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MAY 2018 PUBLISHER

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever MAY IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MONTHS. The flowers are in bloom, the weather gets warmer, pools open, school lets out and it’s abundant with special celebrations in my family.

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One of my fondest May memories was awaiting the arrival of my first child with a due date set for Mother’s Day of 2005. How perfect—my first child was to be born on the day celebrating motherhood! Of course, we all know that babies are anything but predictable. Mother’s Day arrived, and there were no signs that my son was planning to make his entrance. My husband took me to a lovely Mother’s Day meal and gave me a beautiful gift from our unborn child with a touching note, but I quietly sobbed that I wouldn’t have my most precious Mother’s Day present that day. Two days later, our bundle of joy arrived, making me wait a full 363 days before I could celebrate my first official Mother’s Day. But, my son’s birthday (and eventually his younger brother's as well) always felt like Mother’s Day to me because that’s the day my real present arrived. As my oldest turns 13 this month and enters his teenage years, I’ll

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MAY 2018

FEATURES 18 Putting The Miles In Smiles Lakota West senior attempts to break world record while raising money for non-profit

20 Makeover Magic Pure Concept Salon & Spa Pampers Patron

24 Movers + Shakers Local female leaders paving the way in West Chester and Liberty Township

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38 How To Be A Girl Boss Emery Federal Credit Union’s Shelly O’Neill shares her tips

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Chamber Alliance Annual Dinner The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance hosted its annual celebration in the theme of "Wild About West Chester/Liberty" on Friday, March 9. Guests enjoyed dinner and keynote speaker Mark Fisher, Vice President of Facilities, Planning and Sustainability at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEN KALTMAN-WEST CHESTER CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY.

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PUT TING THE MILES IN SMILES ARTICLE MARIA EILERS | PHOTOGRAPHY LEN KALTMAN & KIMHEART MOEUNG

Back row: Lakota students Karly Wogenstahl, Izzy Jones, Gage Metz, Hayden Redwine, Bryce Forren, Calvin Proffit, Megan Shaffer and Sona Patel. Front row: Olivia Martini, Tony Amsbaugh and Ali Hausfeld. 18

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“I HOPE WE’VE SET AN EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE STUDENTS TO CONTINUE SERVICE PROJECTS LIKE THESE WITH ENERGY.”

“Ali has shown all of the attributes a non-profit wants in a volunteer: responsible, dedicated, enthusiastic and kind,” explains Jen Morand, Community Relations Specialist for The Dragonfly Foundation. “We know she is doing a great job because of pictures and ‘thank you’ notes we receive from Dragonfly families.” Hausfeld’s idea to race in an emoji costume was inspired by the Dragonfly mission to “spread

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smiles.” In preparation for her record-breaking race during this month’s Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon, Hausfeld has been training in smaller races, including West Chester’s Shamrock Shuffle 10K. If you saw a giant yellow smiley during the

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Emoji in order to raise awareness and funds for The Dragonfly Foundation.

“Since you can’t always interact with the patients and their families directly due to health reasons,

The Dragonfly Foundation provides support services

raising money and awareness is the best way to

to young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients

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and their families in the Cincinnati, Dayton and Chicago

The Lakota West student’s passion for helping

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leading efforts such as the Birthday Card Program—

smiles—both on and off the race track.

sending birthday notes to patients each month—and now attempting to break a world record in their honor.

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“I’ve seen cancer take away so many things,”

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Hausfeld says, “but Dragonfly brings back smiles and

@WestDragonfly and #SpreadSmilesForDragonfly.

hope. I love being able to help give those things, too.” Hausfeld and a small group of her peers serve as student ambassadors at Lakota West High School to The Dragonfly Foundation. A similar program is in place at Lakota East High School. The goal is to expand ambassador programs like these to other high schools in the area. “I hope we’ve set an example for future students to continue service projects with energy, and one day be able to network between high schools for greater impact,” Hausfeld says. It’s not surprising that Hausfeld’s impact is already

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Next, Designer Kayla Sheffstall cut Fields’ hair into a flattering style, leaving some length in the front to allow for some swing and adding volume to the crown with layers. Simple to style, Fields’ fresh cut is sophisticated, yet suitable to her busy schedule. “I love it!” responds Fields, turning her head from side to side. Fields’ last stop on the trip to transformation was a makeup appli-

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Movers + Shakers LOCAL FEMALES WHO ARE PAVING THE WAY IN WEST CHESTER AND LIBERTY TOWNSHIP ARTICLE LAURA LEAVITT & TERA MICHELSON PHOTOGRAPHY LEN KALTMAN-WEST CHESTER CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY

t h e p h i l a n t h r o p i s t In February we asked readers to nominate local female leaders who are positively impacting West Chester and Liberty Township. We received an overwhelming response, selected a handful of women and added a few of our own picks to round out this amazing group of ladies. These profiles give you a small glimpse into the day-to-day lives of eight wonderful women.

Karen Williams

Karen Williams loves fostering philanthropy through relationships. As Vice President of Donor

Relations at the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, Williams enjoys engaging with community members and seeing how this area has evolved over the last twenty years. “It’s been remarkable to see the growth,” she says. Williams strives to share the importance of giving back in the community, which is part of both her work and home life. “Building a culture of philanthropy in the communities of West Chester and Liberty is a wonderful way to build a legacy for the young people to come," Williams says. 24

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Michelle Berling Public Affairs Officer Michelle Berling filled many roles in her 16 years with the West Chester Police. In June, she switches again, to Intelligence Officer. “It’s a new learning experience each time,” she explains. “It makes me a better police officer—more well-rounded.” Berling grew up here, influenced by her father, a volunteer firefighter lieutenant. She claims the fire and police departments as family. Her comfort with public service manifests in a friendly attitude. “I try to be approachable,” Berling says. “I think it has helped the police department, as well as the community, to bridge the communication gap.” CONTINUED >

Maggie Clem West Chester Police Officer Maggie Clem always wanted to be in law enforcement. Some said she was too small; they didn’t know her big spirit. “When I was a kid and I would tell people I wanted to be a police officer, they would pat me on the head and say, ‘Aw, that’s cute,’” she shares. Others’ doubts only urged her to succeed. Clem’s dream was realized when she joined her hometown department in 2017, as the youngest and one of two women on the 84-member force. “I went after it and here I am,” she says with a smile.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

Kristen Bitonte As Liberty Township Administrator, Kristen Bitonte is excited to be part of a fast-growing community with opportunities to help prepare and shape its future. Bitonte has been administrator since 2012 and says that every day presents a new challenge. “My favorite thing is that every single day is different. I’m a person who likes order, but it is a good challenge,” Bitonte says. “I also really appreciate the amazing team we have.” She believes that good ‘planning’ lays the groundwork for tomorrow’s successes. Outside of work, Bitonte loves nature and watching her sons play sports.

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t h e m e n t o r

Amanda Ocariz Amanda Ocariz teaches seventh and eighth grade English at Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) in Liberty Township. Ocariz has been instrumental in developing the junior high program at MTCES since its inception in 2005. She co-leads a unique peer tutoring program, guiding teens in 52 hours of service with younger students. Ocariz and her close-knit team place special emphasis on guiding students to become the best version of themselves. “It goes beyond preparing our students for high school, college and the work world,” she says. “We want to empower them to positively contribute to society and shape the future.” CONTINUED >

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

(CON TI N U ED)

Carmen Colón-Brown Carmen Colón-Brown knows what it’s like to feel misunderstood and unwelcome; she is a first-generation Puerto Rican who grew up on the mainland during the Civil Rights era. As Pastor of Vida Eterna Iglesia Luterana (VEIL), a bilingual Latino ministry in West Chester, Colón-Brown works to bring God’s

t h e b r i d g e b u i l d e r

hope, love and empowerment to Spanish-speaking immigrants in our area. “This ministry is all about embracing this community as human beings and welcoming them,” she explains. “I’m trying to get cultures to meet and know there’s everything to embrace and nothing to fear.”

Diane Bray When she moved to Ohio last year, Diane Bray joined the Rotary Club of Mason-Deerfield, and began spearheading volunteer efforts, quickly receiving recognition for her activism. She began volunteering in her twenties by being a YMCA "Big Sister" to a young girl with whom she still communicates 40 years later. Bray’s extensive international travels prompted her to join Dining For Women, a global giving circle to alleviate poverty, for which she founded a local chapter.

t h e v o l u n t e e r

“I want to do my part, even if it’s a small part,” she says. “I want to give back because it fills my heart and soul.”

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t h e e d u c a t o r

Tina Pratt Whether she’s working with her own children or helping teachers work with their students, Tina Pratt is always focused on learning. With a background in special education, she works as a behavior specialist for Lakota schools. She believes that parenting toward good behavior is a result of making everything a learning experience for children. Pratt writes articles for Cincinnati Family Magazine, exploring her community with her kids and sharing what they find. “We like to be on the go, and we find as many ways to embed lessons as possible,” she says. “I believe in practicing what I preach.”

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A LOCAL MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

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Heat 2-3 inches of water and vinegar in a large saucepan or deep skillet to boiling. Adjust heat to keep liquid simmering gently. Break eggs, one at a time, into custard cup or saucer. Holding dish close to surface, slip egg into water. Cook eggs until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 3-5 minutes. Don't stir. Lift eggs from water with slotted spoon. Drain in spoon or on paper towels. Trim any rough edges, if desired. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. HOLLANDAISE SAUCE: ›› 3 oz. pasteurized egg yolks ›› 1/4 cup water ›› 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice ›› 1/2 cup firm cold butter,

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M AY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

1 MUSEUM EXHIBIT: TELLING A PEOPLE'S STORY

ers alike are invited to Run for the

expo is free with a business card. Con-

Rosé, where you can taste eight

nect with local businesses and learn

different rosés from eight regions

about opportunities in our community.

around the world. Tasting is on Sat-

TheChamberAlliance.com

urday, May 5 from 1-3 p.m. and is

Miami University Art Museum

just $15/person. Village Wines of

Miami University's Art Museum invites

Glendale also features wine tast-

you to an exhibit that looks at the his-

ings every Friday night from 5-8 p.m.

tory and identity of African Americans

VillageWinesGlendale.com

through the lens of children's literature. Telling A People's Story: African American Children's Illustrated Literature features 130 works of art from 95 children's

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10 LUNCH & LEARN: HEALTH BENEFITS OF OLIVE OIL

MidPointe Library West Chester, Room A/B

What makes olive oil healthy?

books. This exhibit is open now through

CAMP CAMPBELL GARD OPEN HOUSE

June 30 and is free and open to all.

Camp Campbell Gard

industry, why freshness is so im-

MiamiOH.edu/cca/art-museum

Families with children interested

portant and how to determine the

in participating in Camp Campbell

age of olive oil with The Spicy Ol-

Gard's summer camps are invited to

ive's Melanie Cedargren at Mid-

an open house May 6, 1-4 p.m. Vis-

Pointe Library May 10, 12:30-1:30

itors will go on a guided tour of the

p.m. Lunch is graciously provided

camp, which features day camps

by Artis Senior Living. Check The

Downtown Hamilton

for children ages 5-12 and overnight

Spicy Olive's website for addition-

Alive After 5 is a monthly shop hop in

camps for children ages 7-17. For

al cooking classes and events.

Downtown Hamilton that highlights

more details please call 513.867.0600.

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their eclectic community of small busi-

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nesses, and features delicious food and live music. Join Hamilton the first Thursday of every month, beginning May 3 at 5 p.m., to experience the city.

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10 CATWALK FOR A CAUSE

All ages are welcome free of charge.

LADIES WALKING GROUP

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Voice of American Park

Join the Liberty Center Founda-

Pavement Princesses, Walkin' Ladies

tion for an evening of high fashion,

in it to Thin It!, is a weekly walking

glamour and giving back at the Cat-

program on Mondays at 9 a.m. at

walk for a Cause on Thursday, May

VOA Park. This group is open to any-

10. Enjoy signature pink cocktails,

one looking for a weekly walking pro-

featured hors d’oeuvres, the Liberty

Fitton Center for Creative Arts

gram, a jumpstart to a thinner, more

Center Beauty Bar and more. Gen-

Join the famous icons of Women of Rock!

fit you, and some camaraderie over

eral admission is $25. Doors open

in a night filled with girl power and great

coffee following the walk. For more

at 6 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m. All

music. Listen to songs by Aretha Frank-

information, contact Felicia Bryan:

proceeds benefit Pink Ribbon Girls.

lin, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nix and many

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May 8 from 1-5 p.m. Admission to the

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Liberty Center

more. This tribute show is Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fitton Center in Hamilton. Cost is $30 for non-members. FittonCenter.org

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WATER SAFETY DAY

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Goldfish Swim School

Olde West Chester

Celebrate Water Safety Day by

Celebrate Memorial Day at a tradi-

attending

community

tional community parade present-

event at Goldfish Swim School

ed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Emery Federal Credit Union

Saturday, May 19. Learn during

Post 7696 to honor those who have

Get rid of those papers the right way,

a water safety presentation and

served and continue to serve in our

by shredding them! Emery Federal

children's safety information ses-

military. The parade begins at 10

Credit Union’s Shred Day is Saturday,

sion from 2-3 p.m., then enjoy

a.m. on Cincinnati-Dayton Road in

May 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all three

open swim from 3-5 p.m. RSVP is

Olde West Chester and concludes

of their locations, including Liberty

required for this event so please

with a ceremony at the West Ches-

Township. Properly destroying and

call or stop by the front desk.

ter Cemetery on West Chester Road.

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JUNE 2 2ND ANNUAL CONNIE'S CRUSADERS GOLF OUTING

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COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

BUCKEYE BBQ FEST

Adults in the community are invit-

Enjoy a day of golf for a good cause.

The Square @ Union Centre

ed to donate blood at MidPointe

The 2nd Annual Connie’s Crusad-

The name says it all. Enjoy delicious

Library West Chester on the fourth

ers Golf Outing at Walden Ponds

BBQ and brews at this annual two-

Wednesday of each month from 2-6

raises money for the Pancreatic

day event May 19-20, hosted by

p.m. Appointments are encouraged

Cancer Action Network. $125/per-

The Rotary Club of West Chester

(DonorTime.com or call 800.388.4483).

son includes a catered lunch, free

& Liberty. The Cincy Blues Soci-

Please do not call the library for an

keg beer on two holes, swag bags,

ety will offer great live music. Plus,

appointment. The blood drive takes

practice range balls, 18 holes of golf

there will be a kids’ zone, a cigar

place in Community room A/B.

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lounge and a car show. Just $5/

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Walden Ponds

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The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields

As the weather breaks, the Farmers

United Way of Butler County is partner-

Market moves back outdoors. Lo-

ing with Butler County Special Olym-

cal vendors offer homegrown and

pics and the Great Miami Valley YMCA

homemade products for sale every

to host a Sports Olympics Day at The

other Saturday on The Square @

Joe Nuxhall Miracle Fields. You're invit-

Union Centre. Kick off the summer

ed to volunteer for a day of fun with

market season with a Grand Open-

We are always accepting submissions

Special Olympics participants, helping

ing theme Saturday, May 26 from 9

for events you'd like to see included

them to enjoy different field activities

a.m. to 1 p.m. West Chester Township

in our Calendar section. Submissions

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will sponsor games and activities.

are accepted via the Contact Us tab at

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WEST CHESTER’S ALISON SHIVER AND HER MOM, DAWN, SHARE A FEW OF THEIR FAVORITE THINGS IN HONOR OF MOTHER’S DAY ARTICLE ABBEY BRADLEY PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

Alison’s List NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON’T TALK TO MY MOM. SHE’S MY BEST FRIEND AND THE BEST GRANDMA.

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May 2018 Issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle