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Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association Grants Available 
for Nonprofits

The Union Center Boulevard Merchant Association (UCBMA) is a group of enthusiastic local merchants promoting the Union Centre Boulevard Central Business District. UCBMA organizes the annual Union Centre Food Truck Rally and supports the Shamrock Shuffle and First Financial Concert Series. UCBMA also sponsors West Chester/Liberty Rotary’s BBQ Festival, Sharon Woods Holiday in Lights and Empty Bowls. UCBMA raises funds at these events to give as grants or sponsorships to area charitable organizations. They have given more than $30,000 to support an impressive list of local charitable organizations. Each month the group awards a grant in the amount of $250- $1,000. If your 501c3 charitable organization is interested in applying for a grant, visit their website.

Shiver Security Offers 
Home Automation

As the Honeywell Lyric dealer for Southwest Ohio, Shiver Security Systems announces the addition of home automation services to its menu of security features. Lyric is the next generation of security for homeowners. Users control security, thermostats, lights, locks and video with one touch at the display or via smart devices. More than 100 smart scenes can be automated for energy savings, comfort and security. The sleek keypad has a built-in camera that sends snapshots when the system is armed or disarmed. Shiver Security Systems is excited to offer this new type of technology to their customers.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA—Free Program for Cancer Survivors

The Great Miami Valley YMCA introduces LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a free, 12-week, research-based program, supporting cancer survivors and their families. YMCA wellness coaches are trained in the elements of cancer, post-rehab exercise and supportive cancer care. They work with each participant to fit the program to their individual needs to regain physical, emotional and spiritual strength. In addition, YMCA offers I’M STRONG, a version of the LIVESTRONG program specifically tailored for pediatric cancer survivors, ages 6-17. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA encourages connection and sharing among participants to facilitate healing. For more information, to set up an appointment or support the program, send a message to:

Mark Bradley Homes Opens Carriage Hill Model

The welcome mat is out at a stunning new model home by Master Builder, Mark Bradley Zaring of Mark Bradley Homes. Located at 6357 Carriage Oak Way in the upscale Carriage Hill community in Liberty Township, the beautifully decorated model is now open for tours. With a spacious first floor owner’s retreat, gourmet kitchen, hearth room, and three additional bedrooms, this model may inspire the move you’ve been waiting to make. The home is available to view 1-4 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, or by appointment by contacting Robert Karr at 513.602.6042 or or Robert Nally at 513.817.5733 or

Lakota Students Win State Engineering & Medical Competitions

Lakota students won state-level competitions in engineering and medical competitions this spring. Their next stop will be Nashville, Tennessee, to advance to the next level of competition this summer. Congratulations to the 2016 winners in the Technology Student Association’s (TSA) state championships, advancing to national competition as representatives of Lakota and Butler Tech: Michelle Antiri, Will Biggane, Ally Britton-Heitz, Aiden Frank, Makenna Hyams, Isaac Michelson, John Pachuk, Haley Searcy of Hopewell Junior; Karaline Adney, Rachel Anderson, Jacki Elia, Hanna Everding, Alex Fernholz, Ella Langhome, Abby Niehaus, Katie Niewald, Ashton Riep, Kayla Scanlon, Corinne Zucker of Liberty Junior; Evy Best of Plains Junior; Jennifer Luu, Audrey Rust of Lakota West Freshman; Alexis Laude of Lakota East High School; and James Wright of Lakota West High School. Congratulations to the 2016 winners in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state championships, advancing to international competition: Hannah Ackerman, Paige Bentley, Talia Brown, Chase Harris, Maddox Linneman, Sam Panneck, Sophia Seppi of Lakota East High School; and Ali Hausfeld of Lakota West High School.

Acrylic and Aluminum Photo Printing Now Available at 
Pop Revolution

Pop Revolution Gallery is known for its beautiful custom framing and unique art gallery, with new artists featured each month. The gallery also offers fine art printing on canvas and some of the best fine art papers in the market. Pop Revolution is now offering brushed aluminum and acrylic prints for a sleek designer look for your favorite photographs. Brushed aluminum adds a contemporary and rustic look and feel to any photo. Acrylic prints achieve a luminous look to add a touch of wow to your home or office. These unique printing styles can turn any photo into a work of art. Visit locations in Mason and Hamilton or order online.

The Urology Group Local Leader in Men’s Health

Most men only see a doctor when the women in their lives force them to. The Urology Group of Greater Cincinnati urges men not to become a statistic but to learn about prostate health this summer. One out of seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the second cause of cancer death among men. The Urology Group treats more than 70% of prostate cancer cases in Greater Cincinnati and offers the most comprehensive prostate cancer treatment in the region, from active surveillance to surgery and radiation. They believe that education is the key to men’s health. Get their free downloadable book, Understanding Prostate Cancer, for more information.

West Chester Hospital Launches Patient Tablet Program

UC Health West Chester Hospital is excited to announce a new bedside tablet program, My UC Health Bedside. The program began rolling out in February and all rooms now offer the feature. The My UC Health Bedside tablet program is a major investment in patient-centered technology. The program enables West Chester Hospital staff to provide patients with immediate, detailed information about their medical care and hospital stay, along with educational and entertainment options, all within a digital environment. The increased interaction is facilitated through 145 Samsung tablet computers purchased for the program. West Chester Hospital is one of only 15 hospitals nationwide to implement a program of this kind.

Liberty Township & Duke Energy Celebrate Earth Day

Liberty Township, in collaboration with Duke Energy, held a special Earth Day Celebration to plant seven new trees on April 22. Each year, Duke Energy celebrates Earth Day with Greater Cincinnati communities. Liberty Township was selected as a partner community for their 2016 Earth Day celebration. Four Autumn Blaze and three October Glory trees were planted in the Township’s Dudley Memorial Park, 5700 Yankee Road. The planting symbolizes the community’s awareness for Earth Day and is a lasting gift for residents and park goers.

August Generations Story, Featuring You

For our August issue about Generations, we are including readers’ comments on what they’ve enjoyed best about a particular decade of their lives. Please share 1-2 sentences about what you liked best about being a teenager, or in your 20s, 30s, 40s and on up. Be sure to include your full name and identify your city. Your quote could be featured in our upcoming story! Contact Editor Tera Michelson at