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The Great Outdoors.

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ith the mild winter we had this year, it might feel like spring arrived months ago. But now as the mud-covered ground and bare trees give way to the more vibrant colors of spring, the outdoors feel warm and welcoming once again.

APRIL 2017 PUBLISHER

Michelle Moody | Michelle.Moody@LifestylePubs.com

It’s time to get outside!

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Whether you have a green thumb or not, we’ll show you how to use flowers from your garden to create a beautiful centerpiece. Local lawn care experts, The Turf Tailor, share some of their favorite landscaping staples that help create stunning outdoor spaces. If it’s outdoor entertaining that you like best about the warm weather, you’ll want to see the beautiful transformation that your home can undergo from the lighting experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. April brings the West Chester Farmers Market back outside to its location by the Union Centre clock tower. Inside this issue learn how The Salsa Guy, a long-time favorite at the Farmers Market, got his start in the salsa business. If it’s outdoor sports that get you most excited about spring, you’ll appreciate our tips from a local podiatrist, Dr. Kristin Titko, on how to ease your feet back into activity. We also share the inspirational story of Girls on the Run and how they are helping our young ladies gain confidence while improving their health and fitness. Pull up a seat on your patio and enjoy this outdoors issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle.

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Parting Thoughts

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PUBLISHER ANNOUNCED AS 2016 AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR Congratulations to our Publisher, Michelle Moody, who was recently honored at The West Chester • Liberty Chamber Alliance 2017 Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner. Moody has been an active member of the Chamber Alliance and received the recognition as the 2016 Ambassador of the Year. Additional award recipients included Kara Czanik with Graydon receiving the A. Christian Worrell III, NEXT Emerging Leader Award, Jeff Beckham with Kingsgate Transportation Services receiving the Carlos Todd Business Person of the Year, Tom Kaper with TEC Services receiving the Jerry Bryan Chamber Member of the Year, and special awards presented to Lakota Local Schools and West Chester Township. Photos from the event will appear in our May issue. Congratulations to these community leaders! TheChamberAlliance.com

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salsa have in common? Lakota teacher and salsa aficionado—Kevin Carlin. You may know him as The Salsa Guy. During the school year, Kevin enjoys his job as a Lakota East math teacher. When summer break begins, his alter ego emerges as he transforms into The Salas Guy, creating fresh salsas to sell at the West Chester Farmers Market. When school is out, salsa is in. Kevin invited us into the Carlin kitchen as he crafted a batch of a new salsa he’ll be rolling out this summer. It will be the seventh to be added to his family of tasty dips. He has been working on this smooth, green concoction with a kick since he and wife Lori first tasted its inspiration at a local restaurant. Between pulses of the food processor, Kevin reveals the secret ingredient in The Salsa Guy’s recipes: his passion. PASSION FOR COOKING

Kevin first discovered his love for cooking in the kitchen of his childhood home with his mom. “I was the kid in the kitchen with my mom saying, ‘Let’s make some cookies!’” he shares. “When I was in high school, I did an eight-week program where I got to see what chefs do. When I realized that chefs have to work every night and weekend and holiday, I didn’t want to do that,” Kevin says. “Making salsa is how I get my fill in the kitchen.” Kevin works from a well-loved binder that holds all of the family’s recipes, including his salsas. Salsa is a lifestyle for the Carlins.

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When school is out, FAMILY AFFAIR

Each of Kevin’s salsa blends tells a love story—a love for Mexican culture, Tex-Mex foods and especially for his wife, Lori.

salsa is in.

“I met my wife in Arizona,” Kevin explains. “We lived in Las Vegas when we started dating. I would make salsa and Lori

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would say, ‘Oh, it needs a little bit of this and a little less of

Kevin speaks of his experiences at the West Chester

that…’ My homemade salsa became the dish we would take

Farmers Market with the same affection with which he

to share with friends.”

speaks of his family and students. He takes great pride in

Even now, years later, a typical date night for the married couple is a hunt for a Mexican restaurant where they taste-test authentic foods that inspire new recipes.

all that he claims as his own. “Salsa enriches our lives, but being a teacher is my job and what I enjoy most. I am very proud to be a teacher in this

“I taste, he makes. I have the best job as the taster,” Lori laughs.

community. We have a fantastic school district. We have the

Together, they work to craft the perfect recipe, tweaking it

best teachers. We have great parents,” he says.

until they get it just right.

“Doing this is not at all about making money. Being part of

“This is recipe version 12,” Kevin says of the new, green

the community is the fun part. I’m a teacher in the community

salsa he is making. “I’m the one who makes the salsa, but it’s a

and we live in the community and I get to spend my summers

team effort, because she has to put up with it.”

doing this stuff with community people,” Kevin shares. “It’s fun

Kevin’s daughter Lucy likes to squeeze the limes. His son Sean enjoys assisting with sales at the farmers market. The whole Carlin crew is involved in the salsa business.

to be a part of our community!” Kevin Carlin, The Salsa Guy, is spicing up lives, one con-

tainer of his delicious salsa at a time. Pass the chips!

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L to R: Lori, Kevin, Sean and Lucy Carlin

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Healthy Lifestyle

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TRACK AND TRAIL

Inspired by the warmer weather to workout? For your feet’s sake, be careful not to overdo it. “We can get stress fractures more frequently in the spring because we go all-out,” Titko explains. “Make sure your feet are ready for increased activity by slowly increasing your activity.” Other injuries are a result of ankle weakness. Try this simple strengthening exercise. “Use your foot to write out the alphabet in giant capital letters, A through Z,” she suggests. “Do this three times a day to strengthen your ankles.” Like tires, running and walking shoes have a limit for best performance. Treat your feet to fresh kicks. “Don’t spend time in last year’s shoes,” Titko advises. “The insole wears out and your wear pattern changes.” STAY DRY

The swimming pool deck can be a foot health hazard. Two common foot conditions, Athlete’s Foot and warts, spread easily. “Warts are caused by a contagious virus,” Titko says. “Wear some kind of protective footwear when you are standing on a pool deck.” Keep a dry towel handy, too. “Fungus likes to grow where it is moist. Focus on drying your feet well after you swim or shower,” she says. TOENAIL TIPS

The best at-home pedicures begin by keeping your toenails clean and trimmed. Protect your piggies with special nail polishes that sparkle and help fight nail fungus.

Meet the Expert Dr. Kristin Titko is a local podiatrist with more than

“Use nail polishes with anti-fungal components, so you are less

20 years of experience in foot and ankle medical

likely to acquire a fungal infection in your toenails,” Titko shares.

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atrist father’s footsteps to become one of Greater

Keep rough spots at bay with a natural pumice stone rather than sharp, bladed instruments. “The most effective way to use a pumice stone is to use it every day and gently. Most people will overscrub,” she says. If a salon is more your style, make sure it is reputable and sanitizes its tools and tubs between customers.

Cincinnati’s most trusted specialists. She celebrates two years of practice in Liberty Township this month. Find Titko at The Center for Foot Care, located in Suite 201 in the Liberty Falls Medical Office Building at 6770 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Liberty Township. 513.729.4455 TheCenterForFootCare.com

SKIP THE FLIP-FLOPS

Flip-flops are a spring foot fail. “Only wear flip-flops if you want to see me more often,” jokes Titko. To prevent cracked heels and aching arches associated with flip-flops, Titko recommends that you shop for a sandal with a firm and thick sole and a strap around the back of your heel for better control of motion. “Some sandals are now available that accommodate orthotics, prescription supports for your foot,” Titko points out. “That’s a newer technology that has finally come along.” SAY GOODBYE TO DR. GOOGLE

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No matter where your feet carry you this spring, stay on the road to wellness with these footprints to foot health. April 2017 | West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offers each client full service lighting possibilities, whether commercial or residential, including maintenance on existing lighting. If you’re a visual person and want to see the lights in action before purchasing, no problem. One unique service Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offers is the “night time preview,” which pairs clients with a light designer who will visit the home and set up a temporary lighting system, giving clients a real-time sample of what the finished product can look like. “Our customers for over 20 years have told us that the preview helped them immensely with making decisions with what to light at their home, and because of that the preview will always be a core value of our company,” Hilliard says. Every home’s lighting needs are unique and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives works to cater to each home’s individual design. From architectural to garden lighting, outdoor living to café lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has all of the technical expertise, including smart home integration, and creative savvy to make sure your home is bright and cozy for every evening soiree. So, what are some things that you can do to spruce up your outdoor living space? Utilizing classic fixtures that you may already have in your home, such as lamp posts, front door lights and string lights can add an extra design element when used properly  Avoid lamp post lights, unless you need the lighting at your driveway entrance, as they can distract from landscaping lighting. Always use your front door lighting, preferably with lower wattage bulbs that give a softer appearance and avoid overpowering other outdoor lighting elements. When stringing the now-popular café lights, avoid mounting them too low or using too many.  "It doesn't take a lot of cafe lights to add a nice glow to your outdoor patio," Hilliard explains. "Keep the design simple or the lights will look busy and distract the eye from your beautiful patio." Don’t let your patio go to waste. Just a few lighting changes or additions can help you light up the night this spring and summer. For additional lighting information and consultation, call or go online to Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. PreviewTheNight.com 513.813.5543 26

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PRACTICAL USES FOR YOUR OUTDOOR LIGHTING

• Entertaining: if you like hosting family and friends, adding lighting to the backyard will increase the amount of time you will be able to use your outdoor areas. • Children: adding lighting to the home will add security to the late hours, especially when teens would be entering the home. • Late Nights: adding path lights to illuminate your walkway will add an inviting entrance to your home. • Spotlight: if you have a unique sculpture, tree or architectural element, adding light will make it visible 24/7 for more enjoyment. AVOID THESE LIGHTING FAUX PAS

• Never put lights outside of a landscape bed. Fixtures never last long when mowers and trimmers are beating on them constantly. • Don't point a light fixture at the front door where it will be in your eyes when answering it at night. • Don’t over-light your home. Most neighbors don't want to live next to the “White House." • When possible, don’t mount your transformer on the outside of your home where someone could just unplug it. 

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Girls Giving Back

Run The World GIRLS ON THE RUN ENCOURAGES HEALTHY LIVING FOR YOUNG GIRLS ARTICLE LAURA LEAVITT | PHOTOGRAPHY KANDID.LY

S

ince 2009, Mary Gaertner has worked for the Cincinnati

confidence, make healthy choices and learn more about community.

chapter of Girls on the Run, a running program that inspires

Local mom Lisa Bacu saw the value of the program in the life of her

young girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what

own daughter and organized a Girls on the Run in West Chester after

makes them one of a kind. Gaertner has seen many girls partic-

volunteering as a coach.

ipate in the unique program, and at the finish line of each season’s 5k race, she always sees something new. “Girls are running with their moms and dads. Some girls finish and go back to run their teammates in. We have girls in wheelchairs for most of the race who get to take a few steps across the finish line,” Gaertner says. “Every season there’s a new reason.”

“I wanted my daughter to recognize that she can choose to have a positive view of herself and the world simply by making healthy choices when it comes to her actions and inner voice,” Bacu says. “This program empowers girls to be in control of their self-worth.” Participants in Girls on the Run are welcomed into the organization regardless of their ability to pay the $160 participation fee.

Through the Girls on the Run program, trained coaches lead

Girls on the Run Greater Cincinnati fosters an inclusive environment

small teams through a research-based curriculum, which includes

and offers the opportunity for all girls to participate, regardless of

dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course

financial situation, through scholarships. About 50% of local fami-

of the ten-week program, girls in third to eighth grade develop skills

lies are on some form of scholarship, provided through fundraising

to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreci-

and local business scholarships.

ation for health and fitness. “The curriculum deals with everything from healthy eating, body image, positive self-talk, establishing personal values––to topics of teamwork, bullying, gossiping, internet safety and eventually community service. It’s designed to address the whole person,” Gaertner explains.

A girl’s participation affords her the curriculum materials, a new pair of running shoes, healthy snacks at lessons and participation in the 5k run. Bacu says the program creates a unique opportunity for goal-setting and achievement for young girls. “In our instant gratification society, setting a goal, working for three

Each year the program culminates with girls positively impacting

months and then accomplishing that goal can be a rare occurrence,”

their communities through a service project and being physically and

Bacu says. “This program helps the girls to see the benefit of plan-

emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k event, which brings

ning, working and getting the reward.”

together girls from the entire 11-county region of the Cincinnati chapter. The national organization was founded 1996 with just thirteen girls in Charlotte, South Carolina. Inspired by the way running helped her, Molly Barker started the program to help girls use running to build

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Bacu’s daughter, Elizabeth, learned an important lesson from her Girls on the Run training that is applicable to many areas of life. “I didn’t have to run the whole way; walking was okay too,” Elizabeth says. “I just needed to keep moving forward.”


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JOIN THE GIRLS Become part of Girls on the Run as a coach or sponsor by going online or emailing info@gotrcincinnati.org. Parents interested in the program for their daughter can contact Girls on the Run or their local school for more information. GOTRCincinnati.org

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favorite blooms. Give yourself plenty of colors and flowers

greens at different heights to create textures and interest.

to work with. I like to use four to six different flowers to give

2. Next, add in your flowers—start with the larger blooms, placing them in a focal

enough interest in the arrangement. Don’t forget to select

spot to shine. I’ll fill in with smaller flowers turning the arrangement to keep it even

greens, usually one to three different varieties. This spring

on all sides. You can always add more greens or flowers until it feels full.

don’t forget succulents!

3. There are no rules when arranging for yourself—you get to choose what looks

2. Prep your flowers by pulling off all the foliage from the stems. If

good to your eye. Don’t be afraid to cut the stems and have flowers be different

anything is left behind it can contaminate the water, which in turn

heights—keep them taller to let them reach or cut them shorter to hide inside the

will clog the stems—a quick way to shorten the life of your flowers.

arrangement. Experiment each time and try new shapes in your arranging. Just

3. Prep your vase or container with tape, floral foam or

have fun with it. If it doesn’t work, pull it out and try another spot!

chicken wire. Make sure you are working with a clean vase,

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April APRIL 1 DOG-GONE EASTER BONE HUNT RENTSCHLER FOREST METROPARK Easter has gone to the dogs! Bring your pooch for their very own egg hunt. Plastic eggs filled with dog treats are scattered over a well-defined area of the

park. Hunts are divided by dogs’ size and will start at different times. Plus, visit with the Easter Bunny and shop local vendors. For more information call 513.867.5835, ext. 301. YourMetroParks.net

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Come in to Freshen Your Wardrobe or add a Colorful New Accessory.

Let us help you celebrate Spring!

As the weather breaks, the Farmers Market moves back outdoors. Local vendors offer homegrown and homemade products for sale every other Saturday from 2-4 p.m. on The Square @ Union Centre. WestChesterOH.org

APRIL 7 NIGHT TIME EXPLORATION FOREST RUN METROPARK Enjoy a nature hike experiencing the park at night while viewing the skies. Program is weather dependent and registered participants will be notified by email if canceled. Registration is required. FREE for all ages! Bring your binoculars to view Jupiter and its moons. YourMetroParks.net

APRIL 8

JOIN US FOR OUR SPRING FASHION SHOW ON APRIL 27TH AT 6PM AT THE FITTON CENTER. See this month’s calendar for more details.

COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT LORD OF LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH Happy Easter! Children in the fifth grade and under are invited to attend a community Easter egg hunt at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.  In addition to the egg hunt there will be donuts, juice and Easter crafts for all to enjoy. LOL-Lutheran.com

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KITES 'N MPX AT VOICE OF AMERICA VOICE OF AMERICA PARK Gigantic kite flying demonstrations, kite ballet, kite making and more! Enjoy this free, family-friendly program as MetroParks teams up with PIGS Aloft to bring you this high-flying day. There will be vendors and concessions to add to the festive atmosphere. YourMetroParks.net


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APRIL 8, 15, 22 MIAMI UNIVERSITY REGIONAL ARTIST SERIES MIAMI UNIVERSITY MIDDLETOWN & HAMILTON The Miami University Regional Artist Series presents concerts on the Hamilton and Middletown Campuses of Miami University. The Middletown concert series features Rhonda Vincent & The Rage on April 8 and The Wailin' Jennys on April 22. At Hamilton you'll find Balsam Range with special guests on April 15. Visit the website for more information or to purchase tickets. MUArtistSeries.Wordpress.com

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SPRING CELEBRATION FAMILY SWIM GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL Celebrate the coming of Spring at Family Swim! Spend your Friday evening at Goldfish Swim School from 6:30-8 p.m. Enjoy open swim and arts and crafts for the whole family. Family Swim is only $5 per swimmer ($15 max per family). For your safety and comfort, please RSVP in advance by calling 513.857.1700 or stop by the front desk. WestChester.GoldfishSwimSchool.com CONTINUED >

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APRIL 14

APRIL 27

FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT

SPRING FASHION SHOW

FOREST RUN METROPARK

ART ON/OFF SYMMES

When the park is dark, your flashlight will be your guide! On April 14

Grab your girlfriends and reserve your space for the semi-annual

kids under 12 can hunt for eggs filled with candy and prizes. Conces-

Art On/Off Symmes Spring Fashion show at the Fitton Center for

sions and glow items will be available for purchase and the Easter

Creative Arts. Just $10 gets you in the door and benefits The Fitton

Bunny will hop by! Participation is $3 each ($4 for non-residents) and

Center collaboration with The Greater Miami Valley YMCA Booker T.

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Washington projects. Enjoy the latest fashions as they walk down the

APRIL 14

runway from 6-8 p.m. ArtOnSymmes.com/Events

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE

APRIL 28

MIAMI UNIVERSITY MIDDLETOWN

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The Fantastic Free Fridays program at Miami University Regionals'

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Middletown campus provides free opportunities for students in area

You're invited to attend the Think Regional Southwest Ohio Lead-

schools and local residents to enjoy live performances. On Friday,

ership Summit on Friday, April 28 at Centre Park of West Chester

April 14 enjoy Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's The Lion, the Witch,

Event & Conference Center, featuring authors JD Vance and Phil

and the Wardrobe at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. MiamiOH.edu/Regionals

DeVol. The summit will focus on activities and opportunities for

APRIL 15 EASTER EGG HUNT

building a stronger skilled and educated workforce in our region. Register online. ThinkRegional.com

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by calling 513.856.7899 or going online. CoachHouseTavern.com

EASTER BRUNCH

APRIL 30

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Hop to The Coach House for Chef Jared’s delicious Easter

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The 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters Run 4 Kids is an event for everyone! For

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Join the 5k walk. If your legs are still too little for a 5k, the 1k Kids Fun Run is

APRIL 20 & 25 FREE SEMINAR: HOW MUCH SHOULD A GOOD KITCHEN COST? KITCHEN CONCEPTS SHOWROOM Thinking about redoing your kitchen? Learn the major factors that impact cost and how to prioritize at this free seminar open to the public. Learn from the experts at Kitchen Concepts on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. KConcepts.com/Seminars

APRIL 22 & 23 WOMEN'S RETREAT YMCA CAMP CAMPBELL GARD You deserve a break! Gather with other area women (18+) at YMCA Camp Campbell Gard (CCG) for a mini-vacation of fun, fitness, adventure, learning and relaxation. CCG’s modern cabins include air conditioning and full bath facilities. $100 for the weekend includes lodging, meals and activities; $75 for Saturday only. An optional massage is available for an additional fee. 513.867.0600 CCGYMCA.org 38

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Goldfish Swim School (513) 857-1700 GoldfishSwimSchool.com Huntington Learning Center (513) 860-4716 HuntingtonHelps.com  

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ORGANIZATIONS MidPointe Library System (513) 777-3131 MidPointeLibrary.org

DANCE

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DERMATOLOGISTS

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Lord of Life Lutheran Church (513) 777-8449 LOL-Lutheran.com

BOVA contemporary furniture (513) 247-9100 BOVAFurniture.com Interiors Plus (513) 777-7717 InteriorsPlusMasonOhio.com   McSwain Carpets & Floors (513) 759-8400 McSwainCarpets.com  

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives (513) 813-5543 PreviewTheNight.com

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INSURANCE

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Forever Green Lawn and Landscapes (513) 939-5701 ForeverGreen.pro The Turf Tailor (513) 295-2782 TheTurfTailor.net

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Parting Thoughts

Our Favorite Things Of Spring LOCAL, BROTHER-OWNED BUSINESS SHARES SOME FAVORITE LANDSCAPING AND LAWN MAINTENANCE ITEMS Brothers Dustin and Damon Mundy share some of their favorite items of spring from their family business, The Turf Tailor.

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TORO GRANDSTAND ZERO TURN MOWER: The Turf Tailor averages 500 hours of mow time per year on each mower.

STONE SAW: The perfect combination of fun and function, this Sthil ts420 Stone Saw is an essential tool for The Turf Tailor.

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HYDRANGEA: This fragrant garden staple is the most popular flowering plant used by The Turf Tailor.

RIVERCREST WALL STONE: A unique and versatile stone used for retaining walls and accent walls.

NORWAY SPRUCE TREE: This hardy evergreen can withstand our unpredictable Ohio weather and provide privacy in all seasons.

CRIMSON KING MAPLE TREE: This favorite tree keeps its beautiful purple color from spring through fall.

SUNHAT AND GLASSES: Sun protection is essential for their hard-working crew.


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