Twice as Nice

This month brings our special dual issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle. February is our annual Arts issue, but it’s also the time when we reveal the much-anticipated winners of our Readers’ Choice awards. So this month is twice as nice! My love of the arts first started when my mom took me to … Continued

The Artists’ View

 Dalal Alami   Dalal Alami, a senior at Lakota West High School, has always loved drawing, but the last few years have seen her interest surge.  “In seventh grade, I really started getting into the passion of it,” Dalal says. “I did a bunch of studies, stacks of sketchbooks full of everything I’ve tried; I’ve done portraits for school and some…

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Locals gathered at Sabin Hall at Liberty Center to raise money to fight hunger while enjoying a fun event put on by the Caring Community Collaborative. Each participant selected a handcrafted bowl made by local artists and organizations to take home. They also enjoyed a choice of soup, breads, desserts and refreshments all prepared specially by local chefs … Continued

Companions on a Journey All-Star Gala

This winter, the Companions on a Journey All-Star Gala "With a Twist" had a superhero theme. They celebrated the people who come together to assist those coping with grief in our community, the everyday superheroes who support COJ's work. The evening included a delicious dinner, awe-inspiring awardees, fun raffles and auction items. Photography by Beth Hoyt of pHOYTography. 

Power of the Purse Holiday Gala

The Power of the Purse Holiday Gala was, as usual, tons of fun for a good cause. This time, the $10,000 grant went to Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a charity that provides bunk beds to children in our community without a good place to sleep. Congratulations to the winner and to all the attendees! Photography … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

Five Lakota Schools Receive ODE Momentum Award Lakota Local Schools, including five individual schools within the district, has received the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for 2019. Additionally, two schools received both the All A Award and Overall A Award. This annual recognition is given to districts or schools for exceeding expectations in student … Continued

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Generations of Entertainment

When it opened in 1919, the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center (SCAC) was a vaudeville theater, presenting specialty acts that were popular at the turn of the twentieth century. 100 years later, at the dawn of a new decade, the historic building is still in the business of entertaining, featuring theater, fine art and film for all ages.

Lights, Camera, Lakota!

Local actors and actresses are getting ready to sing, dance and act their way into your hearts. Musicals in Lakota Local Schools this Spring offer everything from modern favorites to long-time classics. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Your Favorites This Year

 Page 1  At long last, the results are in! Each year, West Chester and Liberty residents tell us what their favorites are and we share the winners with you in our beloved Readers’ Choice showcase. 4,160 of your friends and neighbors voted this year, giving us a great glimpse into the businesses and organizations that make our community tick. They’ve…

Firebirds on Fire

Staying active and working as a team is its own reward, but sometimes, excellent training also results in sweet victories. The Lakota West girls soccer team overcame Whitehouse, Ohio’s Anthony Wayne High School in an exciting championship game that ended 2-1. Forward Kailyn Dudukovich scored the game-winning goal only 13 seconds before the end of the game. Thank you Firebirds for…

Have a Healthy 2020

As we begin 2020, a new decade, we set goals for what we want our future selves to be like and look like. We take a glance back at where we have been and what we have done, and we try to remember to extend ourselves grace.  This issue is focused on ways we can … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

Lakota West Band Makes it to BOA Semi Final For the first time in Lakota West Band history, the 2019 Lakota West Band made their debut in the Semi-Finals at the Bands of America Grand National Championship. The event was held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. They were among 38 bands chosen for the semi-finals … Continued

MTCES Derby Dance

MTCES hosted over 330 guests for their Derby Dance, including video horse races, gaming tables, a variety of raffles, and a live performance by The Menus. Guests had the opportunity to win big by placing bets on our horse races, just like the track. Most importantly, we raised over $21,000 for our students! Photos provided … Continued

Women of Excellence Awards Gala

This November, the West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance honored women in our community who have enhanced business, education, culture and philanthropy in our region. The awardees this year included Theresa Baker, Jamie Beringer, Anne Broshear, Nia Butts, Erin Clemons, Diane Egbers, Kim Hollon, Kris Loughrie, Dr. Monica Posey and Suesann Sepela. Photos by Ali Wolfe Photography.

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New Year, New Cleanse

When you hear the word “cleanse,” most people conjure up visions of drinking only lemon water with cayenne pepper for weeks. But there is a healthier and safer way to cleanse.

Wellness at Every Life Stage

After the holidays, we may notice we are carrying a few extra pounds on our bodies. Even eating our customary diet can sometimes result in gradual weight gain through the years. 

From Lakota to the Pros

 Nick Hagglund   FC Cincinnati soccer player and West Chester native Nick Hagglund learned to love soccer on the field at Liberty Junior School, with his dad coaching him to love the game. Dad taught Nick about giving 110 percent and enjoying yourself on the field.   “He’s the most fun guy ever,” Nick says. 

No Pain, All Gain

Kim Nartker is passionate about pain—specifically keeping her clients from experiencing it. As the owner of Stretch Physical Therapy and Total Wellness in West Chester, she observed repeat injuries to athletes-in-training and weekend warriors that would go hard at their sports. Stretch and Recover, launching this month within her therapy practice, is Kim’s caring answer to her patients’ pain.

Making Good on the Promise

When Faith Community United Methodist church in West Chester was looking for new ways to support missions within Butler County, they discovered that there was a need to provide shelter and services for local children and families experiencing homelessness.  

Holiday Happenings

When the weather outside gets frightful, the holiday events around West Chester and Liberty Township are delightful. This December, take a time-out from the hustle and bustle of the season to enjoy time together with your family and friends.

December 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

Home for the Holidays

I love to travel! I try to plan a little trip every other month so I can get out and explore new places. But once I had kids, I implemented a strict policy of staying put and enjoying the holidays at home. There is something special about waking up in our own beds on Christmas … Continued

Boys and Girls Club Steak and Burger Dinner

On October 10, community members came together to share a meal of delicious burgers and celebrate the achievements of the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty. The keynote speaker was Nick Hagglund of F.C. Cincinnati, and the evening included an original musical performed by students from the Boys and Girls Club. BGCWCL.org Photography by Len … Continued

Home Expo at Carriage Hill

The third annual Home Expo at Carriage Hill provided an opportunity for our readers to meet some of our business partners, tour the model homes at Carriage Hill, enjoy live music and win fabulous prizes. Thank you to all our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees. All money raised at the event was donated to EDGE Teen Center, who … Continued

Lakota East and West Open Houses

On November 2, Lakota East and Lakota West opened their doors to welcome families with information for prospective students. Clubs, organizations, teachers and administrators were present to answer questions and encourage Lakota Local School pride. LakotaOnline.com 

Holiday Traditions With the Reinas

Dr. Juan Reina is a physician with Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology, with offices in West Chester, Middletown and Lebanon. Dr. Reina shared with us some of his holiday memories, both from his family heritage and from his years living here in Liberty Township.

A Punch for Every Party

 The Spicy Olive Pomegranate Party Punch  ·       11 cups Pomegranate juice   ·       4 cups ginger ale, chilled

Deck the Halls

During the holidays, there is something magical about finding a gift that perfectly fits a friend or family member. Crafters have always found ways to add their personal touch by making homemade gifts, but the new MidPointe Library makerspace, Innovation Pointe, offers this option to even more people.

Inspired

While the West Chester and Liberty Township communities are full of role models, these community standouts have emerged as some of our inspirations. Each leader points back to the community as a source of inspiration and gratitude, proving that “it takes a village” to create a positive impact.

Top Five Things You Should Know About Open Enrollment

It’s that time of year—the season to make important Medicare and health insurance choices. Need some pro guidance? Josh Hountz and Alex Meer from HealthMarkets offer tips to help you navigate your options.

Motivational Fall Reads

What inspires us to become better people? Whatever the encouraging factor is, we as humans collectively search for ways to improve ourselves through words of wisdom from friends, sage advice from experts and the power of books.  If you want to walk away from a good read feeling a sense of comfort or inspiration, look no further. 

November 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

Thank You for Four Great Years

As November rolls around, we enter a season of Thanksgiving. This is a time to reflect on all that we’re grateful for and remember our accomplishments of the past year. Each November we also celebrate the anniversary of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle, and today we are thrilled to recognize our fourth anniversary. I want … Continued

Bishop’s Visit and Blessing at Bethany School

Bishop Michael Curry visited the new Bethany School Academic Building on September 11th. He gave his blessing to the net-zero energy-use building, that is LEED Platinum certified and which features 250 solar panels and 108 geothermal wells. His visit to Bethany was welcomed by students, faculty and well-wishers alike. BethanySchool.org

WCL Foundation Hosts The Key Event

The roaring twenties were in full swing at the Key Event this September. The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty's annual fundraiser gala supports their Community Grants Fund. Excellent food and drink, auction items and a feeling of community made this evening truly special. Photography by Casey Burns Photography

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

Humble Star

Lance Alexander is the quintessential boy next door. There’s a reason he plays a convincing good neighbor on television—it’s a role he’s been playing all of his life. Growing up in his West Chester neighborhood, he was known as a friendly, helpful and kind kid with a smile that lights up a room. Now, that same smile is lighting up…

Aftershocks of Love

When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, it was a devastating shift in the earth’s plates. There was another shift later that year when three friends put their heads together for recovery efforts. Instead of destruction, this shift brought a monumental impact on a village of Haitian children. 

Fall Family Getaway

With summer vacation two months over and winter break close to three months away, families may be getting antsy for a getaway. With the school year in full swing, leaving town for vacation isn’t always practical. We found the perfect solution—a family-friendly weekend escape to Dearborn, Michigan—less than four hours away. Dearborn is overflowing with American history, and I brought my…

A Taste of Fall

 Fall in Love with Wine   As the weather gets colder, it's time to enjoy some cozy indoor activities with your family and friends. What if you can also prepare for the holidays at the same time? Consider attending the Basil’s On Market fall wine event for a taste of California wines that could be the stars of your holiday table…

Beyond the Bottle

A nice bottle of wine makes a great gift for any occasion. However, if you want to think beyond the bottle, explore our picks for what to buy the wine connoisseur in your life. Visit our Facebook page in October to enter to win some of these items.

Blazing the Butler County Donut Trail

The Butler County Donut Trail has delighted visitors and locals alike with a scavenger hunt of sugary goodness for four years. Nearly 75% of the 21,000 people who have completed the trail are from outside Butler County, making it just as good for the area’s tourism economy as it is for the locals who snack on the tasty donuts.

October 2019 Around Town

2019 Home Expo The 3rd annual Home Expo at Carriage Hill is set for October 19th from 10am-4pm. This free community event is presented by West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle and Mason & Deerfield Lifestyle. The Home Expo begins in the Terry Gatehouse at 5116 Carriage House Blvd, near the main entrance to Carriage Hill … Continued

A Slice of Comfort

Are you hungry? We’re sure you will be when you read—or should we say devour—this issue, the most drool-worthy one of the year: the annual food and wine issue. We spent the last few months scouring the streets in search of the most delectable bites West Chester and Liberty Township have to offer. This year … Continued

Union Centre Food Truck Rally

About 10,000 people took time during their Friday afternoon and evening on August 9 to enjoy the nearly 40 food trucks assembled for the Union Centre Food Truck Rally. Organized by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchants' Association (UCBMA), this event provided live music, fireworks and fun while raising money for local charity Companions on a Journey. … Continued

Lakota Local Schools Go Back To School

Lakota Schools welcomed back their 16,700 students to Lakota's 23 buildings on August 15. The first two days of school were all about setting the foundation for a great school year by building relationships and having fun. The high schools created exciting aerial photographs portraying their students and their school pride. Photography provided.

Come Home to Skally’s

 Timeline  1961 Ephraim and Odette Skally moved to Cincinnati from New York City.  1977 The Skallys founded Old World Bakery in Cincinnati, introducing pita bread to the area.

Gather Round

Autumn brings us together, with crisp weather drawing us inside to share meals and great conversation. Fall is the perfect time to refresh a dining room with perfect furniture pieces.