Financial Physical

As you evaluate your wellness at the start of the new year, don’t overlook your financial health. All adults can benefit from an annual financial physical. With thirteen years in the business, agent Michael Corna of American Family Insurance in West Chester offers these strategies for a hearty financial future.

Bring On The New Year.

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year, but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer for a local organization. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, businesses and even pets featured in this issue will … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

WCPD SWAT Earned Top Awards at International Training Competition The West Chester Police Department SWAT team recently earned major accolades for its tactical training and professionalism among fellow law enforcement agencies from around the globe. West Chester SWAT received top marks at the 2018 SWAT Round-Up International in Orlando, Florida, taking home the gold for … Continued

Resolutions For A Healthy You

Making a New Year’s resolution is an annual tradition for many and can be a great way to make a positive change in life. However, most resolutions don’t last for more than a few weeks. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.

Bodybuilding Moms

Natalie Barger and Dana Raiford are neighbors, close friends and mothers. They both work jobs that impact the health and wellness of people within our community—Barger as a personal trainer at the Lakota YMCA and Raiford as the kitchen manager at Lakota’s Independence Elementary. However, in October 2018, the Liberty Township pair achieved a new commonality. They both competed in…

Women of Excellence Awards

Twelve outstanding women, who have provided outstanding service to our region, were honored at the annual West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance's Women of Excellence Awards. The event honored Judi Boyko, Kathy Cook, Judy Horne, Samira Jaweed, Geetha Minton, Barbara Reisen, Julie Shaffer, Marquita Turner, Karen Welch, Joyce Wood, Brenda Yablonsky, and Megan Zahneis. Photography by Len Kaltman-West Chester … Continued

Winter Fashion Show

West Chester boutique Designer Items and More recently held a Freeze Fashion Show at The Phoenix. The models donned stunning wintry looks, perfect for chilly nights. Photography by Jason Barth of JB Photography. 

Home Sweet Home

Finding the right place to live after retirement can be a tough decision. Whether you’re searching for yourself or a loved one, you likely want to find a community that promotes aging with comfort and dignity. A new option for assisted living and memory care is coming to West Chester in February, and they live by this mantra: “Age fearlessly.…

Steak & Burger Dinner

The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty hosted the fifth annual Steak and Burger Dinner event, featuring keynote speaker Kyle Schwarber, an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs. Schwarber is a Middletown-native who is passionate about youth development programs. All proceeds from the event benefited the Boys & Girls Club's operating fund. Photography by Len Kaltman-West … Continued

Creating A Fluffy Connection

Most people love the excited, panting grin of a dog as it walks up to meet them. When people at our local hospitals see Bella coming, their faces relax even when they aren’t having a good day. The calming energy of this Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix breaks through the patients’ tough circumstances and keeps them present in the moment, just scratching…

Standout Student Athletes

High school athletics are at their finest in Lakota Local Schools. Whether on the course, field or court, these four Lakota athletes excel. Here are their stories, in their own words.

Curl Up With A Book By Local Author Eleanor Tremayne

Eleanor Tremayne’s passion for great literature and her love of the written word propelled her to both an extensive teaching career and, now, a successful career as a novelist. She published her first book in 2017, and her writing style is a mix of genres, combining historical fiction and romance with elements of psychological fiction and mystery.

Fill the Sleigh

When it comes to designer holiday shopping at an affordable price, look no further than the Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe. You will find a collection of 100 outlet stores from top designers and name brands at extraordinarily low prices. Here are some gift ideas to cross off your list.

Countdown To Christmas

Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa is back to kick off the holiday season at Liberty Center.

Happy Holidays To All

I love this time of year! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Pancha Ganapati, the new year, or any other holiday, you can’t help but feel the excitement that the magic of December brings. This issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle is packed with ways to make your holiday merry and bright. Interiors Plus … Continued

Getaway At The Greenbrier

Nestled among the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia is one of America’s most historic and luxurious hotels. The Greenbrier is a living piece of history, wrapped in old world elegance. Just a five-hour drive away, The Greenbrier is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway this winter.

December 2018 Around Town

Two New Treatment Options at Center for Foot Care Liberty Township’s Center for Foot Care is offering two new, innovative treatment options. Dermal fillers can be used to replace lost fat pads in the heel or ball of the foot. This treatment repairs frequent common degenerative changes that happen to feet over time. Loss of … Continued

Reach Out Rocks

Reach Out Rocks, featuring Blessid Union of Souls, benefited Reach Out Lakota. This year's event featured a new theme and an exciting night of dinner, dancing, entertainment and fundraising.

Junior Achievement Ladies Sporting Clay Classic

One of the most unique women's events in our area is the Ladies Sporting Clays Classic. The annual event is a women's sporting clay shoot and wine tasting, benefiting Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement works with students to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. Photography by Clicks & Giggles.

The Ultimate Holiday Playlist

The holiday season is officially upon us and there’s no better way to get in the spirit when you’re wrapping presents or baking cookies than to listen to the ultimate winter playlist. We asked music directors at Lakota East and Lakota West High Schools for their favorite selections, all from the schools’ upcoming holiday concerts. 

Holiday Mantel Makeover

Is your mantel begging for a holiday makeover? Design expert Helen Wright, owner of Interiors Plus in Mason, shares three ways to spruce up your mantel for the holidays. Find these items and more at Interiors Plus.

[Not] Home for the Holidays

As we turn our calendars to the holidays, our thoughts turn to hearth and home. While most of us are able to press pause to gather with our families and friends, the first responders in our community don’t get to close the office and head home for a break. No matter what the day or hour, our police and fire…

Mending Hearts

Seniors at Chesterwood Village Senior Living in West Chester are using their hands to help mend grieving hearts across the nation. And grief is not new to this group of retirees, as several are dealing with their own losses in life, but the common goal that they all share is to give back and to help others any way they…

5 Ways To Give

Looking for a way to give back to the community around us? Whether you gather a group of friends or make it a family project, here are five ways you can donate or volunteer to local organizations making an impact.

Reach By Number

Right in our backyard is the 26-year-old Reach Out Lakota, an organization that is rapidly expanding its footprint with new partnerships and initiatives, all in an effort to help more families when they need a hand-up. Learn why the organization is thriving and how you can help.

Festive Fall Treats

 FOR YOU  The Spicy Olive Pumpkin Cupcakes  Nothing says fall quite like the smell of a fresh-baked pumpkin dessert. This delicious recipe from The Spicy Olive has all the flavors we love about pumpkin pie, packed into a personal cupcake.

Living the dream.

It was exactly three years ago when the first issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle arrived in homes. When I was in high school, I was editor of our school’s newspaper and dreamed of one day being a professional writer, but I never imagined I would have my own magazine. As I reflect on … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Lakota Seeking Internships for Students One of Lakota Local Schools’ goals is to prepare all students for their future by getting them to be college-, career- and innovation-ready. Lakota is committed to partnering with area businesses to offer students real world learning experiences through internships, project based learning, expert visitors, tours and more. This approach … Continued

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Home Expo

The second annual West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle 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, win fabulous prizes, paint a bowl for Empty Bowls and much more. Thank you to all who participated, attended and donated to … Continued

Key Event

Guests enjoyed a fantastic culinary experience, auction items and celebrated our community at The Key Event in September. The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty’s premiere annual fundraising event supports the Community Grants Fund and ongoing operations of the Foundation. This year’s event honored the Foundation's 25th anniversary and recognized founders Patti Alderson and Debbie Boehner. Photography by Casey … Continued

Caring Like Karen Awards

The fifth annual Caring Like Karen awards were held to honor outstanding caregivers in our region. Congratulations to the winners: Dr. John M. Miller, Dr. Charles L Hageman, Alison Garland, Connie Edwards, Vicki Kalberer, Walt Schaefer and Phyllis Rudokas, RN. Photography by Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography.

The Fetchington Grand Opening

The Fetchington Pet Hotel recently celebrated its grand opening in Olde West Chester. Guests toured the luxury hotel and enjoyed food, entertainment, games and more. The Fetchington is now open and features 16 luxury suites with individualized attention for your pups. Fetchington.com

Lakota First Day Of School

Following a festive district-wide kick-off, staff at Lakota Local Schools welcomed back students in a very unique way, following Superintendent Matthew Miller’s encouraging words to spend the first two days strictly on relationship-building. The first day was also underlined by a photo contest that swept social media under the district hashtag #WEareLakota.

Pasta With A Purpose

If you love a bowl of cheesy pasta or fresh spaghetti and marinera, you don’t want to miss the second annual Pasta With A Purpose on Thursday, October 18 at Liberty Center. The annual fundraiser benefits the Caring Community Collaborative (C3) of West Chester and Liberty Township while serving up delicious pasta from our area. Guests can enjoy samplings of…

Cooking With Bestsellers

Patrons at Liberty Center can soon add one more item to their shopping bags: library books. MidPointe Library will open a new location at Liberty Center this fall. While MidPointe has partnered with Liberty Center for years to hold storytime programming, the new location will be its first brick-and-mortar presence. Patrons can request books from any library branch at the new…

A Family Business

When the real estate market crashed 10 years ago, real estate professional Remi Jones knew he needed to make a job change in order to support his family.

Food, Glorious Food!

I love food! I know that sounds like a silly statement, but those who know me would agree that I REALLY love great food. I’m the person who will get a doggie bag even if I only have a few bites left because I don’t want to see a single bit of a delicious meal … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Lakota Strives to Increase Student Access to Mental Health Services A new partnership between Lakota Local Schools and MindPeace will increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare this school year. MindPeace is a nonprofit that connects its network of professional mental health providers with schools. Their model involves a needs assessment in … Continued

Food Truck Rally

West Chester and Liberty Township foodies gathered August 10 for the annual Kingsgate Logistics Union Centre Food Truck Rally, where more than 35 food tucks brought their best dishes to our neighborhood. Country music star Jordan David headlined the event, which benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County. Photography by Eric Thomas Photography.

One-Stop Organic Shop

Follow a quaint gravel driveway to Liberty Farm Market, a one-stop shop for all things fresh and organic. Three family-owned businesses merge under the roof of a converted barn to make safe foods and products available to locals. This charming market may be the area’s best kept secret.

Sip Across The Spectrum

 White Wine Introduction:  Bringing a bottle of white wine with you to a party is always a crowd-pleaser, especially when chilled to its optimum temperature. Appreciating the intricate elements of wine, Village Wines of Glendale owner and Liberty Township resident Kate Eberlein offers some excellent recommendations for your next event, dinner, or evening with friends. Whether you’re looking for a…

Kitchen Time Savers

We tested some of the newest, most innovative kitchen gadgets and found the must-haves for any cook.

Lights, Camera, Fashion

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography  PAGE 1  Designer Diane von Furstenberg once said, "Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it." And it’s true. A good outfit can help us feel confident, powerful, elevated. Combine that with styled hair, fresh make-up and a whimsical location, and you…

Insta-Inspire

 Article Abbey Bradley | Photography Provided  Local mom, teacher, style blogger and Instagram influencer Shannon Bowling knows a thing or two about juggling a busy schedule —and she does it with style and flair. The first grade teacher at Fairfield South Elementary has lived in Liberty Township her whole life and has always had a knack for stylish, affordable fashion.…

High-Impact Closet

 Article Katie Bray | Photography Provided  A great wardrobe needs three things, according to local fashion expert Felisa Insignares: investment pieces, items that will make an impact, and a few that are “on trend” for a season.  And no need to travel the globe for these elevated fashion pieces. You can find new, gently-used and vintage couture at Designer Items…

Lights, Camera, Fashion.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it also takes a village to assemble our annual fall fashion issue. Our fashion spreads this month couldn’t have been possible without the help from many people, so I’d like to take a moment to thank them. The Clothes: It’s challenging to assemble a … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Lakota West Senior Elected VP to National Organization Amitoj Kaur, a senior at Lakota West High School, has been elected the 2018-2019 National Vice President of Membership of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Kaur was one of 10 national officers elected during the 2018 National Leadership Conference this past summer. Being elected … Continued

Home Expo

 Article Michelle Moody | Photography Snappy George & Josh Beeman  We all know how busy weekends are this time of year. Between fall sports, errands and home projects, the “to-do list” can start to feel never-ending. If you know this feeling, then we have the perfect event for you. The second annual West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle Home Expo at…

Chamber Business After Hours At Center For Foot Care

Business After Hours is an event that provides the opportunity to network and socialize with fellow members of the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance. Dr. Kristin Titko at the Center for Foot Care in Liberty Township recently hosted a Business After Hours, giving attendees the chance to build new business relationships and strengthen established ones. Photography … Continued

A Closet Filled With Hope

 Article Shawna Taylor | Photography Eric Thomas Photography  While clothing means fashion for some, for others it’s merely a necessity and basic clothing is sometimes hard to come by. It can serve as a source of comfort and instill confidence in its young wearer. Sarah Coleman knows this to be true. As Executive Director of Hope’s Closet, a children’s clothing boutique…