Liberty Township Wins SAFER grant

The Liberty Township Fire Department (LTFD) has been awarded the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant will reimburse $1.36 million over the next three years for the additional staffing of nine new full-time Firefighter/EMT positions. With the grant, the LTFD will reduce its reliance on part-time personnel from six per day to three per day.

The SAFER grant provides funding for 75% of the salary and benefits of an entry-level firefighter for the first two years. In year three, the grant covers 35% of the new hire’s salary and benefits.

The LTFD has been working on a plan to add career Firefighter/EMT positions. Because of this advanced planning, the Township is confident of its abilities to support the staffing profile beyond the three years of grant funding.

The SAFER grant provides funding to fire departments for the purpose of increasing the number of firefighters to help their communities meet industry-minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Liberty-Township.com

Watson’s Wins Apollo Award

Cincinnati-based Watson’s was named the winner of the most prestigious award in all of outdoor furnishings. The Apollo Award recognizes “an exceptional dealer in their trading area and a model for others within the industry, as well as characterized by innovative marketing and merchandising strategies.”

The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) announced the honor in September in front of top retailers, manufacturers, sales representatives and designers.

“Our mission has always been to help people make the most of their time with their family and friends. Our all-new store took that experience to a whole new level,” CEO Erik Mueller said. “We’re honored to accept the Apollo Award and to bring it home to Cincinnati.”

Watson’s was founded in Cincinnati in 1968, featuring indoor furnishings, outdoor furnishings, home recreational products and more. Watsons.com

2019 Caring Like Karen Winners Announced

The sixth annual Caring Like Karen Awards were held this October to honor outstanding caregivers in our region. Vanessa Adams was awarded in the nursing home/retirement community caregiver category, and Mary Glasmeier won for family caregiver. Terelle Moore won for homecare caregiver, Shelli Mattox for child care caregiver and Edward J. Bastien for hospital/hospice caregiver. Congratulations to the winners! CaringLikeKaren.com

New Building Opens for Animal Hospital of West Chester

The Animal Hospital of West Chester will open their new building in West Chester early this month, with a Grand Opening Celebration to follow in the new year. Their 7500 square foot new space includes double the current vet space, including five exam rooms, a larger surgical suite and updated equipment. The pet boarding areas will be larger, and new separate pick-up and drop-off areas will allow for a streamlined entrance and exit process. Join us in congratulating the staff of Animal Hospital of West Chester on this expansion! AnimalHospitalofWC.com

Bone Dry Roofing Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

Bone Dry Roofing is celebrating 30 years in business in many ways this year, including a move to a larger facility in West Chester Township! The move was necessary due to success in the greater Cincinnati area.

The West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, October 28 at 9940 Cincinnati Dayton Road. Following the brief presentation, guests toured the facility, met team members and networked with other construction professionals.

Bone Dry Roofing is an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor with nine offices in five states. BoneDryCincinnati.com

New Photo Wall Art Available at Pop Revolution

Pop Revolution Gallery offers framing, fine art and photo printing services in Mason. Recently, they’ve added print products for high-resolution art reproduction and photography onto HD Metal (aluminum panel), Brushed Metal with Resin Coating and Wood Panel Prints. A new Natural Belgian Linen canvas has also been added to the mix. These techniques offer unique texture and depth for a photograph or art print. Learn more about these techniques the next time you stop in to their gallery.  PopRevolutionGallery.com

Supporters Stuff the Lakota School Bus With Food

Lakota Schools continued their “Stuff the Bus” food drive tradition this October, competing in friendly rivalry with Middletown and Hamilton schools to see who could fill a school bus the most with donated food items. The winners, of course, were the community organizations that help to alleviate hunger in our area, including Lakota’s partner, Reach Out Lakota. Each year, this food drive brings in tens of thousands of pounds of food, and this year was no different. Congratulations to the Lakota Local Schools for stuffing the bus, and to Reach Out Lakota for their important community outreach. LakotaOnline.com