Quantcast

Lancaster County Pharmacy Has Rx for Longevity - abc27 WHTM

Lancaster County Pharmacy Has Rx for Longevity

Posted: Updated:
  • Let's Go PlacesMore>>

  • Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:59:44 GMT
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>
  • Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:02:59 GMT
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
  • Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:17:26 GMT
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>

Behind the pharmacy counter is a comfort zone for John Hinkle III. And it should be. He's a fourth generation pharmacist at Hinkle's Pharmacy, a Lancaster County landmark business in downtown Columbia.

"People knew me growing up," said John Hinkle III. "It was a comfortable environment growing up. And I just always really enjoyed working in the pharmaceutical part of the store."

As store president, John III follows in the footsteps of his dad, John Hinkle, Jr., his grandfather John, Sr. and great-grandfather Samuel Hinkle.

"Columbia has been a very loyal town to us," said John Jr., who served as store president from 1958 to 1990. "They've been very loyal generation after generation. And, of course, you can't ask for anything more than that."

The quaint business opened in 1893 by Samuel Hinkle and early partner Luther Schroeder has changed considerably over the years. Pharmaceutical equipment and procedures are far more complex. Medical aids and equipment are now a significant portion of the business. And a gift shop adds an ever changing dimension to the store. But, perhaps the biggest change to the original enterprise is the restaurant. It's THE place in Columbia to eat, meet and greet. Even Mayor Leo Lutz gets calls about Hinkle's from people planning to visit the town.

"They'll say 'We heard of this place called Hinkle's drug store where we can go and it's like the center of town where everything happens.' "

And store loyalty isn't just from customers. Thirteen of Hinkle's nearly 70 employees have been with the business for 25 years or more. And looking ahead for their business, John III says their operational plans will change as needed, but not their business philosophy.

"We're hoping that we can continue to provide personal service and customer service that builds loyalty from the people so they enjoy coming back."

Powered by WorldNow