Local Residents Set Records in Flying Pig

In May’s issue we featured Lakota West senior Ali Hausfeld, who was preparing to break a Guinness World Record in Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Half Marathon by completing the fastest half marathon run in an emoji costume. Hausfeld’s record time of 1:59:15 will be verified by Guinness later this year, but is believed to have broken a world record. Ali’s determination stemmed from raising awareness for The Dragonfly Foundation. The wheelchair Paycor Half Marathon winner was also from West Chester: Marc van Rafelghem. Congratulations to Ali, Marc and all participants! 

Accepting Nominations for Chamber’s Women of Excellence Award

Do you know a “Woman of Excellence?” Nominations are open for the Women of Excellence Awards, which honor deserving women and young adults from our community and surrounding areas. The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance selects winners based on their community service through their current careers or volunteer work. These women have enhanced business, education, culture, philanthropy and provided outstanding service to our region.

If you know of an excellent woman, nominate her on the Chamber’s website. Winners will be announced at the annual Women of Excellence Awards Dinner and Gala on Friday, November 16 at the Cincinnati Marriott North in Union Centre. TheChamberAlliance.com

Liberty Trustees Advance Walkability Vision

In May, the Liberty Township Board of Trustees approved a resolution to take another step towards the vision for a more pedestrian-friendly community. A feasibility study was approved to take a closer look at a connection from Liberty Center over State Route 129 to Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus and the Liberty Commons Kroger Marketplace development. The study, led by LJB, Inc., will explore both a combined pedestrian/vehicular bridge connection along with a pedestrian-only bridge. The study will be completed by the end of the year and provide Liberty Township with more information related to costs, aesthetics, funding sources and construction schedules. The completed study will assist the Board in determining next steps.

Read more about the Township’s initial Pedestrian Feasibility study and check out a graphic of the series of bridges on their website. Project updates will continue to be announced. Liberty-Township.com

Lakota High School Students Win National Art Awards

Six Lakota high school students won national awards in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition. A small percentage of the 346,000 works of art submitted receive awards. Gold medal recipients will have artwork displayed in New York City, where they can attend the National Award Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June. From Lakota West, Cecilia Farrar, Grace McCaughy, Trey Small and Oliva Stock won gold medals, while Jennifer Ellison (pictured) won a silver medal. From Lakota East, a silver medal went to Anastacia Hartinger. Congratulations, art students! LakotaOnline.com

Lakota East Student Breaks Track Records

Lakota East High School’s Dustin Horter graduated in May as the district record holder in the 800m, 1600m and 3200m. As of May 11, 2018, Horter held the fastest 1-mile time in the country at 4:04 and the fastest 3200m in the country at 8:48. Horter was unable to attend his high school graduation due to weather delays while competing for the district championship in track, so Lakota East recognized him during a special graduation ceremony on its Main Street during a school-wide assembly to recognize athletes heading to state and regional competition. Congratulations to Horter and all Lakota athletes and graduates. LakotaOnline.com

Park at Liberty Center for Charity

Throughout July and August, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation is 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. The Anthony Muñoz Foundation is an organization that nurtures the growth of all tri-state youth and especially vulnerable, at-risk populations by creating unique opportunities that appeal to students of all ages, educational, cultural and economic backgrounds. At Liberty Center, there are 204 parking meters which contribute to the Anthony Muñoz Foundation. Liberty-Center.com/liberty-center-foundation

Lifestyle’s Business Directory Now Online

As West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle continues to grow, we continue to evolve each issue. To maximize the print space to share community stories, we moved our business directory online-only last month. We recognize that the publication wouldn’t be possible without the support from local businesses, so we encourage you to look for contact details in the ads and on our website if a particular business inside piques your interest. Thank you to everyone who supports this magazine and helps deliver it to your mailbox each month. WestChesterandLibertyLifestyle.com