Dedicated to the men we love.

Ladies, last month was your time to shine. This month it’s all about the guys. This issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle is packed full of stories about amazing men who are helping to shape our community in a variety of ways.

Art On Symmes Spring Fashion Show

Ladies viewed the latest fashions at the semi-annual Art On Symmes Spring Fashion Show on April 27. The show was hosted at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts and benefited The Greater Miami Valley YMCA Booker T. Washington projects, and featured spring trends from both local and national designers.

Heroes of Character Awards

Five local students and five adult leaders were recognized at the Sixth Annual "Heroes of Character" Celebration on March 15 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hamilton. The event was hosted jointly by the Hamilton City of Character and The Character Council of Greater Cincinnati. Congratulations to the winners!

Angels Among Us

Mercy Health Foundation’s second “Angels Among Us” event, presented by US Acute Care Solutions, took place Saturday, April 29, at the Duke Energy Convention Center. This celebration honored the 2017 Mercy Health Angel Award recipients—dedicated and selfless caregivers who excel in compassion and service and live Mercy's mission every day.

June 2017 Around Town

Did you know that every 66 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s in the United States? A progressive neuro-degenerative brain disease, Alzheimer’s steals not only memory but judgment, identity, the ability to think, plan—and ultimately life itself. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month (ABAM), an opportunity to join a global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

50 Years Of Service

A lot can happen in 50 years. In April 1967, three Union Township Trustees shared a vision for police protection for its small farming community. Their motions for the purchase of one four-door Chevrolet cruiser, a used two-way radio and two revolvers with holsters were carried unanimously. That humble beginning has grown into the cutting-edge West Chester Police Department (WCPD),…

Turn Your Dream Home Into A Reality

We all have a few parts of our home that we would love to change. Maybe you have décor that feels dated, landscaping that lacks curb appeal or your dream kitchen really only exists in your dreams. Perhaps you’re ready for an entirely new space—either a step-up to your “forever” home or you’re ready to downsize now that your nest…

Uniting A Community For 95 Years

For more than 95 years, Butler County United Way has been creating a brighter future for those less fortunate in our community. By focusing on community outreach and positive impact through their mission of connecting and mobilizing resources, Butler County United Way is creating long-term solutions for individuals and families, ranging from education to financial stability and healthy living. They…

Local’s Choice

WHO: Michael Corna, WHAT: American Family Insurance––Providing insurance for home, auto, life, business and more. WHERE: 7907 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in West Chester

Driving Toward Faith

Nearly two years ago, Mike Campbell took a leap of faith by moving his family to West Chester to open the newest Christian Brothers Automotive franchise, located on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. After many years of working in service industries, Mike and his wife, Flo, were seeking a business opportunity that represented the highest standard of integrity and business ethics. They became…

The GMC Terrain

Let’s admit it, there are some monsters on the road. I’m not talking about the people who cut you off or the semis that always seem to be in front of you when you’re in a hurry. I’m talking about some of the giant SUVs that seem more like a small bus than a vehicle that will fit in my…

Good Guys, Great Work

Not only does Nick Brandenburg Jr. dream big, he knows how to make his dreams a reality. His entrepreneurial spirit sets him, an 18-year-old recent Lakota West graduate, apart from others his age. Brandenburg is founder and CEO of Forever Green Lawn & Landscapes.

Brewing The American Dream

In the vast world of Cincinnati craft beer, West Chester holds one of the area’s best kept secrets, and this secret is meant to be shared. DogBerry Brewing is the only brewery in the West Chester and Liberty Township community to date; however, it is a standout in the industry thanks to the unapologetic passion of its founders, Chris Frede…

Shamrock Shuffle

The 11th Annual Shamrock Shuffle, hosted by The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, was held on Saturday, March 18. More than 4,000 participants enjoyed a 5k/10k and Community Block Party on The Square @ Union Center. Proceeds supported the Community Foundation programs and beneficiaries. Photography by CS Folio.

Pasta With A Purpose

On March 25, Liberty Center hosted Pasta with a Purpose, a FUNraiser benefiting the Caring Community Collaborative of West Chester/Liberty (C3). Guests enjoyed menu samplings from local restaurants, beverages, kids' activities and the NCAA tournament. Thanks to Liberty Center and our community for supporting C3. Photography provided by Liberty Center.

West Chester-Liberty Chamber Dinner

Community leaders recently gathered to celebrate the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance Annual Dinner, where they recognized award recipients who have made a strong impact in our community this year. Congratulations to the winners and the Chamber Alliance for a great year. Photography by Len Kaltman with West Chester Corporate Photography.

May 2017 Around Town

Selected among several local outstanding youth, Aylin Isik was chosen as the The Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty. The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. As the new Youth of the Year…

Women to Watch

Being able to impact the life of one person is an accomplishment; Carol Lucio gets to impact the lives of approximately 7,000 Butler County students each year. Lucio serves as Executive Director for the Butler County Junior Achievement Program, an organization that educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade on its three pillars: work preparedness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Women who inspire us.

In honor of Mother’s Day, May's issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle celebrates the women in our community who inspire. Earlier this year we asked you to tell us about inspirational women who live, work or volunteer in our community. It was difficult to narrow the list, but this month please enjoy the stories of our community’s exceptional women.…

Turn The Page To Summer

Don’t close your books just because school is out. This summer, MidPointe Library West Chester is again offering its exciting Summer Reading Program. With a new online component and additional programming, there is something for all ages at the library.

Women to Watch

Where others see trash, Jamie Beringer finds worth. Beringer is co-founder of Bicycle Recycle, a local nonprofit business that fixes up bicycles, scooters, tricycles and skateboards and gives them to local kids in need, for free.

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Women are given the ability to give the gift of life, but in order to do so they must first care for the life that they live. The physicians at Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology understand the complexities of women’s health and strive to provide every woman with the personal care she deserves.

Skin Safety

The sun is out and pool season is nearly upon us. With the ending of school and beginning of summer, everyone loves spending more time outside, soaking up the rays. It’s easy to get excited about the long, sun-filled days, but it’s important to remember the risks that can come with too much sun exposure. Dr. Scott Grevey, M.D., and…

Mom Knows Best

In May, we honor all the moms who love and support their kids, whether they’re infants, adults or angels. We asked local moms and daughters to share their favorite quote, memory or inspiration about motherhood. This is what they had to say.

Breakfast In Bed

Although Mom probably loves anything you cook her, don’t just settle for toast and orange juice. This Mother’s Day, bring her a few of these tasty treats from the kitchen of Melanie Cedargren, owner of The Spicy Olive. Cedargren shared a few of her favorite Mother’s Day Brunch goodies for all to enjoy.

Ask the Expert: Kara Lyons

“It’s never too early to plan ahead.” That’s the message Kara Lyons has for anyone thinking it might be time to set up a will or trust. Lyons is a third-generation attorney who concentrates her practice on wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate administration at Lyons & Lyons Attorneys at Law in West Chester. She’s a life-long resident of West…

The Great Outdoors.

With the mild winter we had this year, it might feel like spring arrived months ago. But now as the mud-covered ground and bare trees give way to the more vibrant colors of spring, the outdoors feel warm and welcoming once again. It’s time to get outside!

My Furry Valentine

More than 800 animals were adopted at the sixth annual My Furry Valentine Mega Adoption Event at the Sharonville Convention Center February 11-12. Dozens of animal rescues and shelters bring hundreds of dogs, cats and other small animals to the region's largest adoption event to find forever homes each year.

MidPointe Library Jazz Event

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award recipient, Jamey Aebersold, kicked off MidPointe Library West Chester's popular Jazz Series on Sunday, February 26. You don't have to go far from home to enjoy great music!

Flowers

Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

April 2017 Around Town

Around 160 Butler County children are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Volunteer or donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County and you will change area children’s lives for the better, forever. Almost 70 percent of all Littles said their Bigs played a role in their decision to pursue higher education. Around 80…

Our Favorite Things Of Spring

Brothers Dustin and Damon Mundy share some of their favorite items of spring from their family business, The Turf Tailor.

Girls Run The World

Since 2009, Mary Gaertner has worked for the Cincinnati chapter of Girls on the Run, a running program that inspires young girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Gaertner has seen many girls participate in the unique program, and at the finish line of each season’s 5k race, she always sees something…

Illuminate The Night

Spring is here and summer is near which means it’s time to gather all of your outdoor entertaining gear. As warmer temperatures roll in and parties on the patio begin, we often think about tables, chairs, grills and more. It’s easy to forget about the one thing that keeps the party going: outdoor lights.

Put A Spring In Your Step

Dr. Kristin Titko is a local podiatrist with more than 20 years of experience in foot and ankle medical treatment and surgery. She followed in her podiatrist father’s footsteps to become one of Greater Cincinnati’s most trusted specialists. She celebrates two years of practice in Liberty Township this month.

The Salsa Guy

What do math and salsa have in common? Lakota teacher and salsa aficionado—Kevin Carlin. You may know him as The Salsa Guy. During the school year, Kevin enjoys his job as a Lakota East math teacher. When summer break begins, his alter ego emerges as he transforms into The Salas Guy, creating fresh salsas to sell at the West Chester…

Make your house a home.

What makes a house a home? I believe it’s the way it makes you feel when you enter. If it’s warm, welcoming and filled with love, it will feel like a home. This month we share tips on how to make your home feel more comfortable, stylish and warm.

Junior Achievement Breakfast

West Chester Hospital hosted Junior Achievement's annual breakfast event to raise awareness about empowering young people to own their economic success. Partners, students and teachers shared success stories from programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. To learn more about how to volunteer or donate, visit JAPartners.org.

Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity

The eighteenth annual “Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity” event to honor Martin Luther King Day began with the March for Unity in Our Community, after which all marchers enjoyed lunch, courtesy of local businesses, and then a program with speakers, music and students. Photography by West Chester Township.

March 2017 Around Town

Boy Scout Troop 947 of West Chester set a new record in the Fort Hamilton District of Dan Beard Council in 2016, with 12 boys earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Nationally, only 4% of Boy Scouts are granted this rank.…

The Art Of Furniture

Walk into BOVA Contemporary Furniture and your eyes are immediately met with an elegantly lit, open showroom with cool colors and unique designs. BOVA offers unique, high-quality designs at attractive prices. From the subtle to the edgy, the large Deerfield Township showroom caters to a variety of tastes. Trendy sofas, sleek accent tables and modern beds are featured throughout the…

Complete Kitchen Makeover

Step into George and Carol Hilliard’s new Liberty Township kitchen and you’ll feel like you’re walking into the pages of Better Homes & Gardens. Sleek white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances have transformed this kitchen from a small, dark space into a brand new, wide open and functional beauty.

Faithful Protection

You may not always think of an insurance company as a community-oriented organization. They often get a bad rap because they’re making decisions during some of our most difficult times. However, RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders of West Chester has been trying to debunk that myth since 1976.

Moving On Up

Thanks to our supportive families, fearless realtor and copious amounts of wine, my fiancé, Matt, and I just purchased our first home. Liberty Township–here we come!

A New View

A typical two-story, four-bedroom home has more than 20 windows. That much light pouring into a house can be a bright and beautiful thing, but it can also mean less privacy, faded floors and furniture and glares when you’re trying to watch TV.

Pillars of Support

The success of any construction project is based upon the strength of its supports. One local nonprofit is in the business of building pillars of support around low-income families in Butler County. By partnering with volunteers to make home repairs, Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF) builds up economically challenged families to withstand the storms of life.

Four-legged family member.

This year we had a new addition to our family. Our brand-new bundle of joy kept us up many sleepless nights, but she stole our hearts immediately. She walks on four legs and is covered in fur, but that doesn’t make her less important as a bona fide member of our family.

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Turns One

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle turned one in November! We want to extend a great big thank you to our advertisers, partners, supporters and staff who attended our one year anniversary celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn. We're looking forward to a wonderful second year of this community magazine!

Jamestowne Ribbon Cutting

Community leaders gathered in December for the grand opening of Jamestowne Inpatient & Outpatient Therapy in Hamilton. Jamestowne features 42 private patient suites, a 5,000-square foot therapy gym, a Hydroworx® therapy pool and best-in-class amenities. Parent company Community First Solutions will celebrate 100 years of caregiving in 2018. Community-First.org

February 2017 Around Town

Northern Cincinnati’s premier “eatertainment” district at the Streets of West Chester recently broke ground for several new restaurants and stores near Topgolf and Main Event. Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant was the first tenant to commit to the new project. Chuy’s will build a freestanding restaurant which will mark its fourth location in the region.