April 2017 Around Town 2

Volunteers Needed: Become a Big Brother or Big Sister

Around 160 Butler County children are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Volunteer or donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County and you will change area children’s lives for the better, forever. Almost 70 percent of all Littles said their Bigs played a role in their decision to pursue higher education. Around 80 percent of Littles said their Bigs gave them hope and changed their perspective of what they thought was possible.

Once matched, Bigs develop friendships with Littles, engaging in a wide variety of activities together that help enrich lives. Each match is supported by local Big Brothers Big Sisters staff who regularly check in with volunteers and are always available to answer any questions. For additional information, go online or call 513.867.1227. BBBSButler.org

Exhibitor Space Available: Upcoming Home Expo

Do you own a local business with a target audience of homeowners? If you or someone you know provides products or services specifically for homes, this is your event. We would like to connect with you to share details about a special community-wide event coming up in June: the West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Home Expo at Carriage Hill. Exhibition space is limited so contact Michelle Moody for additional details: Michelle.Moody@LifestylePubs.com.

Catwalk for a Cause

Join the Liberty Center Foundation for a night of fun and fashion at the Catwalk for a Cause Fashion Show on Thursday, May 4 from 6-9 p.m. The night will feature hors d’oeuvres from Liberty Center restaurants, cocktails, raffles prizes and makeup demos by Dillard’s makeup artists, followed by an exciting presentation of the latest spring looks from Liberty Center merchants. Ticket pricing is $50 for VIP (including a deluxe swag bag and reserved seating) and $25 for General Admission. All proceeds benefit The Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty. For additional information, please go online. BGCWCL.com or Liberty-Center.com

Boy Scouts Honoring Two Local Men

The Dan Beard Council, BSA is proud to announce that George Lang, West Chester Township Trustee, and Thomas S. Urban, FACHE, Mercy Health North Market President and CEO will be honored during the annual Spirit of Scouting Breakfast on May 10 at Oscar Event Center. The Spirit of Scouting Breakfast recognizes community leaders who exemplify servant leadership, scouting values and serve as a role model to young people. This event is one of the premier fundraising events in the Ft. Hamilton District, increasing awareness and support in the community. Donations support local programming and outreach services for youth through the Boy Scouts of America Program in Butler County.

Lane and Urban are being honored for their leadership and support of numerous organizations and initiatives. Both men are committed to serving their community and embody a “Spirit of Scouting.” For additional information on the Spirit of Scouting Breakfast or to purchase tickets, please contact Melissa Ford at Melissa.Ford@scouting.org or 513.577.7723. DanBeard.org

Publisher Announced as 2016 Ambassador of the Year

Congratulations to our Publisher, Michelle Moody, who was recently honored at The West Chester • Liberty Chamber Alliance 2017 Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner. Moody has been an active member of the Chamber Alliance and received the recognition as the 2016 Ambassador of the Year. Additional award recipients included Kara Czanik with Graydon receiving the A. Christian Worrell III, NEXT Emerging Leader Award, Jeff Beckham with Kingsgate Transportation Services receiving the Carlos Todd Business Person of the Year, Tom Kaper with TEC Services receiving the Jerry Bryan Chamber Member of the Year, and special awards presented to Lakota Local Schools and West Chester Township. Photos from the event will appear in our May issue. Congratulations to these community leaders! TheChamberAlliance.com

Fiehrer Buick GMC Certified as “Green Dealer”

Congratulations to the Fiehrer Buick GMC team for creating a more sustainable environment. The Fairfield dealership was awarded the 2016 GM Green Dealer certification for driving sustainable initiatives within their operations, showing customers its commitment to helping the environment. The certification for brothers Tom and Dan Fiehrer’s team comes just in time for Earth Day, which is on Saturday, April 22.

The GM Green Dealer program recognizes dealers who have implemented green activities across a wide range of environmental/sustainable criteria at their dealership. Fiehrer Buick GMC has a proven track record in areas such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling, onsite nature habitats and community outreach. Fiehrer Buick GMC is one of only 61 dealerships GM has certified since the Green Dealer program launched in 2014. FiehrerMotors.com

Local Robotics Team Heading to World Tournament

Scientific Touch, a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team comprised of seventh and eighth grade students in the Cincinnati area, will be one of two teams to represent the state of Ohio in the FIRST LEGO League World Tournament in St. Louis from April 26-29. FLL involves programming an autonomous robot using a LEGO MINDSTORMS set, researching and solving a real-world scientific problem, and demonstrating core values.

Scientific Touch earned the second-place champion’s award in the Ohio state competition on February 4-5 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, against 61 teams. Coached by volunteers Shirley Lee, Ajay Sharma and Sachin Mukherjee, Scientific Touch is comprised of seven students, including: Jude Saddler, Ryan Cheng, Samiksha Mukherjee and Sudisha Mukherjee from Lakota Local School District, Esha Reddy from Mason City Schools, Arushi Sharma from Sycamore Community Schools, and Same Vessel from Bethany School. Congratulations to these students and best of luck to the team at the world tournament! iSpaceScience.org

National VOA Museum Celebrates 75 Years of Voice of America

There’s an important birthday celebration in West Chester this year: the 75th anniversary of the Voice of America (VOA), which was formed in 1942 to counteract Nazi propaganda in Germany and provide war news to American troops and Allies overseas. “We’re planning a series of events and exhibits this year to celebrate the VOA’s commitment across America and the world to embrace best practices in telling the truth in order to let the world decide,” said Jack Dominic, museum executive director.

According to Dominic, WLWO, a division of WLW, was transmitting news via shortwave radio overseas long before 1942. Cincinnati’s shortwave technology and its broadcasters truly helped the U.S. win the war. The VOA-Bethany station transmitted VOA news to Europe during WWII and South America during the Civil War. Check out West Chester’s VOA Museum off Tylersville Road to learn more about the history of broadcasting. For information on tickets, go online or call 513.777.0027. VOAMuseum.org

Park At Liberty Center for Charity

Throughout March and April, Fernside will be the charity honoree of the Liberty Center Foundation’s Change for Charities program where a portion of parking meter proceeds at Liberty Center benefit local non-profits. Six charities were chosen by the Foundation earlier this year and they include: Primary Health Solutions, Fernside, Hannah’s Treasure Chest, Circle Tail, Inc., Dress for Success Cincinnati, and Success by 6.

Fernside, established in 1986, as the nation’s second oldest children’s grief center, remains today a national leader in providing grief support services and outreach and education to the community and families. An affiliate of Hospice of Cincinnati, Fernside services compliment Hospice of Cincinnati’s comprehensive bereavement program by addressing the unique needs of children. At Liberty Center, there are 204 parking meters which contribute to benefiting Fernside. Liberty-Center.com

Local Businesses Grow with The HUB

Earlier this year The West Chester • Liberty Chamber Alliance launched The HUB–Helping Unleash Business. The HUB represents a partnership between three businesses aimed at helping our region’s businesses grow: The West Chester • Liberty Chamber Alliance, SCORE and Access Business Finance.

The Chamber Alliance represents the interests of more than 750 member businesses with a mission to establish Liberty Township and West Chester Township, plus the surrounding areas, as the region’s business epicenter. SCORE has been counseling small businesses within The Chamber Alliance office for more than 11 years. Access Business Finance is the newest addition joining The Chamber Alliance at their home office in West Chester. Access provides the SBA “Grow Loan” Program that helps small to mid-size businesses purchase land to build, renovate and to purchase equipment and machinery. The HUB Business Center will provide valued business expertise and support at one convenient location. TheChamberAlliance.com