May 2017 Around Town 3

Drowning Awareness and Prevention Month

May is recognized as Drowning Awareness and Prevention Month across the country. Mandy Yackey of Goldfish Swim School of West Chester offers the following practical water safety advice for all parents and caregivers: designate a “water watcher” who will avoid cell phones, conversations, magazines and anything else that might distract the adult from watching swimming children, and realize that floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do not protect against drowning; they are created as water toys, not life-saving devices.

The American Red Cross says that the number one thing that parents can do to keep kids safe around water is to enroll them in swim lessons. Yackey also recommends swim lessons for any caregivers who cannot swim or are afraid of water. Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages four months to 12 years in a unique setting with highly trained instructors. For more information, call 513.857.1700.

Exceptional Young Woman Wins Youth of the Year

Selected among several local outstanding youth, Aylin Isik was chosen as the The Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty. The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty, 11-year-old Isik is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by BGCA for her leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

Isik is very active in the club. She participates in Torch Club (leadership), Fashion, Art and Tutoring Club, and works with other students any way she can. Outside of the club, she enjoys Girl Scouts and works with Matthew 25 Ministries. Congratulations to Isik on all her accomplishments and this exciting award recognition!

You’re Invited: West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Home Expo

Looking for decorating or landscaping ideas for your home? In need of home improvement services? Or perhaps you’re in the market for a new home. Mark your calendar for the first-ever West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Home Expo at Carriage Hill on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event begins in the historic Carriage House, where local home service businesses will be on display. Visitors can then tour the four beautifully decorated model homes at Carriage Hill and get a first look at the brand new adult clubhouse.

This event is free and open to the public, though a $5 donation is suggested to benefit Edge Teen Center. Guests will be entered to win door prizes every half hour, and can attend seminars throughout the day on topics ranging from home decorating, cooking, refinancing and more! You don’t want to miss this inaugural event (6285 Coach House Way, Liberty Township).

New Lawn Edging Technique Now Available

Decorative concrete curbs are becoming a must-have in landscaping. A new edging technique is now available in the West Chester/Liberty area—continuous curbing—courtesy of Forever Green Lawn & Landscape. Continuous curbing is a continuously poured concrete curb that can be textured, stamped and colored. It creates a cost-effective replica of more expensive materials, without giving up a natural, authentic look.

Owner Nick Brandenburg is specially trained in this technique, and is one of the only continuous curbing concrete experts in the region. Continuous curbing is available in a vast variety of colors, patterns and styles, creating the perfect look for your garden or patio. Plus, it provides decades of a beautiful look with very little maintenance required. For more information, go online or call Forever Green Lawn & Landscape at 513.939.5701.

International Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is International Lyme Disease Awareness Month, reminding us that the ticks that carry this disease are far more prevalent in our region than most people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease each year. One of our readers, who was diagnosed with the Lyme disease in 2010, asked us to spread awareness about this lesser-known disease.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks. Ticks tend to be near the ground, in leaf litter, grasses, bushes and fallen logs. To protect yourself from exposure, avoid tick habitats, dress defensively by wearing shoes, socks, long pants and sleeves, use repellent on exposed skin, and check for ticks before entering your home. Pets can act as “tick magnets,” so be sure to check your pets before they come inside as well.

Second Annual Corporate Food Fight

Put down that spoonful of mashed potatoes—this is no ordinary food fight! Join the 2017 Corporate Food Fight to fight hunger in our community. Local companies of similar size compete against each other to make the most food donations and be crowned as Food Fight Champions. The goal of this food drive is to restock the summer shelves at Reach Out Lakota.

All local companies are invited to collect money and non-perishable food items to compete or become an event sponsor. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, May 31. Winners will be announced at a party on Friday, June 30. Time and location to be announced soon. For a shopping list of needed items and information on how to join the fight, contact Peyton Gravely at Reach Out Lakota: 276.358.0128.

Second Clubhouse and Pool Facility Opening at Carriage Hill

Carriage Hill will be opening a second clubhouse and pool facility this Memorial Day weekend. This adult-only clubhouse and pool features a great room with kitchen, an all-purpose activity room, office space, a billiards room with fireplace and multiple TV’s. The outdoor space includes covered patios overlooking the pond and park, a fire pit and an adult pool with designated lap lanes.

Carriage Hill is a community unlike any other in greater Cincinnati and South Dayton. You will find estate homes, clubhouses, pools, community parks, planned activities and more than 100 acres of open space with miles of trails and walking paths. Carriage Hill was the site of Cincinnati Homearama 2013 and 2014.

Kings Island Debuts 45th Season With New Wooden Coaster and WinterFest

There was much speculation last year surrounding what exactly the new roller coaster at Kings Island would be like. The ride, named Mystic Timbers, is themed to the area surrounding a lumber company becoming overrun by a mysterious medusa-like overgrowth of vines as nature moves in and reclaims its land. Mystic Timbers stands 109 feet at its highest point and riders weave along 3,265 feet of track at speeds up to 53 mph along steep cliffs, down ravines and over water in a densely-wooded area.

Kings Island is now open for its 45th season and, in addition to debuting a new coaster, is bringing back the popular WinterFest. The focal point of WinterFest will be the world’s largest Christmas tree display with the park’s iconic 314-foot tall Eiffel Tower decorated with thousands of lights. WinterFest will be included with Gold and Platinum Season Passes.

Park At Liberty Center for Charity

Throughout May and June, Hannah’s Treasure Chest 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 nonprofits. Hannah’s Treasure Chest provides nonprofit and social service agencies in Butler, Greene, Montgomery and Warren Counties with clothing, furniture, toys, books and other essential items for their clients.

At Liberty Center, there are 204 parking meters which contribute to benefiting Hannah’s Treasure Chest. Every two months a new charity is selected from the local community to benefit from this great foundation.

Bath Bombs Benefit Relay for Life

Lakota East junior, Tessa Cedargren, is selling bath bombs to benefit Relay for Life. Bath bombs are a ball of luxurious bath salts that melt when they meet warm water. Tessa uses The Spicy Olive’s Blood Orange Olive Oil to make the product, and donates all proceeds from the sales to Relay for Life. She will present a check to the non-profit on May 12 at Lakota East’s Relay for Life event.

Tessa’s passion for Relay for Life stems from her own mom having battled breast cancer. To date she has sold 101 bath bombs, for a donation of more than $400. She plans to continue making them throughout the year to raise even more money for the cancer charity. You can purchase the bath bombs at The Spicy Olive in West Chester.