West Chester Ranked Among Best Places to Live

Money Magazine released its bi-annual list of “Best Places to Live in America,” and for a fourth consecutive time and fifth year overall, West Chester Township has made the cut. A publication of Time, Inc., Money Magazine selected West Chester from a pool of 823 communities by analyzing 60 key factors, including taxes, education, health care and more.

West Chester has made the top 50 five times since 2005, including the four most recent lists–2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. West Chester is the only community in the state of Ohio to make the list this year. The magazine highlights West Chester’s median home price of $205,000 and median income of $91,528, along with the region’s steady growth of shopping, entertainment and recreational activities. Congratulations, West Chester!


Thirteen Lakota Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Thirteen top students from the Lakota School District have earned the honor of being semifinalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program which recognizes the nation’s most academically talented high school seniors. From Lakota East High School, Chelsea Bass, Logan Beatty-Enderle, Paige Bentley, Blake Dodson, Ryan McAlister, Emma Stiefel, Alexander Suer, Zachary Thomas and Marika Thompson were chosen. From Lakota West High School, Amy Ballman, Alice Brew, Vrishin Soman and Aditya Tewari were selected.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record through high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and nearly half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. This group of thirteen Lakota students represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.



Full Throttle Indoor Karting is hosting a 24-hour race from November 12-13 to support Racing4Vets, a Cincinnati non-profit organization that races to raise awareness and support for combat-injured military veterans. During the event 16 teams will race against each other and a team of veterans. The event will feature 12 hours of racing on the Adrenaline Rush Super Track and 12 hours of racing on the same track in the reverse configuration.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, Full Throttle will host an open house where the general public can watch the start of the race and meet local members of the military. On Sunday, November 13 at 4:00 p.m., Full Throttle will host a second open house where spectators can watch the end of the race and help celebrate the winners. The open houses will include food, fun, prizes and are free for the public.


POP Revolution Pops Into a New Location

POP Revolution’s Hamilton location has moved and is now open at 306 Main Street in downtown Hamilton’s shopping district, just across the street from Armstead Park. POP’s new location offers the same great services as before, including custom framing, photo printing and the Artist Lounge, a co-op art gallery featuring local artists. POP Revolution’s flagship location remains at 105 East Main Street in Mason.

Visit either of POP Revolution’s locations for custom services and to enjoy local works of art. For additional information about the gallery and its upcoming events, visit the website.


Filling Bowls for the Hungry

Local craftspeople, educators and community members created and donated hundreds of handcrafted bowls to be sold at the Second Annual West Chester Liberty Empty Bowls, which benefits Reach Out Lakota and the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Program. This year, C3 (Caring Community Collaborative) partnered with Liberty Center Foundation to host several bowl painting parties in October.

For a donation of $25 per person, guests may purchase bowls and gather in Sabin Hall at Liberty Center on Saturday, November 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to enjoy a simple and delicious meal of soup, bread and dessert prepared by local chefs and restaurants. Have a fun time, a great meal and help the community.


New Services Offered at Dermatology & Surgery

Dermatology & Surgery Center of Southern Ohio is now offering three new procedures to rejuvenate the skin. ThermiTight, a heat-controlled subnormal tightening of the neck, breasts, arms, abdomen, thighs and knees, is a painless, single treatment solution with little to no downtime. ThermiSmooth Face is performed with gentle heating using radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen remodeling to the face. This skin tightening procedure is non-invasive with no downtime. ThermiVa also utilizes gentle heating using radiofrequency energy to rejuvenate collagen within the vagina, without discomfort or downtime, to improve skin laxity, sensitivity and dryness.

Scott C. Grevey, M.D., and his associates at Dermatology & Surgery offer comprehensive and skilled treatments customized to your own dermatologic needs. They are available at two locations, including a Liberty Township practice on 7132 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. For more information about these new procedures, visit their website.


MidPointe Library Celebrates National Novel Writing Month

November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and the MidPointe Library West Chester has plenty of help available to budding (or established) writers. On Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m., all are invited to join in “Self-Publishing How To’s” with One Stop Print Solutions. This informational session will include tips to write, edit, lay out, publish, market and sell your work quickly.

Then on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m., the Library will offer “Editing Your Work with Carol Cartaino.” Editing your own work is difficult, but is an essential task for every writer. Carol Cartaino, an editor with 40 years of professional experience, will help you learn how to go about it. As a reminder to writers, the Library offers quiet study rooms for uninterrupted writing, computers, free wi-fi and research materials to assist you, not just during NaNoWriMo, but always!