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Start planning now for spring’s home remodel If April showers bring May flowers, what do winter’s snowflakes bring? Perhaps it’s an excuse to curl up with your favorite magazines and imagine the kitchen makeover of your dreams. When the cold winter months keep you indoors, use the time to take care of things that will make your remodeling plans much easier to tackle in the spring. Determine the scope of your project: Do you need just a few coats of paint or a whole new kitchen? Take this time to evaluate what you want to accomplish. If you need

to work with a designer or contractor, now is the time to do your research and engage professional help to plan. Look to online resources like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Houzz or ask friends and family for recommendations. Meet with a few prospects and see whose work and costs fit your needs. You should also determine your budget and use that to guide the rest of your planning decisions. Look for trends that last: Once you have a good sense for what your project will involve, have

fun dreaming up all the details. Are you looking to make a bold statement or create a timeless look? No matter how large or small your project, there are many current trends that can make a big impact in your home, yet will stand the test of time. In the kitchen, white cabinetry has had a resurgence of popularity and can create a classic look or serve as the perfect complement to colorful statement pieces that can be easily swapped out as trends change. See REMODEL, Page 11

Editor’s note At our house, the winter blahs begin the day after the Super Bowl. No more football until August. What a bummer! To lift our spirits, we look forward to spring rituals. The excitement of Opening Day, longer daylight time, the sighting of daffodils and tulips, to name a few. Now is also the perfect time to plan for the coming season’s home makeovers, book a session at a salon of choice, or schedule the dental appointment you’ve been putting off. Never out of season is preplanning your funeral. It’s a loving gesture to your survivors at a time full of emotion. Further, prefunding a funeral locks in today’s burial costs for overall services. Find out more inside this issue. Spend some time with us then emerge from your winter cocoon to visit Creative Living advertisers. Hurry! Punxsutawney Phil says an early spring is on the way.

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TAKE AN OSA SELF-ASSESSMENT Visit cincismiles.com or cincisleep.com for National Sleep Awareness Week open house locations, and a quiz to see if you might have OSA.

the release of NSF’s Sleep in America® poll on Monday, March 4, and ends with the return to daylight saving time, on Sunday, March 11, when clocks move ahead one hour and too many Americans lose an hour of sleep. For more information about National Sleep Awareness Week and the National Sleep Foundation, visit sleepfoundation.org. “We’ll be participating in a number of open houses that week,” said Dr. Kitzmiller. “We hope people stop by for free sleep screenings and to get information on the diagnosis and treatment of OSA and other sleep disorders. We also offer complimentary consultations at our office yearround.” Dr. Kitzmiller has a deep understanding of

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the hazards of OSA because he himself has it. In fact, he started Cincinnati Dental Sleep Medicine because he didn’t like wearing the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask when sleeping. (A CPAP mask is the most common treatment for OSA.) “Many people can’t tolerate a CPAP machine because of discomfort, claustrophobia or just the inconvenience of having to wear a mask every time you go to bed. So I enrolled in specialized training out of state to provide myself and my patients a CPAP alternative called an oral appliance,” Dr. Kitzmiller said. “It’s a medical device that fits over your teeth and holds the lower jaw forward while you See KITZMILLER, Page 12

Symptoms include: Snoring • Daytime Fatigue • Morning Headaches • Depression Restless Sleep • High Blood Pressure • Lack of Concentration Sleeping in Separate Rooms

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According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has become a significant health issue in the United States. In fact, it’s estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and as high as 90 percent of those cases are undiagnosed. That means the barista who mixes your morning coffee, the scheduler who makes your doctor appointment or, worse, the person in the car next to you on the highway, could all be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and not even know it. To help focus attention on the hazards of undiagnosed OSA and the overall importance of a good night’s sleep, Dr. Timothy J. Kitzmiller, DDS and founder of Cincinnati Dental Sleep Medicine, is hosting a series of open houses during National Sleep Awareness Week, March 3-10. The week is sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) and begins with

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What is Stressless all about, anyway? You’ve seen them on TV, in the newspaper, maybe even at the mall – leather recliners with a distinctive look and a funny name. Now you can find out for yourself why Stressless® recliners are causing such a buzz at Best Furniture Gallery in Fort Thomas, Ky. Just minutes from downtown Cincinnati, Best Furniture Gallery is the exclusive dealer for Stressless furniture in Northern Kentucky. And right now, Best is offering a free leather or fabric upgrade on any Stressless recliner, sofa, or sectional purchase. At the heart of the Stressless appeal is the

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manufacturer’s commitment to quality, comfort and design. When the Stressless brand was launched in Norway in 1971 by parent company Ekornes

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Local Catholic cemeteries are responding to cremation trend It is no secret that more and more families are choosing cremation as their final disposition. One of the leading drivers of this trend has been the Catholic Church’s acceptance of cremation as an approved method of disposition. With the rise in cremation, Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society has adapted to meet the changing needs of fam-

Nobody wants to think about planning a final resting place, but your family will be glad you did. Our advisors can help you through the questions and details. No pressure, simply your wishes.

ilies in the community. Last year, the cemeteries introduced new final resting places specifically designed for cremated remains. These new memorials, called columbaria, are one of a number of ways that families can create a peaceful, final resting place within the cemetery. “Some families look at See CEMETERIES, Page 9

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Funeral planning and funding mistakes to avoid The staff at Rebold Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home and Crematory in Cheviot offer tips to help make the most appropriate decisions for a loved one or yourself. » DON’T WAIT UNTIL SOMEONE IS SICK, although many families do. The best time to make a funeral plan is when everyone is healthy. You can give the time and attention necessary to make educated and informed decisions for your loved one or your-

self. And it only takes about an hour of your time. » DON’T PUT YOUR CHOICES IN YOUR WILL. Typically, your will is not read until after the funeral has taken place. The best way to be sure your wishes are carried out is to plan with a funeral director. They will keep your specific choices on file. One call to them by your family and the details can then be carried out, just as you

Final Wishes Cremation Service, located in Cheviot, near St. Martin of Tours Church, has served the community for more than six years. Final Wishes is not a fullservice funeral home. Although there are staff members available 24 hours a day who are licensed in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to respond to your phone calls and requests for service, the operational expenses are much lower than a fullservice funeral home. Therefore, Final Wishes can pass the savings on to

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Planning ahead fixes funeral expenses at today’s prices Death is an inevitable part of living, but you can spare your loved ones the anguish and emotional pain of taking care of those final details by preplanning your funeral now. According to Tony Policastro, president of Vorhis & Ryan Funeral Homes, there are three advantages of preneed planning. “One, your family is relieved of that emotional burden at a time when they may be least prepared to face it. Two, you get the funeral you want, the way you want it. And three, the cost is fixed at today’s prices,” he said. With funeral inflation and general inflation rising faster than the savings rate, Policastro’s last point is perhaps the best reason to

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turn to Vorhis & Ryan for pre-need planning. They use an insurance trust that provides a compound annuity to guarantee their prices on everything from the casket to the service to the flowers and newspaper notices. Vorhis & Ryan offers prices ranging from $995 for cremation up to $4,495 for an entire funeral package. Vorhis & Ryan Funeral Homes have three Ohio locations – Springdale, Lockland and Norwood. Get more information at vorhisandryan.com. Or call 513-821-0062. Policastro summed up the value offered by Vorhis & Ryan Funeral Homes this way: “We are an economy funeral home that offers full service.”

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the consumer in the form of lower prices. For $1,050, services include transportation from the hospital, inpatient hospice or nursing home, and completion of necessary documents with the next of kin, medical certifier and the health department. Approved containers for the deceased’s body and the ashes or cremains are provided. The cremation fee, health department permit fee, Ohio sales tax and one certified death certificate are included. Shop other cremation services by telephone and compare prices. Final Wishes is among the least expensive you will find. When you’re shopping, also ask these questions: Where is my loved one’s body sheltered until the time for cremation? Who has custody of the body? Where does the crema-

tion take place? Who does the cremation? The fact is, any funeral home can offer and advertise as a cremation service, but few have the necessary equipment which allows them to directly provide cremation to a client family. Most funeral homes transfer the decedent’s body to a third party. This sets Final Wishes apart from the rest: We own the crematory equipment. When permission for custody is given to our staff, we take possession of the decedent. That person comes to our facilities, stays with us at our facilities, is cared for by our staff, and the decedent’s cremains are returned to the family by our staff. The decedent never leaves our custody or our facility. If you desire a traditional or special urn, our retail center includes a large display. Even if you have chosen another provider for cremation, we are still available to help you with the pur-

chase of appropriate urns. Our display and catalog collection allows you to choose from fullsize urns, keepsake or mini urns and cremation jewelry from the top manufacturers. More families are also choosing to plan and hold memorial services without the assistance of a full-service funeral provider. Our retail center also includes a large selection of visitor registration books, funeral thank-you or acknowledgment cards, and we can arrange for the printing of Catholic and nontraditional memorial cards and service programs. Final Wishes staff members can also assist you with funeral planning and prefunding. Many people have chosen to make their own funeral plans and also have made arrangements to pay for the plans in advance of need so their family does not have either the emotional or financial burdens.

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or friend? Or are you just another client? Is the funeral home private or corporate owned? If there is a problem, who answers to you? Have they been in business for a few years? Or generations? Do your friends and neighbors recommend them? Does the funeral home staff live in the neighborhood? Shop at your local stores? Attend the same churches and schools as you and others in the neighborhood? Involved and support community functions? Also seek out locally owned and operated business when they need

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work done in their homes or offices? If you choose funeral planning and prefunding, your funds are secured at a third party, as required by Ohio law. The funds remain transferable, in case you move out of the area or choose another provider, and you always retain freedom of choice. Your prepaid funeral

funds are irrevocable, meaning you cannot get a refund or cancel the plan. This is important if you are trying to obtain assistance from Medicaid. An irrevocable prepaid funeral plan is an exempt asset. Final Wishes invites you to call 513-389-1800 to speak with a representative or arrange an office visit.

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cremation as something less than a traditional service,” said Steve Bittner, president of Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society. “Many people are unaware that families can honor their loved one’s preferences while still holding Mass and having a committal of some kind on a consecrated property like a cemetery.” The Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society operates St. Joseph Old Cemetery in Price Hill, St. Mary Cemetery and St. John Cemetery in St. Bernard, as well as Baltimore Pike non-denominational cemetery in Price Hill. Over the recent years, these cemeteries have created new offerings for families that prefer cremation. St. Joseph Old Cemetery and St. Mary recently had new columbaria installed, creating three choices for families who prefer cremation. In addition to the columbar-

Memorials called columbaria are a way to create a peaceful final resting place in the cemetery. Shown is the new columbaria at St. Joseph Old Cemetery in Price Hill. PROVIDED

ia, families can create a memorial with a glassfront niche that safely and securely displays the urn within the mausoleum. Bittner added that many families blend tradition with cremation by simply burying cremated remains in the ground on a family plot. “The Church has al-

lowed cremation for the past twenty years or more. But there are conditions that many families are not aware of,” Bittner said. “For example, the Church teaches that our earthly remains – whether intact or cremated – are meant to be treated with reverence and dignity. The Mass of

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added advantage of prepaying is price protection, which locks in funeral expenses at today’s prices,” said Karen Mihovk. One of the newest trends Mihovk is seeing in funeral planning is personalization. “You can get special inner panels and colors and end corners on caskets that reflect hobbies or a particular branch of service,” she said. These themes can be carried out in other mer-

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chandise, including urns, register books and prayer cards/memorial folders Mihovk-Rosenacker offers all types of funeral services and merchandise, including cremation. And with locations on both sides of town – the east, at 10211 Plainfield Road, and west, 5527 Cheviot Road – they’re waiting to serve your preplanning needs. Visit www.mrfh.com. Or call 513-385-0511 for more information.

families are unaware of.” Bittner indicated that with the rise in cremation, an increasing number of families prefer to forgo funeral services and rituals altogether. After working with families for more than 40 years, Bittner has seen that funeral services and committal services are an important part of the healing process. “Everyone experiences grief differently, but the rituals of Mass and committal are important to help the faithful say goodbye and comfort those who experience loss,” he said. “If you are a Catholic considering cremation, either as a final wish for yourself or as part of the process of carrying out a loved one's wishes, you are urged to discuss the matter with the officiating priest.”

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Understanding, moving through prearrangement Vitt, Stermer & Anderson has been faithfully serving the area for more than 100 years. We are proud of our long, rich heritage and commitment to excellence, dedicated staff and unquestionable integrity. Our staff includes David and Bruce Anderson, Leslie Ivey, Jerry Combs, Linda Stoecklin, Betty Hagarty, Dick Phillips and Michelle Fowler. We offer many services, including burial, cremation and preplanning. Our sole purpose is to

provide quality, dependable, affordable service and respect for every family we’re privileged to serve. We will work with any budget. Vitt, Stermer & Anderson has two locations, in Delhi and Cheviot. The Cheviot location was recently remodeled to better serve you. By meeting with one of our staff you can receive qualified answers to questions such as: » What vital papers are needed to collect death benefits due me? » When a death occurs, who should be con-

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SOME MORE QUESTIONS VITT, STERMER & ANDERSON ANSWERS: » Will you choose burial or cremation? » Where will the funeral service be? In a church, in our chapel, or someplace else? » Who will officiate? What readings, verses or poems will be read? » Will there be music? What are your favorite musical selections? » Is there going to be a reception after the service? If so, where? Who will cater? » What casket will you choose? Stainless steel or oak? » If you choose cremation, will your cremated remains be scattered or buried? Where? » If I move, does my funeral plan and protection move with me? If so, how? » I’m a veteran. Does the VA pay me any burial benefits? If so, how much? » How much does Social Security provide me for funeral expenses?

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wished. It’s not enough to simply mention your desires to your family. They can forget what you told them or even disagree with each other. Usually this is not the case if a funeral plan has been made. » DON’T DO ALL OF YOUR SHOPPING OVER THE PHONE. While funeral homes are required to provide price information to consumers over the phone, you may want to inspect the facilities and meet the staff face to face. You might be more comfortable and more secure in your decisions when you personally know the people you are dealing with. » DON’T BASE YOUR DECISIONS SOLEY ON PRICE. Staying within your budget is most important. You also need to consider the quality of the merchandise they offer, the look and feel of the funeral home facilities and the experience level of the staff. » DON’T COMPARE PRICES WITHOUT KNOW WHAT IS AND WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED. Always compare the bottom line, the final cost. And try to compare apples to apples. When making a funeral plan and discussing costs, discuss every detail, every time. People most often fail to compare the same merchandise offered at different funeral homes. If a casket has the same name at different funeral homes, don’t assume it is of the same quality or even from the same manufacturer. You cannot even assume that it is made in America. Compare service fees

by using the General Price List; some will be higher or lower than others and all of them will charge differently for caskets and burial vaults they offer. Remember to always compare the bottom line. » DON’T OVERLOOK HOW THE FUNERAL HOME MANAGES THE DETAILS. Personalization of the services and merchandise makes the ceremonies memorable for everyone. Do they offer a memory table? Picture boards? Big screen for your DVD? Do they offer options to customize the casket or cremation urn, if you desire? Do they offer a variety of prayer cards? Folders? Visitors Books? Thank-you cards? Choice of services offered, available merchandise and a range of prices are important to most families. » DON’T FORGET TO ASK ABOUT GUARANTEES. If you are also considering prefunding your funeral plan, ask what price guarantees are offered, if any. Is your money secure? Refundable? What if the funeral home goes out of business or changes ownership? Some other questions to ask: What if I move out of town? What if I want to change to another funeral home? » DON’T FORGET TO ASK WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU LEAVE THE CEMETERY. Hopefully the answer is not, “We’ll send the bill.” Most funeral directors feel some responsibility to assist you with necessary documents and certificates. Some also offer referral services, literary resources, follow-up visits and special holiday memorial programs designed to help you cope with your grief.

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Prehab at Triple Creek gets you home faster In the coming months, many aging adults may be planning to have a needed surgery, such as a hip or knee replacement. For many, it is common to consider the rehabilitation required after such an important surgery, but often, one does not think about the importance of preparing his/her body prior to surgery. There are many activities that can be completed before surgery which help ensure that elderly patients will be in their best condition before the procedure. As opposed to “rehabilitation” after surgery, it is referred to as “prehabilitation.” Such a program is designed to improve strength and performance of functional tasks, as well as reduce the amount of pain and recovery time following surgery. A recent study found that knee and hip replacement patients that partic-

ipated in an exercisebased physical therapy program six weeks prior to surgery reduced their need for inpatient rehabilitation by 73 percent. “The benefits of exercise before surgery are very clear: the more you can do for yourself physically before surgery, the better off you will be,” says lead study author Daniel Rooks, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. At Triple Creek Retirement Community, our expert staff is specially trained to assist you in becoming as well conditioned as possible prior to surgery through a variety of moderate exercise, including warm-ups, cardiovascular activity, strength training, flexibility training and functional skills. Our specialized care even extends throughout the entire recovery process if you are unable to return home directly

after surgery or an injury. Our Home Again rehabilitation program will pamper you while you undergo physical/occupational and/or speech therapy, and we’ll get you back to maximum independence fast. You’ll exercise with some of the most modern equipment, using innovative therapy approaches with proven results. And once you’re ready to return home, we’ll send you back with prepared meals and complete a home inspection to ensure your safety. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’re able to return home. For more information about our state-of-the art prehabilitation program, and/or to find out more about the services and amenities of our proprietary Home Again rehabilitation program, please contact a member of our staff today at 513-8510601.

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accommodate their changing needs without compromising on style,” says Sarah Reep, design lead for Merillat Cabinetry. Clean house: When you’re ready to get started on your remodel, you won’t want to worry about cleaning. Take time now to look at everything stored in your kitchen and pantry and determine what stays and what can go. It’ll make prepping for renovation projects that much easier. How old are those spices? What about that stack of lids with no container to match? Have

lots of totes and bags hanging around? Donate the ones you don’t use and organize the rest. If you have kitchen items you can’t part with but you rarely use, pack them up now and store them until the remodel is complete. You’ll want as much free space to keep things out of the way during your remodel as possible. If you take time now to get prepared for your kitchen remodel, you’ll thank yourself in a few months when the kitchen of your dreams is coming to life.

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Throughout the home, universal design is also becoming an increasingly important trend to consider. Planning your remodel so the space is comfortable to use for all ages and abilities will not only ensure your long-term enjoyment of the space, but can also help with resale value down the road. “As more and more homeowners are looking to age in place, they’re demanding designs that West | Northwest

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Gourmet dining. Fine linens. Personal concierge service. This is rehab? Our Home Again rehabilitation service will pamper you while you undergo physical, occupational or speech therapy. You’ll work out with some of the most modern equipment, using innovative therapy approaches with proven results. And once you’re ready to return home, we’ll send you back with prepared meals and do a home inspection to ensure your safety. To find out how we can help you or someone you love transition smoothly back home, call us to schedule a personal tour.

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furniture is truly an investment in comfort, style and quality.” For a truly “stressless” buying experience, come into Best Furniture Gallery and let one of their Stressless experts take you through the comfort test. 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. They’re located at 1123 South Fort Thomas Ave., in the Midway district of Fort Thomas. Call 859-441-BEST (2378) for more information.

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record for us is a customer who has 12 seats in their home-theater room,” said Carolynn. According to Craig, “We only sell furniture from manufacturers we trust, and the Stressless chair is a product we believe in. We have them in our homes, we hear from customers every day about how great they are, and we see the quality features and how long they last. Stressless

Reinvent leftovers Leftovers can be a nutritious lunch option that also saves you a lot of money, but how many times do you get stuck eating the same thing twice, or sometimes three times, in a few days? Reinvent your leftovers by using a tortilla wrap. Whole-wheat wraps are great for just about anything – fill with your leftover pork, beef or chicken, add some cheese and salsa, and you now have a zesty wrap that is good for you too. You can also microwave Minute® Ready to Serve Rice and add to a wrap along with leftover meat or beans for a tasty and satisfying creation. Tortillas can stay fresh for long time. Buy a package and store it in a sealed container in the fridge so this handy food is always available for creative lunching.

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An expert at Best Furniture Gallery can take you through the Stressless recliner’s comfort test. There is a size and comfort level for everyone, says store owner Craig Reis. Visit BestFurnitureGallery.com. PROVIDED

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sleep, keeping the airway open.” Besides offering solutions for obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Kitzmiller also provides general dental services, including: bonding; crowns and bridges; dentures; im-

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Serves: 2 (about 1 cup each)

Ingredients: 1 container Minute® Ready to Serve White Rice 1 ⁄2 cup cooked low-sodium ham, cubed 1 ⁄2 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks 1 ⁄4 cup cooked green peas or sugar snap peas 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon soy sauce Directions: Prepare rice according to package directions. In a medium bowl, combine rice, ham, pineapple, peas, sesame oil and soy sauce; mix well. Garnish with toasted sesame

plants; veneers; whitening; and braces, including Invisalign. “We even offer Botox and Juvederm to help improve your overall appearance,” said Dr. Kitzmiller. Dr. Kitzmiller has been practicing dentistry in Milford for more than 20 years and has helped thousands of families throughout the Tristate

seeds and chopped cilantro, if desired.

Ingredients: 1 container Minute® Ready to Serve Multi-Grain Medley or Brown Rice 1 can (6 ounces) canned tuna, drained 4 cherry tomatoes, halved 4 black olives, sliced 2 tablespoons red wine vinaigrette 1 cup salad greens Directions: Prepare rice according to package directions. In a medium bowl, combine rice, tuna, tomatoes, olives and vinaigrette; mix well. Serve over greens and/or with pita chips. ARAContent

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. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Call 513-2488848 to make your appointment today.

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