November 2017 Around Town

West Chester Ranked Among Best Places to Live

Money Magazine released a new “Best Places to Live” list in September, and West Chester again ranked in the top 100 communities across the country. This was the sixth time West Chester has made Money Magazine’s list—a credit to the community’s private and corporate citizens who have invested in its success and sustainability.

The 2017 Money Magazine list considered communities with populations of 10,000 to 100,000, eliminating those with more than double the national crime risk, less than 85 percent of its state’s medium household income, or a lack of diversity. From the resulting pool of 2,400 places, Money Magazine collected 170,000 different data points to narrow the list to the top 100 places. West Chester ranked number 56, and this is the fifth consecutive appearance on the list. Time.com/Money

Change For Charity

Throughout November and December, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Butler County will be the parking 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. NAMI’s mission is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals impacted by mental health disorders through education, support, advocacy and stigma reduction.

At Liberty Center, there are 204 parking meters which contribute to benefiting NAMI. Every two months a new charity from the local community benefits from this great foundation. The 2018 Change for Charity recipients will be announced soon. Liberty-Center.com

Bookmobile Rolling Into Town

The MidPointe Library System will soon have a new way to bring you the best in library materials, services and programming as they prepare to roll out a new bookmobile! The 30-foot vehicle, appropriately called “Library On Wheels,” will feature a complete collection of thousands of library materials for all ages. Library programming will also operate out of the bookmobile, bringing story times and more to convenient locations throughout MidPointe’s service area.

MidPointe’s Library On Wheels’ stops will include local parks, organizations, schools, senior living facilities, community events and more. The bookmobile was partially funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant and will aide in MidPointe’s efforts to reach all corners of the community. MidPointeLibrary.org

New Leadership 21 Class Announced

The 17th class of Leadership 21 began in September, with 30 local leaders prepared to learn and service our community for 2017/2018. Leadership 21 is a West Chester ■ Liberty Chamber Alliance program designed to improve the quantity, quality and effectiveness of leadership along the I-75 Growth Corridor and within the communities of West Chester and Liberty Townships.

Area leaders are selected, through an application process, to participate in a program of community education and leadership training. Leadership 21 calls upon business owners and managers, government and school leaders and citizen volunteers to study in-depth, various aspects of our region. The 2017 Leadership 21 class recently finished a service project for Focus On Youth. Congratulations to the new inductees! TheChamberAlliance.com

Dancing is For Everyone

West Chester Academy launched a new program in October called Darby’s Dancers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing dance classes to children with special needs at no cost to their parents. The mission of Darby’s Dancers is to make every child a star through dance, where the goal is fun, not dance perfection. Darby’s Dancers was started to honor the memory of Darby Jones who lost her life to leukemia at the age of 14. Born with Down syndrome, a heart defect and leukemia, Darby lived a life full of passion, kindness, bravery and a love of dance.

Darby’s Dancers carries on her beautiful legacy by providing an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in the performing arts through dance education. Darby’s Dancers also provides volunteer opportunities for teens who learn important lessons in responsibility and friendship by providing one-on-one assistance to a special needs dancer, all while sharing what they love. The class meets on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Call 513.829.2345 to learn more. WestChesterAcademy.com

Raffle For a Cause

West Chester’s RiskSource Clark-Theders is hosting a raffle during the month of November, with proceeds from the raffle being donated to Insuring the Children. A united effort of the Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky insurance industry, Insuring the Children raises the awareness of child abuse and neglect. The group supports prevention programs and helps provide emergency care and other needed assistance to all children in our communities.

RiskSource will be selling raffle tickets for gift baskets from November 1-20, and winners will be announced on November 21. Purchase your tickets for $1 each or six tickets for $5. Anyone is invited to stop by the RiskSource office (9938 Crescent Park Drive, West Chester) or call Jean Mabry at 513.644.1266. RiskSource.com

Lakota Joins the League of Innovative Schools

Lakota Local Schools was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research. Lakota Local Schools was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.

“We are very excited to join this prestigious organization and collaborate with like-minded districts across the country,” said Matthew Miller, superintendent of Lakota Local Schools. “The League of Innovative Schools fosters relationships among forward thinking educators, encouraging innovation in the classroom to best meet the needs of students. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Lakota Local Schools – for the students, staff and the community – as we strive to engage our kids every day through innovative teaching methods and the use of educational technology.”

Congratulations to Lakota Local Schools! LakotaOnline.com

Local Restaurant Named Among Top 10 in Cincinnati

The Coach House received Open Table’s Top 10 Diners’ Choice Award for best restaurant in the Cincinnati area. Other winners include Sotto, The Precinct, Orchids at Palm Court, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Carlo & Johnny and more. The Coach House is located in Hamilton and is the only restaurant in Butler County to make the list. Known for its locally-sourced, creative cuisine, The Coach House recently rolled out a brand new fall menu. For reservations or to learn more, visit their website. CoachHouseTavern.com

November 7 Election

Mark your calendar for election day on Tuesday, November 7. Locally, with the new spot opened by former West Chester Township Trustee George Lang, West Chester voters will now see all three township trustee seats on the November 7 ballot. Voters could already expect to see two of the three trustee seats on the ballot for the full four-year terms commencing January 1, 2018. However, Lang’s resignation to take the 52nd State House District seat vacated by Margaret Condit prompts an election to fill his unexpired term, which ends December 31, 2019.

Additionally, West Chester and Liberty Township voters will be able to vote for members of the Lakota Local Schools Board of Education. Three four-year terms are up for election on November 7. To register to vote or find out your polling location, visit the Butler County Elections website. As a reminder, Lakota schools are closed to students for election day on November 7. ButlerCountyElections.org