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. Their accomplishments range from volunteerism and charity to outstanding examples of local entrepreneurs. We hear from a passionate Lakota educator, and we recognize the achievements of two Lakota students, each of whom has made a name for herself on the national stage.

Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is May 14. One of my favorite parts of Mother’s Day is being awakened by the smell of coffee and a home-cooked breakfast (that I didn’t have to make), brought to me in bed by my husband and two sons. Melanie Cedargren from The Spicy Olive shares some of her favorite breakfast recipes to help your family create an amazing Mother’s Day brunch or a simple breakfast in bed.

Our Women to Watch aren’t the only female focus of this issue. We invite you to get to know the caring and committed team at Hilltop Obstetrics & Gynecology. And local legal expert, Kara Lyons, shares the importance of making sure that our readers have set up a will or trust.

In honor of National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, the team at Dermatology & Surgery of Southern Ohio shares some valuable tips to stay safe this summer.

Ladies, this month is all about you! (Don’t worry, guys, we’re coming for you next issue.) Enjoy this special Women to Watch issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle.

Michelle Moody, Publisher

ON THE COVER: Nine “Women to Watch” who are making an impact in our community. Read their stories in this issue. Photography by Mark Garrett Photography.