Akron and Uniontown Dentist Improves Dental Care With Digital Radiography

Uniontown DentistPeak Dental Arts announced that the practice has added digital radiographs to its Uniontown and Akron, OH offices. This technology upgrade is part of the dental practice’s commitment to superior customer service. According to dentist Dr. Craig C. Lanik, digital radiography is one of the greatest technological advancements in medical imaging over the last decade. Dr. Lanik can evaluate the digital X-ray images immediately; there is no processing time. As part of the practice’s commitment to advanced technology, Dr. Lanik also provides Cerec dentistry, which allows for the creation of dental restoration in a single visit.

Dental patients visiting Peak Dental Arts for restorative and cosmetic dentistry will now receive X-rays using the practice’s new digital radiography. In place of traditional X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital sensor to capture images of the teeth.

“The safety and convenience of our patients is paramount,” said Dr. Craig C. Lanik, the founder and owner of Peak Dental Arts. “That’s why we are excited to announce our switchover to digital radiography. Both our Uniontown and Akron offices now feature the state-of-the-art digital radiography. This allows us to instantly view and evaluate a patient’s teeth.”

The practice’s dental care team has completed special training for the administration and interpretation of digital imaging. Dr. Lanik says that the images provide a larger, more accurate representation of a patient’s teeth structure. Images can be enlarged or magnified for improved evaluation and analysis. For example, by adjusting brightness, contrast and color settings, Dr. Lanik can better identify small cavities in the teeth.

Dr. Lanik stressed that digital radiography eliminates the need for harmful developing chemicals and also minimizes a patient’s exposure to radiation. “Digital dental x-rays emit 90 percent less radiation than traditional film X-rays,” said Dr. Lanik. “In addition to reduced radiation, digital records of X-rays are easier to track, manage and share with other dental professionals. If a patient moves to a new state, I can easily send a file of these records to his new dentist. This streamlines patient care and prevents unnecessary diagnostic procedures — saving patients valuable time and money.”

In addition to digital radiography, the dental practice also offers Cerec dentistry. This ceramic dental restoration procedure uses 3D computerized imaging to aid in the design of dental restorations.

“Patients today have busy lives and demanding schedules,” said Dr. Lanik. “It can be difficult to squeeze in multiple visits to the dentist in order to have cosmetic restorations created. With Cerec dentistry, dentists only need a single appointment to create restorations — there’s no need for multiple impressions, a temporary restoration, or follow-up visits. We complete the entire procedure in one easy visit.”

Dr. Lanik provides comprehensive oral health care services, including cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. The practice offers teeth whitening, caps and crowns, dental bridges, veneers, tooth-colored filings and implants.

Lions Club, vision van at North today to make sure students see clearly

By Sarah Campbell


CHINA GROVE — If students at South and North Rowan high schools weren’t already seeing clearly, they will be soon.

Members of the Salisbury Lions Club used the vision van, a traveling clinic equipped with the tools needed to test eyesight, to check the visual acuity of more than 150 students at South on Thursday.

Today, the vision van will roll over to North, where Lions Club members will provide vision screenings for the school’s freshman class.

Bryan Hoover is site coordinator for the vision van, which travels throughout the state. He said the Lions Club’s motto of “We Serve” is reflected in clubs across the state providing vision screenings at about 150 sites each year.

“We are trying to serve the public by doing this,” he said.

Hoover said the vision van has conducted more than 100,000 screenings since it hit the road in 1999.

Although 90 percent of those screenings were done in a community setting, the remaining 10 percent have been at schools.

“Most kids, if they have had a visual impairment since they were born, they don’t realize that they should be seeing any better,” Hoover said. “They have a really hard time learning in school if they can’t see clearly, so our goal is to help find those kids and try to get them the assistance they need to see better.”

Kady Samples, a student at South, said Thursday’s screening gave her a bit of peace of mind.

“I haven’t been to the eye doctor in a while, so it’s good to know my eyes are OK,” she said. “It’s really nice of (the Lions Club) to do this for us.”

Michael Childress, a sophomore, said he’s always had good vision, but he didn’t mind double-checking Thursday.

“It’s pretty cool they are here helping out,” he said.

Wayne Kennerly, a Salisbury Lions Club member, laughed with students Thursday before conducting their vision screenings. He’s been helping with the screenings for years.

“It’s good because we can help catch those kids who can’t see well and help get glasses for them,” he said.

Lori Swaim, another Salisbury Lions Club member, said she enjoys doing the screenings.

“They can help us detect some problems that they might not know about, so I think it’s very important,” she said. “In fact, I think it’s one of the most important things that we do.”

Vicky Slusser, executive director of Communities in Schools of Rowan County, said she contacted the Salisbury Lions Club for help with the screenings after the site coordinators at South and North indicated a need to get their students’ eyes checked out.

She said the club picked up the $130-per-day fee to have the vision van at each school.

“I was put in touch with their president, and then from there it was kind of just a chain reaction,” Slusser said.

Students who need to see an optometrist but don’t have insurance or Medicaid will receive a voucher provided through a partnership between Communities in Schools and Sight for Students.

“That provides them with one vision screening plus a pair of glasses,” Slusser said.

Slusser said vision and dental screenings have been on the student needs list all year, and she wanted to make sure at least one of those were met before the semester ends.

“If they are not able to see to read, they are not able to do their school work, and that’s going to be vital when they start doing end of the year testing,” she said.

Slusser said she’s still hoping to get dental screenings done, but hasn’t found an avenue to make it happen. She said poor dental health could prevent students from coming to school because of pain from decay or embarrassment because of missing teeth.


Asbestos and Mesothelioma Awareness

by: Asbestos.com

mesothelioma-diagramAsbestos is a natural mineral used in many products since the 1920’s. Asbestos was a very popular material due to its great qualities such as its, high resistance to heat, flexibility, and it was cheaper than its counterparts. Being exposed to asbestos should not be taken lightly as it is the leading cause of mesothelioma cancer.

Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma generally appear 20-50 years after you were exposed.  The tiny asbestos fibers can be inhaled and lodged in your lungs where they will lay dormant for many years and then begin to cause irritation.  Signs of mesothelioma are similar to pneumonia or the flu; coughing, shortness of breath, chest pains, and suppressed appetite.  Mesothelioma can be treated by surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation; however there is currently no cure. Early detection though is essential as it can vastly improve your survival rate.



Asbestos Exposure to Veterans

Asbestos was used widely in almost every branch of the military throughout the 19th century.  Navy veterans or shipyard workers in this era are most at risk because warships were covered in this fireproofing insulation.  Shipyard workers were helping transport large amounts of asbestos on and off ships regularly.  Ship repairmen were in constant contact with asbestos working in the boiler rooms.  Veterans should get regular chest x-rays as a health precaution.

Asbestos on Construction Sites

The use of asbestos was fitted in nearly every home built before 1978; asbestos was still used in construction after this date, but in smaller quantities. Generally, asbestos does not cause health problems unless its fibers are released into the air, so many homes built before the ’80s still contain asbestos.  Evidence has proven that inhaling small asbestos fibers can lead to a variety of health issues.  Products that contain asbestos are not easy to identify on sight, so it is important for construction they cannot be determined by sight alone.  Asbestos can be found in;

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Water pipes
  • Roofing and floor tiles

Maintaining your Health

If you worked in a profession that used asbestos containing products it is in your best interest to inform your physician.  If you were exposed to large amounts of asbestos they may recommend regular chest x-rays, as you will not have signs or symptoms until it is too late and has already developed.  For more information on mesothelioma and asbestos visit Asbestos.com.

If you have been exposed to asbestos and have any questions, we have patient advocates available for you or loved ones 24/7 at 1-800-815-7924.  Visit our page on Facebook and Google+ for the latest updates on mesothelioma and asbestos.

Northeast Ohio churches speak out against President Obama’s birth control policy

By: Kristin Byrne, newsnet5.com

President Barack ObamaBRUNSWICK, Ohio – Catholic churches in northeast Ohio are on mission to have their message heard after President Obama announced a federal mandate regarding health care coverage for contraception.

The regulation requires faith-based institutions to provide insurance for things like contraception. It’s been revised so churches can opt out of providing coverage, but that doesn’t matter much to some local church members, like Mike Ruffing. He’s been a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Brunswick for eight years.

“Regulating some type of aspect of providing insurance for something that is against their conscience is more than just a Catholic issue, that’s a government infringing upon people’s religious freedoms,” he said.

Ruffing has been emailing lawmakers, other church members and anyone who’ll listen. His pastor, Father Bob Sec, is taking action, too. He’s been keeping his parishioners up to speed on the topic and telling them where the church stands on the issue.

“I think we’ve been called to faithful citizenship and faithful stewardship what that means is that we need to be participants in the conversation of shaping out society, shaping our culture, and shaping the laws of the land.”

Other churches feel strongly something has to be done. St. Thomas More Catholic Parish has created a petition against the new mandate and members at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Uniontown can pick up postcards to mail to lawmakers.

St. Michael Lions Club Set for Annual Ice Fishing Contest

By Mike Schoemer

Worried about thin ice? Forget about it, the St. Michael Lions say. There’s a layer about 16 inches thick on Beebe Lake today, and with temperatures at night below freezing, that’s not going anywhere.

“We’re more concerned about a storm,” said Joe Dehmer, a longtime Lion and one of this year’s organizers for the annual St. Michael Lions Ice Fishing Contest. “This is such a family event, we love it when we can have some good weather and get the kids out there.”

The ice fishing tournament, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, is one of the largest fundraisers for the local Lions Club, which shares Lions International’s mission of service and eye health. Funds raised from this year’s tournament benefit everything from local scholarships (for St. Michael-Albertville High School graduates) to other community service projects.

“It’s really a great group of guys, very talented,” said Jim Pichler, another of this year’s organizers. “They work hard at it. But it’s a lot of fun.”

This year’s ice fishing event promises to be a lot of fun, as well. Pichler said the community support from local businesses has been “amazing,” with prizes from Hardware Hank, Cabela’s, Marketplace and many more.

The St. Michael-Albertville Boy Scouts will be on the lake selling refreshments.

As for Dehmer and Pichler, they’ll be on hand judging fish and making announcements.

“You get the kids running up to you with fish of all sizes, and you want to make each one feel special,” Dehmer said. “It’s pretty fun.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. They are available from Lions members or at the Hardware Hank store in St. Michael. Raffle tickets are $5 each and get anglers a chance to win items like a Vexilar fish finder or a Strike Master gas-powered auger, among other items.

KRWC Radio will be on hand with contests, and a live broadcast as well.

Due to the warm temperatures, participants will not be allowed to park on the lake. The Lions (in their traditional yellow vests with the purple logo) will provide parking instructions and some shuttles to the ice.

Holes will be drilled Friday evening by the Beebe Lake Association, so anglers should be careful when they head out to find their spot.

Lions Clubs protecting local communities

Lions Clubs protecting local communitiesLions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world with more than 1.3 million members in 46,000 clubs spanning 206 countries and geographic areas. Lions Clubs are composed of men and women who volunteer their time by dedicating themselves to helping and serving others in need, and ultimately helping to make communities better and safer places to work, live and raise families.

The local Lions Clubs in District 4-C4 which includes approximately 42 Lions Clubs from San Francisco to Palo Alto have now developed a new program to not only “serve” the public, but now to “protect and serve” the public, as well as the members in our own Lions Clubs, as well.

The new program being implemented is named, “Operation Guardian Angel.” Lions District 4-C4 obtained grants for the purchase of four Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) from both the Sequoia Healthcare District and the Peninsula Health Care District. In addition to the grants, Lions District 4C4 is working with both of these agencies to help provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and basic AED training to our Lions volunteers at little to no cost.

During large community events sponsored by various Lions Clubs who work to help raise funding for local charities, schools, homeless programs, etc., what could the Lions Clubs do if a member of the public was to suffer immediate cardiac arrest? Local emergency services do an outstanding job responding to medical emergencies, but minutes and seconds can save lives or even prevent permanent brain damage.

Our new program “Operation Guardian Angel” will now provide the availability in each of the 4 Regions within the Lions District 4-C4, with an AED which will be made mobile and taken to large Lions sponsored community events by a Lions Volunteer trained in the use of CPR and the AED. In the event of a medical emergency, a trained Lions volunteer can, if necessary (and prior to the arrival of emergency services), provide life saving CPR or use the AED to aid the citizen or even a fellow Lions volunteer who might be stricken when volunteering at the event.

District 4-C4 Governor Esther Lee, her District Cabinet officers and every single Lions Club member within San Francisco County, San Mateo County and the city of Palo Alto not only adhere to our Lions organization motto, “We Serve,” but are now taking our service and commitment to our communities a step further to now “Protect and Serve” those who we help and support.”

All of the clubs in Lions District 4-C4 thank both local health care districts for their generosity and sharing our Lions vision to help and protect the citizens in every community we serve in, but also to help protect our Lions volunteers who work so hard serving others in need.

Today is Election day: Uniontown/Lake Township candidates and issues

election-day 2011



Candidates and issues that met Wednesday’s 4 p.m. filing deadline for inclusion on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The validity of candidate nominating petitions must be approved before a candidate officially makes the ballot. The Stark County Board of Elections has until Aug. 22 to complete that process.






* denotes incumbent

Lake Township
Fiscal Officer (elect 1)
Ben V. Sommers *
Trustee (elect 1)
John L. Arnold *

Lake Local School District
Board of Education (elect 2)
Kenneth D. Brott *
Jon Troyer
David A. VanderKaay *


1. Proposed by joint resolution of General Assembly; amend Section 6 of Article IV and repeal sections 19 and 22 of Article IV of the Ohio constitution:
1. Increase the maximum age for elected or appointed judicial office from 70 to 75. 2. Eliminate the General Assembly’s authority to establish court of conciliation. 3. Eliminate the Governor’s authority to appoint members to a Supreme Court Commission.

2. Referendum of Senate Bill 5
Amended substitute Senate Bill 5 is a new law relative to government union contracts and other government employment contracts and policies.

3. Proposed constitutional amendment to adopt Section 21 of Article  I of the Ohio Constitution:
1. In Ohio, no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system.
2. In Ohio, no law or rule shall prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance.
3. In Ohio, no law or rule shall impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance.


• Lake, expansion of the Uniontown Police District to the entire unincorporated territory of Lake Township, replacing the tax in the existing township police district, 4.5 mills, continuing period of time, commencing in 2011.
• Lake, precinct A local option, weekday sales of beer, wine and mixed beverages, Circle K #5390, 260 S. Prospect Ave.
• Lake, precinct A local option, Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages, Circle K #5390, 260 S. Prospect Ave.
• Lake, precinct 9 local option, Sunday sales of beer, wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor, VFW Greentown Post 9904, 8695 Cleveland Ave., NW.




• Lake Local Schools, (1) Bond issue, improvement of school district buildings and facilities, acquiring, improving and equipping real estate for school purposes, $12,781,563, 1.8 mills, 28 years. (2) Additional levy, acquisition, construction, and financing of general permanent improvements, 0.5 mill, continuing period of time. Will be presented to the voters as one question in two parts.
• Stark County,  sales and use tax, one-half of one percent (0.5 percent), for the purpose of supporting criminal and administrative justice services for the county and to pay the expenses of administering such levy, 8 years.

Lions Club organises free eye screening, surgery at Idi-Ayunre

Written by Seye Adeniyi

Lions Club organises free eye screening, surgery at Idi-Ayunre Over 3,000 people in Idi-Ayunre community in Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State, recently benefitted from the free eye test carried out by the International Association of Lions Club, District 404B Nigeria, while over 5,000 people from nearby communities also converged at Idi-Ayunre to participate in the eye screening and the distribution of eye glasses to people with sight problem in the community.

The beneficiaries have, however, tasked Community News to encourage other humanitarian organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to borrow a leaf from the kind gesture of the Lions Club International, stressing that other organisations should join hands with the government to bring succour to the people who are in need or are looking for solution to their health problems because government alone cannot shoulder the needs of the entire members of the public.

The two-day eye screening and surgery exercise  took place at Idi-Ayunre community on the 13th and 14th October, 2011, and was organised by the International Association of Lions Clubs, District 404B Nigeria in partnership with the management of the Oluyole Local Government Area, Oyo State.

In his speech, the District Governor, Lions Club International, District 404B Nigeria, Lion (Professor) Ayoade Adesokan, explained that the association decided to embark on the health to assist people with sight problem get solution to their problem, adding that it was observed that many people in the society, especially those with health problem, could not afford the increasing cost of medical treatment and as such, many of them have defect in their sight.

In his words, “there are many downtrodden in the society who could not afford the cost of simple medical treatment. In fact, many people in the society today are going blind because of poverty. Therefore, Lions Club decided to help them by embarking on this core project,” he stated.

Ayoade Adesokan also disclosed that such a free eye screening exercise had been carried out in states like Ekiti and Osun by the club, stressing that they were happy that the caretaker chairman of Oluyole Local Government Council, Prince Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye was quick to identify with the free eye screening and distribution of eye glasses exercise.

However, over 45 Nigerians with serious visual impairment also benefitted from the free cataract surgery co-sponsored by Lion Club International, District 404B Nigeria and Oluyole Local Government in a joint collaboration with the Opthalmological Society of Nigeria, (OSN), South-West zone.

Blindness Awareness Month and World Sight Day, is Today Oct. 13

world-sight-dayThe Little Rock Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired initiated a bill into law establishing October as “Blindness Awareness Month.” Last year, Mayor Barnett proclaimed October as Blindness Awareness Month. Studies indicate that over 14,000 persons in Collier County live with blindness or significant vision loss. Although blindness and vision loss largely affects senior citizen; accident, disease, genetics and other causes can cause vision loss to persons of whatever age.

Those persons living with blindness or vision loss and their caregivers residing in Collier County and the City of Naples may now receive education, assistive technology, mobility and adaptive independent living training and a myriad of other support services locally from the only full service center in Collier County; namely –Lighthouse of Collier.

World Sight Day (WSD) is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. World Sight Day is a day of awareness and urges the local community to observe personal eye health care and that the services of Lighthouse of Collier be made known for the assistance of the blind, vision impaired and their caregivers within Collier County and the City of Naples.

The mission of the Lighthouse of Collier is to promote the development, implementation and on-going evaluation of programs and services which foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers. To learn more about the Lighthouse of Collier please visit www.lighthouseofcollier.org or call 239-430-EYE4 (3934).

Blind man helps promote use of guide dogs across the country

By: Ray Reed

Life changed abruptly for Bill Hadden 38 years ago, when a stroke took away his vision.

Until then, he had a successful career in the insurance business.

Since then, the Lynchburg resident has traveled over much of North America as a Lions Club ambassador who promotes the use of guide dogs for people who are blind.

“I didn’t deal with it very well early on,” Hadden said, because he was suddenly unemployed and had three children to educate. “It was kind of a devastating situation,” said Hadden, who was 46 at the time.

But now, at 84, Hadden hands out his business cards in pairs, held together with a clothespin inscribed with “make a difference.”

He travels about 80,000 miles a year, telling prospective users of guide dogs what it takes to rely on the dogs and work with them.

He’s also working to set up a local vision and hearing event the Brookville-Timberlake Lions Club is sponsoring, with a mobile sight and hearing unit that will visit Brookville Middle School and Sam’s Club on Oct. 25.

The next day, the mobile unit will set up at a health fair at the Templeton Senior Center at 225 Wiggington Road.

The club is hoping to screen about 300 children at the school for possible vision and hearing problems, Hadden said.

“We’re very excited about it,” he said.

When Hadden travels across the continent, he flies alone except for his current guide dog, a yellow Labrador named Godiva.

Hadden and his wife, Jackie – he calls her Saint Jackie – live in the Graves Mill Road neighborhood.

He credits the Brookville-Timberlake Lions Club with helping him find a door to his future, first by helping him to get his own guide dog and then setting him on to a new career as an advisor for Guiding Eyes, a dog school in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

“I was sponsored by the club to receive a dog,” Hadden said.

Even with the club’s backing, getting his first dog was no easy task.  An evaluator told him he wasn’t a good candidate for learning to work with a dog, but Hadden persevered and received his first dog, named Syracuse, in 1974. He’s had five more dogs since then.

“I’ve had one wife and six dogs,” Hadden quips. “God has been good to us.”

He needed almost two years to come to grips with losing his vision.

“I was wallowing around in self-pity,” he said, but eventually decided “I had better deal with it.”

He went to a rehabilitation program where he met people who had been blind since birth, who had never known the freedom of driving a car, and had never seen the blue of a robin’s egg.

He decided he could do something despite his own situation.

He has since been chairman of every committee in the local Lion’s club, and received the Lions Club International’s highest award, the ambassador of good will, in at a gathering of 2,000 Lions Club members 1992.

“I had no clue I was being considered for that,” Hadden said. “I had come there to talk about the dog school.”

“It was certainly overwhelming.”