A Quick Opinion: No party on Friday the 13th

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I’ve been wrestling with my conscience about hosting a Friday the 13th party this month. The last Friday the 13th was in March, at the beginning of the pandemic. Everything went well and older readers decided to stay home and as far as I know, no one caught or passed on COVID-19. We were lucky.

With the virus still prevalent in our area, it wouldn’t be responsible to hold an open house, even if it was in the parking lot. If a few people showed up, that would be a different story, but as I’ve ventured out more and more lately, the crowds are getting larger and larger. Most people seem to be wearing masks, but when the beverages and food come out, off go the masks. It is hard to drink with a mask on, and adding a straw hole defeats the purpose of the mask.

The next Friday the 13th is in August of 2021, which is the only one in 2021. If we can’t host a party by then I’ll be even more frustrated than I am now. There are two Friday the 13ths in 2022, so we have something to look forward to as this virus works it way into memory banks. Keep your fingers crossed.

Goodbye Eagle Drug
I was surprised and disappointed when I heard that Eagle Drug was closing its doors, forever. I was hoping that it was just a rumor, but I heard it from the source. Thanks for the phone call.

I only have a couple of weeks to find a new pharmacy before I run out of my meds. There are plenty of options, but they are all out of town and not everyone has the ability to travel to pick up their prescriptions. I know that there are mail order pharmacies, but there are always problems when you can’t talk to your pharmacist.

My prescriptions are for three months each, so I’m hoping that I will only have to do this one or two times before someone, (Winters Healthcare, Sutter, or Lorenzo’s), steps up and fills a community need. When that happens, support your local pharmacy whenever you can. I know some health plans didn’t use local pharmacies, but if we get another pharmacy, transfer your prescriptions back to Winters.

There is a lot of talk about keeping Winters Winters and that means supporting local businesses whenever possible. I don’t mean lip service, shop locally. I don’t want to hear excuses about cost or lack of inventory. You can always find a reason to shop out of town and supporting local businesses isn’t always easy, but we have to make the effort or we will be losing other businesses.

What is a town without a pharmacy, hardware store, grocery store or newspaper? Think about what life would be like to live in a town without merchants. Who is going to support all of the school functions and fundraisers? Not a pretty picture.

Stay safe and have a good week.

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