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Congrats to Lakota’s 2016 Grads and Educators of Excellence

Congratulations to the Class of 2016, graduates of Lakota East and Lakota West High Schools. 1,220 graduates celebrated commencement at Xavier University’s Cintas Center at the end of May.

The end of the 2015-16 school year also brought recognition to three winners of this year’s Educators of Excellence awards. Given by the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, the 2016 recipients are Todd Caulfield, sixth grade teacher at Cherokee Elementary, Tracey Kornau, physical education teacher and varsity girls’ volleyball coach at Lakota West High School and Jeff Rouff, principal at Hopewell Junior. Winners were chosen by a selection committee made up of Foundation and Lakota staff, based on nomination letters from the community. Congratulations to Caulfield, Kornau and Rouff for this well-deserved honor.

West Chester VFW Post 7696 Holds Open House

VFW Post 7696 in West Chester held an Open House on May 26. Members, visitors and their families enjoyed coffee, red-white-and-blue cookies and brats and metts cooked on their new grill, gifted to the post by the Ladies Auxiliary. A licensed physical therapist was also on-site, offering therapeutic massage. The Veterans of Foreign Wars is committed to the U.S. military, its veterans and their families. Members of the local post are involved in many community activities throughout the year; they organize the West Chester Memorial Day parade, present the flag at veterans’ funerals and at local sporting events and volunteer at the Cincinnati V.A. Medical Center. Military veterans are invited to explore the benefits of membership at their website or by calling 513.300.4159.

Fill a Backpack for Reach Out Lakota’s School Supply Drive

It may be summer break, but Reach Out Lakota asks that we already start thinking about school—school supplies, that is. You are invited to support the community-based organization’s mission to ensure that all children in the Lakota School District start school with the tools they need to succeed. Donate supplies, funds and your time to help. Toss a few new school supplies in your shopping cart this month to give away: backpacks, folders, writing utensils, notebooks, paper, scissors, flash drives and more. In 2015, Reach Out Lakota provided more than 600 backpacks full of school supplies to local students. Donations are due by August 1. For details, contact Program Coordinator Andrea Subler at

Golf and Dine to Support Local Teens – July 15

Help EDGE Teen Center in Liberty Township tee up for another great year of impacting local youth at the Annual Linkinnati Golfs for EDGE Outing. On Friday, July 15 at The City of Mason Golf Center, golfers will hit the links. For only $95 per player, golfers get lunch, 18 holes, a cart, dinner and an after-party. Bring a guest to dinner and the after-party for no additional cost. Registration begins at 12 noon; shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Don’t know a tee from a teaspoon? For only $20, skip the golf and join the dinner and after-party only. All proceeds go toward helping teens. Register online to play, eat or sponsor the event.

YWCA Accepting Nominations 
for Outstanding Women of Achievement Award

Do you know an outstanding woman in Butler County? The Hamilton YWCA is now accepting nominations for its Outstanding Women of Achievement Award. Qualifying nominees must live or work in Butler County and are recognized for their significant contributions to the Butler County community. Nominations are due by August 1. Winners will be announced at the YWCA Hamilton Celebration of Women event on September 29 at the Fairfield Convention Center. The evening of fun and fundraising includes a sit-down dinner, music, art, wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets are $50. Proceeds go toward supporting YWCA programs, including the only domestic violence safe house in Butler County and transitional living facilities for women. To make a nomination, contact Reva Evans at YWCA is accepting sponsors for the event. To support their mission to eliminate racism and empower women, contact Ben Powers at 513.856.9800

Miss Ohio Junior Pre-Teen Queen Ends Reign

At the end of July, Taylor Small of Liberty Township ends her reign as 2015 Miss Ohio Junior Pre-Teen Queen. Small was crowned Queen in July, 2015, winning the title over 110 others her age in a National American Miss (NAM) pageant. NAM pageants are geared to building leadership, confidence and volunteerism in young women. As Queen, Small made appearances around the state and volunteered in the community with several organizations: United Way, Cinderella’s Closet, Zero Prostate Cancer Walk, Kids’ Reality Books Advisory Board and MetroParks. In May, she was honored for her service to the state by Senator Bill Coley of Ohio’s 4th Senate District. Small is the daughter of Diana and Ricardo Small. She completed fifth grade at Lakota’s Heritage Elementary in May.

Lakota’s Summer Lunch Program is 
on Wheels

The wheels on two converted school buses go round and round to deliver lunches to children from low-income families in the Lakota school district this summer. In this innovative program, Lakota Child Nutrition is partnering with Faith Alliance and the Butler County Educational Service Center to bring a mid-day meal to those children who qualify for free and reduced school meals. The program, which is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is expected to serve 3,500 students during summer break. Volunteer to help serve at one of seven locations, Monday-Friday, around town this summer. See a complete list of locations and times online.

Five Minute Facelift Available at Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa introduces NuFace, a new handheld device that promises a five-minute facelift. Summer is tough on our faces. Dry and damaged skin will be ready for rejuvenation from sun, pool chemicals and dehydration by summer’s end. When used in combination with a daily skin care routine, NuFace is clinically proven to improve facial contour and skin tone and reduce wrinkles. Using non-invasive microcurrent and red-light therapy to enhance the anti-aging process, NuFace offers users benefits in as little as five minutes a day. NuFace is made in the USA, cleared by the FDA and professionally recommended. To try NuFace for free, with the guidance of a licensed esthetician, visit any of Mitchell’s four Cincinnati locations.

June Correction

In June’s issue, For the Guys, we failed to credit the writer and photographer of the Locally Owned story about local business Welling & Co. on page 24, “Four Generations of Jewelry.” The article was written by Katie Gravely; photography was by Snappy George Photography. We regret the error.