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Minkin Music: The Birds are in the Va...

by on 02/07/2013 - 12:40 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Smart Living

By Jay Minkin
Take me down to that old-time music in the Cuyahoga Valley. On Friday, November 30, The Stray Birds will be performing as part of the heritage series of concerts in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and one lucky reader and a friend will be able to enjoy seeing this show on the house.
Pairing some fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar, a stand-up bass, and some sweet harmony vocals is a beautiful thing. Hailing from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds are touring behind their debut self-titled release that came out in July. Recording all original music, the trio consists of Maya de Virty on guitar, fiddle, banjo and vocals, Oliver Craven, also on guitar, ...

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Shop Local This Holiday Season

by on 11/16/2012 - 10:47 am
Categories: Community, Home, Smart Living

By Cyndi Kellem
It is hard to believe the holidays are coming up again! This year seems to have flown by. Already, we have received all the stores' toy catalogs. As my twins happily circle their wish list, I started wishing for something new and challenging to appear on the shelves to add those "magic moments" for Christmas morning under the tree.
I decided to seek out some treasures at the locally owned smaller toy stores this year, and since we had a birthday party to shop for the upcoming weekend, I thought there was no better time than now to make a visit.
Our first stop after visiting the polls on Election Day was Smart Tickles Toys on Rt 18 in Medin ...

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Get Into the Game

by on 11/14/2012 - 05:04 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Michael Brady
Mike Brady, CFP, wants you to get into the financial game—before it’s too late.
As we all know, there are a multitude of reasons that can cause a family to want to keep assets out of the investment markets, like a change in tax rules, the “fiscal cliff,” high unemployment, a possible return of recession, continuing troubles in Europe, and on and on.
But I think most of you know, or should, that if you are planning for retirement, the best time to get into the market is when you have the money. The corollary to this rule is that the best time to get out of the market is when you need to spend the money. At all other t ...

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Eliminate Power Outages

by on 11/13/2012 - 02:34 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Andy Pech
We’ve all had the experience of being left in the dark after a storm or when the power grid is overloaded. Blackouts are a minor inconvenience when they last a few hours, but outages that last days or even weeks result in major inconveniences.
Long power outages can also be dangerous during hot weather. People who for health reasons need air conditioning or fans are put at risk. Having a backup generator, whether it’s portable or stationary, means peace of mind. The best time to buy a generator is before you need one.
Typically, portable models that deliver 5,000 to 7,000 watts—enough for most homes—range from $400 to $1,000. B ...

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Health Risks of Weight Gain

by on 11/12/2012 - 03:09 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Jeff Cook
If you realized you were traveling down a one-way road in the wrong direction and sometime in the next 10 to 30 minutes you were going to meet a truck head-on, what would you do? 
According to the Office of the Surgeon General, as weight increases, so does the risk for death, especially in adults age 30 to 64. Just 10 to 20 extra pounds increases the risk of dying from heart disease and developing diabetes. Women who gain more than 20 pounds after age 18 double their risk for postmenopausal breast cancer. Plus, “for every two-pound increase in weight, the risk of developing arthritis is increased by nine percent to 13 percent.”
In co ...

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Rescue Tales!

by on 11/12/2012 - 02:56 pm
Categories: Community, Smart Living

By Karin Shulin
Rosco is a great puppy that was given to the wrong home. He was a ‘gift’ to an elderly couple that had recently lost their dog to cancer. Although they didn’t want another dog, they didn’t want any harm to come to this loving little fella. They were afraid he would be taken to a kill shelter. We could not let that happen.
Rosco is between eight and nine months old, is 75 pounds and should not get much bigger. He is a black Lab mix. He is just too much for these kind folks to handle.
He loves to run, loves the water and the beach, and loves car rides and playing ball. Rosco does have basic manners, like sit, down, give and pa ...

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Creating Online Curb Appeal

by on 11/12/2012 - 02:52 pm
Category: Home

By Matt Lasher
It may come as no surprise but more and more people are searching for homes online these days. According to the National Association of Realtors, buyers use the internet more frequently than their own agent when searching for a home. In fact, the internet is the most frequently used source of real estate information for buyers.
And the most valuable feature on the internet?
So it should go without saying that your agent needs to focus the majority of his or her resources on producing a quality online presentation. But what exactly goes into creating compelling online curb appeal?
Simply put, it’s maximizing qua ...

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Rescue Tales!

by on 11/12/2012 - 02:47 pm
Categories: Community, Smart Living

By Georjette Thomas
At one time or another, and jokingly, we may have been guilty of labeling people in our lives as having a “Napoleon complex.” This is an informal term describing an alleged type of mental state, which is said to exist in persons of small stature. It is also characterized by overly aggressive social behavior.
Not only do people become labeled with this derogatory stereotype but some pets do as well. And, most commonly, it will be the adorable little lap dog with the large bark, Tasmanian growl, or the flash of pearly white teeth.
Little dogs have every right to exhibit these behaviors. They were bred to be small and, by perception, e ...

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What Goes Into a Good Design?

by on 11/12/2012 - 01:57 pm
Category: Home

By Brent Moore
Q: I have a tight budget. Can an MHR project design provide a cost estimate?—Darlene C., Rocky River
A: At Moore Home Remodeling, we’re all about what works best for our clients. Part of that includes careful planning for any project and a solid design. In fact, it is a crucial part of the entire project.
It is always our goal to provide our clients with as much control over their investments as possible, something that’s difficult to do if you don’t have a good understanding of the costs associated with your project and how the design plays a role in that.
For a remodeling project, we create a proposal, based on the design/ ...

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Preparing For the Long Winter

by on 11/12/2012 - 01:24 pm
Category: Home

By Bob Gallese
The fall equinox is a good time of year to start thinking about preparing your home for winter. As temperatures begin to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape throughout the winter.
Autumn is invariably a prelude to falling winter temperatures, regardless of where you live. Did you know there is only one state in the United States where the temperatures have never dipped below zero? Give up? It’s Hawaii.
Here are 10 tips to help you prepare your home for winter:1) Add a second layer of insulation to your attic. R-30 insulation is considered the minimum. If your house is relatively new, it probably conforms. If not ...

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