Lakota Strives to Increase Student Access to Mental Health Services

A new partnership between Lakota Local Schools and MindPeace will increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare this school year. MindPeace is a nonprofit that connects its network of professional mental health providers with schools. Their model involves a needs assessment in each school, followed by a rigorous interview and selection process by a team represented by MindPeace and school administrators, teachers, support staff and parents.

Ultimately, a licensed therapist from the partner organization has an office at the school and is available for consultation during the school day and after school hours, as needed. Parents, teachers and school counselors can make student referrals for services. Students can also self-refer. The in-school therapist will offer a more intensive level of service for students and families. Families can cover the cost of therapist visits through insurance, Medicaid or private pay options. The partnership is self-sustaining and does not require any financial investment by the school district. Parents and staff can expect to hear more details from their school principal as new partnerships are solidified in the future.

Breast Health Awareness Month

Mindful Wellness Medical Thermography in West Chester recently announced they will be mobile, bringing thermography to your office, home or any other location. The organization recently hired Robin Hanson-Gobell, who will work closely with chiropractors and local physicians to offer scans at their locations. Additionally, you can book a private session if you have a group of friends or family who want to learn more about the benefit of thermography scans. Thermograms are a radiation- and compression-free breast cancer screening tool, which allows detection of abnormal heat areas in the body by using an ultra-sensitive infrared camera. October is Breast Health Awareness Month so if you would like to set up a mobile thermography session at your home or office, contact Robin: 513.443.5161;

Lakota Student Wins National American Miss for Ohio

Plains Junior High student Taylor Small is the new National American Miss (NAM) Pre Teen Queen for Ohio. Small was selected from 140 girls throughout the state. In November, she will compete with nearly 60 girls for the national title in California. Small was selected as a Jr. Pre Teen Queen in 2015. National American Miss promotes poise, self-confidence and valuable communication skills to young women. Congratulations to Taylor Small!

Businesses Celebrate Milestones

It’s time to celebrate for several local businesses! McSwain Carpets & Floors is celebrating 50 years as Greater Cincinnati’s premier flooring provider. According to McSwain’s director of marketing, Michelle Bruegge, the company was built on the principles of honesty, integrity and trustworthiness, and those founding principles have remained unchanged since 1968. Celebrating 40 years in business is West Chester’s Hauser Air, dedicated to providing the best HVAC solutions for homes and businesses in Greater Cincinnati since 1978. Hauser Air is a three-time winner of the Cincinnati Consumers’ Choice Award and six-time winner of the Angie’s List Super Service Award.

In Liberty Township, Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) is honoring 20 years with celebrations throughout the school year. They began with a community Mass and dinner, an annual Golf Scramble in September, and will continue to honor the occasion at the annual Derby Dance in November and Extravaganza in March. Alumni parents are invited to a reunion at Carriage Hill on October 27, while alums will reunite at Rhinegeist on December 22. Congratulations to these organizations on their significant milestones.

Nominations Now Open For Readers’ Choice Awards

Who are your favorites? We want your opinions! We’re taking nominations for the second annual West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards to determine your favorite local businesses. We’re looking for your favorite nominees across multiple categories, including: food and beverages; services; medical; recreation; shopping and more. The top nominees from each category will move on to the final voting round in November. Winners will be announced in February. Voting is open from September 25-October 14. Go online and click the survey to nominate your favorite local business!