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Golfing Guide Local courses, tips

Senior Living Going Green

Live life at Maple Knoll Village – Page 3 An Advertising-Sponsored Magazine Published by The Community Press/Recorder.

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Golf tips Great tips on how to have the perfect game.

Editor’s note Perhaps there’s no better way to relax than a good game of golf. You can improve that game with some helpful tips in this month’s cover feature Golf Tips. Learn how pregame preparations can help you have the perfect game. Also, this month check out some local businesses that can help you look and feel better about yourself. You’ll also learn about some ways to go green and save some green for your wallet.

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Contact Creative Living is a monthly advertising-sponsored magazine published by the Specialty Publications Department of The Community Press/The Community Recorder.

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Departments Living 3 Senior Care • Residence

Good 7 Looking Hair • Skin

Green 4 Go Environment

7 Places of Worship

5 Golfing Tips • Local courses

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Go green to save some green


he economy is starting to turn around and sunny days are literally ahead! We are learning new more economical ways to live and shop. We are becoming more aware of recycling and re-purposing everyday items to save money while decreasing our environmental footprint. We are looking for local places to shop that care about saving us money, as well as being kind to our environment. Nature’s Corner Greenhouses is a local business that does just that by growing 95 percent of the plants they sell. What does this mean to you? It means that prices are not elevated to cover trucking, boxing and fuel costs. It also means that their plants are grown

here in Cincinnati’s climate instead of being shipped from the South, which jeopardizes their hardiness. The staff at Nature’s Corner have a list of suggestions so you can go green and save green. • Remember the rule of thumb for planting annuals and vegetables in Cincinnati is around May 15 because of freezing temperature. It is always safe to plant into containers which can be moved if a freeze is eminent. • Perennials are safe to plant early if they are grown in our region like the perennials at Nature’s Corner. You can have beautiful color with perennials early in the season. Perennials are also costeffective because they come back year after year and require very little

maintenance! • Plant a vegetable garden! Do you love organic vegetables and herbs but hate the cost? Plan your own organic vegetables and herbs. All you will need is a sunny area, homegrown plants and an organic fertilizer for vegetables. When it comes to harvest time make your own salsa and tomato sauce and stuffed peppers. Use your fresh cut herbs and add flavor to salads and grilling outside. Save on your grocery bills! • Annual plants are a great value at Nature’s Corner. They will give continuous flowering from May until the first frost which is generally not until October. A small budget will go a long way to beautify and add value

Arlington Memorial celebrates fallen presidents


he custom for the past several years at Arlington has been to honor the outstanding past events and lives in American history. This year, the focus will be on fallen American presidents and their final state tribute. A display of film clips, newspaper and magazine photos and articles will be featured in the community room Friday, May 23, through Monday, May 25. Anyone interested in sharing any of their material pertaining to these events is encouraged to contact Arlington Memorial Cemetery at 521-7003. All materials will be safeguarded and returned after the weekend.

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Feel right at home at Sugar Ridge: ‘Best place to play’ Deer Run Golf Course Y


hether you’re an avid golfer or novice ready for a challenge, it’s easy to feel right on course and right at home at Deer Run Country Club. Built by Mike Macke in 1987, Deer Run’s panoramic Ohio River Valley views are the perfect backdrop for a beautiful 18-hole golf course, practice green, locker room and towel service, full bar service, and indoor or outdoor dining. Rolling hillside and river views are complemented by the services one of the finest country clubs in western Cincinnati. First-class service allows hosts to concentrate on guests and customers, and the professional event staff will assist in scheduling, planning and executing every detail of all tournament needs. “We specialize in creating events that make a lasting impression,” said Ashley Hinson, sales director. “From beginning to end, it’s our goal to make certain we exceed your expectations and ‘deliver the difference.’ ” Deer Run is located at 7414 Pickway Drive, Cincinnati. For more information call 941-8000 or visit

ou can see the river from a couple of holes, spot beautiful wildlife – and those pluses are just part of the wrapping on the perfect package delivered by Sugar Ridge Golf Course. Rated by Golf Digest among “Best Places To Play” and recognized in 1999 by Audubon International for its environmental planning, Sugar Ridge’s golf outings, season passes and expert event planning help make the course a firstrate golfing destination. “It’s very value-driven – no one can touch our outings,” said Brian Krinsky, general manager and PGA professional. The championship golf course, designed by architect Brian Huntley with Mike Macke, features luscious bent grass tees, fairways and greens surrounded by rolling hills, secluded fairways and lush valleys. A recent refurbishing of the course

added a new hole, new cart paths and much more: New banquet facilities provide seating for up to 150 people, accommodating golf outings, private parties, receptions and meetings, and an outside deck invites up to 20 more people. Professional catering includes menu options ranging from sandwich buffets to steak buffets and everything in between. Krinsky and team will assist with every outing detail, from inception to awards, and every outing includes personalized scorecards, rules sheets, cart plates, event scoring and results sheets. Location-wise, Sugar Ridge is right on top of the action, too. At 21010 State Line Road, Lawrenceburg, Ind., it’s 10 minutes away from Argosy Casino and minutes from Interstate 275. For more information call 812-5379300 or visit www.

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Golfing tips from expert Michael Lamanna A

ccording to Michael Lamanna, a highly regarded golf instructor who has worked at some of the top facilities in America, “the single most important – and frequently overlooked – full swing fundamental in golf is the setup position.” He illustrates this in his article “Stepby-Step to a Great Golf Setup.” Your body, he explains, should be positioned parallel to the target line. Your feet should be shoulder width for the middle irons. The short iron stance will be 2 inches narrower and the stance for long irons and woods should be 2 inches wider. “The target-side foot should be flared toward the target from 20 to 40 degrees to allow the body to rotate toward the target on the downswing. The back foot should be square (90 degrees to the target line) to slightly open to create the proper hip turn on the back swing. Your flexibility and body rotation speed determine the proper foot placement,” he says. The ball placement will vary with the club you use. From a flat lie, he says, play your short irons (wedges, 9-iron and 8-iron) in the center portion of your stance. “These clubs have the most upright lie angles and they must

be swung at the steepest angle, and you should take a divot in front of the ball,” he explains. Your middle irons should be played one ball toward the target-side foot from center. “These clubs have a slightly flatter lie angle and you should take a slightly shallower divot than with the short irons,” Lamanna says. The correct ball position for the long irons and fairway woods is two balls toward the targetside foot from center. The ball should be struck directly at the bottom of the swing arc with very little divot. The driver is played farthest forward to strike the ball on the upswing, he says. Balance your weight on the balls of your feet, on the heels or toes. Your knees need to be slightly flexed and directly over the balls of your feet. The center of the upper spine, knees and balls of the feet should be stacked when viewed from behind the ball on the target line. Also, the back knee should be cocked slightly inward towards the target. “This will help you brace yourself on this leg during the back swing, thus preventing lower body sway,” Lamanna says. Bend you body at the hips, not

the waist. The spine is the axis of rotation for the swing, so it should be bent towards the ball from the hips at approximately a 90-degree angle to the shaft of the club. “This right-angle relationship between the spine and the shaft will help you swing the club, arms and body as a team on the correct plane,” he says. Your vertebrae should be in a straight line with no bending in the middle of the spine. If your spine is in a “slouch” posture, every degree of bend decreases your shoulder turn by 1.5 degrees. Your ability to turn the shoulders on the back swing equals your power potential, so keep your spine in line for longer drives and more consistent ball striking. Keep your chin up, out of your chest. This allows better shoulder turn. Your head should be tipped at the same angle as the spine and your eyes should focus on the inside portion of the back of the ball. Your hands should hang just forward of your zipper “The hands-to-body distance varies depending on the club you are hitting. A good rule of thumb is hands ‘a palm’s width’ from the body for short and middle irons,

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4 to 6 inches, and ‘a palm’s length’ – from the bottom of the wrist to the tip of your middle finger – for long irons and woods,” he says. Finally, the shaft of the club will appear to lean slightly toward the target with your short irons because the ball is positioned in the center of your stance, Lamanna explains. With your middle irons, the shaft of the club will lean only slightly toward the target (or not at all) since the ball is forward of center. Your hands and the shaft of the club will appear to be in line with long irons and woods. Again, as the ball position moves forward, the hands stay in the same place so the lean of the shaft disappears. With a driver, the shaft will lean away from the target, he says. Your arms and shoulders should form a triangle and the elbows should point to the hips. “Remember, your swing evolves from your setup,” Lamanna says. “If you focus on this vital pre-swing fundamental, you are more likely to improve your performance. A good setup does not guarantee success, however it improves your chances immensely.”

Nature’s Corner, from page 4 to your home! • Bring cut flowers from your yard or garden into your house instead of buying flowers. Many flowers, such as roses, peonies, coneflowers, daisies and many more make excellent cut flowers and add fragrance and color to your home or give as a gift! • Deer and other animals can damage your plant investment, but Nature’s Corner is equipped with repellents for animals large and small. They also sell deer

Source: resistant plants to keep your plants from harm all season. Nature’s Corner cares about saving you money on your ‘green purchases’ by providing quantity discounts on both perennials and annuals. You can save $2 a pot on 1-gallon perennials when you buy six or more and $1 a pot on 6-inch annuals when you buy six or more at a time. A small investment goes a long way and can last for years. The knowledgeable staff at Nature’s Corner is ready to help you to go green and save green!

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A Total Tan hot in April


et into A Total Tan in April and get started on your base tan for that upcoming vacation or the summer sun. A Total Tan offers many different packages to suit your tanning needs. It even offer monthly unlimited packages with no contracts, just purchase one month if that is all you need. The new 2009 line of tanning lotions is in stock now; get in and try out some of these great new lotions. All tanning lotions are marked 30 percent off retail for the month of April. Mystic Tan, the UV free sunless spray booth, is now available at all three Total Tan Cincinnati locations. Don’t miss out on Mystic Mondays where all Mystic Tan single sessions are half price!

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Meaning of the cross one of gore, glory


he apostle Paul wrote: “God forbid that I should with His perfect righteousness and accepted by God. glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” How glorious! It was glorious because it was a finished work. “It is Though the Romans did not invent crucifixion, they finished” Jesus said as He died. There is nothing to be perfected it as their own especially punitive method of added to what he did. It is complete! How glorious! It was glorious because God was pleased with producing a slow death with maximum pain and sufChrist’s loving willingness to suffer death for sinners fering for the worst of criminals. Accustomed to gold crosses as jewelry, often with a and demonstrated this by raising Him up. His work was accepted by the Father. How glorious! benign religious meaning, we miss the gory nature of It was glorious because the benefits of His death are the cross. A first-century view of a cross as jewelry received freely by sinners. You cannot earn or buy this would be comparable to a necklace of an electric chair in our own day – except more emphatically cruel in its forgiveness of sins. It is by God’s grace alone, through Christ alone and received by faith alone and not by meaning. Paul’s contemporaries saw Christ’s cross as our religious works. “For by grace are you saved foolish and offensive, but he as glorious. through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of How so? It was glorious because it was God’s plan. Yes, God God, not of works lest anyone should boast.” How glorious! in infinite wisdom was behind this event! “Not my To many the cross of Christ was gory and offensive. will, but Your will be done,” Jesus prayed to His For Paul, though it was gory, it was his only hope and Father prior to Calvary. Though wicked men crucified glory. He boldly “preached Christ and Him crucified.” Him, it was a part of God’s plan. How mysteriously Those at Bible Chapel, of Delhi Hills, also glory in glorious! It was glorious because Christ willingly went to the the cross of Christ. They preach and hope to live in such a way that shows their esteem and worship of the cross. No helpless victim here! “The Good Shepherd One who was willing to suffer the cross for us. lays down His life for the sheep.” How glorious! They extend an invitation for you to join with them It was glorious because by this gory cross God to glory in the friend and Savior of sinners. Services: made provision so that guilty sinners could be forgivSunday School at 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.; en of sin. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Located at 705 Pontius Road across God made Christ “Who knew no sin, to be sin for from Story Woods Park behind the Rapid Run Middle us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” He bore God’s wrath as a substitute for sinners. School. For more information call 941-4707 or e-mail Those who belong to Him are forgiven and clothed

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Overhead Door Company of NKY announces winners of contest


he Overhead Door Company of Northern Kentucky is pleased to announce the winners of their first ever Ugly Door contest, which was advertised during the annual Home and Garden show at the Cincinnati Convention Center last month. Contestants entered using the company’s new Web site,, which is also an excellent way to view the wide variety of products the company has to offer. Three people won the contest, one from the Northern Kentucky area, and one from the east and west side of Cincinnati respectively. Each winner received a $500 certificate to be used for the installation of a new overhead door. Leslie Grosser is the lucky winner from Northern Kentucky, Lesley Fleming took the prize for the eastern part of Cincinnati, and Lisa Cassedy won for the western part of hte city. Lisa Cassedy is a new homeowner in Delhi, and she says her mom and dad inspired her to enter the Ugly Door contest. “My mom had put contact paper on the back of the windows of the garage doors, and the glass broke because the doors are old, and the contact paper held the glass in,” Cassedy said with a laugh. “I am very excited about winning the contest, because I really need new doors, and I’m sure it will help my energy costs. I will probably look at all the different kinds of doors on their website, since it allows me to do most of the work from home.” All the other participants received a gift as

a token of appreciation from the company for their interest in the contest. “We were not specifically looking for an ‘ugly door’, “ said Dave Willmes, Residential Manager and Partner in the company. “We feel that everyone who entered is a winner, because they would like to have a new overhead door.” The Overhead Door Company of Northern Kentucky, which is formerly the Overhead Door Company of Covington, is the only company in the Greater Cincinnati area that is accredited by the International Door Association. “That means we know what we’re doing,” said Willmes, who, along with Scott Siefke and Mike Duwel, own the company. “It also indicates we abide by a code of conduct approved by the IDA. In addition, our residential and commercial technicians have been certified by the International Door Association. Less than one percent of door distributors in the country are accredited, and we feel it makes us a more well rounded company.” The company officially began in 1947 by Al Roeding, and was located in Covington until the construction of Goebel park relocated the business to its present location on Ritchie Drive in Crescent Springs, Kentucky. At this location there is a showroom with examples of the types of overhead doors and door openers that are offered, but the owners are very excited about the possibilities of the new website, since it offers the same things that the showroom does, with

so much more. “Our customers can view the different kinds of overhead doors available, but with more design options,” Willmes explained. “They can design their own door, from start to finish, and then they can schedule a sales or service call online. If one of our customers should decide he or she wants to design a new look for their garage door, they can sit down, at any time of day that is convenient for them, and look at their options at their leisure. When they are satisfied that they have what they want, they can schedule a time for someone to come out and measure. With the busy schedule people have, it really is a help to be able to let them work at their own pace.” A new feature that will aid customers in their search for the door that will be the perfect accent for their home is one that allows more personalization. “You can take a picture of the door you have, select a new door from the wide array we have on the website, and email that picture to us,” Willmes said. “Then we will email that same picture back to you, with the new door, in the color you have chosen, so you can see what it looks like before you commit to it. That way, if the look was not exactly what you wanted, you don’t have to live with it. We will work with you until you have just what you want. People


know us – recognize us. They know we mean quality.” Anyone who doesn’t have access to a computer can still come and visit the showroom at Ritchie Drive in Crescent Springs, and sales people will be on hand to show them examples of their fine products. All of the products offered by The Overhead Door of Northern Kentucky are guaranteed. /the company services the entire tri-state area and repairs all manufacturers’ brand of garage doors and openers. A customer can call in the morning, and typically schedule a service call the same day. The Overhead Door Company of Northern Kentucky can be reached online, at www., or by phone at 859341-6646 in Northern Kentucky, and 513-347DOOR (3667) in Cincinnati.

With so many great entries we couldn’t pick just one!


The Overhead Door Company of Northern Kentucky Showroom in Crescent Springs, KY


Leslie Grosser Lesley Fleming Lisa Cassedy

Each winner receives $500 towards a new garage door!

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