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Music in the Park Features the Counterpoint Acoustic Duo on July 7.

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Plain City’s Music in the Park continues this week with the Counterpoint Acoustic Duo on Sunday, July 7 at 7 pm. Featuring Christopher James in a duo with accompaning guitar and vocals, this is sure to be a relaxing evening of easy listening music.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and meet in the Gazebo area of the park. You can make a voluntary donation to the Plain City Music in the Park program at intermission.

Here is a listing of the schedule for rest of the season with two new dates added on August 4 and 18!!

August 4, Sunday, 7 pm, Dublin Cornet Band–founded in Dublin OH in 1879, this historic group performs a variety of music in the small brass band tradition, including New Orleans style, Celtic and Oktoberfest. Directed by Dr. Pat Herak, former member of the OSU Marching Band. Find out more about the band HERE.

August 11, Sunday, 7 pm, Shriners Jazz Band–enjoy dance, Big Band, and Swing music presented by the Shriners.

August 18, Sunday, 7 pm, Steve Bumgarner–local musician from Marysville who resides in Plain City.

August 25, Sunday, 7 pm, Lower London Street Dixieland Band featuring 1920’s and Dixieland music. This is our friend Ernie Sparks’ band. He is the pharmacist in London and plays the drums.

For more information, you can also visit the Village of Plain City’s web site HERE or visit the Plain City Parks and Recreation Facebook page HERE.

Welcome Our Student Pharmacist, Ray Chu, to Happy Druggist in West Jefferson for the Month of July!

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy in West Jefferson by Ray Chu, a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Ray will graduate in May 2020 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Ray will be in West Jefferson throughout July, so please stop by and meet him while he is in the store. You may have met Ray last year when he spent time in Plain City as a third year student.

Here is what Ray tells us about himself:

My name is Ray Chu. I am a fourth year pharmacy student completing my second APPE Rotation this month. I moved to Ohio from southern California for pharmacy school to escape the heat and drought and to experience a real winter. 

Growing up, I made up my mind early to go into the healthcare profession, but I had not decided a specific field. To obtain exposure to different health fields, I decided to go on several different medical mission trips abroad to South America during my undergraduate years. One of these trips was with the Peruvian American Medical Society and, as the same would suggest, I joined them on a medical mission trip to the rural Andes in Peru. My first year with them, I was a general volunteer who helped out wherever I was needed, including in the pharmacy as a technician. I enjoyed my time with them so much that I developed a passion for volunteering and returned the next year.

During my second year with the Peruvian American Medical Society, we did not have a pharmacist and since I was the only volunteer who had the most experience helping in pharmacy, I was tasked with managing the pharmacy with the help of a nurse as the clinical expert. I found that I really enjoyed pharmacy. I saw the need from the patient side as well as the health team side and saw myself doing pharmacy work as a career. That was back in 2009 and I am proud to say I have been with this mission for the past 10 years. I owe them for showing me pharmacy and I hope to give back to them as a pharmacist as long as I am able.

I am still not certain what I want to do as a pharmacist in the future. Certainly, I would like to continue to volunteer in my mission and I would also love to precept students in the future. My dream has been to one day have my own independent pharmacy and that was a major deciding factor in my choosing to have a rotation with Happy Druggist West Jefferson. Additionally, having recently had a rotation with a Chronic Care Pharmacist, I am very interested in integrating that type of pharmacy into an independent pharmacy, as well.

Besides volunteering abroad, another one of my passions is cooking. The longer and more complex the process, the more excited I am about trying out a new dish. Whenever I am asked what profession I would choose if I didn’t pick healthcare, I immediately and confidently answer that I would have opened a cafe or small restaurant. Something small enough that I could cook right in front of my customers.

I guess either way, as a chef or a pharmacist, I would be able to see and serve many people each day.

Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July!

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We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. Please remember that the pharmacy will be closed on Thursday to celebrate the holiday.

Don’t forget that festivities will get underway for the holiday at Pastime Park beginning at 12 pm. There will be food trucks, games, and bounce houses for the kids.

The parade through Plain City begins at 3 pm with the line up starting at 2 pm. Anyone can be in the parade. If you are interested, you can fill out a parade form by going HERE. Return the form to Ashley McKnight at amcknight@plain-city.com or to Linda Granger at lgranger@plain-city.com. You may also drop off the forms at the municipal building located at 213 S. Chillicothe Street in Plain City.

The Grand Marshal for the parade this year will be the members and coaches of the State Champion Lady Pioneers Softball Team! What a great way to honor these amazing young women and their coaches.

Live music begins at 6 pm in Pastime Park and ends with the Dublin Symphony performing patriotic music during the fireworks which begin at 9:45 pm.

For more information on the July 4th Festivities in Plain City, please visit the village web site HERE.

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The Plain City Farmers Market will also return for its 9th Year beginning on July 4 and continuing through October 3. The hours for the Market are 4:30 pm to 7 pm at the corner of South Chillicothe and Main Street. For more information, visit the UPCO Site HERE.

If you have an emergency and need to reach a pharmacist over the holiday weekend, please call the after hours number at 614-873-0020.

We will reopen on Friday, July 5, at 9 am, and will be open regular hours (until 6 pm).

Please have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Remember: Please keep your pets inside where they will not be scared by the area fireworks. More dogs get lost and escape from their owners at firework events or from backyards at this time of year than any other. The local shelters are inundated by lost pets who are scared by all the loud noises.

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Music in the Park Features Funky Waters This Sunday, June 30, at 7 pm.

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Plain City’s Music in the Park continues this week on Sunday, June 30 at 7 pm with Funky Waters, which features electric blues and an interesting and unique ensemble of seasoned musicians playing a variety of classic blues music.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and meet in the Gazebo area of the park. You can make a voluntary donation to the Plain City Music in the Park program at intermission.

Here is a listing of the schedule for rest of the season:

July 7, Sunday, 7 pm, Counterpoint Acoustic Duo, featuring Christopher James in a duo with accompaning guitar and vocals. Sure to be a relaxing evening of easy listening music.

August 11, Sunday, 7 pm, Shriners Jazz Band–enjoy dance, Big Band, and Swing music presented by the Shriners.

August 25, Sunday, 7 pm, Lower London Street Dixieland Band featuring 1920’s and dixieland music. This is our friend Ernie Sparks’ band. He is the pharmacist in London and plays the drums.

For more information, you can also visit the Village of Plain City’s web site HERE or visit the Plain City Parks and Recreation Facebook page HERE.

Travel Safety. By Our Student Pharmacist, Steve McVey.

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Summer vacation and travel are here!

The summer months can be very relaxing and fun, but travel can be stressful and bring with it unexpected issues. One thing that can make travel even more stressful is having to manage your medications away from home. It is important to know if there are any restrictions on traveling with your medications, how to store them while traveling, and how to take them if you are traveling outside your normal time zone. If you plan to fly, make sure you check the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website ahead of time to know what the rules are about traveling with your medications (you can search “medications”).

Several helpful tips include:

  • Carry a letter from your physician that includes medical conditions and medications you are taking. Include your physician’s and pharmacy’s phone numbers.
  • Keep your medications with you in your carry-on.
  • Keep your medications in the original, labeled prescription containers if possible.
  • Tell the screener that you have your medications in your bag and alert them if you have diabetic testing supplies with you.
  • These rules can change so always be sure to check before you travel.

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If you are planning to drive, ask your pharmacist about any special storage instructions for your medications. You may need to use cold packs and coolers for refrigerated medications. Plan ahead so you don’t run out of medication. Let your pharmacy know 1-2 weeks ahead of your travel plans. This will allow them time to work through any potential issues in getting your medication or working with your insurance. Your pharmacist can also instruct you on how to take your medications in a different time zone.

If you plan on driving, make sure your vehicle is in good repair. Have a mechanic do a checkup to screen for potential safety issues. Educate yourself on roadside repair and know what to do/who to contact should you have issues you cannot resolve. Map out your refueling plan to keep from running out of gas. If you are traveling to other states, you may want to familiarize yourself with any unique traffic laws.

Study up and educate yourself about your travel destination. Learn what services are available and where to find them. Inquire about any special weather conditions or other unexpected or unique occurrences (i.e. traveling to a location where flash flooding is a possibility, local events that may impact your travel plans, etc.). You may also want to learn about the local culture. Educating yourself will enrich your experiences and keep you safe and healthy during your stay.

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International travel presents a host of other considerations you should review prior to travel. Schedule a visit with your physician about 4-6 weeks in advance to make sure you are healthy and able to travel. Discuss with your physician or pharmacist what immunizations you may need while traveling to that area. Some needed vaccinations may be unexpected, like the current resurgence of measles.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the first two months of 2019 there were over 34,000 confirmed cases of measles in 42 countries in the WHO European region.

You can learn more about staying safe and healthy while traveling at this CDC website.

A few helpful tips about international travel also include:

  • Wash your hands frequently and before eating, drinking, or touching your face. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid tap water and other sources of unpurified water (i.e. ice, fountain drinks, etc.). Instead choose bottled products or heated drinks.
  • Be careful of what you eat. Avoid street vendors and never eat undercooked meat or vegetables. Avoid raw fruits and veggies unless you can peel them before eating.
  • Protect yourself from bug bites, animal bites, and sunburn.

Vacations and travel can provide needed rest and relaxation, as well as many great memories. Prepare for your travels well ahead of time to minimize stress and keep yourself healthy as you have fun.

References:

  1. Transportation Security Administration. Department of Homeland Security. https://www.tsa.gov/. Accessed June 27, 2019.
  2. Travel and Your Medicines. Pharmacist Letter. Therapeutic Research Center. https://pharmacist.therapeuticresearch.com/Content/Segments/PRL/2016/Jul/Travel-and-Your-Medicines-9921. Published June 2016. Accessed June 27, 2019.
  3. Staying Healthy While Abroad. Pharmacist Letter. Therapeutic Research Center. https://pharmacist.therapeuticresearch.com/Content/Segments/PRL/2013/May/Staying-Healthy-While-Abroad-5575. Published April 2013. Accessed June 27, 2019.
  4. Traveler’s Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel. Accessed June 27, 2019.
  5. Measles- European Region. World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/csr/don/06-may-2019-measles-euro/en/. Updated May 6, 2019. Accessed June 27, 2019.

Photo Sources:

  1. Plane: https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/best-travel-tips-2018-21-things-experienced-business-travelers-say-to-do-when-you-hit-road.html
  2. Photography/Mountain: https://www.outsideonline.com/2393413/what-to-know-when-traveling-alone
  3. Car: https://backroadramblers.com/how-to-pack-a-small-car-for-a-big-trip/