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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 8, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 'if'  Churchill Downs: Aikenite wins $200K in stakes race iB  appy Mother's Day  My Mom is Awesome contest winners announced  -r- ' f :%< ,  ^ / «  t :»  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 co-owner Tom Williams presents winner 12-year-old Erica Fair-cloth 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 7-11A • Wishing Mom a Happy Mottier's Day  Sunday  May 8.2011  Vol. 145, No. 128  Todays ìAfoather  i  Don't spi^e the  Drugs dropped down drain may return in faucets  ^oiir I. OC a. Soiivi'v Since I 8() =====  www.aikenstandard.com   High  VP  Low  57°  Full forecast 116C  $1.00  Slam-packed Saturday  By KAREN DAILY  Staff writer  It wasn't that long ago that properly disposing of unwanted medication meant flushing pills and liquids down the toilet, but the directive has changed.  Don't flush or pour anything down the drain, the Department of Health and Envi-rorimental Control (DHEC) now advises.  "When possible, take advantage of pharmaceutical take-back programs that allow residents to bring unwanted and expired medicine to a central location for safe and proper disposal," according to DHEC.  Pharmacist Brandi Johnson said Family Pharmacy participates in one of those t^ce-back programs.  At her IMce Avenue location, Johnson said 5ftere is a locked box that, once lull, is sent ^o Dispose My Meds where the medi-catiop is incinerated.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), incineration has proven to be the most environmentally 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.  "iTiis is also, the only way to guarantee that hamilul pharmaceuticals do not enter the water supply," the EPA states.  Research shows that the chemicals from medication flushed may end up in 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 observed in certain aquatic life, such as fish.  "When possible, take advantage ofpharmaceutical take-back programs that allow residents to bring unwanted and expired medicine to a central location for safe and proper disposal," according to DHEC.  Allowing unwanted medication to collect at home isn't the answer either, Johnson said.  "Children may get access to them, and teens may use them," she explained.  Family Pharmacy's disposal box is at its Price Avenue location, 110 Price Ave., but residents may take the medicine to the Family Phannacy at 333 Newbeny St., as well, Johnson said.  The Medicine Mart, 1020 Richland Ave., also participates in the Dispose My Meds program.  Although some local government offices, such as the Richland County SheriflPs Department, accept unwanted drugs from its residents, neither Aiken County nor the City of Aiken have any such programs in place.  Annually, the Aiken County SherifPs  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  Office teams up with the Dmg Enforcement Administration'and hosts take-back days. There is not another date scheduled for 2011.  Please see DRUGS, page 13A               Calendar    i  3C      Classifieds    ID      Crossword    2C      Comics    INSIDE      Dear Abby    4C      Horoscopes    4C      Movie Listings    3C      Nation/World    12A      Obituaries    6A      Opinions    14-15A      Puzzles    2C      Sports    IB      TV Listings    INSIDE      Weddings    5C     /amCîMïÎB  Mildred A. Fulmer,  Graniteville  Deaths arid Funerals 16A  Animal Kingdom wins Kentucky Derl^  ► 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. | IB  By SUZANNE R. STONE and  ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON  Staff writers  Aiken residents had plenty of family-friendly entertainment options to choose from Saturday. The weather was perfectly inviting for a festival, and there were several outdoor events where Aikenites could take advantage of the sunshine and cool breezes. Here are impressions of a few of the events the Aiken Standard visited Saturday.  Mead Hall Sbawbeny Festival  In downtown Aiken, festi-  rwrr  See more photos 14-5A  val-goers were seeing berry red at the Mead Hall Strawberry Festival. The annual festival filled the sidewalk and rqedian of Greenville Street from Hayne to Richland avenues, with activities in the Mead Hall Episcopal Day School yard and gymnasium, as well.  Gurosik'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  Please see BUSY, page 16A  Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson  Joanne and Bruce Cadotte 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.  Ye  fresh  this feiia needs a name by May 51st,2011  stop by  „•give us your entry for a chance to  win a $ \ OO gift certificate from nc •fresh.  )raryjewelry gallery, southern art and ajumble of art-full gifts ^ St, • downtown aiken • dO';>,6&9,960 • N«^ Houni mon. - sat. 10 - i   

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