If you can see them on-screen, you can't remove them with the free Reader.
Do you have any suggestions on what I should do? I've been trying to look for a print preview screen to see if I can remove them there...but haven't had luck (and have been acquiring many gray hairs in the process...no surprise).
Thanks again for your help!!
Again, there's nothing you can do with Reader. You cold remove them if you had Acrobat, Photoshop or Illustrator. Reader can only Reader and print with a few exceptions.