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.

Broadview Heights Lions Club helping postal workers with food drive

OH_Broadview_heightsBROADVIEW HEIGHTS: The Broadview Heights Lions Club and South Hills Lend-A-Hand are hoping to help the National Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” on May 12.

The food drive is the largest one-day event of its kind in the country. Area residents can participate by placing a bag of non-perishable food by their mailbox or dropping off a bag of non-perishable food at either Broadview Heights fire station (3591 Wallings Road or 9455 Broadview Road).

All of the food collected in Broadview Heights and Brecksville will be delivered to the South Hills Lend-A-Hand Program to help people in Broadview Heights, Brecksville, Seven Hills and Independence.

To volunteer, meet the Lions behind the Broadview Heights Post Office at 3 p.m. May 12. To make a tax deductible monetary donation, make checks payable to the South Hills Lend-A-Hand and mail to: South Hills Lend-A-Hand, PO Box 470972, Broadview Heights, OH, 44147.

For more information contact Ken Marshall at (440) 552-7713.

Lawyer from Green set to face ‘Toughest Footrace on Earth’

By Sean Patrick  South Side Leader

Richard-DavisFrom April 6 to 16, Green attorney Richard Davies will be in Morocco to compete in the Marathon des Sables — a race that covers 155 miles in seven days in The Sahara Desert.

Davies, 58, said he has never done anything like this before in his life. In fact, Davies said he has yet to even attempt a single marathon.

The idea for running in the race, the British-born Davies said, came from an alumni newsletter.

“I moved to this country almost 40 years ago,” he explained. “I went to a school in England, and I got an alumni magazine from my high school last year with an article about one of the alumni who’d done the 25th anniversary race in 2010. I thought, ‘That sounds interesting,’ and I started to do some research on it.”

Known as “The Toughest Footrace on Earth,” the Marathon des Sables (or Marathon of the Sands), which will take place from April 8 to 14, is equivalent to running approximately five-and-a-half marathons in seven days — in the desert.

Davies said he has been preparing through a variety of means, including “walking, running and doing exercises to build up [his] core.”

“Approximately 20 percent of the terrain will be sand dunes,” he said. “Most of the terrain is very rocky, and there’s a mountain in the middle of the course.”

In addition, runners will carry a pack with them that includes items such as food, clothing, medical supplies and an anti-venom pump.

“The race involves you carrying everything you need for the week on your back, except for water, which the organizers hand out at control points. The water is rationed,” he said. “And they also provide an eight-person tent. But as far as food, clothing, sleeping bag, bowls, anything like that, you have to carry it yourself. And they limit the amount you can carry. There is a minimum and a maximum amount. Most packs average 20 to 25 pounds.”

Typically, Davies said, 50 to 60 people who enter the race will not finish it. He said he does not plan to be among that group this year.

“I intend to finish it,” he said. “There will be about 1,000 participants this year. About 90 percent of them will run the course, while 10 percent walk it. I have a feeling I will be doing more walking than running. Because it is called the ‘Toughest Footrace on Earth,’ just finishing it is an achievement. Some people try to finish in the top 100 overall or be one of the top 10 Americans or something like that. My goal is just to finish it.”

And even though the Marathon des Sables is considered a race, Davies said he is more interested in the achievement of finishing the race and the experience of taking part in such an event, than he is in worrying about where he finishes.

“There is some money involved for the top finishers, but almost always it’s the Moroccans who win it because they train on the same ground and they train for six months out of the year for the race,” he said. “For most people, it’s just to go out, test yourself physically and mentally, and experience a part of the world that you’re never going to see again in all likelihood.”

Davies said he will be the only runner from Ohio and one of approximately 45 runners from the United States to take part in this year’s event.

“Everybody’s reaction is to ask me if I’m crazy, including my wife and my daughters,” he said. “But it’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing to do. Honestly, I wanted to do it just to see if I could do it.”

However, Davies said, his reason for attempting the event took on a larger cause when one of his daughters, Amy Troyer, of Uniontown, suggested he do it for charity.

Davies chose to support The Up Side of Downs, a nonprofit organization in Cleveland that exists to provide support, education and advocacy for people with Down syndrome throughout Northeast Ohio.

“My grandson, Ryan, who is 11, has Down syndrome, as does my younger granddaughter, Drusilla, who lives in Portland with my younger daughter, Meredith Hines,” he said. “So I have two grandchildren with Down syndrome and I thought it sounded like a wonderful idea to raise money for Down syndrome and awareness for it.”

Davies said he signed up to participate in the Marathon des Sables last year.

“Normally, it takes two to four years to get in the race. The number of runners who can participate is strictly limited to between 850 to 1,000 runners,” he said. “Usually, the contingency from the U.S. and Canada is between 50 to 60 runners, and they say it’s very unlikely that you will get chosen in your first year. So I signed up to have my name on the list, and I happened to be chosen. It’s strictly a lottery. All they ask for is your name, address, state and country of citizenship.”

Davies said he has received the go-ahead from his doctor to participate.

“I have talked to my doctor, and he said it’s fine for me to go,” he said. “The organization requires that when you arrive in Morocco you have a statement from your doctor that’s no older than 30 days that says you are fit to race it. They also require an EKG to make sure you are physically able to do it.”

And while there will be medical care available throughout the course, Davies admitted he does have some concerns about the race.

“I think I would be silly not to,” he said. “It’s going to be hot in the day — it can get up to 120 degrees — and cold at night. Your water is limited. There is the danger of twisting an ankle or breaking something, and you could suffer dehydration or heat stroke. Blisters are a constant threat and you have to watch out for scorpions and snakes and spiders. Physically and mentally, it can just get very, very tough. Mentally, I think I’m there. Physically, I have eight weeks to go.”

The cost to participate in the race is $3,900. Davies said he is accepting both donations for the Up Side of Downs and sponsorships to help with his expenses.

“I have divided it into donations and sponsorships,” he said. “The donations go directly to The Up Side of Downs; they don’t come to me. If you want to sponsor me, there are sponsorship opportunities. I have had a number of people who have volunteered to help me to defray some of the costs. In return, there will be a banner I will carry with the names on it.”

Donations to The Up Side of Downs can be made online at www.theupsideofdowns.org. Mention the Marathon des Sables in the “donate now” comments box so the donations made specifically for this race can be noted. Donations by mail should be sent to The Up Side of Downs, One Independence Place, 4807 Rockside Road, Suite 200, Independence, OH 44131. Mention the Marathon des Sables on the check’s memo line.

Sponsorship contributions can be made payable to Richard Davies and sent to 3572 S. Arlington Road, Suite 2-4, Akron, OH 44312. For a list of sponsorship levels, contact Davies by email at rdl@rich arddavieslaw.com or by phone at 330-899-8846.

And for those who would like to keep track of Davies on his journey, the official website of the Marathon des Sables, www.darbaroud.com, will post updates on all of the runners through a GPS tracking device located on the runners’ ankles. Davies will be listed by his number, which is 962.



The Sounds of Sousa Band Concert

The Sounds of Sousa Band (Medina, OH) will be presenting a special Project Connect Concert (see attached) in the Lake High School Performing Arts Hall on Sunday May 22nd beginning at 3:00 pm. This is a special performance and one that I am certain you will enjoy. There is no charge for admission. We will NOT be serving refreshments prior to the performance so there is no need to call for a reservation.

2011 Spring Conference

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District 13-D Spring Conference – Saturday, April 30, 2011, 8:30 am – 2 pm

Alliance Middle School
3205 South Union Avenue
Alliance, OH 44601

All Club members are invited and encouraged to attend. The Club will cover the registration cost. If you are able to attend, please notify Lion Chick accordingly so we can add your name to the list of registrants.


Lake Township Historical Society Silent Auction Dec. 5 at the Hartville Kitchen

HARTVILLE — The Lake Township Historical Society (LTHS) will host its 14th Annual Dinner and eighth annual Silent Auction Dec. 5 at the Hartville Kitchen.

The event will include entertainment provided by Lake High School strings players, with a special number by Carlo Giolla and Bob Downerd, who are known locally for their singing and entertaining at Carlo’s Trattoria.

The Silent Auction will feature golf packages, gift certificates, The Ohio State University and Cleveland Browns merchandise, tickets to professional sporting events, baked goods, antiques, floral items, gift certificates and more.

Also at the event, a bake sale will offer homemade specialty items.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for bidding, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a short business meeting after dinner.

To make a reservation to attend the event, call (330) 877-9063 or mail a check for $18 per person by Nov. 28 and payable to LTHS to P.O. Box 482, Uniontown, OH 44685. Guests are asked to indicate a choice of chicken supreme or roast beef for dinner.

To make a donation for the Silent Auction or for more details, contact Ruth Sturgill at (330) 877-2625. LTHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax-deductible.

The Silent Auction serves as the LTHS’ largest fund-raiser of the year. Funds generated are used to maintain and promote the one-room schoolhouse and the museum, continue programs such as the Fireside Chats and education programs for local school children and the community, and help with the preservation of Lake Township artifacts.