The 4th Annual Women of Our Community and ATHENA Awards Dinner

The Medina County Women’s Journal will be hosting The Fourth Annual Women of Our Community and ATHENA Awards Dinner at Williams on the Lake
on October 5, 2016

In its thirteenth year of print, the mission of The Medina County Women’s Journal is to Educate, Energize, and Empower Women Through Knowledge.  ATHENA International and our organization have such a similar mission that it was natural for us to bring the ATHENA Awards to Medina County in 2013 to acknowledge these remarkable women leaders.

The ATHENA International was founded in 1982 and the mission is to support, develop, and honor women leaders, and is reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.”  This quote has inspired our program’s format, as we will be honoring ALL nominated women who are improving the quality of life for others in our community with an award of a “Women of Our Community.” We also present the ATHENA Young Professional to one young emerging leader.  Following the dinner program, one woman will be honored with the ATHENA Leadership Award.


Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.55.50 AMCarrie Beegle FINALIST

Carrie Beegle is a lunch lady and she loves it! She is the food service director for Cloverleaf and Mapleton school districts and has been in school food service for 19 years. Her passion for giving our children healthy, nutritious and great tasting food has received national attention. Carrie was recently asked to be a guest speaker at a Congressional hearing in Washington DC and is a team leader for Congressman Tim Ryan’s “Salad Bars in Ohio Schools” initiative. She also assisted in a webinar series for the Institute of Child Nutrition for the University of Mississippi. Carrie was invited to host a series of lectures at the annual conferences for both the Ohio School Board Association and the Ohio Association for School Business Officials. She is a mentor, consultant and chef trainer for the Ohio Department of Education and the USDA. She consults on nutrition programs and mentors school food service directors, majority women, across the United States. Carrie’s motto is “We Fortify the Future” and believes she makes a difference one child at a time.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.57.52 AM“Sam” Boyer

For most of her 77 years, “Sam” Boyer has worked for local newspapers. In 1959, she began working with the Leader Post, writing a column since 1964. She began volunteering when she moved to Brunswick. In 1965, she served on the Brunswick Sesquicentennial Committee and the Bicentennial committee in 2015. In 1972, she became a member of the Brunswick Jaycees. She was the producer of the local Miss America pageant for 20 years and was Brunswick Woman of the Year in 1972, Citizen of the Year in 2015 (Brunswick Summer Celebration), Brunswick-Medina Business and Professional Women Woman of the Year for 1985-86, and presented the “Friend of Education” award by the Brunswick Education Association. Sam was the first woman Brunswick Chamber of Commerce president in 1979-80 and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2000. She served on the inaugural boards of the Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and Brunswick High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, the board of Leadership Medina County, and is now vice president of the Brunswick Area Historical Society.

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As community investment leader of Westfield Insurance, Jani oversees Westfield Insurance Foundation, strategic philanthropy initiatives, and employee volunteerism. Working with a team, they align philanthropy with Westfield’s core values, distributing $3 million primarily supporting safety, disaster recovery, and family stability. Jani spent 15 years in leadership positions at the American Cancer Society and United Way of Medina County. She sought Westfield because of its commitment to corporate citizenship. She enjoys working on projects that involve collaborations and seeks to help those new to roles or the community. Dedicated to mentoring and actively taking strides to lead women within Westfield’s organization and outside, has truly had a profound impacted on Medina County. Jani serves on the boards of Fund for Our Economic Future, Habitat for Humanity of Ohio, and Medina County Police Activities League. She is past president of Leadership Medina County and past board member of Hospice of Medina County, Greater Medina Area Chamber of Commerce, and Medina Lacrosse Association.

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Terri Hradek, director of Cuyahoga Community College’s Brunswick University Center (BUC), has been responsible for BUC’s administrative operations since its opening in January 2011. Terri seeks out the opportunity to mentor her students, as well as encourages community involvement and leadership development in her staff. Hradek serves as the chairperson for the newly merged Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance, sits on the “Business at the Barn Business Showcase” planning committee, and chairs the Community/Business/Schools Committee. She is also a member of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Medina County Economic Development Corporation and its newly formed Workforce Alliance Resource Committee, which plans the annual Made in Medina County and High School Manufacturing Road Shows. She has served on fundraising planning committees for the Medina County Red Cross and Medina County Community Fund. A 2013 graduate of the Mandel Leadership program and 2012 graduate of Leadership Medina County, she has served on the Education Day and Selection Committee for Leadership Medina County.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.01.03 AMJennifer Gill Frisby

Jennifer Gill Frisby is owner of Anytime Fitness Wadsworth, a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer, who actively engages and mentors women in her gym to become their best offering instruction, education, and hope. She is an active member in Wadsworth with a dedicated commitment as President of Wadsworth Lions Club, Past Chairman of Wadsworth High School Alumni Association and current Board Member-at-Large, and a board member of First Christian Church and the FCC Women’s Ministry Team. Jennifer is a member of Chambers of Commerce in Wadsworth, Seville, and Rittman, a member of the Ohio University Alumni Association, and an inductee and board member of Wadsworth High School Sports Hall of Fame Committee. As Past President of Wadsworth Chapter of Working Women Connection, Jennifer supports her local women business leaders with community involvement and leadership. She supports non-profit organizations such as Ormaco, Feeding Medina County, Salvation Army, Medina Creative Housing, and Wadsworth Youth Football/Cheerleading. Jennifer and husband were awarded the 2016 Rosie Award as Entrepreneurs of the Year from Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.01.38 AMLinda Loveless FINALIST

Linda Loveless has been organizing and promoting professional craft shows and events for over 25 years. Starting as a simple PTA fundraiser developed into a successful business, which currently runs An Affair on the Square, Christmas Around the World, Mrs. Claus’ Closet, and the MC Home & Garden Show. Linda has long been involved with local non-profits and willingly takes on leadership roles. She has served on the Medina County Fair Board as Advertising Director, President of the Board for Medina YWCA, Board member and President of Medina City Schools Foundation, and Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Linda served on the Board for Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund for nine years, president for three years. Linda is an active member and one of the founders of 100+ Women Who Care Medina, raising funds for local non-profits and promoting women as philanthropist, and also serves as secretary of the board for Medina County Arts Council. Recently, a founding board member of a new non-profit, First Impression, Inc. provides business appropriate apparel to disadvantaged women for job interviews.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.02.16 AMWendy Mirrotto

Wendy Mirrotto is the Founder and Executive Director of Kitten Krazy, Inc. and Quick Fix Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for cats and dogs in Medina. With 18 years of experience in animal rescue, she took her passion for cats and started a humble 20’x 8′ shelter in her garage. In the past five years, she has built two 4,000 square foot facilities in the City of Medina to house the ever-growing Kitten Krazy Cat Shelter and Quick Fix Clinic. Since May 2004, Kitten Krazy has placed over 4,200 fully vetted cats and kittens. Quick Fix opened on July 1, 2011 and has spayed/neutered over 32,200 cats and dogs. Quick Fix has also administered over 36,000 vaccines, 6,914 nail trims, 977 microchips, and 414 Medina County dog licenses, amongst other wellness services. Wendy has held the big vision since the beginning and continues to develop and coordinate all projects and programs. She is always mindful of addressing the growing community need for affordable care for both owned and shelter cats and dogs.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.02.59 AMRhonda McClelland

Rhonda McClelland has been a community leader and volunteer for Brunswick Youth for over a decade. For the past three years, Rhonda has been the Treasurer of the BHS Cheer Parent’s Club. Her commitment to the school and students went past the financials in 2012 when Rhonda created an annual community service project for the cheerleaders to provide hand-made blankets and other items in need to Akron Children’s Hospital. In addition to her volunteer time with the high school, Rhonda is a dedicated volunteer for Brunswick Youth Sports. For the past 11 years, Rhonda has been a dedicated softball coach and has looked out for our youngest female athletes as the Commissioner for the 7 and 8-year-old Girls Softball League. She provides support for over 1,400 Brunswick youth and their families as the BYS League Secretary. Rhonda McClelland’s leadership continues in her profession as a Lead Process Analyst with Progressive Insurance where she has been employed for 17 years.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.03.37 AMValerie Rapp FINALIST

Valerie Rapp graduated from BGSU with a BS in Education. Valerie met Rob (husband) while attending BGSU, married and relocated to Medina in 1975. She works at Homestead Insurance Agency in Brunswick. Valerie’s first volunteer work started as a board member for the Medina County YWCA, but expanded her interests in the Medina community after participating in Leadership Medina County in 2003. The class project was the development of the pilot program for Jr. LMC and in 2004 it was adopted permanently by Leadership. She serves as the program’s historian and photographer and supports the mission shaping the future of high school students by promoting teamwork, developing leadership skills, fostering self-confidence and personal growth, and respect for diversity. She encourages emerging leaders to become involved and persuaded others to take a leadership role in the community. In 2012, Valerie served as chairperson of Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce board, and presently serves as an ex-officio, participating on its Business Advocacy committee. In July 2016, she became president of Leadership Medina County’s board of trustees.

ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient

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Presently employed at the Medina County Health Department, Ashley is a team leader, member of the Quality Improvement Council and chair of the joint clerical staff involving nursing, dental and the billing staff. She recently completed Six Sigma LEAN training, which has led to leadership roles within the Health Department as well as becoming Vice President on The Board of Directors for Sister Circle and President and Founder of the youth organization, “So Now What?” Ashley strives to make a difference in the lives of others, especially young women and children. Ashley volunteers for AAUW, Sister 2 Sister Conference and Tech Savvy Conference as a workshop facilitator. She also works with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Medina County and is a Youth Director at Second Baptist Church in Medina. Ashley quickly earns the trust and respect of the girls she mentors. Her guidance and dedication has a lasting impact on both the youth and the community.

YP Award Sponsored by the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce

ATHENA Young Professional Nominees

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Chelsea Pozderac – Transitional Living Centers, Inc
Jaclyn Von Hoch – Westfield Insurance
Ashley Powell – Medina County Health Dept. / So Now What
Michelle Reese – Day Ketterer, Attorneys-at-Law, LTD
Kelly Harrison – Brunswick City Schools- Willetts Middle School
(Left to Right)

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Westfield Insurance
Brunswick University Center

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Impact Your Life: Starting a Fitness Routine at Any Age has Benefits Beyond Physical

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

Fitness trends come and go, but weight training in particular never seems to come into style. Most people tend to reach the apex of their physical strength during their 20s and 30s and it gradually declines from there. Once our strength starts to go, so do other things. Muscular weakness is indelibly tied to not just our quality of life, but also to our life expectancy.

Two recent studies published in The British Medical Journal revealed that muscular strength is a remarkably strong predictor of mortality, even after adjusting for cardiorespiratory fitness and other health factors. This conclusion was reached after an analysis of more than 30 studies that recorded physical attributes like bench press strength, grip strength, walking speed, chair rising speed, and standing balance. What the researchers found was that poor performance on any of the tests was associated with higher all-cause mortality, anywhere from a 1.67 to a threefold increase in the likelihood of earlier mortality.

Now, here’s the good news: despite the inexorable effects of aging, physical strength is an attribute we can control. As the science is increasingly showing, resistance training can add years to your life, and the earlier you get to it, the better.

Hit the Weights Everyone

As these studies indicate, not all exercise is equal. Resistance training (like lifting weights) in conjunction with high-intensity workouts (like aerobics and running) is key. It’s never too late to start. And, yes, women, that means you, too! “Bulking up” is a myth. It’s arguably more important for women than men to lift weights because of a greater propensity for osteoporosis.

Studies show that older individuals can still experience the benefits of gene shifting even if they’ve never lifted weights. It also results in an increased production of growth hormones and testosterone and lower levels of cholesterol. And it can stave off the effects of neurodegenerative disorders and depression. Weight training also offers innumerable positive effects on our physical, cognitive and emotional well-being. Taken as a whole, exercise has been shown to add between six to seven years to a life span, if not more.

Start Easy

Isometric exercises are
focused on tensing the muscles without movement. These exercises are not focused on increasing motion or flexibility, but rather on increasing muscle size and strength. The following exercises are geared toward preventing muscle loss with aging and promoting a modest increase in strength:

  • Palm Versus Palm – Place your left palm on top of the right palm and attempt to bring the palm up to your chin while resisting with the other palm.
  • Shoulder and Chest Muscles – Arms extended in front of you, palms facing, push palm to palm. Flex your muscles vigorously, but do not hold your breath or overdo it.
  • Knee and Hip – Strengthen the knee by sitting on the floor or on a table with your leg stretched in front of you. Squeeze your thigh muscle to fully straighten the leg while flexing your ankle and lifting your toes up. Hold the contraction for 5 seconds and rest for 3. Repeat up to 10 to 15 times. This approach can be used for any muscle.

Jeff Tomaszewski, owner of MaxStrength Fitness in Westlake, is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and holds a masters degree in exercise physiology. Jeff is also a personal trainer and professional body-builder committed to helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Visit or call 440.835.9090.

Safety Tips

  1. Be sure to warm up 10 minutes in advance and cool down for 10 minutes after the exercise is performed. 

  2. If your joints hurt, stop the exercise immediately. Soreness in the muscle groups can be expected. 

  3. Maintain good posture during exercise. 

  4. Do not hold your breath and be sure to breathe during exertion while exercising. 

  5. Do not grip weights tightly. 

  6. Movements should be performed in a slow, moderate, and deliberate manner. 

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What Should I Look for When Choosing a Dentist?

Finding the right dentist is sometimes a difficult search and you want a practice that meets your needs. We have provided you with questions to begin the process to find a dentist that will be a long term health care partner.

Top Questions to Ask When Searching for A New Dentist:

  •  Are the hours convenient for your schedule?
  •  Where was the dentist educated and trained?
  •  What’s the dentist’s approach to preventive dentistry?
  •  How often does the dentist go to continuing education programs?
  • What type of anesthesia is the dentist certified to administer to help
    you feel comfortable during any necessary dental treatment?
  • What arrangements are made for handling emergencies after hours?
  • Are all fees and payment plans provided before treatment is scheduled?
  • Does the dentist participate in your dental health plan?
  • Visit the office, is the staff helpful and willing to answer questions?

Blue Heron Dentistry breaks the mold of your typical dental office featuring the most modern and advanced technology, facility and dental techniques in the industry. Home to Dr. Heather L. Maze and a professional, caring team, Blue Heron Dentistry’s name is an inspiration from the areas beloved bird, the Great Blue Heron. A Blue Heron is known for its vision and fits perfectly with Dr. Maze-Rojas’ strong vision to develop lifelong relationships with her patients.

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Discover Unique Boutiques

Bou•tique [boo-teek] – small fashionable shop, exclusive business offering highly customized service or product, a small business, department, specializing in one aspect of a larger industry.

The Latest Trends in Hair Additions

As seen in the latest trend reports, ponytails and bangs are IN. There are many types of synthetic and heat resistant synthetic ponytails including the sleek “Pony Wrap” that uses part of the hair to wrap around the point of attachment to make it look more real and right on trend. Bang pieces are available in short, thick styles or wispier with the sides getting gradually longer. Then there are also easy to use clip-in hair extensions, you can add instant length and volume. They are available in almost 2 dozen great colors and hair types, from human hair to the new cutting-edge heat defiant fibers.

Wigs N’ Things, is a premier wig shop located in Fairlawn, providing a large variety of wigs, hairpieces and extensions for a specific hair need or just for fun.Wigs N’ Things is staffed with certified hair experts who are dedicated to finding the solution that fits you and your lifestyle. Wigs N’ Things offers the latest in designer wigs and hairpieces, featuring an assortment of colors, styles, and types of caps to suit every need. Our wig experts will do a complimentary consult to assist you in choosing the hair solution to create the look
you desire, regardless of your hair loss situation. If you have a specialized need a custom piece can be designed to your exact specifications. Wigs N’ Things offers a full line of care products to ensure your investment is properly cared for and a large selection of hats, scarves, and cover ups. Come visit owners, Melisa Jung and Debbie Carter to receive a complimentary consultation today.

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Beautiful Summer Fashions at NEW Location – Ohio Outlets

It’s time to celebrate summer! Owl Eyes On You carries all the latest summer trends and classic pieces to brighten up your wardrobe. Casual elegance is the theme for 2016, with bright colors and shimmering materials. Fringe, off the shoulder styles and dangling earrings are the hottest trends on the runways. Boutique owners, Wendy and Allison, are a dynamic Mother and Daughter team that travel to various fashion shows throughout the year seeking new and exciting pieces at affordable prices! Discover unique jewelry, fashion accessories, clothing, beautiful gift-ware, owl pieces, fun home goods and local artisans. Find the perfect outfit for vacation, weddings, graduations or a summer night out.

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 8.20.24 AMCheck out our June July issue for special offers, for Women’s Journal readers ONLY, from both of these great boutiques!

Where Do You Belong?

By Diane Helbig

We all know that networking is a key to business growth. And we know that there are a lot of opportunities to network. There are the places our friends go, the places in our communities, online, offline, and industry-related organizations.

Sometimes the sheer number of options can feel overwhelming. So how do we decide where to invest our time and money? Try this 3 step plan:

1. Determine what you hope to achieve. What do you want to get out of your membership or involvement in an organization? This is a huge question. Sometimes we confuse our goals, and that can cause us to join the wrong group or organization. For example, The Rotary is a philanthropic organization first and foremost. Yet, some people join it thinking they will be able to sell to the other members. Not, in my opinion, a good reason to join the Rotary.

So, be clear on why you are joining that particular organization. And if I may add, your reason should align with the main purpose of said organization.

2. Explore what is out there. First do your research. Discover what exists that matches with your goals. Take a deep look at them.
a. What do they value?
b. Who else is a member?
c. What kinds of events do they have?
d. What do they expect of their members?
e. What is the investment, both in time and dollars, to be a member or participate?

You may find that some are worth exploring for membership while others are good to just visit periodically as a guest. And don’t be swayed by your friends. Just because something works for them doesn’t mean it is the right solution for you!

3. Once you’ve narrowed your list, go visit. When you are there be open to really experiencing what it’s like. What are the people like? The programming? The structure? You are really trying them on for size to see if they are a good fi t for you and your business. Visit twice if you can. First impressions can sometimes be deceiving.

Now that you’ve found where you think you should be, join. And get involved. Give it all you’ve got proportional to what they expect. You can’t just join and expect good things to happen. You have to be participating; you have to build relationships. I hear it all the time, “I joined the Chamber but didn’t get any business out of it.” Did you go to the events? Did you get on a committee? Did you follow up with the people you met at the luncheon?

Right! Networking is an investment of time and energy. You have to work it. When you are looking for different venues to network, think about exploring the different types of organizations. There are chambers, industry associations, constituent specific groups (like women’s groups), and structured networking like BNI. There are also group coaching like Business Opportunity Network, mastermind like Vistage, and affiliate groups.

There is a lot to explore out there. Use the 3 step process above and get started. The sooner you are connecting with others on a deeper level, the sooner you will be growing your business.

Copyright© 2016 Seize this Day

Diane Helbig is an internationally recognized business and leadership development coach, author, speaker, and radio show host. As a certified, professional coach, president of Seize This Day, Diane helps businesses and organizations operate more constructively and profitably.

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Protect Yourself From the Sun

sunshine with shadesWe all find sunshine therapeutic as a mood booster. However, sunshine can have dangers as well as benefits. Sun damaged skin from sunburn or chronic exposure is the major cause of skin cancer. Doctors believe that most skin cancers can be avoided by using proper prevention. Sun damaged skin also contributes to premature aging. Repeated sun damage skin will look thicker, leathery and wrinkled. It can cause age spots, fragile and sagging skin.

The best way to avoid the dangers of the sun is to stay of out of the sun, but for most of us that is not realistic. Thus, when we go outside below I offer a few tips to minimize the sun’s harmful effects.

1) Always wear sunscreen  Sunscreens are variable by type of ingredients and the SPF. SPF stands for sun protection factor. The SPF number tells you how the product will protect you from the burning rays of the sun-UVB. Most sunscreens will protect you from UVA rays- the second major ray of the sun too. Everyone should wear a minimum of SPF 30. If you have had skin cancer, then use a sunscreen with even higher SPF. Everyone is recommended to wear sunscreen including children greater than 6 months old. Recently, a researcher reported that if sunscreens were used regularly by children through the age of 18, there would be a 72% reduction in the cases of skin cancer later in life.

The ingredients are important because they offer different types of protection. For complete block, look for titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

I also recommend a natural plant based option. Several people report regular Cataplex F use can prevent sunburn used in conjunction with SPF.

2) Wear sunglasses that filter the UV light.

3) Wear protective clothing. Some clothes today provide SPF in fabric in addition to clothing being a basic layer of protection. Wear a wide brimmed hat to provide more shade and protection.

4) Avoid the “hot” sun in the middle of the day. This is about 10am-3pm. The ultraviolet rays which cause sunburn are strongest during this time.

Treating damaged skin

Even if we try to prevent sun burn, sometimes it happens. Several skin treatments with medical grade skin care products, chemical peels or optical light laser can stimulate collagen and elastin to gain tightening and elasticity for a more youthful appearance. Laser can help diminish broken blood vessels and brown spots from sun damage skin. I also recommend an annual skin check from your doctor or a dermatologist.

Let’s not forget the sun’s benefits.

Vitamin D is important for many processes in the body. Muscle, prostate, bone health and immunity to name a few. It also plays a role in sugar and mood balance. You can get Vitamin D from: 1) Food 2) Sun 3) Supplements

Vitamin D is tough to get in your diet. It is only present in a few foods. It is naturally present in fatty fish like salmon and shellfish. Other foods like milk and fresh orange juice are fortified by the manufacturing industry.

We need sunlight for our bodies to make Vitamin D. It does not require a lot either. Only 10-15 minutes of sun exposure with no SPF is required to generate Vitamin D.

Since most adults don’t get enough Vitamin D in their diet or get enough sun exposure because of wearing sunscreen to prevent risk of skin cancer, supplements are necessary to get the recommended daily dosing. You can use Vitamin D3 over the counter. You can also use a plant based supplement from Standard Process, which from my experience gets absorbed very well. I offer both to my patients. I recommend you see your doctor to get your Vitamin D levels measured initially and a follow up. I recommend follow up levels because a leading test center reported that over 30+ brands of Vitamin D supplements tested, the average contained 33% of the dose on the level. There was also variability from bottle to bottle of the same manufacturer. Make sure your body gets what it needs and what you paid for.

Enjoy your summer. May the warmth of the suns rays make you feel good on the inside while you protect your skin on the outside.

Written by Dr. Kathleen Fearon D.O. – Physician and owner of Comprehensive Internal Medicine and Skin Care Solutions. An Internal Medicine practice where complete medical care along with an integrative nutritional approach is being offered when desired as well as advanced skin care evaluations and treatment plans are implemented.


Upcoming Windows 10 Upgrade Deadline

For those of you who are interested in getting the free upgrade to Windows 10 keep in mind that at this point Microsoft is giving a deadline of July 29, 2016.

Who qualifies for this?

Windows 7 and Windows 8 users who see the pop up at the bottom right of their screens and it indicates that you are eligible for it.

Should you upgrade?

Pieri from PC Computing suggest, if you have Windows 7 and are eligible and your computer is less than 4 years old you may take advantage of it.  Keep in mind there “may” be some programs that may not be compatible. If your Windows 7 pc is older it may still work but you might notice it will be very slow and sluggish—so you decide if you wish to try it or not. Windows 8 and 8.1 users should take advantage of the upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 7 users: if you decide not to upgrade that is also ok –it is not mandatory.

If you end up not liking Windows 10 you have a 30-day window to revert back to your previous operating system.

Can you do the upgrade yourself?

Yes, but before you do, you may want to do some “prep” work to ensure a smooth upgrade:

  • Back up your data —just in case.
  • Scan your system to ensure you don’t have any spyware or viruses.
  • Make sure your PC has all the windows updates and is up to date.
  • Give yourself a good 2-3 hours for this entire process.

The computer will restart several times until it is finally completed. In some cases if the printer is too old (5+ yrs) the printer will no longer work. In other cases you may need to reinstall the printer driver for it to work in Windows 10. You can go to the manufacturer’s website to download the printer from there..because your printer CD won’t work.

If all this sounds like too much of a hassle and you don’t want to take a chance. Contact PC Computing and Pieri will do it for you. 

If you have any questions about this upgrade or other technical computer questions contact Pieri from PC Computing, LLC

Call 330-461-1945 or visit

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There’s More to Mold than Just the Spore!

By Gregory L. Drenik, CIE (Certified Indoor Environmentalist)

Mold can emit a fungal gas! When particular molds colonize and they progress through their life cycle, they emit a gas (musty smell). As the reservoir of fungus grows to several billion spores in the colony, our noses detect the smell of these fungal gases.

When a closed indoor environment continues to fill with the mycotoxic gases, they can become a health risk. The affect it has on the human body is dependent on three variables. Our individual immune systems, the type of spore, and the volume of fungal gas determines the impact on our bodies. Additionally, the longer the exposure to these gases, the greater the likelihood we will develop a sensitivity. Much like other environmental allergens we are exposed to, the longer the exposure, the greater the chance our bodies will have an adverse reaction.

Some health effects include headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, lethargy, fever, and digestive problems. More severe reactions are hypersensitivity and asthma symptoms. Although rare, certain Aspergillus species release aflatoxins that are carcinogenic.

There are many things in life we cannot control, but exposure to fungal gases is not one of them. With a little effort, we can reduce or eliminate this health hazard by using a disinfectant or removing the affected material. In some instances, it may be necessary to seek a professional opinion or get professional help.

Mr. Drenik is the president of MicroArmor, Inc. He has performed thousands of mold tests over the last 20 years and completed over 3,000 mold remediation products. Call 440.946.5578.

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Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Your child not only has a different development and arrangement of their teeth than adults, but may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child. These needs may include dental sealants, fluoride applications, home treatments, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treating existing dental problems, our office focuses on prevention through patient education. Our mission is to give our patients the best and most advanced dental care possible to enjoy a cavity-free future.

Natural Dentistry! No Needles! No Drills! No Pain!

With cutting edge technology like the dental laser, Brunswick KiDDS uses this laser energy and a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures, without the vibration and pressure associated with the dental drill which are the primary causes of pain. Doctors have used lasers for years to provide better care for their patients.

Now, thanks to Brunswick KiDDS, you can benefit from advanced laser technology for your child’s dental care. Without the use of the drill, our lasers allow us to perform many dental procedures without shots, without the need for anesthesia, and without any numbing at all! Also, our lasers reduce the amount of bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling, and the need for pain medication after treatment! Brunswick KiDDS’ Lasers are extremely precise and accurate in their ability to remove tooth decay. Since they use light energy, they can eliminate even microscopic amounts of bacteria and infection while leaving surrounding areas unaffected. As a result, we can often treat all areas of decay in one or two appointments, reducing the amount of anxiety that build up every time your child has to come back for treatment! It is the natural way of doing dentistry.

Have You Had Your Child Evaluated for Braces?

The American Association for Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. Early detection and treatment gives your child the edge – a much better chance for natural and normal development. One advantage of having Brunswick KiDDS for your child’s dental home is that we monitor their growth and development on a regular basis. Our parents truly appreciate having orthodontic treatment done in our office. This allows them to coordinate cleaning and check-up appointments with orthodontic appointments. By working with the natural growth instead of against it, we can prevent problems from becoming worse, and give your child a lifetime of healthy smiles! Studies have shown that people who have straight healthy teeth are more likely to smile more. This can lead to a greater self-esteem which may lead to a more fulfilling life.

Dr. Milton and Dr. Brittany are pediatric dentists, specializing in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and those with special health care needs. Dr. Milton, Dr. Brittany and their team regularly attend seminars and conferences devoted to new treatments, new technologies and excellent patient care practices.

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Transform Your Health & Fitness in Only Minutes a Week!

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer

With MaxStrength Fitness’s exclusive program, you can have the body you’ve always wanted in just 20 minutes a day, twice a week. But you’ve got to be willing to work. As founder of MaxStrength Fitness in Westlake, I don’t pull any punches about exercise. My unconventional view of exercise programs is that productive exercise must be an ultra-intense stress, yet too much stress can be counterproductive. It’s one more burden in your life, so we like to prescribe the minimum amount of exercise that produces the greatest effect.

The MaxStrength program is based on pushing the muscles to failure—to the point where they can do no more—in a condensed period of time. It is specifically geared for busy professionals who don’t have a great deal of time to spend in the gym. More important than the time spent doing the program is its effectiveness. We get results in a fraction of the time most people spend at the gym.

Compared to people working out at a regular gym several hours a week, MaxStrength can produce more results with far less time commitment. The business executive who gets paid for his or her time understands the cost-to benefit-ratio of our program. This program is going to free up a lot of time. Those 20-minute sessions aren’t easy. I don’t kid people into thinking this is fun. This type of exercise may be the most brutally hard work you are ever going to do. But it’s safe and we’ve found that any person can do it—from the professional athlete to the 85-year-old woman with a hip and knee replacement. Most exercise programs are based on doing more volume, which eventually hits a point of diminishing return.

The problem with the traditional thinking is that the more you do, the more your intensity starts to suffer. You can’t run five miles with the same intensity with which you run one mile. My concept was to find ways to maximize the intensity and concentrate the effort on exercise.

Most MaxStrength clients are not interested in bodybuilding. But like most young body builders, I hit the gym to lift weights religiously for at least a couple hours a day, sometimes as many as seven days a week while in high school. Once I started college and work, my concept of time management changed. I realized that I wanted to get the benefits of exercise, but it wasn’t practical to put in all of that time. The bodybuilding trophies on display in our reception area are proof of our programs effectiveness.

This type of exercise may be the most beneficial work you are ever going to do and the time to get started is right now. Our program is based on research done at the University of Florida Medical School conducted in the early 1980s by fitness expert Ken Hutchins for a Nautilus Osteoporosis study. He later developed proprietary resistance equipment that stresses the muscles into failure during a short, but grueling period of 90 seconds to three minutes. Unlike the loud jock mentality and the screaming associated with gym training, our exercise environment is distraction-free. We keep the studio at 65 degrees to keep the body cool and we have no mirrors, no music, and no shouting. It feels more like a doctor’s office than a gym. The program at MaxStrength begins with a free initial consultation that lasts about one hour. Along with the exercise, MaxStrength offers a variety of nutrition counseling programs.

MaxStrength Fitness is located in Westlake at 2211 Crocker Rd. You can call 440.835.9090 or go to for more information or to request a complimentary initial consultation and demo workout to experience this unique system for yourself! Plus you can view testimonials from a variety of clients who are high performers in the greater Cleveland area just like YOU!

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