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Holiday menu prep 101

by on 12/01/2015 - 12:31 pm
Categories: Community, Food, Home, Smart Living

By Mimi Vanderhaven
The holidays signal a time for getting together with family and friends and celebrating the reason for the season. It can also be very stressful when you think of all those mouths to feed. Planning a big holiday meal ahead of time can allow you to enjoy more time with your loved ones while effortlessly bringing a delicious spread to your holiday table. Here’s how to stay ahead of the game this year.
Finalize the Guest List
If you’re hosting a big holiday dinner at home, finalize your guest list about a month in advance and decide how you’re going to accommodate these guests. Ask them if they’d like to bring anything. Many guests ...

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A season of food and fun at Mavis Win...

by on 12/01/2015 - 12:23 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Food

By Mary Jo Demopoulos
Co-owner, Mavis Winkles
Even though our Mavis Winkles Irish Pub is greener than most throughout the year, at the holidays we get even greener. For weeks we’ve been hanging ornaments from above and decorating twinkling trees and wreaths to gear up for the holidays.
A warm and inviting décor, complete with roaring fireplaces, makes us the perfect place to come in from the cold and raise a glass of cheer.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Hooley Holiday
Our banquet room—Hooley Hall—provides the ideal festive backdrop for any yuletide fete, whether it’s family parties, ladies luncheons or for corporate affairs of 20-80 ...

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How to repurpose high school memorabilia

by on 11/18/2015 - 09:33 am
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Smart Living

By Sue Walick
Owner, Strongsville Spirit Shop
Long after your glory days are over, you will likely find all kinds of memorabilia from your high school years tucked away inside a tote in the attic or in a box deep in the back of your closet. These items are more than just T-shirts, graduation tassels, and uniforms to you; they are reminders of years past and are symbols of your accomplishments.
Even though you’ve outgrown or outworn these things, they are surely hard to part with. There are several ways you can upcycle these items and make them into something new that will last as long as the memories do.
T-Shirt Quilts and Pillowcases
A popular option for y ...

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The History of hearing aids

by on 11/17/2015 - 10:50 am
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Marvin Lewis
Owner, Echo Hearing
With ever-evolving technology, things keep getting smaller but more powerful. Compare the first mobile phones that had to be stored in bags while in your car to today’s ultra-slim models you can take with you everywhere, or the old tube televisions that required two people to move them around because they were so heavy to nowadays watching shows and movies on handheld tablets. When you look back through history, the same comparisons can be made about hearing aids.
Just as we instinctively cup our hand behind our ear to try to hear something better, the first hearing aids helped direct sound into the ear canal. Made of glass, ...

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Holiday gifts for golfers

by on 11/13/2015 - 11:41 am
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Smart Living

By Mark Haddad
Owner, Coppertop at Cherokee Hills
Whether you’d like to dote on your darling duffer or inspire a Tiger wannabe, holiday gifts for the golfer in your life can be a challenge if you’re not immersed in the sport yourself.
Here are a few fun ideas to get your list started:
• Golfers worship history and tradition, so why not buy them a stocking stuffer of an embossed ball marker from famous courses such as Pinehurst or Augusta?
• Head covers are to a golf bag as dazzling earrings are to the perfect outfit. Help your golfer accessorize in style with a new set of lids, ma ...

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How to prepare your pet for winter

by on 11/13/2015 - 11:34 am
Category: Smart Living

By Nancy Secrist
Owner, Easdale: The Best Pet Care
The leaves have been raked and the gardens bedded for the winter. The furnace has been inspected, and the car tires have good deep tread.
But what about winterizing Rover?
Winter presents challenges to our pets, and planning for the changes in the season helps to keep them safe, comfortable and happy.
Just like the car's deep tire treads are needed to negotiate snowy and icy roads, Rover's feet need care, too. The hair on the bottom of his feet needs to be trimmed along with his nails. That hair growing between the pads of the feet can collect balls of ice and retain ice-melting chemicals. Bushy feet will also b ...

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How to eat crab legs

by on 11/12/2015 - 03:29 pm
Categories: Community, Food

By Niko Moulagianis
Owner, Niko’s Bar & Gyros
Crab legs are a delicious seafood delicacy enjoyed all over the world, but the task of getting to the good stuff inside the shell can be daunting. Each person has his or her own technique for cracking open this crustacean, but here are a few tips we’ve come across that get you the most bang for your buck.
Patience, Young Grasshopper
Perhaps the most important step when eating your crab legs is a simple on—patience. Don’t just jump into a plate of crab legs and assume it’s going to be easy. Your first few attempts may be a bit challenging. If you practice patience, you will make less of a mess, ...

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How to get rid of those stubborn love...

by on 11/12/2015 - 11:14 am
Categories: Community, Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Kim Porter
Owner, Skin Care Solutions Spa
If you’ve tried everything and that extra bit of tummy bulge will not budge, you may be in luck.
Over the last five years, a new procedure called CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ has been winning the non-surgical seal of approval from women and men previously plagued by their unlovable love handles.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that tackles unwanted lumps and bumps, which exercise and diet cannot seem to overpower. The procedure requires no incisions and zero downtime.
CoolSculpting works by cooling selected areas of fat to a temperature that causes the fat cells to stagnate. The fat is ...

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Rock Hall showcases legends

by on 11/11/2015 - 04:49 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host two can’t-miss events showcasing legendary artists from Lancashire, England and Detroit, USA.  
First off is a brand new exhibit titled Graham Nash: Touching the Flame. Nash, a two-time inductee who first made a splash with The Hollies and later cementing his legacy with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, narrates an exhibit of his personal collection of how rock and roll has shaped the world and inspired some of history’s most powerful figures. Pieces from Nash’s heroes and inspirations, including the Beatles, the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys ...

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Help for your joints and back

by on 11/11/2015 - 02:51 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Mike Ventresca, Vital Choice Healthstore
Do you suffer from joint pain or stiffness? What about dry eyes or back pain? If so, today’s column about a little-known supplement could be just what the doctor ordered—literally. 
I spoke with Dr. Douglas Kiburz, a practicing orthopedic surgeon. In the interview, he discussed how a patented form of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is literally stealing away would-be surgical patients by greatly enhancing the health of their joints—a fact that has him thrilled. 
We’ve known about HA since the 1940s. It’s essentially a fancy sugar that’s found in every cell of the body. It’s largely ...

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