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Powered by Community From The Bethlehem Y Board of Managers and Bethlehem Y Leadership Staff

BETHLEHEM Y EXCEEDS REACH OUT FOR YOUTH GOAL For more than three months, the staff and board members of the Bethlehem Y reached out to our members and the rest of the community asking you to support the Y’s Reach Out For Youth program and you responded in spectacular fashion.

am amazed by how my physical capabilities have improved from my Y workouts. For me the Y is so much more than just a place to go and work out. It has become an essential part of the continuing improvement of my physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.”

The Bethlehem Y raised almost $107,000 and every dollar will used right here in our community. We want to thank everyone who contributed. Your generosity will make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of children and families in Bethlehem. And, by building stronger families, you are building a stronger community.

The Y’s Circle of Champs program uses Reach Out For Youth funds to improve the quality of life for children who’ve been touched by a life-threatening illness. For Laurel McAdoo, the program gave her son many smiles as he fought cancer. “The Y has stood by me and my family during the most difficult times imaginable. You can’t put a price tag on that support.”

The Reach Out For Youth program is truly the heart of the Y. No one is ever turned away from the Y because of their ability to pay. More than 13 percent of people living in Bethlehem earn less than $25,000 per year. It’s the Reach Out For Youth program that allows us to provide help to those people in our community that need it. The people whose lives you helped change also thank you. Because of Reach Out For Youth, Angela Nixon was able to send her son Akye to Y summer camp. “Akye always had fun; he made friends and was excited to be around the counselors. I felt the genuine caring of all the counselors; they showed a great deal of responsibility and respect of the kids as well as parents. Akye said he loved summer camp and that ‘it was the best time ever.’” Craig Renner suffers from multiple disabilities. Thanks to Reach Out For Youth, he has been able to work out in the Y pool and take yoga classes. He has lost 85 pounds. “I


The reasons people need help are many. Fortunately, so is the number of people in Bethlehem who are willing to help by contributing to Reach Out For Youth. Thanks again to all of the people who gave and all of those who asked for contributions. The 2013 Reach Out For Youth campaign has concluded, but the need doesn’t go away. We know our members and our community will respond again next year in even greater numbers.

Mark Hansen

Membership and Marketing Chair Board Member Capital District YMCA Bethlehem Area Branch. 518-439-4394


Trish’s Pix Tattered Pages Used Books

Dear Fellow Readers & Friends of Tattered Pages, Working in the bookshop has been like being on a seesaw. I loved the seesaw when I was a little kid. The excitement was in having someone to play with, in rising up in the air, the thrill of the rhythm, the giggles, the overall joy of the control mixed with the expectation of the occasional bang against the ground. You knew the see-sawing would come to an end eventually but I enjoyed every pump of the legs and that instant of weightlessness. You entered into it knowing that it would last only so long. When it was over, you wondered if anyone else wished to join you. Tattered Pages started in October of 2006 and moved to the Glenmont Center Square in June of 2007. Barbara & Larry Boord bought the store in May of 2008 and I have managed the store for them since then. We have had an incredible ride (such as the seesaw) with our incredible highs and unfortunate lows over the years. The economy & the e-reader has certainly had an impact on our operations. At this time the Boords will be leaving the store to retire and spend more time with their family & growing number of grandchildren! What this means is that I am taking a giant leap of faith!!! I am taking over ownership of the store in June!!! I am taking this leap with my eyes wide open with my li‛l buddy Seamus at my side and the support of my family, friends & bookstore friends. My husband pointed out that most women my age are planning retirement and I am venturing into owning a business that has seen a bit of a downward trend in the past 3 years! I am calling this a “leap of faith” because I believe so much in the printed word, as well as providing a shop where customers can responsibly recycle their books while earning credits towards the purchase of new books in the shop. I believe in locally owned businesses as well as the people who are “regulars” and ready daily to welcome new customers into our shop.

well for her assignment while shopping. The topic: “Is there a place for the print book alongside the e-reader in today‛s society?” I believe that there is especially for those who love the tactile experience of reading a book. I held a James Fenimore Cooper book published in 1850. I thought of the others, over time, who held that book as they became engrossed in the adventure laid out on the printed page! I thought of those who inherited the book, passed it along and how it finally came to rest on our shelves. Can you possibly have the same experience with an electronic book? Although there are some wonderful e-books for children with sound & even movement, they really can‛t compare to the tactile experience of opening that flip book, or flap book experience that may open to 24 inches across. Come on now, “Pat the Bunny” just doesn‛t come across in e-book! I know that you can fit an entire library of novels into an e-reader, it is light, portable and convenient. Many have told me that they can‛t find their favorite authors in downloadable format. Books no longer published are not so easy to find in that format either. What we carry is infinitely more affordable, ready to share & pass around, & recyclable back at the shop for credits. Books are immediately reduced 20-60% off original publisher‛s prices as soon as they enter our system. I just sold the most recent Lee Child adventure in hardcover for $11 where BJs was selling it at 25% off $21! We have books that start at $1.50 and offer a free book from a nice selection for sales over $20.

Starting in June, I will be looking at no more than 6 books at a time for possible acceptance, however, I will be taking in movie DVDs, children‛s CDs, Video Games, and gently used children‛s educational games & puzzles. These are all subject to approval, must be clean, odor-free…in sellable condition! Purchasing the electronic items will be non-refundable except for trade credit. Trade credits will be set to take an additional 22% off our already reduced prices. We will also periodically have crafts & special items for sidewalk sale in hopes of bringing more sales into the shop. We are also working on a program where we might sponsor small vendors here in the shop for events…watch our website and this article for upcoming events. We are always getting new inventory, some of our books are in gift giving quality or gently read. I have our inventory on computer and can search titles quickly for you. I was recently interviewed for a small We just recently acquired several books in documentary & hosted this videographer in the our: Westerns section, children‛s chapter book shop. Several customers were interviewed as




Bryan T. Pham, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate 2013 Paul B. Pagnotta, RPh Co-Owner Four Corners Pharmacy LLC

Acetaminophen Safety What is acetaminophen? Acetaminophen (pronounced a•SEET•a•MIN•o•fen) is a pain reliever and fever reducer that is widely known by the brand name, Tylenol®. On some labels, acetaminophen may be abbreviated as “APAP” which stands for its chemical name N-acetyl-p-aminophenol; this is also where its brand name comes from (underlined letters).1 How can I determine which products contain acetaminophen? On OTC medications, the word “acetaminophen” is listed either on the front of the package or the Drug Facts label in the Active Ingredients section.2 In addition to pain relievers, acetaminophen is found in OTC sleep products and over 600 OTC cough, cold, and flu medications.3 Some prescription medications that contain acetaminophen include Tylenol® with Codeine, Fioricet®, Lortab®, Norco®, Vicodin®, and Percocet®.4 What are the recommended doses for acetaminophen in adults? The doses vary from product to product and selecting one that is appropriate depends on your level of pain (mild, moderate, or severe) or condition. Dosing for regular strength acetaminophen (325 mg) is two tablets every 4-6 hours as needed and no more than 10 tablets per day. Dosing for extra strength acetaminophen (500 mg) is two tablets every 6 hours as needed and no more than 6 tablets per day. What about dosing acetaminophen in children? In 2011, some manufacturers decided to change the concentration of liquid acetaminophen products marketed for infants (2-3 years of age) to 160 mg/5 mL, which is the same concentration intended for children.5 This change was made to decrease the confusion among different strengths and to avoid dosing errors. Parents and caregivers of should always read the Drug Facts labels for the correct dosing, concentration, and directions for use (example below). They should also use the dosage device that comes with the medicine. For children less than 2 years of age, ask a health care professional for the correct dosing.

Can acetaminophen be harmful to me? When taken as directed, acetaminophen is safe and effective. However, taking too much can lead to severe liver damage. Adults should not exceed 4,000 mg (4 g) per day. Children under 12 years of age should not receive more than five doses of the acetaminophen per day. What are the signs and symptoms of acetaminophen-induced liver injury? The signs and symptoms of liver damage are loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting.6 They take some time to appear and can be mistaken for something else such as the flu. What can I do to minimize my risk of adverse effects from acetaminophen? You can take the following steps to ensure the safe use of acetaminophen.7 • If prescribed, take opioid/acetaminophen combination products only as directed by a health care professional. • Do not take more than one product containing acetaminophen at any given time. Be sure to check if your cough, cold or sleep products also contain acetaminophen. • Avoid alcohol when taking acetaminophen. • Do not take more than the maximum daily dose of 4,000 mg (4 g). Where can I go to find additional information? • Pharmacists are easily accessible to help you read labels carefully and answer questions related to your medications. They can help identify any drug interactions between prescription drugs and OTC pain medications.8 • Your doctor or health care provider can also help you decide what prescription or OTC pain medication is right for you. • Reliable websites on the Internet: References 1. McNeil Consumer Healthcare Company. History of Tylenol. Accessed at pdfs/McNeilConsumerHealthcareCompany.pdf, April 17, 2013. 2. Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition. About Acetaminophen. Accessed at http://www., April 18, 2013. 3. Food and Drug Administration. Don’t Double Up on Acetaminophen. Accessed at: http://www.fda. gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm336581.htm, April 17, 2013. 4. Food and Drug Administration. List of Marketed Acetaminophen-Containing Prescription Products. Accessed at, April 18, 2013. 5. FDA Safety Communication: Addition of another concentration of liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants. Accessed at, April 20, 2013. 6. Food and Drug Administration. Acetaminophen and Liver Injury: Q & A for Consumers. Accessed at, April 20, 2013. 7. Food and Drug Administration. New Steps Aimed at Cutting Risks from Acetaminophen. Accessed at, April 20, 2013. 8. Selecting the Right OTC Pain Medication. US Pharm. 2012;37(5):35-26.

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