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Minkin Music: Humbert is Now National

by on 02/07/2013 - 03:14 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Smart Living

By Jay Minkin
The years have passed gracefully since that winter night in 2005 when a young singer/songwriter named Ryan Humbert opened for John Eddie on a twin bill that just happened to coincide with my birthday. I have been following the Green, Ohio native ever since, watching him persevere, grow as a writer, and build an audience. His new Sometimes The Game Plays You was released nationally on the Rock Ridge Music label in June.
The new album’s 15 tracks were recorded analog on a Studer 24-track tape machine in Nashville with members of the Ryan Humbert Band, including longtime vocalist Emily Bates, Ben Evans on keyboards, Erin Vaughn on guitar, Jared Lees on bass ...

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Treating Low Back Pain

by on 08/17/2012 - 03:37 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Mike Masterson
Low back pain is the most common complaint we see in our office. The pain can be centered in the low back or it may travel down the legs with the onset usually brought on by simply bending over at the waist, lifting something or twisting. I’ve even had patients who only opened their refrigerator doors when their “backs went out.” It doesn’t have to be an action that puts a lot of strain on the lower back to cause acute pain, but is more often a series of events resulting in excruciating pain.
During our case history, if the patient can’t pinpoint an exact cause of pain, we look back at things they have done over a few days ...

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Rescue Tales!

by on 08/17/2012 - 03:23 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Georjette Thomas
High-energy people are some of the most productive, interesting and entertaining people in our communities. The excitement and enthusiasm they bring to their jobs, relationships and the world is immeasurable. And their ability to motivate and inspire others through their actions is impressive. As employers, family members, and friends, we embrace these personalities and benefit from them greatly. So why are high-energy pets so often discarded?
Like humans, energetic pets are interesting and entertaining. Because they are extremely intelligent, they want to learn and please their owners. Pets often need a job and derive purpose from their assignments. Hel ...

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Picking the Perfect Cabinets

by on 08/17/2012 - 03:20 pm
Category: Home

By Brent Moore
Q: I’m planning a kitchen remodel and need some guidance on which line of cabinetry to go with. Can you provide some insight?—Chase W., Rocky River
A: You’re already headed in the right direction. Most homeowners work around a budget before thinking about the look and feel they’d like their new spaces to include. It’s important to have a professional design and a good idea of which finishes—cabinetry, tile, lighting and flooring—you want incorporated into your plan, first.
When it comes to cabinetry, I use and recommend the Haas brand. It’s manufactured in Indiana and the company is owned and operated b ...

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Retirement Building

by on 08/17/2012 - 02:58 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Michael Brady
Today’s retirement investor faces a multitude of challenges. Investors may find that they are working with a much smaller pile of money due to market fluctuations despite years of saving to secure a comfortable retirement. Sixty-two-year-olds face an increasing life expectancy of up to 30 years, which increases the odds of running out of money. Interest rates on fixed income investments are at their lowest levels in 50 years and the government continues to print money, thus increasing the chances of a rising cost of living over their retirement years. The future of social security and pension plans has never been more uncertain.
What is a retirement i ...

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Rescue Tales!

by on 08/17/2012 - 02:36 pm
Category: Smart Living

Meet Bullet. He’s a purebred Black Lab and is approximately three to four years old. He is neutered and is one laid back dude. Bullet recently dodged his own “bullet.” His last owner wanted him put to sleep because he “didn’t always listen.” Luckily for Bullet, his vet’s office did not agree with the owner. They called us and we are so glad.
Look at that smile. We just had to step in.
Bullet is very friendly. Like a typical Lab, he loves balls and toys. Bullet will fetch and play for hours. He also loves other dogs and children. Bullet is very calm and loves car rides.
He is past all the puppy stages Labs go through and is ...

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When Nature Calls

by on 08/16/2012 - 10:12 am
Category: Community

By Cyndi Kellem
I cannot say enough great things about the Medina County Park District!
My twins recently attended the Young Naturalist Camp there, a one-week camp for kids, held throughout various parks in the district. This camp consisted of many different programs designed to guide the kids through the wonderful parks of Medina County, while learning about the amazing world around them and the history it holds.
The first day was held at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center. The twins learned about the early settlers of Ohio, the tools they used, and how they hunted. They were able to use a similar tool to make a necklace. The second day, also at Wolf Cree ...

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Managing Menopausal Issues

by on 08/16/2012 - 09:56 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By Natalie Rumbaugh
Understanding the difference between hot flashes and night sweats is one of the bittersweet burdens every woman bears in life. Experts say we are in the midst of a giant “meno-boom” today, with more than 40 million U.S. women in the throes of this midlife rite of passage we know as menopause. The good news is there are many natural ways to make the transition a little easier for all of us.
Menopause is certainly not an easy passage for women—or their partners. Those infamous hot flashes are the most recognizable symptom, but the effects of menopause include a host of other problems such as night sweats, poor memory, insomnia, anxiety, m ...

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The High Price of "Freon"

by on 08/15/2012 - 04:22 pm
Category: Home

By Andy Pech
The air conditioning system in your home or business uses a chemical commonly referred to as “freon.” The actual term for this chemical is “refrigerant.” The refrigerant circulates through the system and, in simple terms, cools the air in the space. If your air conditioning system was manufactured in 2010 or earlier, it more than likely uses R-22 refrigerant.
Late last year, rumors were swirling about the price of R-22 refrigerant skyrocketing. Well, in January those rumors became fact as prices doubled overnight. And at this time, we’re not sure how high prices will go.
The United States EPA controls the production and im ...

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Screening for Oral Cancer

by on 08/15/2012 - 11:49 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By Drs. Vienna and Bizga
As part of our efforts to offer the best dental care, the Vienna Dental Group has just invested in the latest technology for oral cancer screening, which was featured on Dr. Oz.
Over the years there has been an increase in oral cancer (especially in females ages 19 to 27 years). The same persistent HPV virus that often leads to cervical cancer is also detected in many oral cancers. Early detection is the key to fighting oral cancer. If found early, the five-year survival rate is 83%.
We have always screened for oral cancer during every exam with our eyes, looking for any irregularities under the tongue, on the surface of the tongue or on th ...

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