December 2017 Around Town 1

Shooters Sports Grill Now Open at Carriage Hill Commons

Shooters Sports Grill in Liberty Township opened in October, and is the second of its kind in the Greater Cincinnati market. Located in front of the Carriage Hill neighborhood, Shooters Sports Grill offers a beautiful outdoor lakeside setting for casual family dining and an energetic sports atmosphere complemented by their famous dry-rubbed wings and many delicious dishes for the entire family.

Shooters Sports Grill is the first restaurant to open in the new 15-acre Carriage Hill Commons—the commercial component of the 450-acre Carriage Hill Community along Ohio 747. Designed to serve local residents of Liberty, West Chester and Fairfield Townships, Carriage Hill Commons will continue to expand over the next several years.

Lakota Local Schools Accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts

Lakota Local Schools was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools in October. The League is 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 was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence on results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.

The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. With the new members, the League now includes 93 school districts in 33 states. “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,” said Matthew Miller, superintendent of Lakota Local Schools.

Butler County a Finalist for Citizen Engagement Award

The Butler County Visitors Bureau announced in October that Butler County has been named a finalist for Best Citizen Engagement in the 2017 City Nation Place Awards. Butler County joins finalists from four continents in this international branding competition which recognizes outstanding work in place branding.

Butler County’s entry reflects the 9-month branding project spearheaded by the Butler County Commissioners Office, Butler County Port Authority and Butler County Visitors Bureau. Other finalists in the Best Citizen Engagement category include Cape Town South Africa, the country of Chile, the country of Costa Rica and Helsinki, Finland.

Townships’ Checkbooks Now 
Available Online

Do you wish you knew more about Liberty Township’s and West Chester Township’s finances? Ever wondered where your property tax dollars go? You can learn answers to these questions and more since both checkbooks are now available online. View the breakdown of property taxes locally in Butler County and within each Township.

Similar to a business, each Township completes an annual budget and a comprehensive forecast to assist the Board of Trustees in planning for the future of the communities. The online checkbooks are updated annually by the State of Ohio. Additionally, West Chester’s online checkbook will eventually include crime data, zoning permit data, fire run data and much more, all in an effort to create more transparency.

Benefits of Medicupping at 
Mindful Wellness

The experts at Mindful Wellness Massage and Bodywork are using a vacuum therapy known as medicupping to yield amazing therapeutic results. The basic mechanism of how cups affect the body is a combination of increased blood flow, lymphatic drainage and separation of tissue from negative pressure.

The suction of the cups help to “flush out” toxins within the tissues of the body. Many conditions will respond well to medicupping. For more information on medicupping and other wellness tips, contact Mindful Wellness Massage and Bodywork by going online or calling 513.382.3132.

West Chester Receives Fifth
Consecutive Auditor of State 
Award with Distinction

For a fifth consecutive year, West Chester Township received the Ohio Auditor of State Award with Distinction. Ryan Holiday, southwest regional liaison for Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost, presented the award for the 2016 audit year at the October 10 Board of Trustees meeting. “It is important to note that this award puts West Chester Township in a very select group,” Holiday said. “Fewer than five percent of all entities that are audited annually earn and are eligible for this award.”

To be eligible for the award, entities must meet specific criteria upon filing a timely and accurate Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) with the State’s office. The report cannot contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs. “This award represents the hard work of every Township employee who strives each day to achieve accounting excellence,” Holiday said.

Special Aveda Gift Packaging Helps Global Workers

Many of Aveda’s holiday gift packages, available at Pure Concept Salon at Liberty Center, are wrapped with handmade paper from papermakers in Nepal. The lokta bark paper is harvested, pressed and dyed by hand. It has created income for 5,500 Nepali papermakers over the past 10 years in a place with few opportunities. Additionally, each Aveda product is cruelty-free (no animal testing), wind-power manufactured and is made with naturally derived ingredients. As you look at your list this holiday season, check it twice for an environmentally-friendly and globally-conscious gift sure to please anyone’s senses.