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Outdoor entertaining made easy


atio season has arrived, and opportunities for outdoor social gatherings will abound in the coming months. Birthdays, graduations, showers, holidays and any other reasons to enjoy warm weather will call for unique outdoor party solutions that differ from indoor events. Here are a few ideas to make al fresco entertaining a snap. Fruity refreshment

Enjoying seasonal fruits is one of summer’s most delicious pleasures, so incorporate fresh fruits into every aspect of your gathering. Go beyond the traditional fruit plates and garnishes, and sweeten regular water with fresh fruits for an invigorating beverage that is perfect for the patio.

With a few whole fruits, ice and a blender, a perfect summer concoction is seconds away. To make a Strawberry Agua Fresca, simply blend one cup of fresh strawberries, four cups of cubed, seeded watermelon, three-fourths cup of lemon juice and two cups of ice to create a rejuvenating and healthy wholefood juice beverage that your guests are sure to enjoy. Get grilling

Many people associate summer gatherings with grilling, but that doesn’t mean your menu options need to be limited to the typical hamburgers and hot dogs found at most cookouts. Explore the hundreds of recipes for more health-conscious grilled cuisine, including salmon, shrimp, veggie

Enjoying seasonal fruits is one of summer’s most delicious pleasures. With a few whole fruits, ice and a blender, a perfect summer concoction is seconds away.

Editor’s note One year, the evening before Father’s Day my kid sister spilled the beans at the dinner table. “You’re going to love the new shoes we got for you, Daddy!” she blurted out. Sudden silence. Mom’s eyes flashed daggers. My other sister and I exchanged the uh-oh glance. Dad did what all cool dads would do – he pretended not to hear. Sunday, June 16 is Father’s Day. Be sure to make the day extra-special. Read this issue of Creative Living and get ready to head out with a shopping plan. Inside are helpful ways to get your home ready for summer entertaining; tips for staying fit, healthy and attractive; and more. Happy shopping!


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burgers and chicken. For an appetizer, try grilling slices of ciabatta or pita bread and topping with chopped tomatoes, basil and olive oil to create an easy bruschetta. Season and toss sliced, cooked potatoes on the grill to make your own steak fries, and use your blender to create a number of dipping sauces and homemade condiments. Roasting vegetable skewers makes for a light but flavorful side, and you can even use rosemary sprigs as the skewers for extra zest. Summer settings

Outdoor dinner parties are typically less formal events, but some instances still call for place settings and arranged seating. To create a fun, See SUMMER, Page 11

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Think your snoring is just a pain to her?

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Snoring can often be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a sometimes life-threatening sleep disorder that negatively impacts the health and quality of life of millions of Americans.

The solution fits in the palm of your hand. Dr. Timothy J. Kitzmiller offers an oral appliance alternative to wearing a CPAP mask when you sleep. “It’s an FDA-approved, custom-made, adjustable acrylic appliance,” said Kitzmiller. PROVIDED

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do a comprehensive oral and airway exam to make sure the appliance will work and to rule out any other health problems. Next, they make an impression of your mouth so the appliance will fit properly. It usually takes three weeks for the appliance to be made. “It’s an FDA-approved, custommade, adjustable acrylic appliance,” said Kitzmiller. When your appliance arrives, they will instruct you on putting it in, adjusting it to fit, and caring for it. You’ll come back for a follow-up visit in about four weeks. “We’ll ask you some subjective questions such as are you sleeping better, if your partner has noticed a

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reduction in snoring and if you’re less tired during the day,” Kitzmiller said. “Then we send you home with a portable sleep monitor to provide us with objective data to make sure the treatment is being effective.” Besides offering solutions for snoring and OSA, Dr. Kitzmiller also provides general dental services, including bonding, crowns and bridges, dentures, implants, veneers, whitening and Invisalign. Dr. Kitzmiller has been practicing dentistry in Milford for more than 20 years and has helped thousands of families throughout the Tristate with their dental needs. Cincinnati Dental Sleep Medicine and his dental office are located in Milford at 5722 Signal Hill Court, Suite A, at the State Route 28 and I-275 interchange. Their office hours are Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 513-248-8848 to make your appointment. m

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If you think you’re one of the 22 million Americans with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or struggle using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask when you sleep, it’s time to consider the oral appliance alternative available from Timothy J. Kitzmiller, DDS. It’s an easy and effective solution. “Many of our patients are already using a CPAP machine and come to us for an alternative,” said Lori Kitzmiller, Dr. Kitzmiller’s wife and the treatment coordinator at Cincinnati Dental Sleep Medicine, their associated practice dedicated to helping people with snoring and OSA. “Our oral appliance is a medical device that fits over your teeth and holds the lower jaw forward while you sleep, keeping the airway open.” If you have not already been diagnosed with OSA, your complimentary first visit will start with a series of questions to help identify your symptoms. “We use a number of diagnostic tests, including the Epworth Sleepiness Scale screening, which measures your degree of sleepiness, and the Berlin Questionnaire, which measures such things as the amount of noise you make while sleeping,” said Kitzmiller. Depending on your answers, you may be referred for an advanced screening or to a sleep lab for overnight testing. “Once a diagnosis of OSA has been confirmed, we move into the active phase of treatment,” said Kitzmiller. During the active phase, Dr. Kitzmiller will











How about a face-lift for LipoLaser will your swimming pool? help you shine this summer Memorial Day is upon us, and pools all across the Tristate will be opening in celebration of the summer season. If you’re thinking of replacing your pool’s worn-out vinyl liner or getting it painted or plastered, you might want to consider fiberglass resurfacing instead. “Fiberglass is handsdown better than vinyl or gunite. Since it’s bonded to the surface, there are

no wrinkles, tears or holes to worry about, no fading, and no floating,” explained Sam Ionna, owner of S.I. Pool Care. “Compared to plaster, fiberglass is nonporous, which helps prevent algae, and it won’t crack.” But perhaps the best advantage is durability. “Vinyl liners only offer a 12- to 15-year warranty, and repainting or replastering is only covered for


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one year, but a fiberglass surface from our supplier, Fibertech, comes with a 25-year written warranty,” said Ionna. If your pool needs other work, S.I. Pool Care can handle that, too. Renovation services they offer include installing a new pump or filter, or adding a heater or salt generator. Finally, think about replacing, refurbishing or expanding that concrete pool deck for the days of summer entertaining ahead. Whatever your needs, Ionna suggests scheduling right away to beat the rush. “Call and I will come out and give you a free estimate on your pool resurfacing or other job.” S.I. Pool Care is located at 3145 Dixie Highway in Erlanger. They’re open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday. Call 859331-4410 in Kentucky or 513-394-6260 in Ohio for more information. Or visit m

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Surprisingly affordable custom window treatments add personality to your home

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» Roman and cellular shades » Woven woods and vertical blinds » Custom beddings » Slipcovers and reupholstery » Professional installation is always available Check out Nancy’s kitchen window treatment in The Decorators Workroom ad on this page. Whether you’re

looking for custom Roman shades, upholstered cornices, creative valances and toppers, balloon shades, or classic swags and jabots, The Decorators Workroom is your source for surprisingly affordable designs. Call 513-515-1138 to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment with an interior designer from The Decorators Workroom. m


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picked this gorgeous fabric that brought together all the colors in the room. The quality was great and the end result is just perfect.” Window creations from The Decorators Workroom are custom made to your exact requirements with top-ofthe-line fabrics, trim and workmanship. You’ll

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25 minutes:

The time it takes to teach children about safety Did you know there are 525,000 minutes in a year? The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children wants you to take 25 of them to talk to your child about safety – the same amount of time it takes to watch a favorite TV show. It could save a child’s life. In the seven years since it began, NCMEC’s “Take 25” campaign has spread to thousands of communities across the United States, 150 coun-

tries and the Internet through social media. The campaign was created to coincide with National Missing Children’s Day, which is May 25. That was the day, in 1979, when 6-year-old Etan Patz was abducted from a New York street on his way to school, the first time he was allowed to walk to the bus stop alone. A suspect was recently charged with kidnapping and murdering him – more than three

Talk to your children about safety. It could save a child’s life. NAPS PHOTO

decades later. At the time Etan vanished, there was no coordinated national system for addressing missing children cases. His case, and that of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, who was abducted from a Florida mall and murdered in 1981, helped launch a

national movement that led to the Missing Children’s Act in 1982 and the creation of NCMEC in 1984. Today, up to 2,000 children go missing every day. Most are recovered quickly, but there are many who never return home. As the nation’s

leading nonprofit working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues of missing and exploited children, NCMEC has learned a lot about how to keep children safer in the real world and on the Internet. Since 2005 to January 2013, for example, NCMEC employees have analyzed 8,000 confirmed attempted abductions, showing that many children escaped harm by taking some kind of action. Most suspects were driving a vehicle. Nearly a third targeted children going to and from school or school-related activities between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nearly half of the children escaped by walking or running away without any contact. Onethird were proactive: See SAFETY, Page 12

Get ready to spice up your summer meals The inspiration for a great taco can be found in many places – from farmers markets to food trucks to upscale restaurants. All across the country, chefs and home cooks alike are reinventing the taco with global flavors and fresh ingredients. Just in time for summertime celebrations, the Betty Crocker Kitchens partnered with Old El Paso to create five tacos with a twist. “We were inspired by the creative tacos we’ve been seeing, and wanted to bring these global influences home with some simple ideas for fresh taco-and-margarita pairings,” says Jennifer Kalinowski, Food Content Strategy, Betty Crocker Kitchens. All suggestions feature the five elements that make an awesome taco experience: a shell + hot 6


filling + cold topping + sauce + finishing touch such as a fresh garnish. Take this formula and customize and experiment – tacos are the ultimate fun, casual food. This summer and beyond, enjoy a global taste experience at home with these taco and margarita ideas:


Create your own puffy taco shell, widely served at restaurants. The makeat-home secret: flour tortillas transformed into puffy shells. » Chipotle Chicken Puffy Tacos: Puffy taco shells stuffed with pulled rotisserie chicken in chipotle sauce, topped with fresh guacamole, salsa and favorite toppings like lettuce, tomato and queso fresco. » Citrus Margarita with Smoky Chile Salt: A L I V I N G

triple citrus (orange, lemon, lime) margarita with a smoky chile salt rim. Chile salt is handmixed with fine sea salt, ancho and chipotle chile powders.


This fun mash-up of flavors plays on the wildly popular fish taco, paired with a hibiscusinfused margarita. » Beer Battered Fish Tacos: Crispy taco shells filled with Mexican beer battered fish, topped with shredded red cabbage, chimichurri aioli and fresh jalapenos. » Hibiscus Lime Margarita: Homemade hibiscus syrup adds bright flavor and vibrant color to a fresh lime margarita.


Grilled, fresh and light, this taco features the unexpected flavor of

green apple, matched with a margarita that’s lighter on calories but packed with flavor. » Coconut Curry Chicken Tacos: Grilled tortillas filled with coconut curry chicken, green apple and Thai basil, topped with mango chile sauce and crunchy peanuts. » Mango Thai Basil Margarita: A mango margarita infused with the flavors of lime and Thai basil.


Try this combination of fresh flavors that takes its cues from the popular Banh Mi sandwich. » Banh Mi Pork Tacos: Spicy, honey-glazed pork wrapped in warm tortillas, topped with carrot daikon slaw, Sriracha mayo and fresh toppings like jalapenos, cilantro and cucumber slices.

» Cucumber Cilantro Margarita: Muddled cucumber and cilantro add fresh flavor to a lime margarita.


This gluten-free, vegetarian taco highlights spicy harissa and sweet potatoes, along with a “skinny” margarita. » Harissa Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos (Gluten Free): Warm corn tortillas filled with harissa roasted sweet potatoes, topped with herbed feta, Greek yogurt and crunchy quinoa. » Honey Lemon Margarita (Gluten Free): A fresh, light and lemony margarita sweetened with a touch of honey. Try this recipe for Chipotle Chicken Puffy tacos. For more recipes

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See SPICE UP, Page 11

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What’s new at Best Furniture Gallery? Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes a whole new season’s worth of changes at Best Furniture Gallery. According to Craig Reis, who owns Best Furniture Gallery with his wife Carolynn, “We had our best year ever in 2012, and the first few months of 2013 have started out just as strong.” Even though there are plenty of comfortable places to sit in their large and inviting showroom, they are not content to rest. “We’re always trying to think of new and exciting ways to offer our customers the experience, products and services that they have come to expect from us,” said Carolynn.

The Design Loft moves to mezzanine

The most notable change will be visible to customers the moment they enter the showroom – The Design Loft is now located on the mezzanine level. The move included a complete renovation of the mezzanine which, according to Craig, was long overdue. “We had so much success with The Design Loft in the back of the store that we decided to bring it front and center and incorporate more furniture pieces into the presentation.” Now, a customer can walk through the doors of Best and, within a few minutes, get a snapshot of what they can look forward to seeing during the rest of their shopping experience. The renovation included a complete redo of the walls, ceilings and floors, and includes some signature touches customers have come to East | Northeast

The mezzanine before the renovation. PROVIDED PHOTOS

expect from Best.

Best’s features inspire customers

“We like to get our customer’s creative juices flowing, so InHome Design Consultant Linda Barbian added

some unique features like a faux brick wall with sconces, faux tin ceiling, and a mural where we were able to repurpose an old iron gate that we had laying around on our property,” said Craig. For those not familiar

The mezzanine today. In-Home Design Consultant Linda Barbian added features such as a faux brick wall with sconces, a faux tin ceiling, a mural and repurposed old gate iron. At The Design Loft, you will find a look that will work in your home. PROVIDED PHOTOS

with The Design Loft, it’s a unique space unlike any other in the area. “The Design Loft is our store-within-a-store


concept ... with lots of decorative items, one-ofa-kind pieces, gift items and seasonal offerings,”

From the finest in American hand-crafted furniture to little treasures and unique gifts, There’s something for everyone!









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Local roofer offers updated line of skylights At Rooftime, spring has sprung. The popular contractor has crews booked through May, while their estimators are busy preparing new quotes for people who have already requested a bid. “It’s time now to start collecting bids, said MissMona,

Rooftime’s office manager. “Due to the many home shows that have gone on since January and windy, rainy weather, good roofers are already getting busy.” Rooftime is a great choice for homeowners seeking a trusted

Rooftime offers the new Solar Powered VELUX skylight. Among its many features is an integrated rain sensor to close the skylight automatically in case of inclement weather. PROVIDED


contractor to perform these improvements. Rooftime has again earned the prestigious Angie’s List service award for 2012 (for the sixth consecutive year). Their “A” rating as members of the Better Business Bureau also lets homeowners know they can be trusted to install quality work. “Yes,” explained Shoemaker “we’re different than everybody else, in that we exclusively recommend and install only the Owens Corning line of products. After researching all the products available, nothing else came close in quality, warranties, selection and pricing. Homeowners know and trust the Owens Corning brand.”

Rooftime crews keep up to date on the newest products, technology and codes through companypaid seminars and annual Owens Corning certifications. Rooftime estimators do not work on commission, to ensure that the customer always receives an honest estimate that is not influenced by what a salesperson might earn. “We’re not the biggest roofer locally,” said Shoemaker. “You can find others that are cheaper, higher, older, etc., but you won’t find anyone that will provide the level of detail or work as hard for a homeowner as Rooftime.” Most roofing companies can only be reached 9 to 5 on weekdays. Roof-






time understands that a storm can happen anytime. “If you need us we’re here,” said Shoemaker. “We know if someone is calling it means they need help, so we forward our office lines to a cellphone after hours, to be available.” Rooftime provides free written estimates and will explain what they can do to fix a home’s issues. Services include new roofs, metal roofing, roof repairs, attic insulation and seamless gutters. They also are box gutter experts and love working on older homes. New and exciting this year is the updated VELUX® line of skylight products. “We are excited about the new Solar Powered VELUX skylight,” Shoemaker said. “It has a huge Energy Star tax credit just for installing it, and it really changes any home for the better. Realtors highly recommend adding natural light to a home to upgrade its appeal, and once you have a skylightyou will never want to live in a home without them ever again.” According to Rooftime, skylights now come in more than 16 shapes and sizes and can be added for as little as $500. The skylights carry VELUX’s 10-year No Leak warranty. Rooftime uses digital cameras, iPad video, satellite measurements and thermal camera scans to pinpoint problems. Their use of technology allows homeowners to see issues for themselves, and then provides to-the-inch measurements for to-thepenny pricing. Visit Or call 513-753-8463 for a free inspection. m

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Healthy summer skin for every age As people show more skin with the summer season, it is important to get into a skincare routine that fits your lifestyle. Extended time in the sun can result in unwanted wrinkles, blemishes and sagging skin, not to mention more serious consequences – melanomas, scarring and skin cancer. Current estimates show that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, it only requires simple steps alongside a protective mindset to prevent skin damage at every stage of life. To maintain a healthy exterior this season, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Stanferd L. Kusch provides the following tips for strong, glowing skin at any age:


Though you may not be worrying about wrinkles yet, your skin may start to show warning signs of damage. Now is the time to focus on prevention. » Stay hydrated:

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explained Craig. Helping customers find just the right items for their homes is what Barbian does best. “The Design Loft is an area that inspires our customers by showing them how to how to accessorize and blend everything so that their room is unique to their taste and style,” Barbian said. East | Northeast

Drinking water helps delay the appearance of wrinkles. » Quit smoking: Smoking strips your skin of elastin and collagen, leaving you at the risk of severely premature facial wrinkling. » Eat smart: Foods that are high in vitamin C and antioxidants help prevent wrinkles by reflecting UV radiation from the sun.


This decade is the first time many see distinct signs of aging and skin damage, and it becomes necessary to build a more aggressive damage control and prevention regimen. » Assess the damage: Take advantage of free health screenings at your local pharmacies or retailers. » Maintain reduced stress levels: Ask your pharmacist or clinician about the effects of cortisol and stress on your skin and weight. » Get acquainted with retinoids: Retinoid creams contain compounds found in vitamin

In the midst of all that’s new, one thing that hasn’t changed is Best Furniture Gallery’s promise of high-quality products and courteous service that helped build their business from the ground up generations ago. “We are so fortunate for all of our great repeat customers and we continue to be excited by all of the new customers that seek out our store every single day,” said longtime Design Consultant Alma Rohrer.

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A and are used to treat wrinkles, sun damage and acne. Retinoid creams are available in both prescription and over-thecounter treatments. » Make sunscreen a habit: Use (and reapply) sunscreen throughout the day whenever you go outside.


Years of sun exposure can leave your skin with noticeable lines, blotchiness or dryness. » Limit exposure: Decreasing sun exposure is the best way to prevent skin cancer. » Moisturize regularly: While moisturizers won’t slow down the aging process, they can help soothe increasingly raw or irritated skin and can help strengthen collagen. » Add a little pep: Skin creams with peptides (small chains of protein molecules) can stimulate collagen and plump sagging skin.


For people age 50 and older, it’s critical to be aware of changes in your skin that may reflect the

“It’s our philosophy that building a successful business means building long-term relationships with our customers,” Rohrer said. Best Furniture Gallery is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed Sunday to be with family. Best Furniture Gallery is located at 1123 South Fort Thomas Ave., in the Midway District of Fort Thomas. m

No matter what your age, everyone feels most confident when their skin is its healthiest. ARACONTENT PHOTO

status of its health. » Self check: Monitor changes in your skin and look out for persistent pink, scaly patches and red or black pearly spots or bumps – these can sometimes be indicators of skin cancer. » See a dermatologist: By age 50, everyone should have a total body skin check to screen for skin cancer. » Continue good habits: Sunscreen is still an absolute must for this age range, and moisturiz-

ers and hydration are even more important than ever. No matter what your age, everyone feels most confident when their skin is its healthiest. Visit your doctor or take advantage of free counsel from pharmacists and local health screenings. This season, take action to prevent and minimize skin damage so your skin is nourished, protected and healthy for many summers to come.


SHOPPING AT THE DESIGN LOFT AT BEST FURNITURE GALLERY The Design Loft features a myriad of items that customers won’t find anywhere else under one roof, including: » Custom florals » A tile center » Decorating assistance » Accessories and decorative pieces » Seasonal items » Gift ideas » Antiques » Jewelry » And much more Call 859-441-BEST (2378) or visit for more information.






Make gardening even more enjoyable

To get the most out of your time gardening, consider some tips for avoiding physical discomfort. ARACONTENT PHOTO

Fresh packets of seeds, the dirt between your fingers, and the smell of freshly churned earth – gardening season has officially begun. Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or a newbie to home planting, gardening is a great activity that provides both physical and mental health benefits. Enthusiasm for gardening is high. Nearly half (49 percent) of American homeowners have gardened in the last 12 months, or 164 million people, as stated in a 2012 report on In addition to burning calories while enjoying the peacefulness of Mother Nature, gardening also

rewards you with fresh fruits and vegetables that help cut your grocery bill. But one unwelcome part of taking up gardening as a hobby is the potential for strain and injury. To get the most out of your time gardening, consider these tips for avoiding physical discomfort: » Start with a few stretches You wouldn’t go for a jog or attend a workout class without warming up, so why would you garden without taking a few moments to stretch first? Before grabbing your tools and heading to your yard, spend five or See GARDENING, Page 11

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ization. “Hundreds of people have become independent drivers because Bick’s had the equipment and certified trainers to get them on their way,” said Tina Paff, owner of the Western Hills Bick’s location and a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist. The program consists of clinical and behindthe-wheel assessments. The clinical evaluation looks at key items needed for driving, such as vision, physical status and cognition, or thinking, skills. A behind-the wheel assessment follows to determine if a person can resume driving independently, possibly needs some training, or should retire from driving altogether. “We receive assessment referrals from doctors, therapy practices, senior centers and families,” Paff said. “We also offer the assess-

ments right in a person’s home, to ease their anxiety. Most of the people we assess drive within a 10-mile radius of their home, therefore, our test is focused on the same geographical area.” Some people require adaptive equipment after an injury in order to return to driving. Some choices are hand controls, steering devices, left-foot accelerators or pedal extensions. Others, such as those with limited range of neck motion, just need minor adjustments to their car to keep them driving. “We would show them a panoramic mirror, which helps them see blind spots on the car,” said Paff. Bick’s Driving School of Western Hills is the oldest family-owned driving school on the West Side and has been in business for 46 years. m

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10 minutes doing stretches focusing on your arms, legs, back and neck. You’ll be moving and turning a lot, so be sure to stretch and loosen muscles to avoid strain when you’re out tending your garden. » Avoid bending and lifting the wrong way Chronic back pain is an issue for many Americans both young and old. Just because you have back issues doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy gardening. Consider installing raised garden beds, which allow you to garden without having to bend over. Additionally, container gardens can be placed on tables or deck railings for easy access. If you don’t suffer from back pain, avoid back injury by bending and lifting the right way.

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Chipotle Chicken Puffy Tacos Prep Time: 30 Minutes Start to Finish: 40 Minutes Serves 8

tions of weeding, hoeing, raking or shoveling can be problematic for the hands and wrists, particularly if you suffer from arthritis. Minimize irritation by wearing a supportive glove, like Imak arthritis gloves, commended by the Arthritis Foundation for Ease-of-Use. These specially designed gloves provide mild com-


⁄4 cup Old El Paso Thick ‘n Chunky salsa 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce (with 1 tablespoon adobo sauce) 1 ⁄4 cup water

Filling 21⁄2 cups pulled (not shredded) deli rotisserie chicken (from 2-pound chicken)

Puffy Tortillas ⁄4 cup vegetable oil 8 Old El Paso tortillas for soft tacos & fajitas (6-inch)

2 avocados, pitted, peeled and cubed 1 can (4.5 ounce) Old El Paso chopped green chiles 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 tablespoons chopped red onion 1 ⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 11⁄2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce 1 plum (roma) tomato, seeded and diced 3 ⁄4 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese

1. In medium bowl, make guacamole by mixing avocados, green chiles, lime juice, red onion and cilantro, mashing slightly; set aside. 2. Place Chipotle Sauce ingredients in blender or food processor. Cover; blend on high speed until smooth. Pour half of sauce in 10-inch skillet over medium heat with chicken, reserving 1⁄2 cup

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light atmosphere that is still organized and thoughtful, use colorful place mats and napkins to offset a white or neutral tablecloth. There’s no need to break out the fine china, either. Opt for bamboo or melamine plates and bowls instead, which are available in a wide array of colors and designs. Bamboo serving utensils can create a beach-like feel, and reusable, recyclable plastic silverware is an affordable alternative to disposable cutlery. Have fun with table decorations and fill glass bowls and vases with flowers, colorful stones and floating candles for an attractive, summery table setting. Add pretty citronella candles for decoration that will also keep your table bugfree. Night lights



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Remember to maintain good posture, minimize quick twisting motions, bend at the hips and knees only, lift items in a slow and controlled manner, and enlist help if necessary. » Protect hands and wrists Gardening can be physically demanding, and the repetitive mo3

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Gardening is a great activity that provides both physical and mental health benefits. GETTY IMAGES

pression that helps increase circulation, which ultimately reduces pain and promotes healing. Washable and made from breathable cotton, the gloves are great for the garden enthusiast. Plus the extra protection helps gardeners avoid painful blisters. » Protect the skin from the sun One of the best parts of gardening is you get to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, but that can mean extended time in the sun so it’s important to protect your skin. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and light cotton clothing that covers exposed skin are good first steps. Always apply a waterresistant, broad-spectrum lotion that is SPF 30 or higher at least 15 minutes prior to going outside, as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.


Try a global taste experience at home with recipes such as Chipotle Chicken Puffy Tacos. The make-at-home secret: flour tortillas transformed into puffy shells. Pair with a triple citrus (orange, lemon, lime) margarita with a smoky chile salt rim. ARACONTENT PHOTO

for topping. Cover skillet; heat chicken and sauce until warm. 3. Meanwhile, heat oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tortilla. Cook until it starts to puff up, then turn over. Once second side is puffed up, remove

from skillet; drain on paper towels. 4. Fold each tortilla in half, and top with slightly less than 1⁄3 cup chicken mixture. Top with guacamole, a drizzle of reserved sauce, lettuce, tomato and cheese.

Many summer soirees carry on past sunset, so lighting your patio area is important. With hundreds of options available for any outdoor area and budget, you can create whatever atmosphere you prefer. Solar lamps are a smart, energyefficient way to light the walking and seating areas, while Chinese lanterns hanging in the trees create a fun, party feel. Garden lights lining the driveway and walkways will direct attendees to and from the gathering areas safely, and an enclosed bonfire pit or portable fireplace is a great way to gather people for post-dinner revelry.






A safe haven for those in need. Elder abuse is a societal S E N I O R

problem. You can help


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, 2012. Be encouraged. Introducing the Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at Cedar Village. The Shalom Center provides shelter for eligible seniors, aged 65 and over, within the walls of the existing long-term facility at Cedar Village. It offers a safe harbor for older adults who are victims of abuse, including a full range of health care and supportive services and a coordinated system of care. For more information, or to make a referral, please contact us at 888.295.7453 or by email at Cedar Village Retirement Community 5467 Cedar Village Drive, Mason, Ohio 45040 Tel: 513.754.3100, Cedar Village is a nonprofit retirement community, located in Mason, Ohio.






One out of 10 older adults experiences some form of abuse in their lifetime. Estimates range from 700,000 to 3.5 million victims annually. Those numbers are staggering and what is even more staggering is that little exists to help identify, intervene and protect these vulnerable older adults. What is elder abuse? Elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of an elder. Abuse can take many forms: physical; emotional, or psychological; sexual; verbal abuse or threats; and abandonment. The most common form of elder abuse, which may exist with other forms of abuse, is financial abuse. All older adults are at risk, regardless of race,

culture or socioeconomic group. Women and “older” adults, over 85, are more at risk, and dementia in the older adult can also increase the risk. Mental health and substance abuse issues, with either the abuser or the victim, can also increase risk. Abuse can occur anywhere, from someone’s home to a facility setting or a hospital. Elder abuse is also seriously under-reported, with the percentage of reported cases falling far below the number known to exist. Victims are often afraid to report abuse. They are ashamed or feel guilty because their loved one is the perpetrator; are in denial; or afraid that if they report the abuse they will not be believed and/or that the abuse will escalate. How can we help?

First of all, education is vital. Learn the red flags – stories of injuries that don’t match, social isolation, changes in patterns, financial “gifts” that are out of line, missing necessary medical devices like hearing aids or walker. If you see signs, report it. Adult Protective Services are only a phone call away. And if an older adult needs a safe haven, the Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at Cedar Village is ready to offer crisis-stabilization stays, with a full range of medical, nursing, therapy, social work and legal services to help the victim recover and regain control of their life. These services are provided at no charge, part of Cedar Village’s faithbased mission to serve our community. m


ed. As part of the Take 25 campaign, NCMEC provides families and communities with free tools and resources, in multiple languages, to host events and initiate an ongoing dialogue with children, including conversation starters and important safety tips. Because of its popularity, NCMEC has expanded the May campaign from April 1 to June 15. Events to raise awareness about the importance of talking to children about safety are held in a variety of venues, including community centers, military installations, sport complexes, retail locations, houses of worship, schools and libraries. Last year alone,

Masonichip International hosted 269 “Take 25” events. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 206. Miss Black USA, 36. Every year, organizers find creative new ways to spread the message – on highway billboard signs, at community safety fairs, even a flash mob. NCMEC’s free resources, including the “Take 25 Organizer’s Kit,” can be downloaded at or ordered after your Take 25 event is registered and approved by NCMEC staff. You can also find important safety information at NCMEC’s websites, and

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yelling, kicking, screaming or pulling away. This month, NCMEC is honoring a 10-year-old Philadelphia girl who fought off a man who tried to abduct her last July as she walked down a street near her home, holding her 2-year-old brother’s hand. A surveillance videotape showed how fast it can happen: The man grabbed her from behind, put his hand on her mouth and lifted her in the air. She struggled mightily and her little brother screamed as loud as he could. The man dropped her and ran. He was later arrest-

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