Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 8, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Churchill Downs: A 200K in stakes race« APPY I OTHER’S D ' My Mom is Awesome contest winners announced Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson Floyd & Green Jewelers, owners Tom Williams and Steve Floyd, present 8-year-old Pamela Key with an Ice Watch and 5-year-old Aoi Ota with a pair of John Hardy earrings as the two hold up the pictures they drew of their moms being awesome. Key and Ota are the two winners in the youngest age group. They also received two tickets for Mom to attend the Spring Fling & Taste of Home Cooking Show. Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson Floyd & Green Jewelers coowner Tom Williams presents winner 12-year-old Erica Fair-doth with a pair of Honora earrings as she holds up the picture she drew of her mom being awesome. Erica also won two tickets for Mom to attend the Spring Fling & Taste of Home Cooking Show. See all contest entries 17-11A • Wishing Mom a Happy Mother’s Day Sunday May a20! Vol. 145, NO. 128 our oca I Sou rec S i nee I 867 www.aikenstandard.com Today's Weather High f % 87° tW. yr Full forecast 116C $1.00 Don’t spike the wafer Drugs dropped down drain may return in faucets By KAREN DAILY Staff writer It wasn’t that long ago that properly disposing ol unwanted medication meant Hashing pills and liquids down the toilcL but die directive has changed. Don’t flush or pour anything down the drain, the I Apartment of I icaith and Environmental t ontrol (DIIEL ) now adsises. “When possible, take ads anlage of pharmaceutical take-back, programs that allow residents to bring unw unled and expired medicine lo a central location for sale and proper disposal,” according to DHEC. Pharmacist Brandi Johnson said Family Pharmacy participates in one of those take-hack programs. At her Price Avenue location, Johnstm said there is a locked box that, once full, is sent to Dispose My Meds where the medication is incinerated Acceding to the Em lronmental Protection Agency (EPA), incineration has proven to be the most em ironmentally friendly way to dispose of medication. Incineration must adhere to a number of EPA regulations and is done to minimize the effects of air pollution “This is also die only way to guarantee that harmful pharmaceuticals do not enter the water supply,” the EPA states. Research shows that the chemicals from medication flushed may end up rn the water supply, Johnson said Pharmaceuticals can harm the local aquatic ecosystem and end up in lakes, rivers stream and the ground water. The EPA reports the effects of pharmaceuticals can be observ ed in certain aquatic life, such as fish. 'When possible^ take ach'antage ofpharmaceutical take-bai k programs that allow residents to bring unwanted and expired medicine to a central loc ation for safe and proper disposal, according to Dime. Allowing unwanted * S medication to collect at home isn’t the answer either, Johnson said. ■( hildren may get access to them, and teens may use them," she explained. Family Pharmacy’s disposal box is al its Price Av enue location, I IO Price Ave., but residents may take the medicine to the F amily Pharmacy at 333 Newberry Si., as well, Johnson said. Ibe Medicine Mart, 1020 Richland Ave., also participates in the Dispose My Metis program. Although some local gov eminent offices, such as the Richland County Sheriffs Department, accept unwanted thugs from its residents, neither Aiken County nor the City of Aiken have any such programs in place. Annually, the Aiken C ounty Shentt’s Staff photo by Suzanne Stone Vendors sell plants, baked goods, handmade soaps, jewelry, woodworked garden furniture, cookbooks, antiques, artwork and more Saturday at the Spring Herb Faire. Weekend events take over Aiken x By SUZANNE R. STONE and ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON Staff writers Aiken residents had plenty of family-friendly entertainment options to choose from Saturday. The weather w as perf ectly inv it mg for a festival, and there were several outdoor ev ents where Arenites could take advantage of the sunshine and cool breezes. I fere are unpressions of a few of the ev ents the Aiken Stamkmi visited Saturday. Mead Hall Strawberry Festival In downtown Aiken, festi- See more photos 14-5A v al-gocrs were seeing berry red at the Mead Hall Straw berry Festival. The annual festival filled the sidewalk and median of Greens die Street from I layne to Richland avenues, with activities in the Mead Hall I piscopai Day School yard and gymnasium, as well. Ciurosik’s Berry Plantation provided fresh strawberries for sale by the pint and the bucket and for use in the festival’s bake sale and fresh desserts. The strawberries are a major component in PIMM see BUSY, page 16A Office teams up with the Drug Enforcement Administration and hosts take-back days. There is ma another date scheduled for 2011. PIMM SM DRUGS, page 13A JMttb Calendar SC Classifieds ID Crossword 2C Comics INSIDE Dear Abby AC Horoscopes 4C Movie Listings SC Nation/World 12A Obituaries 6A Opinions 14-15A Puzzles SC Sports IS TV Listings INSIDE Weddings SC /AjteD -Mild Mildred A. Fulmer, Graniteville Deaths arid Funerals I BA Animal Kingdom wins Kentucky Derby ► 3-year-old colt speeds past the leaders in the turn at Churchill Downs on Saturday and roared down the middle of the stretch to win on Saturday. 11B Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson Joanne and Bruce Cadott* traveled from Aiken to enjoy the Peach Blossom Festival in Johnston. The two strolled the streets together and enjoyed iced lemonades as they watched the festivities around them. • wmoo9"oooo this fella needs a name by Ma*) 51 sh 2011 IC stop by ...give us your entry For a chance to win a $ I OO gift certificate from re • fresh. ary jewelry gallery, southern art and ajumble of art-dull gifts 157 laureni st. • downtown ailcen » 80^M9-966^ * Hew how* mon. - sat. IO- 5 AO AM* MS?