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Easy bicycle maintentance for the riding season Tips on keeping your bike in tip-top shape.

How to save time on household chores You’re busy! Here are some great tips to save time and keep your house in order.

Editor’s note There’s nothing quite like riding a bike to bring back fond childhood memories. Ah, the wind blowing in your face, the cares of the world flying past you – it provides a wonderful sense of freedom. I love bike riding and it’s something I’ve recently picked up again. But with this fun there comes some responsibility. Inside this issue of Creative Living we have a great article about keeping your bike maintained throughout the summer. Be sure to check it out. Also, there’s some helpful tips for the home from the inside and out. Enjoy this issue.

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Topics 3 Health & Fitness

Business 10 Local Goods • Services

Care 5 Dental Smile

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Mind • Body • Spirit

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Entertainment Travel

Decorating • Improvement

Questions and comments can be sent to Editor Melissa Stewart c/o The Community Press/ 394 Wards Corner/Loveland, OH 45140 or e-mail mjstewart@communitypress.com. For advertising call 578-5501.


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Stay connected to family, friends When you lose your hearing you’re at risk of losing touch with your friends, family, and associates. Communication, the key to good relationships, can become a challenge. Beyond Hearing Aids, Inc. and Luhn Hearing Care, however, are here to help! There’s no other place in Northern Kentucky where you can find a full range of products from assistive-device products to hearing aids, that you can experience first-hand in the office, that will help you stay connected. This month's focus is on Beyond Hearing Aids. For 18 years Beyond Hearing Aids, Inc. has worked nationally helping people remain connected to their everyday lives. They now have a unique demonstration room located at 463 Erlanger Road in Erlanger. Their surprisingly affordable product sam-

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plings, which can’t be found in retail stores, include amplified telephones, doorbell systems that light up, alarm clocks that shake you awake, and TV listening systems. “Our products help you maintain an active personal and professional life,” Beyond Hearing Aids Inc. President Becky Morris said. For example, being able to watch TV with the rest of the family is taken for granted, but often causes complaints. It’s no fun watching TV in a

closed room by yourself. You become isolated and something you once loved is no longer enjoyable. “With our amplified TV system you can stay in the same room with your family and enjoy the program together,” Morris said. “Our products connect people again and give you back your independence.” Call Beyond Hearing Aids for an appointment to experience these products at 342-4641. To reach Luhn Hearing Care call 342-5846.

Lose those extra pounds safely, quickly Chances are that you’ve tried many diets before and lost weight, but ultimately ended up frustrated because you regained the weight and maybe even more. Dr. Greg Weckenbrock and his team of physicians and staff at Figure Weight Loss, conveniently located in Edgewood, are dedicated to helping their patients lose those extra pounds – safely and quickly. The Figure Weight Loss program is a physiciansupervised program that will help jumpstart your

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counseling on a healthy lifestyle including a proper diet and activity, nearly

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Get yourself ready to run Working 65-plus hours a week, Cameron Simoneau took a moment to take a good look at himself. When he didn’t recognize the person staring back from the mirror he decided to do something. He started running The Tri-State Running Company team. and it lead him to accomplish a great dream. achieve those goals.” The Tri-State Running Last year he started his Co., located at 148 own business, the TriBarnwood Drive, in State Running Co. Edgewood, off Turkeyfoot “We are here to help in the Edgewood Plaza, people make running a offers shoes, apparel, part of their lifestyle,” nutritional products, and Cameron said. “Running should be something you preventive injury equipenjoy, something to bring ment. They also offer free good health throughout your life. We can help you running groups at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30

a.m. Saturday. “All levels and abilities are welcome,” Cameron said. “We’ve had people training for the Flying Pig to those who just want exercise. We welcome everyone.” They are also sponsoring the City of Edgewood and Tri-State Running RUN see page 8

Whiten your teeth and help a child Not often, but once-ina-while, a great opportunity comes along to: • do something for yourself. • do good for someone in need. • put a big smile on your face. • put a huge smile on the face of a child who needs it! From March through June, Dr. Curtis Zimmerman and the whole team at Mortenson Family Dental is providing professional teeth whitening services at a significantly reduced fee – 100 percent of which will be donated to children’s charities in Kentucky and throughout the country. Professional teeth whiten-

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for you to make a donation of $99 for Take-Home Whitening or $299 for ZOOM! Whitening to The Smiles for Life Foundation when you come in to get your teeth whitened. Half of your donation will go to Kosair Children’s Hospital and the other half goes to the Smiles For Life Foundation to be distributed to worthy and Mortenson Family Dental offers deeply approved children’s charidiscounted, professional smile whitening ties across the United with all proceeds to kids’ charities. States. Professional teeth whitening can cost as ing is easy, comfortable and only takes a few min- much as $600 or more, so this is a great opportunity utes in the dental chair. to whiten your smile and You or someone you make a charitable donaknow can have whiter tion that will do a lot of teeth in as little as just good for a lot of kids. three days! All you need to do is The office is donating all of their services for the WHITEN see page 7 campaign. All they ask is

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Summer is here, and the last thing you want to think about is a dental emergency Waiting until to the last minute can ruin weddings, parties and most of all vacations. If you have put off your dental care due to huge fears, this can cost you time and money. It is a proven fact that the earlier you detect dental problems the less time and money it will cost you. Even if you think your mouth is horrible, next year it will even be worse. The Gentle Dental Care team. The good news is that Dr. Tara Dallmann and her team specialize in Together Dr. Dallmann and her compashelping those of you that are in these situasionate team will create a plan to correct the tions. Sedation is only a small part of the TLC years of neglect. However, you are in charge, you will receive at Gentle Dental Care. Most which is the most amazing part. You let them importantly, you will receive no judgment or know your dental budget and the time frame lectures. They realize that in most cases it has you want this done. They can spread out taken all the courage you have to just make your treatment, or get most of it done in one the first call. visit while you snooze. For your anxiety they

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offer both oral and IV sedation. The choice is yours. Gentle Dental Care’s treatment coordinator is amazing at fitting the treatment you need into a payment plan you can afford. Recently a bride-to-be came to the office wanting a beautiful smile before her wedding just weeks away. The team scrambled to make it happen and the wedding photos are proof of how much the bride loved her new smile. Don’t wait until disaster happens to call the Gentle Dental Care team. Call today and make plans to create your dream smile. Whether your treatment is done all at once or spread out over time, the end result is the same, a healthy beautiful smile you can cherish for a lifetime. Make that call and “Experience the Difference.”

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Summer safety and a warm welcome After an abundance of spring rain, it seems that summer has arrived with a vengeance. Pools have opened and summer sports continue. Dr. Tiffany Schussler and her staff would like to offer a few reminders about summer dental safety. Please make sure that all children who participate in sports are wearing mouthguards to protect their teeth, regardless of the type of sport they play. Any type of organized team sport, contact or not, can have a situation occur that may result in a dental injury. “Each year we see many injuries related to swimming. Whether it is a slip and fall or a diving injury, please use caution around swimming pools, diving boards and other wet areas. Injuries may be as innocuous as a chipped tooth, as severe as a completely lost tooth, or a jaw fracture,” says Dr. Tiffany Schussler. “We encourage

everyone to be cautious and safe indoors and out to avoid these injuries.” On a very exciting note, Dr. Tiffany Schussler and her staff are pleased to announce the addition of their newest team member, Dr. Megan Weisenberger. Dr. Weisenberger, a native of Cincinnati, attended St. Louis University for her undergraduate degree. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduation Dr. Weisenberger completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Cincinnati’s University Hospital. Dr. Weisenberger is an active member in the American Dental Society, Ohio Dental Society and the Cincinnati Dental Society. Dr. Weisenberger chose to practice dentistry because she wanted to not only restore dental health, but also be able to create a

bond with her patients. Dr. Weisenberger wants all of her patients to feel comfortable and relaxed and leave the office feeling like family. She recently moved to Boone County with her husband and three rescue dogs. In her spare time she loves to run, read, and spend time with her family. Everyone at Schussler Dentistry is very excited to welcome Dr. Weisenberger into their Northern Kentucky dental family when she joins the practice in early July. They are currently accepting and scheduling new patients for her. Please call the office at 859-6530525 to schedule an appointment.

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WHITEN from page 5 call the office today at 525-7586 to schedule your appointment. During your visit in our office, the doctor will do an exam to make sure you are a good candidate for whitening and then we can get started. It only takes a few minutes. What if you have already whitened your teeth? You can still participate by giving the gift a whiter smile to a friend! Just give our office a call and we’ll make arrangements for a friend or family member to have their teeth whitened as a gift from you. It’s a win-win-a gift to the kids and your friend as well! The Mortenson Family Dental team is ready to professionally whiten teeth and benefit a great cause at the same time. They’re inviting you, the people you know, and all the members of our community to join with us in making a difference the lives of kids who really need our help. Give them a call today at 5257586 to whiten your smile and help a child smile for life!

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Improve the value of your home with S.I. Concrete/Designs Looking for an affordable way to increase the value and beauty of your home? S.I. Concrete/Designs, a division of S.I. Pool Care can help. Whether you’re looking into a new addition such as a pool deck, walkway, porch or patio or simply want to renovate your existing concrete, S.I. Concrete/Designs has the artistic ability to make your dream project a reality. “Sometimes the con-

crete is so deteriorated you have to tear it out and pour new concrete. We can do that for you,” explained owner Sam Ionna. “Many times, however, the basic foundation is in good shape, but the concrete is dull, chipped or cracked. In those cases we can do a simple repair, add an overlay, saving the homeowner money.” The overlay used by S.I. Concrete/Designs comes in colors so you can match your project The S.I. Pool Care family. perfectly to your home. The overlay can even be stamped! Concrete just isn’t for the outdoors, according to Sam. S.I. Concrete/Designs have created breathtakingly gorgeous floors and kitchen countertops. “You cam make that

boring, unattractive countertop look like slate or marble,” he explained. They also offer concrete staining including a variety of colors and designs. As with S.I. Pool Care, Sam, his family and the other S.I. Concrete/Designs

employees are dedicated to providing the best quality service to their customers. They will work with you to make your dream project a quality completed reality. For more information on S.I. Concrete/Designs call 859-331-4110.

RUN from page 5 Company Independence 5k which will be held at 8 a.m. and includes a day of fun with a parade and fireworks. Running has changed Cameron’s life. “I enjoy running and it keeps me sane but I would hardly consider myself great at it,” he explained. “I understand its value as a way to get great exercise in the very busy world that we live in.”

“We at the Tri-State Running Company hope to support you with all of your running needs and to make it as enjoyable as possible; therefore helping you achieve all of your running goals.” Visit www.tristaterunning.com for more information.

LOSE from page 4 all Figure Weight Loss patients achieve their weight loss goal. The friendly staff at Figure Weight Loss consists of multiple physicians headed up by Dr. Weckenbrock, who has practiced in Northern Kentucky for over 25 years. After many years of practicing family medicine and seeing the effects obesity was having on his patients, Dr. Weckenbrock chose to dedicate his medical profession to helping many achieve healthy, sustainable weight loss. Your initial visit to the program is $89 and includes both your office visit and

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generic prescription medication. Our physicians will provide a medical assessment, counsel you on any concerns and prescribe the right medication for you. You’ll learn all of the details of our proven program and leave with goals you will really be able to obtain. The Figure Weight Loss team is with you every step of the way. If you’ve been struggling to lose those extra pounds, you really need to give them a call at 371-4555 or visit their website at www.figureweightloss.com to see if you qualify for the program.

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Elegance blossoms at StoneBrook Winery Spring is finally here and where better to celebrate this glorious season than StoneBrook Winery, a small farm family winery located in Camp Springs, just 20 minutes south of Cincinnati. Camp Springs region was once commonly known as the “Rhine of America.” It was the premier area for grape growing and wine making before the onset of prohibition. StoneBrook Winery is reclaiming the proud title. StoneBrook offers mag-

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farm house converted into a cozy wine tasting room, old country charm and a little bit of history. It’s a romantically breath-taking place to visit. StoneBrook is family owned and operated. The Walter family is dedicated to producing high quality, award-winning grape and fruit wines. StoneBrook has been tending to their estate vineyards since 2000 and producing unique varieties of Kentucky wine since 2004. The wines produced here have won both regional

and international recognition. You can also experience a romantic atmosphere and the quality StoneBrook wines at the B&B Riverboats. StoneBrook sponsors four cruises a year, one for every season. The cruises include live music, dinner, and wine tasting. The first will be held Friday, May 13. For more information about the cruises or StoneBrook Winery visit www.stonebrookwinery.c om or call 635-0111.

Easy bicycle maintenance riding is a for the Bicycle favorite pastime during riding fortheallwarmagesweather season months.

Whether you have had your bike in storage or it hasn’t had a recent tune up, now is a great time to make sure your bike is in good working order. There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you have a pleasant ride. Wheels and tires – Check your tires for wear, cracks and proper inflation. Bicycle tires are no different than car tires, and should be replaced if the tread is worn or the rubber is cracked or dry-rotted. Clean between the sprockets using a rag or a proper cleaning tool. Using a dry rag, wipe down the hubs, spokes, and rims on both wheels. If it’s hard to clean, use mild soapy water. Never use a hose or harsh cleaners to clean your bike. Frame – Clean the A favorite pastime for all ages, bicycle riding can bike frame and compobe even more pleasant with a few simple mainte- nents starting at the handle bars nance steps. and work your way back. Use mild soapy water to BICYCLE see page 15

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Experience, dedication at Boyle Jewelers Boyle Jewelers, in Elsmere, is a family-owned business that has been helping Northern Kentucky residents with their unique jewelry design and repair for more than 24 years. Founders Larry and Kathy Boyle retired in 2004, and their daughter Colleen Boyle Weckenbrock along with her Colleen Boyle Weckenbrock with dogs Sassy and Honey. business partner, only experienced jewelers Shannon Wartman, purhave. With the full time, chased the store and are on site jewelers, Boyle’s is continuing the tradition. Boyle Jewelers employs able to do most repairs in the most experienced and less than three days. Their knowledgeable talented jewelers in the sales staff is always willarea. The staff has more than 70 years of combined ing to help you select or design that special piece experience and is well that will become an heirversed in all aspects of jewelry repair and custom loom for generations to design. They feel it is key come. If you want to sell your to keep up to date on all unused jewelry – you defthe latest technology and initely want to see the repair techniques, while experts at Boyle Jewelers. still maintaining the old They will use your old world craftsmanship that gold and gems to create

new one of a kind pieces. They don’t go through a middleman, so you will get top dollar when selling your jewelry. Check out the wide assortment of loose diamonds that can be used to create that engagement, wedding or anniversary ring of your dreams. For exceptional personal service and premium quality, you need to go to Boyle Jewelers. Call them at 727-0055 or visit their web site at www.boylejewelers.com.

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Nothing says, “Welcome home,” like a humble structure surrounded by a beautiful picket fence. It’s a picturesque scene, but the “welcome home” is a reality at the small Metamora, Indiana-inspired shop Picket Fences. Located at 3029 Dixie Highway in Edgewood, the small-town boutique offers a variety of items not found anywhere else in the area. Sterling silver, costume jewelry, candles – made right in the shop – gourmet coffees packaged in West Chester, Metamora fudge and a variety of handmade items is what you’ll find. Anything you need from a special baby gift to garden decor, Picket Fences

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has available. Hurry in, as items change daily and come back soon for who knows what tomorrow may bring. They even carry the Myachi Original Hand Sack that combines the full-body coordination of action sports with the old-school fun of hacking the sack. You can use any body part you want except your palms! In addition, they have a man who is designing a new line of sterling jewelry. The first items, pendants and earrings, are in and involve the word “Believe.” Picket Fences Owner Jeff Nipper says the best thing about his shop is that “you feel like you’re among friends.” For more information call 344-6100.

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Lasting Impressions Design Center. . . Lasting Impressions Design Center at 241 Grandview Avenue in Bellevue, Ky., continues to expand with new furniture and home décor items that you have to see to believe. Don’t be deceived by the outside of the building! It looks like any other warehouse you might see in greater Cincinnati, but when you venture inside to the third floor, you will be amazed. What is it that makes Lasting Impressions different? Items in this showroom have been carefully selected to provide customers with a chance to choose something that is a bit out

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of the ordinary . . . something that you might not see in other stores . . . something that will add some “zing” to your home or office . . . something

on paint selection, accessories, window treatments, furniture, room arrangement, or you may just need a brain-storming session during a walk-

“When you care enough to make your home a warm, welcoming place for family and friends … you need to visit us.” that allows you to let your personality shine through in your decorating. Sign up for an “InHome Consultation” to get Linda’s expert advice

through. Linda has a unique gift of being able to blend the things you want to keep with the updating you want to do. The $100 fee will repay

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you many times over with Linda’s unending supply of creative new ideas, colors, and décor. You will enjoy working with her to create just the right style and atmosphere for your home or office. Call 6558187 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Huge Scratch-and-Dent Sale on the fourth floor. Take advantage of this sale featuring miscellaneous furniture and home décor items. You never know what you will find at 241 Grandview so you will want to take a look! New Bernhardt furniture (sofas, end tables, occasional tables, bedrooms, etc.) has arrived

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along with some Bradington Young, Hooker, and Butler Specialties. The main showroom and “The Attic” are both beautiful with wonderful room settings complete with acces-

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Roof Time phones are ringing off the hook Roof repairs keep the phones ringing off the hook at Roof Time at this time of year. “We stay steady all year, even over the winter,” said office manager Missy Shoemaker. “But from now through the summer, we are really busy.” Roof Time does more than just Owens Corning roof systems. “We are certified as a Top Of The House contractor by Owens Corning, one of only three here in our area,” she continued. “So we get a lot of calls about attic insulation, siding, and gutter toppers, but roof calls lead the way.” “Our roof calls include mistakes made by other roofer that are now leaking, to a roof that needs replacing, and everything in between. After a few rainy days, shoddy installation

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errors become noticeable to a homeowner, and when they try to get their roofer to come back, they find out that he has moved onto his next victim.” To avoid becoming frustrated, she advises homeowners to consider a company’s Better Business Bureau file, an Angie’s List Super Service Award, and references that a homeowner can call and check. “We are a non-licensed industry, unlike plumbers and electricians,” she says. “And that opens the door for poor workmanship and roofs being replaced when only a repair would have worked.” Many roofing companies don’t like to deal with repairs “because there’s no money in it” or they don’t like trying to fix someone

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else’s mistake. But Roof Time has no problem diagnosing a roof’s problem and bidding a repair, if it’s all that is needed. “It’s the building block of our company,” Shoemaker says. “Most folks who we do repairs for call us back when other work needs to be done. We build a relationship and that evolves into other work – siding, gutter protection, and attic insulation. Our estimators do not earn commissions, so they only bid what you need. If a couple hundred dollar repair will fix your home, we won’t try to tell you differently.” Roof Time understands that roofing is first and foremost a service industry. As Greg Lykins, a Roof Time Foreman says: “You

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don’t hire us for the shingles, you hire us for the roof! Anyone can buy shingles from a store and nail them on, but we have the training, skill and experience to install everything your home needs, correctly, the first time around.” Five of the most common roof repairs Roof Time gets include: Missing shingles. A piece of shingle in the yard is an obvious sign. But in many cases, homeowners don’t know there’s a problem until a stain or spot shows up on the ceiling inside. The best way to prevent a leak is to get the roof inspected every couple of years. Roof Time offers free estimates that can include color digital pictures and a thermal camera scan to pinpoint any problems.

Flashing leaks. Most often, leaks occur in the flashing area, where metalwork is installed at any penetration detail on the roof, spots where proper workmanship is especially important, for example, a chimney, a skylight, a pipe boot, or a wall. Gutters. The gutter system is only as good as the way it is installed. They find a lot of gutters improperly fastened to begin with so they loosen quickly. Gutters are first cleaned, and then properly secured, making sure the pitching is right for drainage and that the end caps and miters are sealed to prevent leaking. Skylights. A skylight that needs to be replaced or one that has been compromised in some manner usually brings a Roof Time crew out. A lot of roofers don’t like to deal with skylights because they are somewhat complicated and often come from many different manufacturers. Skylights have come a long way and you should be OK as long as you have a good quality window with proper installation on a pitched roof. Ventilation, Insulation, Radiation. A repair we often find in the summer occurs in homes that are older and need to be properly balanced for proper air flow. If you don’t have good air flow through the attic, shingles will prematurely fail and cause leaks. The sun beating down on the roof raises the surface temperature by 20 to 40 degrees daily! The last thing you want is for the underside of the roof to be heated and “cooking.” Having at least 20 inches of attic insulation and a radiation barrier will reduce the inside attic temperature by 50 degrees, making your home cooler and the AC working less, saving your energy bill!

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Laundry If you’re like most folks, you probably consider laundry to be one of the most time-consuming household chores – 66 percent of adults said doing laundry is a major time

ogy that provides additional energy savings and advanced cleaning options. One convenient washing option includes a speed cycle that quickly washes slightly dirty clothes in 15 minutes. In addition, these washers are Energy Star qualified, using 50 percent less water and are up to 86 percent more efficient than

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ance, be sure to look for true steam, not washers and dryers that just inject cold water spray mist into the cycle.

Vacuuming Vacuuming can either be something that saves time or causes more headaches depending on how you use your vacuum cleaner. Be sure to use the right attachments for best results. Also, be sure you maintain it properly to keep it functioning well. Always make sure your filters are clean and dust collector is empty.

General cleaning tips Here are a few general rules to follow when cleaning: • Clean top to bottom. Obeying the laws of gravity is the key to avoiding cleaning in circles. • Clean as you go. When cooking, soak dishes immediately after use to prevent more work later.

Experts say you can at save time doing your household chores by modifying your habits so you can work more efficiently.

• Keep cleaners in your shower so you can clean yourself and your shower at the same time. Since merely ignoring your duties is not an option, experts say you can at least save time by modifying your habits so you can work more efficiently. By working smarter, and sometimes, purchasing the right equipment, you can cut into the time you spend cleaning and devote more time to doing things you love. Here are a few

Until it’s affordable for everyone to get a robot maid, household chores aren’t going away.

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drain in a nationwide poll conducted for LG Electronics. So what better place to start when looking to become more efficient? One of the best laundry tips is to make sure you are doing full loads, reducing the number of total loads you will have to do – and helping you save money and energy. If you are in the market for a new washer and dryer, ultra-large capacity is definitely something to consider. Some of the most popular ultra-capacity washers use steam technol-

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average washing machines, even with their larger capacity. To prevent wrinkling and the subsequent need for ironing, retrieve and fold clothes immediately when they are dry. Ending drying sessions with a cooldown session can also prevent wrinkles. Today’s best-performing advanced clothes dryers include a steam generator, which produces true steam that is added to drying cycles to help remove wrinkles. For the best perform-

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• Stick to a schedule. Don’t stress out about missing certain items when things get busy; having a plan is the easiest way to organize tasks so you don’t feel pressure to get everything done at once. And if you’re the one doing all the cleaning, don’t be afraid to delegate some tasks to other members of the family. If everyone can take care of the things they are particularly good at, all of you can enjoy more free time.

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SO MANY REASONS TO CHECK US OUT.... June is the mid-point of Regal Maid Cleaning Services 25th year Anniversary Celebration and owner, Andy Venneman is excited about the present and future of the business. A new feature has been incorporated to the Regal Maid website to help further drive efforts Andy continues to make on raising the bar in the cleaning industry altogether when it comes to giving customers excellent service and experiences. “The new Online Quote link on www.RegalMaid.com will allow anyone to privately go on and get an estimate for using our services in a quick, convenient, and no hassle way. The new quoting feature allows users to get ballpark estimates on the entire home or certain rooms and allows them the flexibility to adjust where necessary to meet their particular needs and budgets. The quote is then given directly to the user. This tool is simple to use and safe as we do not share any of our user’s information with any outside parties”, says Andy.

with your clutter and get your home in the shape you want it to be in when you can’t.” Andy says, “We realize there are some individuals who may prefer to skip the online quote and would rather deal with us directly. As always, we are continuing our in home quoting and provide estimates at no cost. The one on one time with new or potential clients He goes is an important part of on to say, the partnership and gives “we also decided to move forRegal Maid the opportunity ward with adding this feature to truly understand and unto our website so we could cover any existing needs and take the next step in expectations. Personal service dispelling myths that is one of the traits that have they still exist about maid continued to set us apart from were services being too others in the industry and we too expensive. The fact will never give up the quest to embaris, most often our improve our customer experirassed by the customers say ences and raise the bar.” clutter in their they wish they home to have a would’ve called cleaning service Whether you are hoping to for a quote soonover at all. The receive a quote for your home er. Some clients new ‘Quote your or a loved one’s, you can do share that they so by calling 859.781.3300 Home’ feature had thought they or right now you can log onto will allow poweren’t wealthy www.regalmaid.com and retential customenough to have ceive your quote using the new ers to see for “maids” in their “Quote your Home” link. themselves and homes or even that Regal Maid services both resiremoves the anxiety some feel about the estimate dential and small businesses in Northern Kentucky and select process. It is important to remember, we are here to help areas in Ohio.

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BICYCLE from page 9 loosen hard-to-remove grime. As you’re cleaning, inspect the frame for any cracks or damage. If you see any cracks, you should take your bike to a bike shop for repair. Be sure to also inspect your brake and shift cables. Lubrication – Apply a light lubricant like Royal Purple’s Maxfilm to the inside of your cable housings and all of the pivot points on your brake and shift components. Maxfilm leaves a tough and durable lubricating film for improved operation and long-lasting protection against wear, rust and corrosion. Avoid getting any oil on your brake pads, and wipe off any excess. Brakes – Check your brake pads. If they are worn beyond the indicator line, they will need to be replaced. Bolts – Make sure all of the bolts on the bike are tightened, but be careful not to over tighten. This includes your handlebars, seat, pedals and shifters. Clean the chain – One of the last items in your bike maintenance would be to clean and lubricate the chain. Clean the chain of dust and dirt with a solvent-soaked rag. After inspecting the chain, use a chain lubricant like Royal Purple’s Max-Chain. Max-Chain is an advanced, synthetic lubricant that reduces wear and extends equipment life. It can be applied by either spraying or brushing. Once applied, the carrier evaporates leaving a long-lasting, dry, wax-like film. This non-tacky film minimizes the collection of dust and other airborne contaminants. Test drive – The final step in your spring bike prep is taking a test ride. Check the gears and brakes. Make adjustments if necessary and then get your helmet and enjoy the bike ride.

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sories. What is new at Lasting Impressions? New Shaw Rug selections have just arrived to expand the line of samples you can view on site. These rugs are beautiful, very long wearing, and definitely affordable. A beautiful new line of jewelry has just arrived and is now on display. You won’t find more beautiful, affordable jewelry anywhere. Other new home décor merchandise continues to come in weekly. If you haven’t been to Lasting Impressions lately, you will find a brand new look each time you visit. “The Attic at Lasting Impressions” has been transformed from a “warehouse” into part of the Design Center showroom. You will find new items along with great buys on discontinued items during your scavenger hunt in “The Attic.” Check out the green tags! The new Tile Display Area featuring Florida Tile is complete and “it is beautiful.” If you schedule an “in store” appointment, Linda can help you with tile selections as you remodel your existing bathroom or plan for your new home. The friendly folks at Lasting Impressions take pride in excellent customer service and trying to meet your every need! It’s a shopping experience you are going to enjoy and repeat again and again! The direct phone line to the third floor is 655-8187. You may call when you arrive if you need elevator service, and someone will be glad to come down and give you a lift.

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June is Garage Door Safety Month AE Door & Window offers tips on maintaining your garage door June is Garage Door Safety Month and AE Door & Window is working to increase awareness of the possible hazards of garage doors and automatic opener systems, as well as the need for periodic inspection and maintenance to keep them safe. Your garage door should provide many years of safe operation if installed, operated and maintained properly. The garage door is the largest moving object and can also cause series injury, or even death. If you have children, you should also take some time to teach them that garage doors are not playthings. Garage doors were made safer in 1993 when the Consumer Product Safety Commission passed a law mandating that all garage door openers installed have an auto reversing feature and safety sensors that cause the door to reverse if the door meets an obstruction. It is, however, still important to perform regular maintenance checks. AE Door & Window recommends these garage door safety tips to insure garage doors are in proper working order. A garage door should provide many years of safe operation if it is installed, operated, and maintained properly. • Never stand or walk under a moving garage door. • Remember, your garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled. • Never attempt to repair a garage door springs or cables. These are under extreme tension. • Check your door cables for fraying. • Don’t ignore a squeaky door. • Have a trained technician install and service your garage door. • Have containment cables for extension springs. • Never place your fingers between the door sections. • Don’t use an old track when installing a new door. • Get regular service For a complete list of garage door safety tips, visit aedoorsales.com. AE Door & Window works very hard to offer the best products at competitive pricing, along with the most professional installation and service departments. “Educating consumers about garage door safety is important, as garage doors have many working components and if not properly taken care of could result in injury or damage,” says Bill Weber of AE Door & Window. Visit www.aedoorsales.com or contact one of their show rooms, 1260 West Sharon Road, Cincinnati, 513-742-1984 or 8430 U.S. 42, Florence, 283-1984 to learn more about garage door safety.

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