Chamber Alliance Hosts Annual Dinner and Awards

The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance will host their Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner on March 29. This year’s event is celebrating Liberty Way: A Decade of Promise and Progress. This annual event provides Chamber members and guests with networking opportunities as they celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments and honor those who have made special contributions to business and community.

This year’s event will honor several members, including our own publisher, Michelle Moody, who is receiving the Chamber Member of the Year Award. Additional honorees include the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester Liberty and Cincinnati Children’s Proton Center receiving Beautification Awards; Grainworks Brewing Company receiving the Community Support Award; Steven Wannamaker of Venue Lifestyle & Event Guide receiving the Businessperson of the Year Award and Heather Ebbecke of Northwestern Mutual receiving the Emerging Leader Award. Go online to purchase tickets to the event or for more information. TheChamberAlliance.com

Mercy Health—Fairfield Hospital Achieves Magnet® Recognition for Second Time

Mercy Health—Cincinnati recently announced that Fairfield Hospital attained Magnet recognition for the second time, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

Receiving Magnet recognition for the second time is a great achievement for Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital, placing it among a select global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Just 482 U.S. healthcare organizations out of over 6,300 hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. Mercy.com

Union Centre to Undergo Transformation in 2019

After more than two decades, the Union Centre Boulevard interchange will go through a transformation in 2019. West Chester Township and Butler County Engineers Office will partner on a $13 million project that should begin in spring 2019. The interchange currently handles approximately 45,750 vehicles per day. The 2019 interchange project will also include additional lanes, pedestrian path, new decorative fencing, new mast arms and new landscaping. The project is expected to require only a four-day full closure, with the rest of the work completed while maintaining traffic. WestChesterOH.org

Lakota District and Five Schools Receive ODE’s Momentum Award

Lakota Local Schools, including five individual schools within the district, received the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for 2018. Additionally, two schools received the All A Award. This annual recognition is given to districts or schools that have received A’s on all Value-Added measures on the state report card. In addition, winners of the award must also have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, including gifted, lowest 20% in achievement and students with disabilities.

This is the third consecutive year that Lakota has earned this award. Endeavor Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Lakota East High School and Lakota West High School are receiving the notable recognition for the second time and Independence Elementary for the first. Additionally, Shawnee and Liberty early childhood schools have both earned the All A Award for the first time. As reported at the release of the 2017-2018 district report card results, Lakota’s overall ‘A’ for progress measures the growth that all students made in the last year, based on their past performance. LakotaOnline.com

Dermatology & Surgery Adds New Medi Spa in West Chester

Liberty Township’s Dermatology & Surgery of Southern Ohio, Inc. recently announced the addition of NVogue Medi Spa and Wellness Centers, LLC.  Rhonda Sternberg, RN, LME, LMT will be providing skin consultations, skin care treatments, chemical peels, micro-needling, and laser services. Sternberg has over 30 years of experience in the medical field as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Medical Esthetician. She completed her nursing degree in Florida where she resided at the time. She began her career as a NICU RN and had been in the field of critical care for over 13 years before leaving to attend esthetic school full-time, while planning and opening her first medical spa. She opened one of the first true medical spas in West Chester.

Over the past 14 years Sternberg has opened three medical spas in Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Her services will now be offered at Dermatology & Surgery’s Liberty Township location. For more information or to book an appointment, contact Dermatology & Surgery. DermatologyandSurgery.com

Autism Advocacy Project Concert on March 2

Lynx Project, which is a nonprofit art song initiative, will present their second Autism Advocacy Project, a world-premiere concert of newly commissioned art song with text by youth with autism who live in the Cincinnati area. The concert will take place on Saturday, March 2 at Sycamore High School Auditorium. Saturday’s concert is family-friendly, interactive, open to the public at large, and features a pre-concert art-making workshop with Visionaries+Voices, as well as a post-concert dessert reception. A sensory relief area will be available for patrons who may need to come and go from the concert.

Last year’s highly acclaimed project was completely unprecedented, occurring for the very first time right here in the Cincinnati area. This ground-breaking artistic collaboration magnifies voices which often go unheard, but whose messages resonate deeply. Don’t miss this year’s event. Pre-sale tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children under twelve, and $10 for students and teachers with ID. Group rates are available. Tickets are available online or by calling 513-443-2459. LynxProject.org/concerts