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Declutter your home Free yourself from clutter with these easy tips.

Editor’s note For some of us spring time just isn’t enough time to get our house together and our lives organized. This month I’ve moved into a new apartment. While packing, I couldn’t believe the amount of well honestly, junk, I’ve accumulated. The house I lived in was so cluttered! Not all of us, I know are as fortunate to move into a new place and get a new start, we have to deal with the clutter we have. But no worries. Check out this month’s feature on declutter your home. It’s sure to help you get your home and life back together again. Happy cleaning!

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

Page 8 Questions and comments can be sent to Editor Melissa Hayden c/o The Community Press/394 Wards Corner/Loveland, OH 45140 or e-mail mhayden@communitypress.com.

Topics & Fitness 3 Health Mind • Body • Spirit

Living 11 Senior Apartments • Care

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Business 12 Local Goods • Services

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Exciting times for Gentle Dental Care Dr. Tara Dallmann and her team are dedicated to getting the word out that there is a place for people who are afraid of the dentist. “We do not take dental fears for granted; our team is dedicated to the comfort and care of the most terrified patients out there. It is important to everyone here at the office that the patients be treated with the utmost dignity and respect; because 90% of them are embarrassed. The more we treat fearful patients the more we realize the need for our services,” Explains Dr. Dallmann. Gentle Dental Care has been in Independence for more than 13 years, helping not only people with dental fears, but in many cases, helping them overcome their fears altogether. It is not unusual for a patient to be sedated several times and then have

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future treatment without sedation. Dr. Dallmann and her team celebrate when a patient graduates from sedation to just laughing gas. One of the things that cause concern to Dr. Dallmann is many of her patient's state they had a hard time finding a dentist that sedates. Due to this fact Dr. Dallmann is “getting the word out”! July 8th at the Kenton County Library was an informational seminar where many fearful patients came to learn more about IV and Oral sedation. You can see them in Creative Living the third Thursday of the month, The Gentle Dental Care team. in the Enquirer, online on Cincinnati.com, and Dr. more Gentle Dental Care can get Dallmann will be sponsoring live the word out…the more people high school broadcasts of Simon they can help! Kenton football with host Steve You are not alone if you have Jarnicki on 1160 talk radio. The fear of the dentist! Call 363-1616

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So many products so little information If you have been to the grocery store lately and looked in the “toothbrush” isle, you may have become overwhelmed and grabbed the cheapest thing you could find or the fanciest packaging you saw. Well there is a better way to shop! Ask your dental team for their suggestions. If you don't have a dental team these are our suggestions. Use a soft toothbrushIf you just can't do with out the “scrubbing” feeling buy a Braun or Sonicare electric toothbrush. These give you a scrubbing feeling without being too aggressive. (The spin type brushes are suit-

able for children but not effective enough for adults) No matter what type of brush you choose focus your efforts at the gum line NOT the teeth. Many cases of gum disease and decay start because the gum line is being missed in the process of focusing only on the teeth. Brushing should be done in a messaging circular motion for TWO minutes twice a day. For those of you that don't floss or can't make that crazy piece of string go where you want it to “Plackers” are a great alternative. They are hacksaw shaped floss picks that are easy to manage, convenient and very

poof your breath is worse than when you started. This starts a vicious cycle of additional gum or mints hoping to solve a problem when it is actually only making it worse. It is important to know that if you are brushing and flossing on a regular basis and still have a strong odor to your breath the cause is most likely hunger, dieting or sinus drainage. Hopefully your hygienist is actually showing you with a hand mirror The Mortenson Family Dental is located in Florence. where your problem areas affordable. Even between something your dental are and is using a toothtight contacts where you team can prescribe for brush and floss in your may need to use glide you. mouth to show you how floss these will fit and Mouthwashes are to be more effective. remove more plaque than strictly “temporary” Getting a free toothbrush glide floss can. breath fresheners but are and floss won't change the To protect your enamel preferred over mints and way you're using them! If from daily exposure to gum. Constant use of you are in need of a denacid from drinks, food, mints and gum make tal team or have any quescandy, medication and breath worse because they tion feel free to give our stomach acid a fluoride lead the stomach to office a call at 859-525rinse or fluoridated tooth- believe food is coming 7586. We are here to help paste should be used. down and when it doesn't and provide the dental Depending on the severity the acid that was procare you not only want of demineralization a pre- duced to break down food but deserve… because scription strength fluoride begins to come up, like everyone deserves a may be needed which is smoke up a chimney, and healthy smile!!

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Home with Burlington Pharmacy It’s OK to make yourself at home at Burlington Pharmacy – the staff would have it no other way. “That’s what we’re all about – making people feel comfortable,” explained Pharmist and Owner Steve Mureller. “Traditional pharmacies have a very over powering cold feeling with bright lights and white walls. We, on the other hand have created an atmosphere that makes you comfortable when you walk in the door to decrease anxiety.” Beauty isn’t just skin deep at Burlington Pharmacy the way you’re talked to, treated, and cared for are a very important part of making you feel comfortable. “We practice the old fashioned-way where we meet our customers in person. We get to know their life, their needs and how their prescriptions fit into this,” said Steve. The staff has more than 180 years of collective experience. The trained and courteous team is focused to provide you unmatched service, quality, accessibility, and cost effectiveness. Burlington Pharmacy has been providing superior customer service and top quality, state-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies since 1976. They’ve even expanded their prescription business to include compounding for special needs like hormone replacement therapy and pain management. They specialize in children’s medicines and even veterinarian medicine, creating forms an fla-

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vors that can be given for specific needs. “By branching into compounding we’re adding a new method of caring for people you can’t get from our competition.” Steve said. Burlington Pharmacy keeps the prescription business under the healthcare umbrella, as opposed to their competitors who treat it as a comodity-base solution to their retail needs. “It’s so important as a

professional health care provider to provide education to the patient,” Steve explained. “The patient has a serious need for the knowledge a pharmacist has to offer. At our pharmacy we take the time to share that knowledge.” They share this knowledge with the community as a whole too. They’ve worked with the YMCA, health departments, and nursing practices, offering classes with local experts

to help educate patients and health care professionals on topics of interest. Burlington Pharmacy also performs disease screenings and immunizations for a wide-range of diseases including high blood pressure, diabetes, and offer one on one counseling between patient and pharmacist when need arises. More importantly, the community-based pharmacy has been successful-

ly caring for generations of families. “People come here because we’ll get to know them and take care of them by helping them choose the right solution for their individual needs,” Steve said. For more information on Burlington Pharmacy call 859-586-6700 or visit 5555 North Bend Road in Burlington.

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Cornerstone gives children strong base Cornerstone Child Development Center accepts children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. Their teachers have their

CDA, or Child Development Associates certificate, or are working on their Early Childhood degree. Cornerstone

looks to hire people who consider this to be their career, not just another job---people who are passionate about children, and creating a lifetime love of learning. “We are committed to our children,” said Heather Johnson, Director of Cornerstone. “We use the High Reach Learning Curriculum, which is highly rated. We believe if you can instill a love of learning in children, you can impact their life forever, helping to ensure their success. The children stay with us during some of the most formative years,

and if we can plant the seed that learning is fun, they will take that with them as they grow. That is our goal.” Cornerstone Child Development Center is located at 3819 Turfway road in Erlanger. They share space with Christ’s

Chapel church, and are situated directly across from Averitt Trucking. If you would like to schedule a tour, or learn more about Cornerstone, please call them at 859-647-6800. Currently, they have room for more children in their excellent program. “Statistics show a very definite link between literacy and success,” said Johnson. “All of our activities for each age level are geared to creativity and learning, and to challenging the children in fun ways to question, and to have ideas, and to discover new things. That’s the way they learn.”

Parent-Teacher Store USA opens retail store in Florence Parent-Teacher Store carries a wide variety of educational supplies such as books, games, toys and gifts, inspirational materials, VBS supplies, home school curriculum, bulletin board sets, classroom

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décor, school and office supplies, arts and craft supplies, teacher resources, and ParentTeacher Store gift cards. In June 2010 ParentTeacher Store opened its ninth retail location at 6914 Burlington Pike, Florence, in the Remke’s shopping center off of Burlington Pike (KY18). This store location is the company’s largest and northernmost location. It allows teachers and church affiliates to charge their purchases to an account and also has a great play area for children to enjoy - all to make shopping easier, friendlier and more convenient. With 15,000 different items in the store and even more available through the online cata-

log, Parent-Teacher Store is Northern Kentucky’s one-stop education shop! Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Parent-Teacher Store offers excellent product variety and selection for teachers and parents. The first Saturday of each month is Super Saturday at Parent-Teacher Store! Join in on free crafts and enjoy 60 percent off clearance merchandise. The A+ Club is free to join and members receive monthly email reminders of sales,

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Lasting Impressions... “When you care enough to make your home a warm, welcoming place for family and friends . . . you need to visit us.” Lasting Impressions is continuing to offer an inventory reduction sale to make room for new furniture and home décor merchandise. Receive up to 50% off the ticketed price! More good news . . . the store now has AIR CONDITIONING!! What a great time to find that unique accessory or table to compliment what you already have in your home or office. It is definitely worth your time and effort to visit this showroom filled with beautiful furniture, home accessories, unique home décor, and custom-

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designed floral arrangements. Since the last article, Lasting Impressions has completed the move to much larger accommodations on the third floor as the 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. A July trip to “market” is planned and you will see brand new merchandise arriving shortly thereafter. Do you need a new set of eyes to look at your

home and offer suggestions? If so, you might want to consider an InHome Consultation ($90) with Linda Barbian. Linda will be glad to assist you with suggestions for color selection, accessories, window treatments, area rugs, furniture, etc., for one room or for an entire house. Most people are surprised as they step onto the third floor because they don't expect this kind of beauty in a warehouse. You should prepare to be amazed as you open the door and see the third floor Lasting Impressions

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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 center door by the dock. Prepare to be amazed . . . . for the first time (or the second, third, or fourth). Each time you visit, you will find that merchandise has been added and there are many things you haven't seen during your previous visits. Furniture arranged in room settings will help you visualize a finished room arrangement in your home. You'll find oodles of hidden treasures if you dare to go on a “scav-

enger hunt” in “The Attic at Lasting Impressions.” Just venture through the doors at the back of the main showroom and enter a world of 30-50% markdowns! As children, we can all remember grandmother's “attic” and all of the unusual, interesting things you could find there. “The Attic at Lasting Impressions” is the perfect spot for the

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veryone does it. You stack, pile and store everything. And now, the closets are so full you fear for your life every time you consider opening the doors; or you can't find a pair of scissors in the junk drawer any more because it's full of, well, junk. Yep, you need to declutter your house. But if the thought of tackling your cleaning project has you collapsing on the couch in exhaustion, consider some of these tips from Savers thrift store to make the task easier - both in sorting your items and getting what you don't want out of your house: • Bring a friend in to help. Not only can the two of you spend a great afternoon together, but your friend can also give you an objective opinion as you

sort through items to keep or throw. This allows you to see if your emotions are the only reasons you're holding on to stuff – like your grandmother's old vase that's just collecting dust in your closet. • Be organized about getting organized. Start in one corner of one room, and slowly make your way around the room in a circle. Don't move on to the next room until you are finished with the first. If you need to take a break, go for it, but always return back to where you left off. • Designate a place for donations in a handy, but out-of-the-way location in your house. Encourage family members to place items - clothes, toys, housewares - that they don't want any longer into the bin. Your children will see that not everything has to go into the trash, and something they don't want any longer can be used by someone else.

you want to keep. If you haven't worn that sweater in more than six months, it's ready to go. And if you lost weight, congratulate yourself by donating all your larger old clothing. This makes it less tempting and more work if you gain the weight back. Another way to determine what is ready to go is to put items you're not sure about into a box. Seal it, and put it into the basement. If you haven't opened that box a year later, donate the entire thing. Chances are, you don't have a clue what's in the box and don't need it. When you donate your unused items to Savers' nonprofit partners, another person can put them to use, which helps save space in landfills, and organizations in your area will benefit as well. And you won't have to fear opening your closet door anymore. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Unlock the secrets of your home If the bright summer sunshine shows your kitchen to be more dull and drab than you would like, it may be time to explore new cabinets and furnishings. Fort Mitchell Interiors in Crescent Springs can redo any room in your house, and they don’t contract out any work – familiar faces are on the job from start to finish. “Cornices and Roman shades are very popular right now in window treatments, and we have thousands of fabric samples books o browse through,” said Mary

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Pennington-Wolfe, owner. “Darker finishes on cabinets are in style right now, but we have 40 different styles of cabinets to choose from,” she said. “And we can do any flooring, from ceramic tile to carpet to the newest trend, which is bamboo flooring.” With more than 30 years of experience, Wolf and her technicians can create any look that will unlock the secrets of your home, and make you fall in love with your home all over again. “Since everything is blooming fresh and new

in spring, it is exciting to bring new life into your home with new window treatments, or new cabinets, or new flooring. “When you call us, we sit down with you and work out a plan that fits both your dreams and your budget.” So come into Fort Mitchell Interiors on Hazelwood Drive, across from McDonald’s, and begin to create the look you want for your home. Mary Pennington-Wolfe can be reached at 331-5327 for an appointment.

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(which included one son and one son-in-law) and terrific work crews had earned a ranking in the “I never looked up’. what can cause them to That’s what the staff at begin to leak. Most repairs Top 100 Contractors in America, and had sales in Roof Time hear most often can be completed the when arriving to help a same day they are discov- excess of two million dollars! homeowner. ered. Ricky passed away at Sandy Feltner, the Estimators are nonthe end of 1999, and the office manager can symcommissioned, and only pathizes with panicked bid work that needs to be company struggled to carry on with-out his homeowners who sudcompleted. dynamic leadership. denly have damaged dry“We do not assume Today Ricky’s legacy has wall and dripping ceilthat a leaking roof needs been preserved by no less ings. to be replaced,” Sandy than FIVE roofing contracShe says,” Most people said, “ I have been doing do not notice their roof, this for so long that I have tors that were once part of until a storm makes them seen roofers come and go his vision, all successfully operating their own comrealize they have a probbecause they do not put panies using the same lem. As the calls come in, what is best for a homeprinciples and ideals he I listen and let’em vent, owner first.” and then reassure them Rooftime began back in established over 15 years ago! that it might not be as bad 1995, when Ricky Feltner At Roof Time, Sandy is as they think.’ and his wife Sandy startstill answering the calls Roof Time prides itself ed a small family busi(even at nights and on the on an extensive knowlness. By 1999, Preferred weekends) and Ricky’s edge of roof systems and Roofing’s four estimators grandson Justin is now a

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project estimator! Roof Time is a true family owned and operated business with deep community roots; over fifteen year’s business experience, and is now into our 3RD generation of serving Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky! Roof Time’s attention to the details has earned them the prestigious Angie’s List Super Service Award for the past four years in a row as well as, the Press Communities Favorite Roofer for 2009! Estimators arrive on time and prepared, in neatly lettered vehicles and uniforms; inspect the attic portion of the roof, then inspect and measure from the roof top (not from the ground like most companies have started to do). An estimate can be

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prepared right from their vehicles or emailed back the same day! Estimates are free and include color digital pictures of what they find. Roof Time utilizes all the best of today’s technology such as Thermal imaging cameras to pinpoint hidden leaks and decay, and satellite measurement software to offer ‘to the inch measurements” for “to the penny pricing’. Call Sandy, at 859.344.TIME or 513.753.TIME, to schedule a free roof inspection and visit, www.time2roof.com for valuable Internet only offers!

Lasting from page 7 dedicated bargain hunter. 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 furniture . . . this is the place to find it! 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! The direct phone line to the third floor is655-8189.

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Country Heart hosts artist Start a family tradition by having your children’s silhouettes made at Country Heart Florist and Gifts in Alexandria. The renowned artist, Tim Arnold, who is recommended by the Smithsonian, will be in the area for two days creating his famous silhouettes. Call Country Heart at 859-635-3030 and make a five minute appointment for each child. Appointment slots are filling up fast! Country Heart Florist and Gifts is located at 15 Pete Neiser Street, just off Alexandria Pike, in front of Bishop Brossart High School. The family owned business has been in operation since 1988, and recently owner Pam Cade added her grandchildren, Madison and Alex, to the

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Country Heart staff so that they can learn the business. “They work along side grandma and grandpa almost everyday,” said Pam. “What a joy!” The 5,000 square foot shop is incredibly versatile, serving any and all of your decorating needs. The store is filled with fresh and silk arrangements, WillowTree collectibles, Yankee candles, and the popular jewelry line of DaVinci beads. “Also, we have a new Point of Purchase system that allows us to send monthly email specials and coupons to our customers,” Pam explained. “If you are interested, please call us with your current email address, and we will immediately send you a 20 percent coupon for future purchas-

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es.” Pam has three designers on staff who will sit down with clients and glean specifics on what the client has in mind for special occasions. They can create a special corsage for a dance, or weave a spell with unique flower arrangements and balloon arches for that grand scale fairy tale wedding on your list. “We schedule appointments for designing weddings,” Pam said. “That way the bridal couple has our undivided attention when it comes to planning their special day. We work within their budget and let them chose from many wedding albums and invitation books. This usually stimulates the imagination, and we can create something unique

for their special day.” Country Heart also provides FTD and Teleflora service, when clients need to send flowers anywhere in the country. “We can create beautiful creations for funerals, which many people don’t realize,” Pam related. “Flowers are so expressive, they can say what you can’t always put into words. When a loved one dies, emotions are high, and Country Heart’s staff are very compassionate during this time.” Country Heart Flowers and Gifts is open 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Come visit us at the Heart!

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Sound advice from caring professionals Has hearing loss created a barrier between you and what’s important to you? Are you ready to reclaim your place in your life and among your friends and family? Join Christopherson & Clark Hearing Center for a Special Event, Wednesday through Saturday, July 2124 to hear what you’ve been missing. During our Special Event, you will receive a free hearing screening and consultation with owner/audiologist Sharon Christopherson, who has gained a reputation among her patients for providing trustworthy, professional, and personalized care for over 30 years. You will also

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receive a free listening demonstration and twoweek trial of the latest advancement in hearing aid technology – Oticon Agil. The Agil, made by Oticon, is one of the most advanced instruments on the market. Its superior technology takes the work out of hearing and listening so you can hear clearly and effortlessly. “We know that people with untreated hearing loss often ‘drop out’ of their social groups and friendships because it is simply too difficult for them to engage effectively in the give-and-take process of social interactions,” says Christopherson, who is one of the first audiolo-

separating sounds from different sources and directions so that you can gists to offer Agil in the concentrate on the converCincinnati area. With Agil, sation instead of working speech understanding to decipher voices and becomes more immediate stay engaged, even in so that more cognitive background noise. Agil’s energy is readily available designers have also creatto engage in day-to-day ed devices that are small interactions. Agil works and discreet and come in because its engineers a variety of styles to suit understand that hearing is your preferences and not just about audibility— enhance your comfort. it’s about creating order If you’re looking to out of acoustic chaos. This stay connected electroniis precisely what the tech- cally, ConnectLine, a nology behind Agil is able range of plug-and-play to do. The Agil is Bluetooth accessories, can designed to follow the turn your Agil into the brain’s natural process of world’s smallest wireless understanding speech: headset. Connect to your organizing information, cell phone, landline selecting the sounds that phone, MP3 player, televiare of most interest, and sion, or just about any keeping up with those other device with an sounds and voices. It audio output to enhance works by untangling and your enjoyment and ease

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of listening. At Christopherson & Clark Hearing Center, they understand that investing in hearing aids can be scary. Their free trial period takes the “fear factor” out of buying hearing aids, giving you a chance to be sure about your investment before you buy. If you like what you hear during your listening demonstration at our Special Event, take a pair of Agils out with you for a risk-free, two-week test drive. Try them at work, at home, and at play to see what differences they make in your everyday listening situations. If Agil is not right for you, rest assured that Christopherson & Clark maintains relationships with all of the major hearing aid manufacturers to offer you the best technology for your lifestyle, hearing loss, and budget, starting at $1295. And when you decide to buy hearing aids during our Special Event, you’ll also receive free batteries for a year. Don’t wait another day to get back to hearing the sounds and voices that matter most to you. Call 598-9444 for the special event, where you will receive a hearing screening, a personalized consultation with a hearing specialist, a listening demonstration, and a twoweek trial of the Oticon Agil, all with our compliments, plus free batteries for a year with a new hearing aid purchase during the Event. If you or someone you know is just beginning to think about hearing loss, call to schedule a consultation or to request a free copy of the Consumer’s Guide to Hearing Aids.

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B U S I N E S S Parent-Teacher from page 6 events, and coupons as well as gifts on their birthday and children’s birthdays! They invite you to visit and find out why they are Northern Kentucky’s one-stop education shop! Come in or visit ww.Parent-TeacherStoreUSA.com.

Try scuba diving at the Scuba Shack.

Local scuba diving season has begun When people think of scuba diving, many places come to find – 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 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 numer-

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ous 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 if 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 scubacertification training, The Shack offers certified scuba divers the opportunity to go on Instructor-escorted local dive outings most weekends from June through October. They also conduct several special even diving days, that include the Great Underwater Scavenger Hunt in August, and the Great Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest in October. A typical local day consists of meeting with dive

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buddies, driving to a local 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 ‘Shack Doggie’ cookouts, ‘Walk In’ outdoor movie nights and Travel parties , which are frequently held on 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 Web site, www.TheScubaPlace.com, or call 859-283-1550 for more information, or to schedule your very own Try Scuba Experience.

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