May brings the end of the school year, the opening of pools for the summer, Mother’s Day and of course—our annual women’s issue! This issue serves to recognize the powerful role women have in our community and beyond. (And don’t worry, gentlemen; you’ll have your moment next month.)

Oprah Winfrey has said, “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” Right here, living or working in our town, we have thousands of women fulfilling their personal calling. We don’t have enough pages to share all of their stories, so we chose eight influential ladies to spotlight and share their life lessons.

Our young girls in the community are also doing amazing things. This month we introduce you to Taylor Small, a Lakota eighth grader who just was just crowned National American Miss Pre-Teen Queen. We also meet the groundbreaking and inspiring first female Scouts BSA troop in West Chester.

With May also comes some welcomed rays of sunshine. The dedicated staff at Dermatology & Surgery provide us with important reminders about Melanoma Awareness Month and share three state-of-the-art new treatments they offer in case you’re not feeling quite ready for swimsuit season.

We’ve also heard your request to include more travel features, so we took a trip down south to experience one of the most luxurious resorts on the East Coast—The Montage Palmetto Bluff.

So, to the women of West Chester & Liberty, may you find a quiet moment (or two) to enjoy this issue that’s lovingly dedicated to you.

Michelle Moody, publisher



Local leaders Angie Brown, Ashley Lindsey and Shannon Villaba. Photo by Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography.