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The Best Way to Start the Winter
Family Adventures at Fort Necessity
It’s been a long winter. Spring is just a few weeks out, but that’s pretty hard to believe beneath the gray skies of February. Though the season has been icy, I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a pretty nice winter. My parents came to visit in early December, we spent Christmas with my wife’s family, and we enjoyed a relaxing New Year’s. But so far, nothing has topped the trip my family and I took during Thanksgiving weekend. Usually, we have Thanksgiving at our house, but the rest of the family was scattered around this year. When we realized it would be just us, we decided to do something fun! In our family, the definition of fun is taking a road trip to Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania and seeing some of the historical sites, including Ohiopyle State Park. This semi-impromptu trip ended up being one of the best we’ve ever had. A big highlight was visiting Fort Necessity National Battlefield, where a 22-year-old George
Washington started the French and Indian War. As Americans, we tend to assume our history starts with the American Revolution. However, the French and Indian War, fought from 1756–1763, really set the stage for the creation of our nation. It was due to the cost of this war in North America that the British began raising taxes on the colonists. The resulting unrest would ultimately lead to the Revolutionary War. Needless to say, I was very excited to visit Fort Necessity. We stopped by the visitors’ center first, where they had a great exhibit about Fort Necessity and the French and Indian War. This really put the fort itself into perspective. I’ve been a museum buff for most of my life. When we travel, there’s nothing I love more than “dragging” my family to some museums or historical landmarks. But hiking down to Fort Necessity was the first time I really felt like I was walking back in time. I don’t know what made that place so extraordinary, but for a moment, it was like we were about to turn a corner and see a young George Washington and his troops firing the first shots that would eventually lead to the American Revolution. Of all the historical ventures I’ve dragged my family to, this one might have been the most fun for me. My girls are 12, 14, and 16 years old. Usually when we visit these kinds of places, they’re rushing to get through. They had all relatively recently covered this time period in history class, so they were leading our personal tour, and I was the student, which was very cool. They went through the
museum at the visitors’ center, checked out the exhibits, and even encouraged me — or at least allowed me — to sit through a movie they had playing at the center. It was really a great experience. Our whole trip to Nemacolin was a blast. Visiting state parks or old battlefields wasn’t exactly how my girls wanted to spend Thanksgiving weekend, but they gave it a shot, and we all had a good time. The resort offers a lot of fun things, like zip-lining or paintball, that we couldn’t do because of the cold, but my girls are interested in going back when the weather is nicer. My wife was able to take the girls to an afternoon at the spa while I went on a hike one day, which was a lot of fun. During the drive back home, we started planning our summer trips. Everyone was throwing out different ideas of things we could do together. I was happy to see how engaged my girls were in planning family trips. Of course, they want to make sure we spend the summer doing something they’ll enjoy, but it’s nice to know they want to spend time together as a family. My oldest will be going off to college in less than two years, and these impromptu family trips to state parks will be a thing of the past. I want to hold onto each moment I have with my girls until then. And if that means getting to drag my family on more historical excursions, all the better! –-Jason A. Schermer
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STICK A FORK IN IT Healthy Eating Habits From Around the World
In the U.S., there’s nothing we love more than our large meat-and-potatoes dinners, but, according to nutritional experts, American-style meals are expanding our waistlines and leading to chronic medical conditions. Push back against these unhealthy habits by checking out these healthier food traditions from around the globe that your whole family will enjoy. Japan: The Appearance In Japanese culture, an emphasis is placed on the look and color of the meal instead of the portion size. Japanese chefs opt for smaller portions of colorful fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish to create gorgeous, nutrient-packed meals. The result is a dish that is as beautiful as it is nutritious. You Try It: Learn the art of making sushi and other Japanese meals with your family. See what creative combinations your family can create, and vote for the best one! As an added bonus, since
portions are small, meals are easily transportable to school and work.
meal of the day: lunch. Though it may surprise you, this cultural tradition has surprising health benefits. Nutritional experts point to making lunch the largest meal of the day as the healthiest dining option, especially to control weight. More calories at lunch keep hunger at bay, which means less afternoon snacking and fewer daily calories overall, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. You Try It: Short of packing bigger lunches for your kiddos, try out this style of eating during the weekends. Enjoy large, family-style midday meals and smaller dinners with your loved ones on Saturdays and Sundays to reap the nutritional benefits of a large lunch.
India: The Spice Delicious spices comprise the bold flavors in traditional Indian dishes, and many even boast health benefits. Common ingredients like ginger and turmeric can decrease inflammation in the body while curry powder can aid in digestion and strengthen your bones and heart. You Try It: Using your own spices, have a spice- blending competition. Taste-test the creations and decide which recipes are good enough for a repeat and which ones will go down in family history as lofty experiments. Who knows? You may just discover your family’s next favorite meal. Mexico: The Lunch Diners in Mexico often step away from the hustle and bustle of their busy days to enjoy their largest
For more information and tips on how to transform your eating habits, visit DoSomething.org.
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3 Things to Know Before Referring a Friend
Are You Accepting New Patients?
Have you ever been on a phone call with your brother and heard about his terrible experience with his dentist? Or listened to a friend complain about a toothache for the hundredth time? These are the interactions that prompt our patients to call us and ask, “Are you accepting new patients?” When it comes to referrals, patients want to know the rules before sending someone new our way. Here are three questions we often get from our current patients about referring friends or family members. The office is pretty busy most days, but we’ll always make room for friends of our great patients. Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook has grown into the practice it is today thanks to the strong relationships we’ve developed with our patients. We know you’re awesome, so we’re more than happy to make room for one more person who’s just like you! “Are you accepting new patients?”
them give your name so we know you sent them, and rest assured knowing we’ll give your loved ones the same quality care you enjoy every visit. “Can my friend/brother/coworker’s mom meet you before an appointment?” We know how important it is for patients to feel comfortable when they come to their dentist’s office. This is why our referral patients can come in for a meet and greet free of charge. Give your friends and family members the opportunity to decide for themselves if Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook is the right fit for them. If they decide to come on as a new patient, they can still take advantage of our new patient exam and get everything they need to get on the right track with their dental health. Referrals are a huge part of what makes a dental practice grow. To everyone who has referred a friend or family member to us in the past, we offer a very big thank you. Your support has helped us get to where we are today. If you know a friend or family member who could use a new dentist, have them call us at (440) 483-1003. We’d love to meet them!
“How do I refer someone?”
Referring a new patient is as easy as giving them our number. If you know someone who’s looking for a new dentist, tell them to give us a call! Have
Apple Cider Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Chicken dinners are a staple in every American home. This one combines your favorite poultry with a scrumptious apple cider sauce for a meal that’ll warm your stomach and your heart.
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• ● 1 lb Brussels sprouts, halved • ● 2 gala apples, cut into wedges • ● 1 red onion, cut into wedges • ● 2 sprigs rosemary • ● 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
• ● Salt and pepper to taste • ● 4 boneless chicken breasts • ● 1 tsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped
• ● 2 tbsp butter, divided • ● 2/3 cup apple cider • ● 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
They’d crack each other up.
Directions 1. Heat oven to 450 F.
6. Pour cider onto chicken. Roast in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet and let it rest on cutting board. 7. Return skillet to stove on medium-high and simmer sauce until reduced by half. 8. Swirl remaining 1 tbsp of butter with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Slice chicken and divide among plates with roasted vegetables and serve.
2. On a baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts, apples, onion, and rosemary sprigs in olive oil, salt, and pepper. 3. Roast vegetable and fruit mixture until tender, about 25–30 minutes, flipping halfway. 4. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and chopped rosemary. 5. In an ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tbsp butter. Add chicken and cook 6 minutes on one side. Flip and cook 2 more minutes.
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Library Research Room, where guests can learn more about their own family trees.
More than just a building to house history, the Ohio History Center aims to help history come alive with Ohio Village. This carefully recreated 19th-century village invites guests to experience Ohio as it was in 1890, with shops, old-fashioned games, entertainment at the town hall, and even baseball games during the summer months. Ohio Village also offers special fall and winter events, including All Hallows’ Eve and Dickens of a Christmas. It’s like time traveling without a Delorean. There are plenty of reasons to visit Columbus, and the Ohio History Center or Ohio Village will certainly make any trip unforgettable. If you’re driving down from Cleveland, you can even stop by Grandpa’s Cheesebarn right off I-76 at Exit 14. This old- fashioned cheese and sweet shop is a worthwhile pitstop for foodies and history buffs alike. The events of the past built the present as we know it today. Organizations like the Ohio History Connection and their Ohio History Center offer us the opportunity to learn from our history and use that knowledge of built a brighter future.
Many Names. One Story. History Lives at the Ohio History Center
Ohio History Center, is located in Columbus, the state capital.
“Embrace the present, share the past, and transform the future.”
This is the mission of the Ohio History Connection (OHC), a statewide history organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Ohio’s history. The OHC oversees 58 historic sites and museums, nine archaeological sites, 300 buildings, and 5000 acres of land. Their work encompasses all of Ohio, but their headquarters and crown jewel, the
While the journey from Cleveland to Columbus is a bit of a drive, visiting the Ohio History Center is well worth the trip. The Center features interactive exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. Explore Ohio’s ancient history, life in the 1950s, natural wonders, and our state’s proud sports history. The Ohio History Center is also home to the Archives/
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