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Make A Donation to The Plain City Food Pantry, Get a Discount at Clip N Curl Family Hair Care.


Clip N Curl Family Hair Care is holding a Food Drive for the Plain City Food Pantry from now through Christmas. Drop off one food pantry donation and receive either $2.00 off your hair styling appointment or $2.00 off one retail item per visit.  There is no limit on the number of items you may donate.

Donations will be delivered on Friday, December 18.

Clip N Curl will also be open during Christmas Under the Clock from 5:30-8 pm. Take your food pantry donation items in to them during the celebration, as well.

To Like Clip N Curl on Facebook, Go HERE.

Clip N Curl is located at 251 West Main Street in Plain City. For more information or to schedule a visit, call: 614-873-4998

When you drop off your food pantry donation, you can also pick up gift certificates from any stylist. These make excellent gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.


Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. John’s is Saturday, November 8.


On Saturday, November 8, St. John’s Lutheran Church and School will be holding their Annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 am to 3 pm inside the school gym at 12809 State Route 736 in Marysville.

Over seventy-five vendors will provide handmade arts and crafts, along with home-baked food items, and a children’s gift shop. A hot lunch will be available to purchase and to carry-out. There will be a children’s area to keep the kids entertained while you shop from 9 am to noon.

To find out more visit the St. John’s Facebook page HERE.

New Children’s Book, Tender Mercies, By Local Author, Vicki Watson, Teaches Compassion for Animals.

I am thrilled to announce that our web guru, feline friend, and local author, Vicki Watson, has just released the fourth book, Tender Mercies, in her Sonrise Stable series. I had the privilege of reading the book before it was published to give Vicki my thoughts on the story line, which features Black and Orange Cat Foundation board member and friend, Dr. Kim West, and a kitty she rescued, Sparrow, who had been shot with an arrow.

You can read Sparrow’s full story and see photos HERE.

Vicki was so horrified after she heard about Sparrow that she wanted to tell others about the extreme cruelty that brought the cat to the Humane Society of Delaware County and Dr. West, as well as the extreme compassion that saved her life. Sparrow has, by the way, gone on to a wonderful home with a friend of Dr. West’s in Chicago. So despite everything, this kitty got a happy ending.

Sparrow’s tale is a side story in Tender Mercies, which focuses on the fate of foals born to “nurse mares.” In case you don’t know about nurse mares, here’s the sad information. When an expensive thoroughbred horse gives birth, the owners will sometimes take the much wanted thoroughbred baby away from it’s very valuable mother and have a nurse mare raise the thoroughbred foal. Because the nurse mare must have milk, she will have just given birth herself. Her true baby is of no value and is often killed.

Luckily, there are rescues that take these unwanted “products” of the thoroughbred industry and find the babies homes. One of those rescues is Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio. Vicki visited Victoria Goss, who saves these horses, to get information for Tender Mercies. Both Victoria and the rescue are featured in the book and provide a very real and poignant portrait of the fate of these babies. Thankfully, there are places like Last Chance Corral for these foals that did not ask to be born and certainly don’t want to die.

Vicki wanted Tender Mercies to touch on the many cruel things humans do to animals to teach the next generation to be compassionate and more humane. The theme of Tender Mercies focuses on treating animals with kindness, based on Proverbs 12:10: “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

If you are looking for a great gift for kids this holiday season that not only promotes reading, but also teaches compassion for animals, Tender Mercies fits the bill. To read more about Tender Mercies and to order the book, go HERE.

The other three books in the Sonrise Stable series, Rosie and ScamperCarrie and Bandit, and Clothed With Thunder, are also available by going to the web site HERE and clicking on the link at the top for BOOKS.

Vicki lives locally in Marysville and her web site business, VWeb Web Design, takes care of Black and Orange Cat Foundation, this blog, and Midwestern Compounding. Vicki graduated from Jonathan Alder High School. Her good friend, Becky Raber, did all of the illustrations for the book and she lives here in Plain City. Visit Becky’s web site HERE.

I am so happy to support local artists who promote kindness and compassion to all animals and value the importance of rescue in the lives of unwanted animals. Thank you Vicki and Becky!

You can read another blog posting about Vicki HERE.

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!

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.