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Creating an outdoor living room Make your backyard your home away from home.

Editor’s note Ah it’s the season of the great outdoors. What can be more relaxing and fragrant than sitting in your own backyard living room? Check out the great tips on how you can create your own home away from home right in your own backyard. Also in this issue, take a glance at all the great local businesses and what they have to offer to keep your happy, healthy and whole throughout the entire summer.

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Topics Care 3 Diabetic Footwear

4 Senior Living Apartments • Care

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9 Health & Fitness Mind • Body • Spirit

13 Pet Sense Care • Supplies

14 Local Business Goods • Services

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Milford Pharmacy & Wellness Center the right fit Like a good shoe, Milford Pharmacy & Wellness Center is the right fit for those who have diabetes. It keeps them safe and “on their toes.” “This goes back to having a wider scope of practice,” said owner and pharmacist Jeff Hill. “We do more than treat injury, but look at one’s total health, offering education on wellness and prevention.” Prevention is key to a long, healthy life, especially for those diagnosed with diabetes. That’s why the Wellness Center offers a full-line of compression hosiery and diabetic socks. Compression hosiery can reduce swelling, prevent blood clots, help with varicose veins, broken veins, and help those who stand for long periods of time. “We have a full-line of knee and thigh-high support stockings,” Jill Schad, RN said. “And we measure you to insure a proper fit. It’s important for those who have swelling to come later in the day, so we can get a better measurement for what they really need.” The Wellness Center also offers several different brands of diabetic footwear. “The goal is to prevent friction, which could cause an ulcer or blister that could lead to an infection, extensive wound healing treatment and even amputation,” explained Schad, who is a certified orthotic fitter. “Properly fitted shoes and inserts can reduce the risk of such scenarios.” This niche started being practiced at the Wellness Center when the Therapeutic Shoe Bill was passed to provide proper footwear for diabetics. Traditional Medicare covers 80 percent of the cost for one pair of shoes and three pairs of heat molded inserts a year. The patient must also have a prescription from a doctor. “This is a great form of outreach and just one example of the type of customer-service we try to provide as a wellness center,” Schad said. “This is something very beneficial to the diabetic population.” When someone comes in for a diabet-

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Pharmacist Jeff Hill displays the diabetic footwear selections.

ic shoe, Schad says she spends 30 to 40 minutes providing a full-foot exam and measurements. Then, she special orders the shoe for them. Diabetic footwear has extra depth for protection. They come in a variety of styles from casual, athletics, sandals, leather, boots to dress. “It’s a great way to educate people about the importance of taking care of their feet,” said Schad. “I really enjoy the contact with the people. This allows me to be back in the patient realm. I love working with people and sharing with them how they can keep themselves healthy.” Schad said she also gets to know patients – she learns about their lives and how they care for themselves. “This personalizes things,” she said. “I get to know how they are dealing with their diabetes and can steer them in the right direction to optimal health.” Schad is available to work with you by appointment. Call 831-8211 for more information. Pharmacist Jeff Hill said this is just one of many ways to reach out to people in the community and let them know there is someone out there who cares about their health. “You’re dealing with real people with real needs, real hurts and real fears,” said Hill. “They want someone who cares and understands what they’re going through and who isn’t afraid to listen and answer their questions. That’s us.”

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Sutton Grove.

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Fun. Comfortable. Relaxing. Secure. That’s what you call home – that’s what you’ll call Sutton Grove. Sutton Grove is a hidden treasure in the heart of Mount Washington, within walking distance to Kroger, local banks, the library, post office and pharmacy. It is a peaceful and secluded independent retirement community designed for your pleasure and living enjoyment. Seventy-five spacious one- and twobedroom apartments are located on three floors. Elevator service accesses the second and third floors. The apartments are unfurnished, so you can surround yourself with your own furniture, pictures and decorations so you feel right at home. Weekly housekeeping, nutritious meals and most activities are included in your monthly rent, which starts at the reasonable rate of $950 a month. There are pet-friendly and pet-free areas, as well.

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Residents also have the choice to have meals included in their rent or cook on their own. Although Sutton Grove is an independent living community, personalized support and health care services can be designed for your individual needs by a home health care agency. The home health care agency, on-site seven days a week, helps to promote maximum independence and dignity while providing such services as bathing, dressing, medication reminders and assistance with other daily living activities. Sutton Grove now offers a Memory Lane Program, for individuals with early memory loss, incorporated with 24-hour medical care and a personalized care plan. More importantly, you’re not just a resident at Sutton Grove, you’re a member of a family. You’re known by name and cared about. For more information or to arrange a tour, call 231-0008.

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New efforts in dementia care at Cedar Village Worldwide, there are an estimated 24 million people living with some form of dementia, the general term used for the impairment of memory and other cognitive abilities. While there are 70 different types of dementia, Alzheimer’s is the most common, accounting for 60 percent of all dementias. According to a report released March, 2010, by the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.3 million Americans living with the disease and there is someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 70 seconds. In Ohio there are 230,000 people, 65 and older, with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, representing a 15 percent increase over 2000 statistics. At Cedar Village, special care for individuals with dementia has been part of the mission since the facility opened in

Consulting with Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, a nationally recognized expert in dementia care, Cedar Village has continued to develop and hone its approach to both managing residents with dementia and optimizing their quality of life. This has included a variety of elements including staff

Murals at Cedar Village: Ethel’s Jewelry Shoppe and The Millinery and Haberdashery Emporium.

education, program changes and facility enhancements. Staff education is an ongoing process and has included both day “… It is part of Cedar Village’s focus long on making aging an enriching and workshops fulfilling experience …” and special programs 1997. As part of the 162focused on understanding bed Medicare and the progression of demenMedicaid certified Health tia-and meeting resident’s Care center, the philosoneeds appropriately based phy of Cedar Village’s on their specific needs. dementia care program is Training has even recognizing that each per- included the development son’s disease process is of new tools, such as a set unique and must be of cards that staff carries addressed individually. with them, which help

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identify behaviors at different stages and suggest effective interventions. As well, programming has been redesigned to group people by level of disease and function, rather than where they live at Cedar Village. In this way, activities are both more tailored and more effective. In addition, Cedar

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Village has made some changes to the environment, with a series of custom murals depicting an old-fashioned “town square” with stores designed to trigger memories and tables filled with items these stores might have had, items that allow the residents to “shop” and actively participate and interact. Care of those with dementia requires ongoing learning and Cedar Village is committed to that process. It is part of Cedar Village’s focus on making aging an enriching and fulfilling experience and bringing meaning to the words “life begins at Cedar Village.”

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Creating an outdoor living room For leisurely entertaining this summer, take full advantage of the great outdoors and extend your living space by creating an outdoor room. Why not have an outdoor living room with comfortable seating for all or your friends, or a space where you could fire up the grill and dine out under the stars? Adding a level, low maintenance surface, like a patio, will give you not only the pleasure of living in your outdoor space, but of loving it too. A great way to create this space is by installing pavers, bricks, or stone to create beautiful patios and paths. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, it can be as easy as installing a winding path to connect your home to your

garden or creating a space for a cozy bench to watch the birds splashing in the bird bath. Pavers come in many different shapes, sizes and colors, offering you ways to customize your ideas to match your house and landscaping. Once you have your patio or walkways installed, you can make your backyard inviting and appealing all summer long. Here are a couple of fun, easy tips: • Find sturdy, comfortable seating that will withstand the elements for years to come. Try wrought iron, wood, or even resin (often made from post-consumer bottle waste such as milk containers) for low-maintenance options. These are readily available in your local garden or specialty stores. Home see page 7

Lasting Impressions... Lasting Impressions has expanded and, as a result, is continuing to offer a huge inventory reduction sale to make room for new furniture and home décor merchandise lines. Receive up to 50 percent off the ticketed price! You have probably been working on your summer spruce-up, and this is the perfect time to stop by to check out some of the great bargains on just the right piece of furniture or unique accessory for your home or office. Lasting Impressions is one of the best kept secrets in Bellevue, Kentucky. It is well worth your time and effort to visit this showroom overflowing with beautiful furniture, home accessories, unique home décor, and customdesigned floral arrangements. Since the last article, Lasting Impressions has completed the move to much larger accommodations on the third floor as the

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store evolves into a complete design center for your home remodeling or room makeovers. You will find excellent prices on selected furniture and accessories as they make room for lots of new merchandise. Most people are surprised as they step into onto the third floor because they don't expect this kind of beauty in a warehouse. Take a little trip to Bellevue, enjoy lunch at Newport on the Levee or one of the terrific eateries on Fairfield Avenue, and visit Lasting Impressions at 241 Grandview. “Bring the outside in” with a very natural, lifelike custom floral design by Linda or Judy. They are more than happy to use one of your own special containers or you may select one from the showroom. Maybe you are an artsy person who likes to add your own touch of creativity to your home decorating. You will

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“When you care enough to make your home a warm, welcoming place for family and friends … you need to visit us.” find all colors and styles of beautiful silk stems which make it so much easier to create your own lovely centerpiece or door decoration … and they are more than happy to help with whatever advice you may need to get started. You can always expect “excellent, individualized customer service.” If you are looking for a mantle display … something beautiful for the top of your cabinets … a breathtaking custom floral … a unique piece of furni-

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ture . . . this is the place to find it! If you need more than just a little summer lift, you might want to consider an In-Home Consultation ($90) with Linda Barbian. Linda is excellent and will be glad to assist you with color selection, room arrangement, accessories, window treatments, area rugs, furniture, etc., for one room or for an entire house. New merchandise, including

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A T Home from page 6 • Seating is even more comfortable with the quick addition of colorful cushions and throw pillows. Swap these out for a change of scenery and store pillows in a clean, dry space (like a garage or storage bench) when not in use to extend their lives. • Plant flowers, herbs, and vegetables in containers to add a pop of color to your outdoor living spaces. Keep these lush and lively all summer by planting seedlings in a good quality potting mix. • Keep unwanted grass and weeds from

Impressions from page 6 popping up between the pavers. This weed control can be used early in the season between the pavers to kill the weeds you see popping up, and will keep new weeds from growing for up to one year. What a great way to spend less time working and more time enjoying your yard! • Use an edger to trim the grass around the walkways and the edge of your patio for a more finished appearance. • String some twinkle lights for a festive party atmosphere and use inexpensive, solar powered

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yard lights to illuminate your outdoor spaces. These usually require little or no installation; just stake in the ground along paths or in pots for added interest. With the addition of patios or paths and a trimmed, designer look in your backyard, you'll be able to enjoy spending time in your outdoor living space, and not have to worry about a lot of maintenance to keep it looking beautiful. Start living in the outdoors and loving it. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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furniture, continues to arrive weekly! Artwork from Ashton and Picture Galleries is on display as well as the Ashton custom mirror line which gives you the flexibility to add just the right framed mirror to a special space. You may choose from many styles of frames to make your beveled mirror your own creation at a very reasonable price. The friendly folks at Lasting Impressions are looking forward to seeing you soon at 241 Grandview in Bellevue, Ky. It's a shopping experience you are going to enjoy and repeat again and again!

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P.S. If you need to call, the temporary number for the third floor is 859-6558187.

Directions Traveling south or north on I-471: Take Exit 5 (Newport/Bellevue) Turn right onto Route 8 (Fairfield Avenue) Continue to Taylor Avenue and turn right Travel 6 blocks to Grandview Avenue Turn right on Grandview Enter the warehouse through the Lasting Impressions door on the right Prepare to be amazed.

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A new Rooftime for your home this year This year, an estimated 75,000 homes in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati will require work on their roof. In the spring, roofing crews begin an installation schedule that doesn’t slow down until after Thanksgiving, so homeowners need to contact a reputable roofer as soon as possible. Some roofers will not leave their bid with a customer the same day they measure the job creating further delays, others Like Rooftime, will prepare a quote and leave it with the homeowner. Justin Shoemaker of Rooftime has learned that with everyone’s busy schedule, delivering a quote on the spot is more

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online about our business.” Professional roofers market their services on the Internet, which allows them to explain using video, pictures, and customer testimonials just what they do while working on your roof. It is also it is important to carefully consider what Greg Menke, Perry Graybill, Foreman Greg Lykins II, and Baron Lykins hold their award is said in print ads plaque after completing a job. because some companies make false claims. “There respectful of time and is been reviewed on those better appreciated by a sites, as well as many oth- is no such thing as a roof homeowner. ers. People have been log- license or a roof bond in our markets!” stated Shoemaker recomging into their favorite Sandy Feltner, at mends being thorough sites, and recommending when searching for a roof- our services for years. It’s Rooftime. “The City of ing company, “Use the really nice to be invited to Cincinnati requires a $10,000 bond for work internet, the BBB, and quote a roof and they tell Angie’s list to start with,” me they called us because conducted with-in city he said. “Rooftime has they liked what they read limits only; but that does-

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n’t help 95 percent of the rest of the area,” she said. Homeowners need to consider that roofers who claim to be licensed or bonded in an effort to generate a phone call are being misleading. “If a roofer will lie to get a call; what will they do or say to get hired and take people’s money?” asks Sandy. “Rooftime has estimators who draw a weekly salary, and only bid on what a house needs,” said Feltner. “If a roof repair or partial roof is all that is needed, a Rooftime estimator has no financial gain in telling a homeowner any different!” As a final tip, the staff at Rooftime recommends that no money change hands until the work has been completed. “We don’t require a down payment,” said Justin Shoemaker. “We conduct a roof and ground inspection with the homeowner to be sure they are 100 percent satisfied, and only then can we get paid!” Rooftime’s commitment to satisfaction has earned them the Angie’s List Super Service Award every year since 2007. Last year Community Press readers cast over 100 Internet ballots voting Rooftime as Northern Kentucky’s Favorite Roofer. To schedule an award winning free roof inspection on your home, call Sandy in Cincinnati at 513-753-8463, or in Kentucky at 859-344-8463. You can also visit their website www.time2 roof.com for special Internet only discounts!

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Sounds of summer Summer is here! Just listen to the sounds of birds chirping, and children splashing in the pool and playing outside after months of being cooped up indoors. What, you can’t hear them? Make sure your hearing is up to scratch. Just as the nature around us is experiencing a rebirth and renewal of sorts, so should your ears. If you are one of those people who can’t hear the sounds of summer (or any other season, for that matter), you are far from alone. In fact, according to National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately

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17 percent of American adults, or 36 million people, report some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss has been identified as “among the leading public health concerns” by the NIDCD. As you can see, the numbers are staggering, but they don’t tell the whole story. The part that is missing here is that a considerable number of people with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, aren’t getting the help they need. Studies show that 4 in 10 people with moderate to severe hearing loss use hearing aids, and only 1 in 10 people with mild impairment use them.

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Research also demonstrates that on average, people wait seven years before purchasing a hearing aid after learning of their hearing loss, while others never do. This means that millions of people walk around with untreated hearing loss, missing out on conversations, activities, interactions, and job opportunities. “Life is precious, and we only get one. We don’t want anyone who may be suffering with hearing loss to go another day without the help they need,” explains Dr. Amy Holland of Montgomery ENT Center. Dr. Holland is joined by Dr. Angela

Byrd, another Audiologist, as well as Dr. Mark Grosinger and Dr. E.C. Tinker. Dr. Grosinger and Dr. Tinker specialize in issues with the ears, nose, throat and facial plastic surgery. With such clear and undisputed benefits, why do so many people forego treatment? Among the primary reasons is the cost of hearing aids. While it is true that hearing aids are expensive, it may still be affordable if you take the initial price and spread it out over several years that an average hearing device will last.

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You will have a very reasonable price of only $3 a day - the cost of a cup of coffee. Other reasons advanced in surveys for not wearing hearing aids are really moot points cosmetic considerations and fear of change. C’mon, get real: hearing aids make you look old but straining to hear everyone around you doesn’t? Wearing hearing aids can actually allow

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Dr. Kitzmiller offers patients an option for their sleep apnea.

Now you can vacation without CPAP or snoring Does the idea of air travel and vacations with family or friends fill you with anxiety due to your snoring? Are you using a CPAP to treat your lifethreatening sleep disorder but wish there was an alternative that was more convenient for your lifestyle and travel requirements? Now there's another option Cincinnati Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Kitzmiller is one of the few uniquely trained dentists in the region who are able to effectively treat, and help their patients to manage their snoring and sleep apnea, with Oral Appliance Therapy, an effective and convenient alternative to CPAP. An Oral Appliance resembles a whitening tray in appearance, but is an FDA approved and custom fabricated device

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Gentle Dental Care offers IV, Oral Sedation Seminar Have you ever wonneeded to go. Sedation dered how you can overdentistry with Dr. come your fear of the den- Dallmann and the rest of tist? It’s as simple as three little words - Gentle Dental Care! Just look at what these, the most fearful dental patients, are saying about Dr. Dallmann and her caring, professional staff... “I have a terrible dental phobia, but I was at the point where I needed togo to the dentist. I needed someone who offered sedation and I found out about Dr. Tara Dallmann. I was able to get in right away,” explained T.W., of Campbell County. “When I came in, I was treated like royalty, that can put you to ease quickly. Everyone there is so polite and caring, it’s hard to put into words. It’s so wonderful to be able to go to the dentist and not be terrified.” “The girls were wonderful. They made me feel very comfortable. Also the time spent explaining everything to me made a big difference. I will gladly recommend your services to everyone. Thanks again for the ease that I felt, you all are wonderful,” said J.C. Independence. “I’ve never had any bad experiences with dentists but have never liked going to them. I hate having my mouth messed with, to the point that as soon as my pediatric dentist stopped seeing me at age 21, I stopped going to the dentist. I figured if no one was going to make me then I wouldn’t go. “Three years later, I started having some gum problems and decided I

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the staff was the perfect solution. I took a little pill an hour before my

appointment and don’t remember much after that :) I got all most of the

work done in one visit but without all the anxiety and stress I would have had without the sedation. The funny thing about the sedation was I learned that I snore,” J.P. of Florence said with a smile. “The entire staff is wonderful; and everyone is willing to listen to any concerns you might have. Now I really wish I hadn’t put off going to the dentist for so long, but I’m very glad I chose Dr. Dallmann.” Besides overcoming their fear, these patients have another thing in common, they took advantage of sedation dentistry. For those who Dental see page 13

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Local scuba diving season has begun When people think of SCUBA diving, many places come to mind – Fiji, Hawaii, the Cayman Islands, St. Lucia, the Bahamas, the Red Sea, Galapagos and Australia. But what those same people may not realize is that every weekend, from June through October, hundreds of Greater Cincinnati residents head out for a day or two of scuba diving at local recreational dive sites. “Local scuba diving may not be diving in a tropical paradise, but it does allow certified scuba divers to enjoy a few of the things they love about diving, such as spending time in another world, and experiencing the weightless wonder of ‘flying without wings’,” said Jim Barrie the owner of The Scuba Shack in Florence. “While there are no tropical fish or ocean sea creatures in our local waters, there are numerous fresh water fish and

turtles. And even though there are no beautiful coral reefs here, there are a myriad of interesting rock formations and underwater plants. We also have plenty of sunken boats, airplanes, helicopters and other things to explore underwater at our local dive sites.” The Scuba Shack is located on Route 18, “just around the corner from Florence Mall.” In addition to scuba certification training, The Shack offers certified scuba divers the opportunity to go on Instructorescorted local dive outings most weekends from June through October. They also conduct several special event diving days, that include the Great Underwater Scavenger Hunt in August, and the Great Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest in October. A typical local dive day consists of meeting up

with dive buddies, driving to a local dive site, gearing up, and doing a few dives to depths of 20 to 40 feet. Between dives, “surface interval” time is spent eating, socializing and planning the next dive. “Because scuba diving is 95 percent social, divers also gather for The Scuba Shack’s social gatherings that we call Club Aquarius events,’ said Barrie. “We have ‘ShackDoggie’ cookouts, ‘WalkIn’ outdoor movie nights, and Travel parties, which are frequently held on the Shack’s Party Patch behind the shop.” So if SCUBA diving is on your list of things to do someday, The Scuba Shack offers free “Try Scuba” sessions in their indoor heated pool. Visit the website, www.TheScubaPlace.com, or call 859-283-1550 for more information, or to schedule your very own Try Scuba Experience.

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Tips for the ‘dog’ days of summer from Strictly Dogs It’s summer once again. If we have pets there are some special considerations for this time of year. The first issue concerns dogs and the heat. Always keep fresh water available for them because they drink much more in the summer time. If they are outside playing in the yard for long periods provide shel-

ter or a shady area for them, they are susceptible to heat stroke just like us. If you notice heavy panting and increased salivation be prepared to wet your dog down with tepid water. A dog’s temperature is normally 101 degrees anything over 105 is dangerous. Never leave your dog in a hot car while you shop, even on a mild

sunny day the car temp can reach 120 degrees. Plants are great both indoors and out but many are poisonous to dogs for more information go to the aspca.org Web site to see full list. For more tips on proper dog care contact Bernadette, owner of Strictly Dogs, where they love them as much as you do. Call 561-7529.

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you to appear younger and more youthful to those around you when you are actively participating in conversations and answering questions appropriately. Hearing aids designs have changed drastically in the past couple of years, making them appear incredibly discreet and sophisticated. According to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), hearing aids can boost earning power, communication in relationships, intimacy and warmth in family relationships, perception of mental functioning and physical health. All of these are compelling reasons why you should not wait any longer to get tested and fitted summer is here, and while amplification may not help you hear the flowers grow, it will help you enjoy all the other sounds around you. To find out if you have hearing loss, or to talk about treatment options, contact Montgomery ENT Center at 513-891-8700, or visit www.montgomeryent.com. They have offices conveniently located in Cincinnati, Hillsboro, Wilmington and Middletown.

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need that extra help to relax, Gentle Dental offers sedation. If you have strong dental fears and are afraid to pick up the phone, Dr. Tara L. Dallmann and her fantastic team are giving a free sedation seminar on July 8 at The Kenton County Library on Walton-Nicholson Pike in Independence. The seminar starts at 7 p.m.; come in and meet Dr. Tara Dallmann, Wendy, Brenda, and Kim. They will be on hand to answer all of your questions and most of all give you the TLC treatment that they are so famous for. Beyond creating an optimal environment for you, sedation dentistry allows the Gentle Dental Care team to complete multiple treatments in one appointment. You can relax while they improve your smile. “As a person who required extensive work and restoration, I am grateful that sedation is offered by my dentist,” said M.C., of Independence. “If I would have had to endure the pain of the unsedated treatments, I probably would still have cavities, chipped teeth and gum disease. Not to mention the time that it would take and the many days I would have to take off work to get all that work done. I was able to painlessly have my teeth repaired in just two visits verses months and months filled with many appointments.” For more information visit The Kenton County Library at 7pm, July 8 for Dr. Dallmann’s seminar on IV and Oral Sedation. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Call 363-1616 and let them know you will be coming or just show up!

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Bailey’s Hardware June Project: Deck in a Day Staining your deck may seem challenging, but by using PPG Porter Paints Acri-Shield acrylic/oil exterior stains, it has never been easier. Porter’s unique formula allows you to strip, clean, and stain all in the same day. If you have a deck with multiple coats of built-up stain, you may first need to strip the old stain from the wood. Pour PPG Stain Stripper in a small puddle. Spread the stripper in areas no larger than 6-feet to prevent the stripper from drying. After 20 minutes, scrub the area with a deck brush and hose away the stripper

with your garden hose on the highest pressure setting or use a pressure washer set to 500 to 1000 psi. If your deck doesn’t require a stripper, use PPG Deck Wash. Apply to the deck with a pressure tank sprayer and follow the same procedures used for the stripper. Thanks to Acri-Shield’s acrylic/oil formulas, you can stain your deck immediately after cleaning instead of waiting for the deck to dry. Apply the stain with a brush, roller or tank sprayer. If using a tank sprayer, back-brush to cover deck evenly and fill any cracks in the wood grain.

Banasch’s Fabrics provides fine fabrics to high-end designers, University of Cincinnati DAAP students, and “do it yourselfer.”

Banasch’s Fabrics celebrates its 100th year of business Banasch’s Fabrics opened its doors in 1910, selling fine fabrics to tailors, seamstresses, and designers. One-hundred years later they are still providing those fine fabrics to high-end designers, University of Cincinnati DAAP students, and “do it yourselfer.” The store is separated into 3 departments. The Bridal Department, which has elegant dress fabrics and lace for weddings

and special occasions. They also have a full line of bridal accessories, including veils and accent trimmings. The Home

of fine wools and silks to make high-end apparel, as well as printed cotton fabric for dresses, purses and quilting. You can also find

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Get ready for Summer at Serendipity Salon of Bethel Whether it’s golden hilights, a new cut, body waxing, tanning, manicures, or pedicures you want, you’re sure to be pleased with the results from the experienced staff at Serendipity. The Hair Designers include Stacy Milton: Manager, Shelly Shuemake, Linda May, Lyndsay Williams, Maureen Ramey, Randi Scott, and Ashley Durden, with over 90 years combined experience. Nail Technician and Esthetician/Makeup Artist is Stephanie Flarida. Salon Owner, Spray Tan Technician, and Esthetician -in-Training is Laura Garrison. Receptionists are Kourtney Cranfill, Lauren Barr, and Brittany Griffith. Serendipity provides all of the professional services and quality products you need to look and feel your absolute best. The salon uses and offers

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hair products such as Redken, Matrix, Sexy Hair, and Paul Mitchell. Our Nail Technician uses OPI nail products, including the new Axxium Soak Off Gel Nails. New to Serendipity is the Custom Spray Tan Service, in salon or in your home. This is not your 1980’s airbrush, but a stateof-the-art turbine system using high quality solutions, customized for your skin tone. No orange glow here, just a healthy, radiant golden brown tan. We offer mobile tanning, and tanning parties which are a great idea for a Girl’s Night In, Special Occasions, or Bridal parties. This July, Serendipity

will be sending two of our master stylists to Orlando, Florida to attend the Paris Hilton Dreamcatchers Hair Extension training. We chose Dreamcatchers because they are nondamaging to the natural hair, and reusable, a safe alternative to the glue in, or heat fusion type of extensions. These beautiful hair extensions will be available in July at Serendipity, the only salon in the area to offer them. See before and after pictures on our Facebook page. For more information on our services, or prices, call 734-0622 or visit our website at www.serendipitybethel.com.

Banasch’s from page 14 recently moved from Rookwood to the front portion of the main Banasch warehouse on Red Bank Road in Fairfax. By consolidating the two businesses Banasch’s not only be saves money on rent and takes advantage of some other economies of scale, it was able to provide its customers a one-stop shop experience. Before, the primary “walk in” ware-

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house customers were tailors and seamstresses. Now anyone who is shopping in the fabric store has access to the warehouse and wholesale pricing. Even though the fabric store is still under construction and not completely remodeled, Cincinnati customers really seem to enjoy the new location and taking advantage of the wholesale pricing on sewing notions.

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Love and diamonds… It’s been 533 years since the first diamond engagement ring was given as a symbol of love and commitment. Archduke Maximilian from Hamburg gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond engagement ring, and the rest, as they say, was history. Mary must have been one special lady because Max gave her something as rare and unique as she was… a diamond. It seems ever since that day, love and diamonds have gone hand in hand. If you’ve been lucky enough to find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you’ve come to realize how special and unique that person is. With all the people on the globe you’ve found the one person who loves you for you. Wow… Amazing! I don’t have to tell you how rare your special someone is, but lets take a look at what makes a diamond so special. It takes an incredible amount of time and ener-

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gy just to get just one diamond out of the ground. On average 250 tons of rock, sand, and dirt need to be moved in order to obtain 1 carat worth of diamonds. To put that into perspective you would have to sort through almost 20 dump trucks loaded to the max to find just one of these precious diamonds. To further complicate the issue, there are only a few countries on earth that have the right makeup to find that perfect diamond. Some of the most important diamond producing countries are Canada, Russia, Australia, Namibia, and Zaire. You could spend the rest of your life traveling the globe in your trusty dump truck looking for the perfect diamond, or you could just stop by Norris Jewelers in Milford and let their knowledgeable staff help you find exactly what you are looking for. Norris Jewelers is the only jeweler in Cincinnati

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that carries The Forever10 Diamond. Forever10 diamonds are the most brilliant diamonds you will ever lay your eyes on. All Forever10 Diamonds are painstakingly cut by hand by only the most skilled diamond cutters to achieve a level of brilliance unmatched by any other cut of diamond. Not only does Norris Jewelers have the very best diamonds, but they specialize in helping make your engagement and anniversary plans unique and memorable. Buy the diamond that will have her talking long after you’ve put the ring on her finger, and get the planning help you need that will make her friends jealous. You’ve been lucky enough to find that rare person who you want to spend your life with. Take a lesson from Max, and give her a diamond that is as brilliant and beautiful as she is. Love and diamonds… they go hand in hand.

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Creative Living East/NorthEast June 2010