November 2019 Around Town 1

Vote for Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting for the third annual West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards begins on November 1. We’re looking for your favorite picks across multiple categories, including food and beverages, services, medical, recreation, shopping and more. Readers nominated their favorite businesses, and the top nominees are now part of the final voting round. Voting is open until November 30 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced in a special issue in February. Go online and click the Readers’ Choice logo to vote for your favorite locals!

Local School Wins STEM Award

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) and four of its faculty members received the prestigious Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education for their accomplishments during the 2018-19 school year. The Ohio Academy of Science selected 54 Ohio schools and 556 teachers to receive this honor. This is the 12th year MTCES has received this award. Recognized teachers are Lauren Austin, Karen Geiger, Amanda Ocariz and Nikki Stewart.

First established in 1985, the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards recognize Ohio schools and teachers who stimulate scientific student research and technological design and extend opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities. STEM education is both the mastery and integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for all Pre K-12 students.

To enhance its STEM curriculum, MTCES enables students to experience STEM in the real world through several activities outside of the classroom, which include field trips, workshops and tours of local companies’ facilities.

Students Join National Honor Ensembles

Congratulations to Issac Yoby and Evelyn Best for being selected for the National Association for Music Educations (NAFME) National Honor Ensembles for 2019! This is an unprecedented honor for Lakota West, who have had four students in four years be selected to participate. Isaac and Evy are both part of our Symphonic Winds, are both drum majors for the marching band and have both participated in OMEA All State Honor Ensembles. Congratulations to both!

Specials for our Military

Veterans Day is November 11, and we want to let our service men and women know about area attractions that offer savings for our nation’s military throughout the year. 

“Everyday of the week, Skally’s restaurant offers any veteran or civil service person current or retired 30% off,” says Ephraim Skally, co-owner of Skally’s in The Streets of West Chester.

Other area businesses support the military; for instance, Kings Island offers a discount to active and retired military members and their families with a valid military ID.

AMC Theatres offers special discounts through the Veterans Advantage VetRewards program. 

At iFLY, active and retired military can enjoy a 40% savings Monday through Friday for up to five flyers with ‘Military40’ code at time of booking on First Timer Flyer Packages.

TopGolf offers a Heroes Discount for military (active duty and veterans), police, fire and EMS personnel, who receive a 20% discount on all monthly memberships as well as 10% off Topgolf game play.

Terms and conditions apply to each offer, so call or visit the businesses for complete details. Happy Veterans Day!

Lakota Tomahawks Raise Funds for Charity

The 6th grade Central Lakota Tomahawks are giving back to the community again this year. The boys have been working hard since July to raise money for the local chapter of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). At the last home game in October, three DAV members attended the game and at halftime, were presented with a check for over $3,000.

Center for Foot Care Welcomes New Practice Manager

Gina Frost, a Cincinnati native who lives in Liberty Township with her husband and their seven children, has joined the Center for Foot Care as the new practice manager and director of business development. She has more than a decade of experience in practice management and is excited about the opportunity to put her knowledge to work in this new role.

RiskSOURCE Expands

RiskSOURCE recently opened a new location in Knoxville, Tennessee. This office will be led by Commercial Risk Advisor Ryan Mefford and Account Manager Lisa Fleenor. The new location will offer the same commercial products that are offered at the West Chester location including general liability, workers compensation and fleet policies as well as special coverage for cyber security, business disruption and more.  

“I’m excited to bring the RiskSOURCE strategy to the Knoxville area,” says Ryan Mefford, “Most insurance companies will go into a business and quote a policy, it’s very transactional but at RiskSOURCE, we go in and assess the risks that can drive up premiums and help clients manage risk.”  

We’d like to congratulate RiskSOURCE on their expansion into Tennessee!