The rest of the Shekinah Festival gets underway at sunrise on Saturday the 14th with hot air balloon rides and breakfast beginning at 7 am. Pancakes, sausage, coffee, and donuts will be some of the mouth watering breakfast items available. As always, there will also be lots of other food, activities for children, and many homemade items for sale. The much anticipated auction gets started at 10 am with the furniture and crafts portion. The hand-quilted quilts will be auctioned at 1 pm. Many of the auction items can be viewed on the web site.

This is the 34th year for “The Biggest Little Festival in Ohio,” which is the main way Shekinah Christian School raises money to keep their tuition rates affordable. Please stop by and support them. The Shekinah Festival takes place at the Shekinah Christian School located at 10040 Lafayette-Plain City Road, just outside of Plain City.

The Orchard & Company’s Scarecrow Festival Starts This Weekend, September 14-15, and Continues Through October 27.

Looking for a place that will entertain children, while also allowing adults to enjoy a beautiful Ohio autumn weekend? Look no further than The Orchard and Company, a family friendly destination that will be open from 11am-6pm, September weekends beginning this weekend on the 14th (September 14 and 15, 21 and 22, 28 and 29) and every weekend the entire month of October.

The Orchard and Company features, not only an apple orchard, but also many exciting activities meant to entice visitors from Plain City and across the state. With a gift shop, bakery, and “Pigadeli Café” on site, shoppers and “foodies” alike will find seasonal treasures and edible goodies galore.

You can also take part in the “U-Pick Apples” as different varieties of apples become ready for picking. Check out the web site HERE for picking schedules, pricing, and the type of apple that is ready to pick.

For children, there are tons of fun activities that will keep them on the move, including a pedal car track, tire climb, jumping pillow, zip lines, wagon rides, and more. If the kids aren’t tired after a day at The Orchard, they must be robots!

The Orchard and Company is currently hosting “Scarecrows for Charity” as part of their Scarecrow Festival. Scarecrows, created by local charitable organizations, will be on display throughout The Orchard. Visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrow after viewing them on a tractor drawn hayride. The winning scarecrow’s creators will receive a monetary prize. The 2012 winner was created by Jessica Jacobs for Ohio Basset Hound Rescue.

The Orchard and Company is located south of Plain City at 7255 US Highway 42 North at the intersection of US Highway 42 and Price Hilliard Road, just a short, scenic drive from Columbus, London, Marysville, or Dayton. They are located across the road from Canaan Middle School.

The Orchard and Company would also like to encourage bicycle aficionados to ride out and drop in for a bowl of chili or a slice of pie. The Orchard and Company is only a few miles from the Heritage Rail Trail’s endpoint on Cemetery Pike in Plain City.

An Orchard Festival day pass is $8.00 for adults (19-54) and $10 for children (3-18). Fishing in The Orchard’s pond requires an additional $2.

Children two and under and adults over fifty-five receive free admission.

The Orchard and Company can also accommodate large groups and parties. Contact The Orchard for a place to host school outings, birthday parties, reunions, weddings, company meetings, and other special occasions.

For more information on The Orchard and Company, visit their web site: www.theorchardandcompany.com

Become a fan on Facebook HERE.

For a coupon that will give you one free fishing pass (a $2 value) with the purchase of an Orchard Festival Pass Admission, stop by the pharmacy. We have them at the drive up window or on the front counter!

Please Welcome Our Student Pharmacist for September, Rich Carter!

You guys do a great job of making all of our pharmacy students feel welcome while they are here for month long rotations with The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. This month, we have Rich Carter in the pharmacy learning all he can about independent pharmacy practices. Please give him a friendly Plain City greeting the next time you are in.

Here is what Rich has to say about himself:

“Hello, my name is Rich Carter and I am a student pharmacist. As early as I can remember, I have always enjoyed helping people. I had the opportunity to grow up next to a neighbor who was a pharmacist and actually got to spend a pharmacy day with him in the fourth grade. All of the employees were having a great time and every customer was extremely engaged with the pharmacist, who obviously loved the interaction and his job. Even though this was a very positive memory for me, it didn’t ‘click’ until much later (approximately twenty years later, it turns out) that this was the career for me. When I graduated high school, I knew that I would like to help people, but I wasn’t sure of how I wanted to do that.

“A few years, and a number of attempted majors later, during a summer job, I met an electrician who had recently spent a few years in the United States Coast Guard. His Coast Guard experiences fascinated me and upon further investigation, I saw that with the Coast Guard I would get the chance to help people and serve my country at the same time. I spent the next 9 and a half years performing many of these much loved functions. I was based out of Seattle, Panama City Beach, Norfolk, Los Angeles, and Guam. I performed many different duties, including acting as the boarding officer for fisheries, drug and migrant interdiction, rescue swimmer, small boat coxswain (driver), vessel traffic service watch supervisor (air traffic control on the water in Los Angeles), and planning team member.

“I enjoyed my time in the Coast Guard very much, but I wanted more time helping people on a day-to-day basis. At one point in my career, I was in charge of the occupational medical monitoring program for benzene for approximately 100 Coast Guard personnel. This job gave me great satisfaction and I began to think about a job in healthcare.

“I was discharged from the Coast Guard in 2005 and went back to my hometown in central Pennsylvania and attended Bloomsburg University, finishing my Bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. I wanted to attend a much larger institution for my Pharm D degree, but I wasn’t interested in attending a school in a huge metropolitan area. Columbus is a great fit for my wife and me and we are happy to say we are intending to stay after graduation (hopefully!) next May. After experiencing life in pharmacy for the last few years, I can happily say that working in a pharmacy is my first best destiny. To quote Melville, who said it best, ‘The path to my chosen purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run.'”