June 2017 Around Town

Leadership 21 Now 
Accepting Applications

Interested in becoming more involved in our community? Leadership 21 is a West Chester • Liberty Chamber Alliance program designed to improve the quantity, quality and effectiveness of our local leadership. Area leaders are selected to participate in this program where they will study various aspects of our region.

Monthly leadership sessions allow participants to explore local issues such as education, history, government, criminal justice, economic development, and more. An entire day is spent on each topic and includes visits to key locations such as the county jail, local police department, schools, food pantries, hospitals and other businesses to give a clear picture of the community in which they live and do business. Each Leadership 21 class also designs and implements a community project. Apply online by June 26. Applicants do not need to be a member the Chamber Alliance. TheChamberAlliance.com

Judge Hedric Memorial

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Craig Hedric is being honored by his friends with a tree and monument planted on the fourteenth tee at Wetherington Golf and Country Club. Hedric passed away in November 2016 at age 55, after having served as judge for 10 years. An avid golfer, Hedric’s memorial is appropriately planted along the golf course where he often fed the ducks, according to his friend Jim Wendle. Wendle and a group of Hedric’s friends wanted to honor his legacy with this memorial, which they dedicated on May 21, 2017.

Mosquito Squad Treats 
Outdoor Pests

With the beautiful weather comes those pesky summer bugs. Mosquitoes and ticks are resilient pests that will not only ruin your outdoor experience, but also carry dangerous vector-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease. Don’t ignore them, treat them. Aaron Hilliard and his team at Mosquito Squad treat our area all year long with all-natural barrier protection spray, automatic misting systems and more.

If you have an upcoming special event like an outdoor wedding, graduation or family reunion, Mosquito Squad can provide a Special Event Spray. About 24-48 hours prior to guests’ arrival, they will lay down a barrier spray that includes extra protection against biting, stinging insects. For 10 years, the Hilliard family-owned franchise of Mosquito Squad has been protecting West Chester and Liberty Township families (and pets) from the nuisance and danger of mosquitoes and ticks. MosquitoSquad.com

Faith Alliance “X days” A Success

The fifth annual “X days” brought the Faith Alliance Church Partners together in April to show the love of God and be the “eXternal” church by serving their neighbors. The Faith Alliance, a group of churches in Lakota whose mission is to eliminate poverty in their community, partnered for the first time with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati for their main group project. Volunteers served at six projects with 129 volunteers from nine churches.

Over the past five years, thousands of X days volunteers have served at more than 355 local projects. New homeowner Dorothea Beasley, was truly thankful for everyone who helped build her a home through Habitat. “Owning our own home will add peace and a sense of belonging to the community. It will provide stability in an ever-changing world,” Beasley says. For additional information about X days or The Faith Alliance, go online. TheFaithAlliance.org

Alzheimer’s and Brain 
Awareness Month

Did you know that every 66 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s in the United States? A progressive neuro-degenerative brain disease, Alzheimer’s steals not only memory but judgment, identity, the ability to think, plan—and ultimately life itself. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month (ABAM), an opportunity to join a global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The Alzheimer’s Association is asking the public to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. On Wednesday, June 21, thousands nationwide will participate in The Longest Day®, a sunrise-to-sunset team event to honor those facing Alzheimer’s disease and to raise funds to support research efforts and local programs and services. On The Longest Day, an estimated 3,000 teams, including more than 70 teams in Greater Cincinnati, are expected to participate by doing activities such as bowling, knitting, golfing and more. To learn more or become involved, go online. ALZ.org

Lakota Students Engage in 
Real-World Activities

Designing bridges, buying and selling stocks, planning a dream backyard—all tasks you associate with engineers, stockbrokers, and architects. But elementary students across the Lakota Local School district are engaging in these activities as part of the initiative to incorporate authentic learning experiences into instruction. Some of these examples include Design LAB, Envision Backyard and Travel Projects, the Stock Market Game, and even developing their own capstone projects.

“Incorporating authentic learning experiences into instruction allows students to investigate relevant, real-world problems that are transdisciplinary and have multifaceted solutions,” explains Jenifer Lodovico, Director of Gifted Services. These long-term projects are helping students gain skills outside of the four walls of their classrooms, in a fun and impactful way. LakotaOnline.com

Shiver Security Donates K9

Local law enforcement just received one new team member. Max, a Belgian Malinois, was recently donated by Shiver Security of West Chester and was partnered with Sheriff Joe Heideman of the Hamilton County Regional Narcotics Unit (RENU). Prior to joining the task force, Max was imprinted on narcotic odor for two months in Texas, and then trained for 120 hours in Cincinnati. In his first day on the job, Max made two busts.

Shiver Security donated through the Matt Haverkamp Foundation, which was established in November 2005 in remembrance of K9 police officer Matt Haverkamp. “We chose the Matt Haverkamp Foundation because of the wonderful relationship they have with law enforcement agencies,” says Chip Shiver, owner of Shiver Security. Good luck to Max and Sheriff Heideman. MattHaverkamp.com