Ages and stages.

Next month I reach a new milestone—I turn 40. As I prepare to start a new decade, I’ve started thinking of the various ages and stages in our lives. This month West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle travels through the years and dives into stories about different generations.

Reach Out Lakota’s Corporate Food Fight

The first annual Corporate Food Fight restocked the shelves at Reach Out Lakota with a spirited competition between local businesses. 23 participating companies donated 8,000 pounds of food. The Wrap Up Party at Liberty Center’s Sabin Hall featured At Your Service catering, Rhinegeist, live entertainment and an awards ceremony.

Caring Like Karen Awards

The fourth annual Caring Like Karen Awards were held in June, recognizing exceptional caregivers while honoring the memory of Karen Mason. Congratulations to this year’s award winners: Dr. Chetna Mital, Edna Acree, Sara Marshall, Julie S. Thomas, Jena Ruehl and Lynn Noble. Photography by Judy Gehrlich/TourFactory

Around Town

West Chester resident Ruth Fox celebrated a landmark birthday in June—she is 100 years old! Fox was born in Madisonville, Ohio, in 1916. She lost both of her parents at a young age and was raised by her maternal grandparents in Fosters, where she has memories of driving on the frozen Little Miami River during winters and swimming in it…

Generation Gap Trap

If it were an illness, it would be an epidemic. If it were a storm, it would be a tsunami. If it were a flood, we would be building an ark. Today, ten thousand baby boomers will turn sixty-five. Another ten thousand will cross the line tomorrow, and the trend will continue every single day until the year 2030. The…

Model Citizens

When you look at Leah and Erin Eliopulos, it’s easy to see how they could become successful models at a young age. They’re beautiful, confident and charming. What you don’t see right away, until you meet them, is why these two West Chester sisters became models and how they’re changing our community—for the better.

No Place Like Home

It’s just like any other home on the block. The homeowner is working in the yard, watering flowers and plucking weeds. Someone’s in the kitchen, making a fresh pot of coffee. In the living room, a couple watches the news on television. Through the sliding glass door, you’ll see a woman enjoying the view of birds and trees from the…

Making the Grade

Jaylin Pendleton was in the third grade when his mother Brandy decided it was time to get him some help. For two years, Brandy worked with teachers and school personnel to correct and manage some unwanted behaviors. However, the stakes were a little higher once Jaylin entered third grade, when state achievement tests begin. Jaylin was in danger of falling…

History Lesson

Several years ago, I loaded up the minivan and drove my kiddos on a tour through my childhood neighborhood. They love a good story (or is it that I love to tell stories?) and enjoyed seeing the places they’d only heard about: the porch of my childhood home where I’d sit to watch storms, the “big” hill where I wiped…

Open Door to Opportunity

It’s all about sustainability—a sustainable future for the youth and families of West Chester and Liberty Township. The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty is working toward that overall goal in their newly launched Blue Door Campaign.