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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JUNE 2018 PUBLISHER

Mark Andrea | Mark.Andrea@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Spotlight on local leaders. WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE KIND WORDS AND FOR WEL-

Abbey Bradley | Abbey.Bradley@LifestylePubs.com EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Karen Andrea

COMING US TO THE COMMUNITY WITH LAST MONTH’S PREMIER ISSUE.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

We hope you have been able to learn more about the community and explore some

Katie Bray, Maria Eilers, Laura Leavitt, Alexandra Lisa

truly fantastic local businesses. Typically, Lifestyle’s May and June issues are the annual women’s and men’s issue which correspond with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (by the way Happy Father’s Day, Dad!). For this month’s issue, we are bringing you a hybrid of the women’s and men’s issues

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Remember When Portraits, Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography, Amanda Oltman, Eric Thomas Photography, Ali Wolfe Photography

to spotlight local leaders in business and education, as well as inspiring people who are making the community a better place. Two of the leaders highlighted are Rachel Rice, an advocate with the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Vineet Erasala, co-founder of Genetesis and 2014 graduate of Mason High School. Read more about their stories and how they are making an impact here locally and abroad. Owning your own business comes with challenges and successes. Learn more about what Nancy Wagner of Wagner Law LLC says it takes to be a great leader.

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CHIEF SALES OFFICER CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DIRECTOR OF MARKETING ART DIRECTOR OPERATIONS DIRECTOR EDITORIAL MANAGER EDITORIAL AD MANAGER AD COORDINATORS

We will take you on a journey to Antwerp, Belgium with Jim Wolf, owner of James Wolf Jewelers, as he visits the world’s best diamond houses to help local residents find the perfect stone for that perfect someone. Discover why 16 Lots Brewing Company will be a favorite hangout spot for you and your friends to grab a delicious house beer and pizza. We finish the issue celebrating Father’s Day by highlighting some favorite things from local business owner Rick Boyle and his son, Jake.

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LAUNCH COORDINATOR PUBLISHER SUPPORT EXECUTIVE ACCOUNTANT APPLICATION ARCHITECT WEB DEVELOPERS

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JUNE 2018

FEATURES 16 Movers + Shakers Local leaders who are shaping Mason and Deerfield Township

20 Razzle Dazzle Local jeweler brings international sparkle to Deerfield Township

24 From Mason To Australia Backstage with MHS graduate Megan Ledford

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28 What’s Brewing In Mason? 16 Lots is the perfect place for a pint

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Inspired By

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Culinary Creations

24 Back Stage 28 Hot Spot 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Local’s Choice


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GOOD TIMES

Duck Donuts Ribbon Cutting Duck Donuts recently celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting. Located in Deerfield Towne Center near Whole Foods, Duck Donuts features made-to-order gourmet donuts, coffee and more. A "duckzillion flavors" gives you endless combinations to try. PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMANDA OLTMAN.

Brews in the Burbs The first ever 2018 Brews in the Burbs, hosted at Crossroads Mason, highlight more than 25 of the region's best craft breweries. Guests enjoyed live entertainment by DV8, beer, food and fun. The event raised money for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Giving Hope to Kids along with other community organizations.

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AROUND TOWN of Music Merchants) for its outstanding commitment to music education. This year, only 583 school districts were chosen nationwide. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the Kings District answered detailed questions about numerous initiatives, including funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and more. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed

SELECTION COORDINATOR JOINS CREATIVE CONTRACTING TEAM

by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. This award recognizes that the Kings District is leading the way with learning opportuni-

Creative Contracting, Inc. welcomes Lauren

ties as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act

Meyer as Selection Coordinator. Meyer brings an

(ESSA), which recommends music and the arts as

extensive background and years of experience

important elements of a well-rounded education

as an interior designer to the Mason remodeling

for all children. KingsLocal.net

company. She will be working closely with clients to provide interior design consulting as well as assisting with material selections and project coordination. Meyer recently helped represent

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NEW BREWERY COMING TO MASON

and junior Juan Carlos Gaudiano Del Bosque placed

The Common Beer Company is opening soon

second runner-up in the IQ-E Pitch Competition

at 126 E. Main Street in Downtown Mason. The

on April 11. The competition was organized by the

nano-brewery, which brews in small batches, is cre-

University of Cincinnati Center for Entrepreneurship

ating brightly flavored and easy-to-sip beer. Expect

and Commercialization. The two Mason students

to find an environment that is laid-back and aims to

were the first high schoolers who qualified to attend

build community. When the brewery opens, it will

this pitching competition, where they went head-

feature five beers on draft and nine more open taps

to-head with college undergraduates and graduate

for future brews. Common Beer's taproom will seat

students. These students also tied for first place at

40-45 people. CommonBeerCompany.com

UC’s Shark Tank LAUNCH! Pitch Competition earlier this year. MasonOhioSchools.com

KINGS’ MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAM RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

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The Kings Local School District has been hon-

We are always accepting submissions for announce-

ored for the second year in a row with the Best

ments you’d like to see included in our Around Town

Communities for Music Education designation

section. Submissions are accepted via the Contact

from The NAMM Foundation (National Association

Us tab at MasonandDeerfieldLifestyle.com

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INSPIRED BY Amie Wright, Nancy Wagner and Diane Wheeler from Wagner Law LLC.

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ARTICLE MARIA EILERS PHOTOGRAPHY ERIC THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY WHEN YOU THINK OF THE TERM “LEADER,” YOU MAY THINK OF A POWERFUL AND EXPERIENCED PERSON. Combine that with someone who is also invested, passionate and determined, and you’ve got Nancy Wagner, owner and “leading lady” at Wagner Law LLC. After a nearly 20-year business law career practicing around the world, Wagner launched her own practice in 2012. She and firm associate Amie Wright share a few tips on what it takes to be a successful local leader.


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WAGNER: “Choosing to open a practice in Mason stemmed from the desire to be fully invested in the community I live. Keeping the local community at

WAGNER: “I have clients who cannot come to me, so I go to them—at their

our center has contributed to our success.”

homes, in the hospital or their healthcare facility. If I’m going to tell people

WRIGHT: “I talk about what I do wherever I am,

that what we’re doing is important, I’m not going to throw up road blocks to

and people in the community have commented

prevent it from getting done.”

that because of this they see how much I care.”

M A K IN G C H O I C ES MAK ES YO U BET T ER WAGNER: “There is no perfect ‘work/life balance,’ only choices. As a business owner and a mom, the choices I make affect both work and life. You have to recognize that making choices comes with consequences, and once you make the choice you have to let go.” WRIGHT: “Everyone faces setbacks in their career; it’s about how you choose to move forward."

ALIG N YOURSE L F W ITH TH E RIG H T ME NTORS WRIGHT: “ Take time to evaluate where you are in your career and what you’re looking to learn. When the place you’re at or the people you work with have maxed out helping you grow, it could be time for a change.”

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IT TAKES MORE THAN JUST PASSION WAGNER: “Saying you are passionate about something has to be more than just a feeling of excitement. Feelings ebb and flow. Passion has to be more than that. It has to be a clear and direct understanding of why and how what you do makes the world a better place.”

Wagner, Wright and senior associate Marsha Calloway-Campbell practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, family law and elder law. June 2018 | Mason & Deerfield Lifestyle

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FOR THE SLAW Combine mayo, hot sauce, garlic and dill pickle juice with shredded red cabbage, pickled onions and candied jalapeños.

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FOR THE RELISH Chop and combine avocado, fresh jalapeĂąo, cilantro, onion, lime juice and salt to taste. Top with queso fresco and pepitas as desired. Steak marinade from CulinaryHill.com

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Movers +

ARTICLE ABBEY BRADLEY PHOTOGRAPHY REMEMBER WHEN PORTRAITS, ALI WOLFE PHOTOGRAPHY

Shakers LOCAL LEADERS WHO ARE SHAPING MASON AND DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP

T h e E d u c at o r Tonya McCall Upon first meeting, it’s clear why Tonya McCall was hired to become Mason City School District’s Chief Talent Officer, a role she’ll officially begin this August. She exudes personality: quick, confident, relatable and funny. McCall has been a long-time school administrator, serving as principal at Mason Middle School for 18 years. Though she’ll miss day-to-day interaction with students, she’s excited to take on a different role. “I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, and to be able to impact the district at a whole new level,” says McCall, who will be the first African-American to serve in the district’s central office. One of McCall’s initiatives is to foster strong relationships with new and incoming educators and staff in an effort to continue hiring “the best of the best” for the district. When she’s not working, McCall enjoys spending time with her husband, Ed, and daughters Ashley and Lyndsey.

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T h e A d v o c at e Rachel Rice When you meet Rachel Rice, you wouldn’t know she used to be shy. The disabilities advocate recently took a trip to Washington D.C. to speak with Senator Rob Portman and others on Capitol Hill about two issues that drive her passion: access to Medicaid and transportation for people with disabilities. Rice’s trip stemmed from her participation in the Cincinnati Children’s LEND program, for which Rice earned master’s-level credit hours. She was the first person with a cognitive disability to ever go through the program. “I felt very accomplished after the trip,” Rice says. “I learned so much and met a lot of great people.” Accompanying Rice on the trip was her mentor, Angie Smith, who works with Rice at the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Together, the pair make weekly visits to members of the Mason Deerfield Chamber of Commerce to promote the region and benefits of Chamber membership.

T h e I n n o vat o r Vineet Erasala Most people don’t know what they want to do after high school. Then again, Vineet Erasala isn’t most people. The 2014 Mason High School graduate left for Case Western Reserve University, knowing he wanted to make an impact in the field of medical technology along with fellow Mason graduates, Peeyush Shrivastava and Manny Stetegn. The three went to college and stayed in touch weekly to update each other with research findings and use-cases for their non-invasive diagnostic technology. What resulted was Genetesis, co-founded by the three grads, which offers biomagnetic solutions to improve patients’ health, outcomes and quality of life. “None of what the co-founders have been able to do would be possible without our team of 21 employees,” Erasala says. The company is submitting a device to the FDA and hopes to commercialize the product early next year, with a launch at the American Heart Association Conference this November.

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MOVERS + SHAKERS

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The Dean DeAnn Hurtado

One of DeAnn Hurtado’s favorite parts of her job as associate dean of Sinclair Community College’s Mason campus is helping students understand that they can accomplish anything they want in life. “My purpose is to make people understand that they have so many opportunities,” Hurtado says. “They just need to set a direction and goals. I love helping people get to where they want to be.” Her inspiration for helping others achieve their dreams stems from those who helped Hurtado achieve her own. A former marketing professional, Hurtado’s role with Sinclair began in 2001 after she was called upon to create a customer service curriculum. Soon after, the mother of two served as adjunct professor, department chairperson and now associate dean, where she’s worked alongside students and faculty since 2013. “I’ve been able to do everything I’ve wanted to do, so it’s now time to help others,” Hurtado says.

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The Leader Stacie Belfrom

Although he’s new to the Kings Local School District Board of Education, Stacie Belfrom is not new to serving in leadership roles. The husband and father of two is a cyber security professional for DXC Technology, formerly Hewlett Packard, and has coached many sports teams for the Kings district. As the first African-American on the school board, Belfrom filled a vacant seat after the board’s former vice president resigned following a nationally spotlighted racial incident. Despite the timing, Belfrom says his goals for serving the district extend beyond race relations, and include making sure the district responds to population growth, getting the public more engaged, and furthering the “Kings Strong” plan initiated by Superintendent Tim Ackerman. “I actually do like that there is increasing diversity here,” Belfrom says. “When we first moved here it wasn’t, but it’s growing. There are a lot of hard-working folks shaping this great community.”

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RAZZLE DAZZLE

LOCAL JEWELER BRINGS INTERNATIONAL SPARKLE TO DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP

ARTICLE KATIE BRAY | PHOTOGRAPHY ERIC THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY

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ANTWERP, BELGIUM IS THE CITY THAT MAKES DIAMONDS SPARKLE. It is known as the diamond capital of the world, and it’s where 60-80 percent of the world’s diamonds are cut and traded. But not just anyone can go to one of the diamond houses there and buy these rare gems. You must be invited. One of the lucky few with a standing invitation is Jim Wolf, owner of James Wolf Jewelers in Deerfield Township. Wolf just returned from his seventh trip to Antwerp, where he travels twice a year to hunt for the perfect stones. “It’s exciting—it’s like you’ve finally reached that level in your industry and then you’re invited over [to Antwerp],” Wolf says. “I’ve been at the top of the American Gem Society for 30 years as a Certified Gemologist Appraiser, so I’ve done it all.” Wolf has been in the jewelry business for more than 42 years. What started as a teenage parttime job evolved into a life-long career. Jim even met his wife, Laura Wolf, while working in a Mt. Healthy jewelry store together, one he eventually purchased in 2001. “The fact that he has been doing this all his life speaks volumes,” Laura explains. And according to her, Jim’s expertise is the reason he became part of the select group of jewelers invited to Belgium. James Wolf Jewelers is a Master IJO (Independent Jewelers Organization) Jeweler, which gives them direct access to the Antwerp diamond market. They’re able to select the best quality diamonds at the lowest prices—a “very well thought out process that takes time and a thorough evaluation of each stone,” Jim explains. In Belgium, he meets with five world-renowned diamond cutters and hand-selects diamonds out of the vast inventory, narrowing his selection down from hundreds to just a handful. He typically shops for about five to ten specific customers’ orders, as well as inventory for his store. “If you can’t find it in Belgium, it probably doesn’t exist,” Laura remarks. “Really, there is no limit. We can get whatever anyone wants.” For example, a customer recently requested a 3.5 carat diamond. Jim checked with U.S. dealers and no one had the quality that they were looking for. So, Jim searched in Antwerp until he found it. “The whole trip is a hunt for the perfect one,” Jim says. “And once you find it, you just feel so excited for that customer.” According to Laura, Jim has turned down many more stones than he selected throughout the three-day trip. And for a customer, purchasing a diamond that was hand-picked by a gemologist is crucial. “You’ve got to see the stone really up close and personal to really know the stone,” Laura says. Jim explains why, as a jeweler, they would never purchase a diamond online. "Even when we go to buy a diamond in Antwerp and we know it’s a graded, certified stone, we still examine the stone itself before we check to see what the certification grade is," Jim says. "You have to love the stone for its beauty and all the characteristics that come with it." It’s Jim’s passion and knowledge of gems that keeps his customers returning for business. “They like the personal touch,” Jim believes. “Some stores just go after the first initial sale, but we get grandparents, the kids, the grandkids, and that’s what is important to us—the trust and the relationships we develop.” James Wolf Jewelers’ diamonds from Antwerp are currently available for purchase in the Mason store. 

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RAZZLE DAZZLE

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IF YOU CAN’T FIND IT IN BELGIUM, IT PROBABLY DOESN’T EXIST.

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BACKSTAGE WITH MHS GRADUATE MEGAN LEDFORD ARTICLE ALEXANDRA LISA | PHOTOGRAPHY LEN KALTMAN-WEST CHESTER CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY

MASON HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR MEGAN LEDFORD HAS BEEN PERFORMING SINCE A YOUNG AGE. After graduating from Mason with nine music credits last month, Ledford will be going to Wright State University in the fall, studying acting, vocal performance and dance.

Q: ARE YOU NERVOUS AT ALL?

But before she heads to Wright State, Ledford will

A: Right when we get there, they do what’s called a

perform on her largest stage yet: the Sydney Opera

“part check.” You go into a room with the composer who

House in Australia. Ledford was selected among 17,000

wrote the songs, and you sing your part in all seven piec-

of her peers to be part of an international choir of 250

es…I’m scared, in that paranoid way, that I’m going to walk

students across the globe. In Sydney, she will perform

in and they’ll say, “Nope,” and I’ll have nothing to do next.

seven pieces in the prestigious opera house. Q: WHO HAS PLAYED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT Q: HOW WERE YOU SELECTED FOR THIS EVENT?

ROLE IN PREPARING YOU FOR THIS?

A: Last year I sang at Carnegie Hall in the National

A: I have had so many amazing teachers—and I

Honors Concert Choir, which included people from

always say, when I get an award, “This isn’t really mine;

all over the U.S. After that event, we were eligible to

it belongs to all these people.” But I think if I had to pick

try out for the international level, for which we had to

one person I’d say Lisa Ericson, my current voice teacher,

sing three songs—all from operas and all in different

is the woman who really took me there. She was the one

languages. So, I submitted, went through the consid-

who took me into singing and acting like an adult. Even

eration period, and was accepted.

regarding how I hold myself—just walking into an audition room—came from what she taught me.

Q: WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN YOU WERE ACCEPTED? A: After I got the news I felt all kinds of blur. I was super happy, but I knew I had to get to work preparing and instantly jumped into work mood.

Q: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PERFORMING WITH PEOPLE FROM SO MANY DIFFERENT CULTURES? A: A lot of these performers will not be speaking the same language. None of our songs are in English, and although we’re all used to singing in other languages, communicating is going to be a whole new experience for me. It’s going to be so much fun. To know that it’s so hard to make it in an art career, and to have pushed forward anyway and made it this far already, it’s something I know we’ll all connect on.

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I have had so many amazing teachers—and I always say, when I get an award, “This isn’t really mine; it belongs to all these people.”

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HOT SPOT

W H AT’S BREWING IN MASON? 16 LOTS IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR A PINT

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ARTICLE LAURA LEAVITT PHOTOGRAPHY ERIC THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY

EVERYTHING IN 16 LOTS BREWING COMPANY EXUDES A COMFORTABLE AND CASUAL ATMOSPHERE. From the charming mismatched tables, chairs and stools, to the funky décor and lights, to the darts area and shuffleboard court, it’s obvious you’re meant to take a seat and stay a while. Walk up to the bar and fill your frosty glass with beers created freshly onsite at 16 Lots or order a pizza and salad from Mad Monks Pizza. Before 16 Lots, Mike Burton was a businessman who loved living in Mason and saw an opportunity for a craft brewery; Jeff Cosgrove was a homebrewer looking to take his passion for brewing to a bigger stage. Together, they teamed up to create Mason and Deerfield Township’s first craft brewery, providing a welcoming hangout for local residents.

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THE BEER “Many beer lovers go straight for the pilsner,” explains owner Mike Burton. “The Major,” 16 Lots’ house pilsner, delivers a clean German beer flavor with the pure ingredients that pilsners are known for. For those with an adventurous palate, choose from house favorites like “Muddy Creek Oatmeal Stout” and “Pike Street IPA,” which is popular for its hoppy and floral flavor. Seasonal beers like the powerful “Old Betsy Imperial IPA” draw a crowd for their limited runs.

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THE ATMOSPHERE While music plays and friends face off on shuffleboard, the small tables and open room foster a conversational environment where groups get together. Any time you walk into 16 Lots, you can expect to see friends and families bonding over a pint. When the sunshine arrives this summer, you can enjoy live music on the patio, or find a comfy spot near the bar.

16 LOTS 753 Reading Road, Mason 513.486.3672 16Lots.com

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THE HISTORY Wondering about the name? It’s inspired by Major William Mason’s original land purchase of the area, which was “16 lots” of land. What grew from this land purchase was the town that bears the Major’s name. And the beer list reveals other connections: the local “Muddy Creek,” the first fire engine in town named “Old Betsy,” and the beloved Hanz and Fritz Diner that gives the porter on tap its name. Cheers to that!

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JUNE

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 MUSIC IN MASON: SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

residents and learn more about the area during the Community Center's New Resident Coffee, hosted by the

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Mason Deerfield Chamber. The coffee

COMMUNITY EDUCATION SERIES

will be held at the Mason Communi-

Manor House

Mason’s Downtown Plaza

ty Center on the first Wednesday of

Attend a free educational series at the

Music in Mason is back in 2018 with

each month beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Manor House, sponsored by the Lindner

double the music and double the

ImagineMason.org

Center of HOPE. On Wednesday, June

fun for the community to enjoy! The

20 at 7:30 p.m., learn about OCD and

2018 concerts will kick off on Friday,

how it’s treated from Nicole Bosse, PsyD,

June 1, with a Downtown Block Party beginning at 6 p.m. Then, come

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and Jennifer Wilcox, PsyD. Register by

back each Friday in June and July

SECOND SATURDAY STREET FAIRE

for more great music and activities.

Main Street in Waynesville

ImagineMason.org

Shop among talented hand-crafted

SHERI COLLINS MEMORIAL WALK & ROLL

Pricila.Gran@LindnerCenter.org). LindnerCenterofHope.org

artisans who will be selling all forms

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contacting Pricila Gran (513.536.0318;

of crafts at the Second Saturday Street Faire in Waynesville Saturday, June 9

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from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free

WARREN COUNTY SUMMER SLAM

and the event is open to the public.

Various Warren County Parks

OhiosLargestPlayground.com

The Warren County Summer Slam base-

Mason's Downtown Plaza

ball tournament is held in June at various

You're invited to participate in the an-

parks across Warren County. This tour-

nual Sheri Collins Memorial Walk & Roll event taking place on Friday, June 1 in

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nament features more than 60 teams, 10U-14U, from throughout the country.

Downtown Mason. The 1-mile walk will

CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE CAR SHOW

begin at 6 p.m. at Mason’s Downtown

Ault Park

June 21-24, and go online for more details.

Plaza and participants will end back at

The Concours d’Elegance is a national-

OhiosLargestPlayground.com

the Plaza where they can enjoy the first

ly recognized car show that highlights

Music in Mason concert of the season.

some of the most spectacular auto-

Registration is free. ImagineMason.org

mobiles and motorcycles of all time. 200 premier collector vehicles are dis-

1 SUMMER KICK-OFF PARTY Otterbein Senior Lifestyle

munity in Lebanon for a summer kick-off party on the terrace, featuring the Saffire

ST. SUSANNA GARAGE SALE

Guests are encouraged to park offsite.

St. Susanna Parish

Tickets are $30 at the gate, students

Shop at the St. Susanna Garage Sale

with school ID are $15, and children

June 22-23 beginning at 8 a.m. both days.

under 12 are free. OhioConcours.com

Gather your neighbors and friends to shop for household items, furniture, toys and sport equipment, books, baby items,

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bargain and boutique sections, and more!

Express Band. Event begins at 7 p.m. on

CELTIC FEST OHIO

Friday, June 1. Otterbein.org/lebanon

Renaissance Park Event Center

Proceeds benefit various parish projects. StSusanna.org

Did someone say, "kilts"? Celtic Fest

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played in Ault Park on Sunday, June 10.

Community: Lebanon

Join the Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Com-

You're invited to cheer on the teams from

Ohio is a weekend-long celebration of all things Celtic. Held on the grounds

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of the Ohio Renaissance Festival,

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

enjoy

EnterTRAINment Junction

music,

bagpipes,

dancing,

Mason Community Center

kids' activities, delicious Celtic fare

Celebrate Christmas in July at Enter-

Residents who recently moved into

and more. June 15: 6-10 p.m.; June

TRAINment Junction! From June 25

Mason or the Mason City School

16: 12-11 p.m.; June 17: 12-6 p.m.

to July 4, visit the North Pole, San-

District are invited to meet other new

CelticFestOhio.com

ta and more. Admission is $15.95. EntertrainmentJunction.com

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06 ARTICLE ABBEY BRADLEY | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

RICK + HIS SON 07

RICK BOYLE, PRESIDENT OF CREATIVE CONTRACTING AND LONGTIME MASON RESIDENT, AND HIS SON, JAKE, SHARE A FEW OF THEIR FAVORITE THINGS IN HONOR OF FATHER’S DAY

RICK’S FAVORITE THINGS:

JAKE’S FAVORITE THINGS:

01 Motorcycle Riding

05 Baseball Favorite team: Cincinnati Reds

02 Golf Enjoy playing whenever possible

06 COSI Center of Science and

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03 Camping and Hiking

Industry in Columbus

Love trying new places and recently hiked through Cumberland Falls

07 Golf Currently taking lessons at

04 Football

Bel-Wood in Morrow

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