By Lepear Smith Check out these helpful tips from a record breaking track and football collegiate athlete and personal trainer that will keep your kids healthy and active this summer. Tip #1: Make water your best friend There are hundreds of reasons to drink water, but the number one reason is it’s key to preventing […]

Wedding Budgets

By Gail Gregory–McLaughlin, CMP. CMM. One of the most important things to do after the proposal has been accepted is to set a budget.  I cannot stress enough the importance of this step.  The couple and BOTH set of parents need to sit down and talk as to what each side can bring to the […]

Home Projects

Inspiration Finding inspiration in design and styles of other homes gets you one step closer to envisioning what your dream home could look like. Where can you find inspiration? Many homeowners research books, magazines or the Internet to get inspired. A good place to start is the Gallery of NARI member projects. If you put […]


Ingredients: 2   8 oz. packages fat-free cream cheese, softened 1   3 oz. package fat-free, sugar-free instant vanilla pudding 1 3 oz. package sugar-free orange gelatin * 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder 1 cup unsweetened orange juice 3/4 cup non-fat whipped topping 1 6 oz. shortbread piecrust 1 unpeeled orange, cut into 8 slices *Could […]

Mexican Chicken Black Bean and Corn Salad

Ingredients: 2   boneless, skinless cooked chicken breasts, cut into strips 1   cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1   cup frozen corn kernels, thawed 2   Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 red onion, coarsely chopped 1   11 oz. jar salsa 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/3 cup red-wine vinegar 2   tablespoon chopped cilantro 12 large lettuce leaves Optional: […]


By Elaine Kish Before he was even born Micah Muller was diagnosed with a heart defect. During an ultrasound, his mother, LaVonne Dougherty, was told the doctors were not able to get a good picture of the baby’s heart. A fetal echocardiogram confirmed a diagnosis of hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition which affects blood […]


By Elaine Kish, Compass Media Staff Writer Every day millions of Americans use their health insurance coverage for everything from wellness physicals to major surgeries and hospitalizations. But what happens when your pet needs medical treatment? In 1997 a group of investors in Canton, Ohio, saw a need for a service to pet owners in […]

Chad Wagler

CHAD WAGLER By Doug Kish, M.A. Although every young athlete dreams of playing professional baseball, never in his wildest dreams did Chad Wagler think it would come true for him. Wagler’s first actual year of playing baseball was in first grade, but there are photos of him hitting using a tee and a wooden bat made […]

Healthy Future

By Ashley Gerrard One of the most popular topics today is getting healthy and making changes to create a healthier lifestyle. This is GREAT! We want that! We need that within our local community and we need it across the country. However, we tend to direct our efforts towards ourselves and we don’t realize the […]

Pet Insurance

By Elaine Kish When you enter the front door of Hartville Pet Insurance Group the lobby appears the same as that of any other office building. The receptionist, JuDee, greets you and inquires as to your name and who you would like to see. The similarity to other offices ends when Judee’s “assistant,” an 11-month-old […]

White Water Rafting

By Doug Kish, M.A. When they describe West Virginia as “Wild and Wonderful” they aren’t kidding. Ace Adventure Resort , located in Minden, West Virginia, describes themselves as “1,500 acres of awesome-ness located in the New River Gorge.” Name any outdoor adventure and they have it–ziplining, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, and their most […]