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JANUARY 2019 PUBLISHER

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Bring On The New Year. JANUARY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF NOT ONLY A NEW CALENDAR YEAR, BUT ALSO THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SETTING PERSONAL GOALS. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer for a local organization.

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Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, businesses and even pets featured in this issue will inspire you to focus on wellness in the new year. This month we spotlight four Lakota student athletes who are raising the bar in their sport. We also spoke with two area moms who took their fitness to a new level by entering a body building competition for the first time. You’ll also meet Bella, a therapy dog who brings joy to local hospitals, nursing homes and schools. If financial health is at the top of your list, learn from a local financial expert, Michael Corna. These are just a few of the wellness stories you’ll find inside this issue. While diet and exercise are vital to your physical health, overall wellness includes your mental health as well. This month, we at West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle encourage you to live your best life by taking care of yourself both inside and out. We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JANUARY 2019

FEATURES 18 Creating A Fluffy Connection Therapy dogs brighten the days of local hospital patients

22 Bodybuilding Moms Local moms find transformation after stepping out of comfort zone

26 Home Sweet Home New retirement community opening in West Chester in early 2019

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35 Standout Student Athletes Four Lakota students reflect on their high school athletic careers

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Giving Back

26 Open House 30 Healthy Lifestyle 35 Local Limelight 40 Lifestyle Calendar 42 Financial Buzz


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AROUND TOWN on average, commit suicide every day. Later in the year they'll host Lakota’s Military Commitment Ceremony. LakotaOnline.com

RISKSOURCE CEO RECEIVES CYBER RISK DESIGNATION RiskSOURCE, a Cincinnati insurance and risk management firm based in West Chester, recently announced that CEO Jonathan Theders was awarded the Accredited Cyber Risk Advisor (ACRA) designation by the Beyond Insurance Global Network. The ACRA is a unique type of insurance agent who understands today’s broad range of cyber exposures, regulations and claims facing businesses

WCPD SWAT EARNED TOP AWARDS AT INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COMPETITION The West Chester Police Department SWAT team recently earned major accolades for its tactical training and professionalism among fellow law enforcement agencies from around the globe.

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West Chester SWAT received top marks at the 2018

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100 Sworn Members and Top National Team, which

now has an endoscopy center and office location

goes to the best American team outside of the state

in Liberty Township. The new Liberty location

of Florida. West Chester SWAT officers finished 15th

celebrated its grand opening this past fall and

in the overall points standings among a field of 54

is accepting new patients. The new endoscopy

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center is staffed with compassionate profession-

NEW STUDENT GROUPS SUPPORT VETERANS

als, including local Liberty Township resident, Dr. Amit Gajera. The center is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and offers a

Two new student groups at Lakota’s high

comfortable waiting area, private pre-procedure

schools have found ways to honor local veterans.

areas, multiple procedure rooms and a recovery

At Lakota West, the group of 15 students sent

lounge. Each area is designed to provide patients

hundreds of letters and care packages to active

and their family with a positive, individualized

military, as well as gift cards to military families. In

and respectful endoscopy experience. The new

observance of Veteran’s Day, the group hosted a

location specializes in the detection and treat-

breakfast for veterans and their families at Texas

ment of various conditions, including colon polyps

Roadhouse, with entertainment by West choir

and cancer, acid reflux disease, stomach ulcers,

singers. The West group is also planning to sup-

Crohn's disease, and other ailments. OhioGI.com 

port a literacy program of the USO that provides a book to both the person on active duty and his/ her child so they might read it together.

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LAKOTA STUDENT BECOMES JDRF YOUTH AMBASSADOR

At Lakota East, the student group honored

Alli Chouteau, an eighth grader at Plains Junior,

Veteran’s Day by inviting veterans and their families

was selected as one of the 2018-2019 Youth

to parade down Main Street following a breakfast,

Ambassadors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research

video and program that featured performances

Foundation (JDRF). Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes

by the East band and choir. At the school’s fall

(T1D) in 2016, Chouteau has successfully navigated

pep rally, the group presented the first-ever 22

this disease with the help of her family and friends

Push-Up Challenge, inviting all student-athletes to

she’s met through JDRF. The Youth Ambassador

do 22 push-ups in honor of the 22 veterans who,

program was created to empower children with

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T1D by giving them the opportunity to provide diabetes education to the public while helping JDRF and the Southwest Ohio chapter raise diabetes awareness. Youth Ambassadors like Chouteau represent JDRF in public settings and help steward the mission. For Chouteau, the selection was an honor and she looks forward to raising awareness of the disease—hoping to one day find a cure. JDRF.org/swo

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GIVING BACK

Creating A Fluffy Connection THERAPY DOGS BRIGHTEN THE DAYS OF LOCAL HOSPITAL PATIENTS

some days where she could take Henry to visit special needs

DOG AS IT WALKS UP TO MEET THEM. When people at our

classrooms of local schools as well as hospitals around the area.

local hospitals see Bella coming, their faces relax even when

“It kept things in such perspective for me. There were so

they aren’t having a good day. The calming energy of this Great

many people who were in worse situations than I was,” she says.

Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix breaks through the patients’

“Instead of sitting home by myself, scared and depressed, this

tough circumstances and keeps them present in the moment,

work has turned my life around and taught me gratitude. Even

just scratching a dog’s head.

the littlest things make me feel grateful.”

West Chester couple Lisa and Steve Ackels began the pro-

Henry and Lisa would also visit the library and let children read

cess of training therapy dogs when they adopted their dog

books to the dog; children who would otherwise refuse to attempt

Henry in 2008. Lisa witnessed therapy dogs offering comfort

to read would readily focus when Henry was paying attention.

when she was visiting her mother in hospice and was deeply

Henry passed away in January of 2018, with a legacy of more

moved. Since then, the Ackels have logged hundreds of visits

than 400 therapy visits. Lisa’s husband Steve has since trained

to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other places where

Bella, who has become their main therapy dog as they raise a

people could use a little cheer.

new rescue dog, Murphy, to eventually also offer therapy.

Their first therapy dog, Henry, was a Golden Retriever who had

The therapy dogs often create a connection between the

a spellbinding quality that drew people in, making them want to

handlers and people who are experiencing extreme pain. Lisa

be close to him. While therapy dogs may seem like they are simply

and Steve have seen people in grief bury their faces in the fur of

dogs with great temperaments, they are intensively trained and

these large, fluffy dogs—and the dogs accept and snuggle them

tested to ensure they will provide safe and loving interactions.

back, offering wordless and profound comfort.

“We took Henry to a training class through Therapy Pets

“The dogs really do take on the emotions, they feel the emotion

of Greater Cincinnati, and we became insured through Pet

that the people feel, so they go home quite exhausted,” Lisa says.

Partners, a national group,” Lisa says. “Then each handler

Occasionally, people are nervous around the dogs, and it

has to pass a test with the dogs, and the dogs have to be

usually comes from bad experiences with dogs that hadn’t

re-tested every two years.”

received therapy dog training. Over time, many people grow

Therapy dogs are tested on how well they obey commands, how much they are able to resist something that falls on the

to trust therapy dogs even when they haven’t had good relationships with dogs in the past.

ground and generally how well they react to surprising noises,

While the process of training and acquiring insurance for the

new dogs and unfamiliar people. Henry passed with flying colors.

therapy dogs is extensive, Lisa points out that not everyone

When Henry was certified, Lisa was enduring her own bat-

has to have their own therapy dog in order to provide comfort

tle with kidney cancer. During their journey together, she had

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and interaction to people at hospitals.

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(CON TI N U ED)

Steve and Lisa Ackels with their therapy dog, Bella.

“Being a volunteer can be a big or small commitment; it doesn’t have to be all your time,” she says. “And you can do a lot of good just by sitting and talking with someone.” Watching Bella pad around a waiting room, anyone can see that a benefit of the therapy dog is that she starts a conversation, making it possible for the volunteer handler and the person in the hospital to share a moment together. “You don’t have to give a million dollars. You can go make someone smile,” Lisa says. “There’s a place for everybody; don’t think you don’t have something to offer, because you do.” Thank you to The Christ Hospital’s Liberty Campus for letting us take photos at their location.

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LOCAL MOMS FIND TRANSFORMATION AFTER STEPPING OUT OF COMFORT ZONE

NATALIE BARGER AND DANA RAIFORD ARE

they both experienced was actually the presentation

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and judging portion of the event.

They both work jobs that impact the health and well-

“That part was out of my box because it wasn’t

ness of people within our community—Barger as a

where I was comfortable, but I felt like it was an

personal trainer at the Lakota YMCA and Raiford

accomplishment. It’s empowering,” Barger explains.

as the kitchen manager at Lakota’s Independence

“People would ask why we wanted to stand up on

Elementary. However, in October 2018, the Liberty

a stage and have someone judge our bodies, but I

Township pair achieved a new commonality. They

always told them that wasn’t why we were doing it.”

both competed in the National Gym Association

They did it for the personal challenge: balancing

Monster Mash, a bodybuilding competition. It was a

their full-time lifestyles of health and fitness with

first for these busy, hardworking moms.

family and work life.

In bodybuilding contests, competitors are judged

“It’s finding that balance of when I can work out

on their overall body symmetry and muscle devel-

and not feel selfish at home or guilty about choosing

opment. Competitors are required to maneuver their

to go to the gym,” Raiford says.

bodies into different poses for assessment. “This wasn’t something [Dana and I] ever thought we would do,” Barger says.

By tackling these challenges, both women have experienced transformation within their own families. They are intentional about their word choices,

“Turning 40 was the big kicker for us. We wanted to

such as using the phrase “meal plan” instead of

be in the best shape of our lives at 40,” Raiford reflects.

the word “diet,” and spend time throughout the

After years of being consistent workout partners,

year working out with each other’s families so

Barger casually proposed the idea of competing

that healthy eating and fitness are part of their

during a summer trip to the pool.

children’s normal routines.

“I love training people and felt like it would be

“My kids understand that your body is a temple

fun to have something for me to train for too, and

and you should treat it that way,” Raiford states.

I knew it would be ten times more fun with my

“They learned that mom’s clean eating isn’t bad, and

friend,” Barger states.

the food I’m making actually tastes good.”

Barger began her 13-week training regimen in

Barger adds, “I explained to my son that as adults

early August. Raiford, who was not immediately

we don’t have a baseball or basketball team. We like

convinced, would accompany her friend to classes

lifting weights and going to the gym, but there’s no

but did not officially begin training until just four

game to play so this is our tournament.”

weeks before competition. “If there was a month that I was going to do it, October was it. I needed a good challenge,” Raiford states.

Barger and Raiford have both caught the bodybuilding bug. They plan to continue competing this year in order to see more improvement in themselves.

While physical training and clean eating are major

“It’s not about one day where you’re standing

aspects of the competition, the biggest challenge

on a stage. That event is just the end of a journey

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ARTICLE SHAWNA TAYLOR | PHOTOGRAPHY ERIC THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY

Bodybuilding Moms

Dana Raiford (left) and Natalie Barger (right) recently competed in a bodybuilding competition, balancing work, families and training.


and beginning of the next. It’s a lot more than standing in a bathing suit,” Barger explains. “Nobody was there to compete with you; they were all competing with themselves and talking about how far they’ve come. Everyone was so proud of each other because we all knew what it took to get there, and it was a sense of comradery.” Barger and Raiford encourage other moms to find that balance as well. Everyone wants to be happy, and they have discovered how important it is for every parent to take time for themselves to stay centered each day. The key? Take baby steps and find a routine. “It’s about women empowering women,” Raiford adds. “Your scars tell your strengths.” If you are interested in following along their fitness journey, you can find Natalie Barger on Instagram at @NatalieBhealthyandfit. CONTINUED >

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In addition to competing, Natalie Barger is a personal trainer. She suggests a few simple exercises you can try at home or at the gym. Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning a new workout regimen. 1. Planks: Position your elbows on the floor directly beneath your shoulders. Your body should be in a straight line parallel to the floor. Engage your core/midsection and squeeze your glutes for 15 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds. 2. Squat walk: Place a resistance band above your knees, squat down low. Stay in the squat position and walk sideways across the room and back. Stand up and rest for 30 seconds then repeat three times. 3. Wall squat: Squat down like you’re sitting in a chair against the wall for 30 seconds, then stand up and rest for 30 seconds. Repeat three times. 4. Glute slide backs: Place the resistance band around your ankles. Stand with your left foot on the floor and your right foot slightly further back with your heel lifted. Left leg stays straight, then slide your right leg straight back behind you without moving your spine. Bring the slider forward again. Repeat for one minute and then switch sides. Place hands on the wall for balance.

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FINDING THE RIGHT PLACE TO LIVE AFTER RETIREMENT CAN BE A TOUGH DECISION. Whether you’re searching for yourself or a loved one, you likely want to find a community that promotes aging with comfort and dignity. A new option for assisted living and memory care is coming to West Chester in February, and they live by this mantra: Age fearlessly. Live colorfully.™ Located on Hamilton Mason Road, West Chester Assisted Living and Memory Care will offer an exemplary environment for seniors seeking a vibrant lifestyle in Butler County. With an emphasis on independence and high-quality, professional care, the goal of this community is to engage residents’ spirits and brighten their days, every day. “Lifestyle is one of the most important factors when it comes to finding the perfect retirement community. Much of what is available to seniors today focuses on a perceived notion of what a resident ‘can’t do,’” explains William Swearingen, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. “We challenge those who choose to live at West Chester Assisted Living and Memory Care to be engaged in their life, to be adventurous, and to rethink what assisted living and memory care can be.” When residents walk through the doors, they will find a lifestyle that balances activity, independence and support, according to Swearingen. The community will offer a variety of innovative wellness programs to stay fit and healthy, as well as a personal beauty salon, day spa, outdoor gardens and more. Perhaps one of the most unique offerings is the community’s social calendar. West Chester Assisted Living and Memory Care will encourage residents to socialize with new friends, enjoy new cultural experiences, and become part of the community through their entertainment and programming calendar, updated monthly. West Chester Assisted Living and Memory Care will have 68 apartment homes dedicated to assisted living and CONTINUED >

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32 apartment homes dedicated to memory care. Assisted Living offers assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) while complementing the independence of residents’ desire with the quality of personal care they deserve. The Memory Care program provides a specifically designed neighborhood for those living with various forms of cognitive deficit that maximizes their functional independence. This balance of personal care and assistance, while allowing for continued independence, is one of the staples of West Chester Assisted Living and Memory Care. “Knowing that we believe strongly in a complete lifestyle full of choices is exciting for those considering their retirement community,” Swearingen says. And the choices are plentiful. From a flexible dining program, prepared fresh by a chef each day, to social activities and beyond, residents are encouraged to make choices in order to live a vibrant life. “Our unique approach is designed to engage residents in meaningful daily activities which add intention and purpose each day,” Swearingen explains. For those interested in learning more about West Chester Assisted Living and Memory Care, which is conveniently

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE ARTICLE ABBEY BRADLEY | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

Resolutions For A Healthy You DON'T LET 2019 DRIFT BY WITHOUT CHECKING THE RESOLUTIONS OFF YOUR LIST

MAKING A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION IS AN ANNUAL TRADITION FOR MANY AND CAN BE A GREAT WAY TO MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE IN LIFE. However, most resolutions don’t last for more than a few weeks. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. Fear not, readers! We took some of the top New Year’s resolutions and found helpful ways for you to keep these resolutions—right here in Butler County.

+ START A NEW HOBBY Whether you have wanted to try painting or hiking, scrapbooking or horseback riding, the key to starting a new hobby is to stick with it. If trying a new instrument tops your list, West Chester Academy offers adult classes for a variety of instruments as well as private voice lessons. WestChesterAcademy.com 30

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+ EAT HEALTHIER One of the top New Year’s resolutions each year is to eat healthier. This year consider making a resolution to eat less processed food and hit fewer drive-thrus by cooking more at home using fresh ingredients. If the idea of cooking scares you, register for a cooking class at The Spicy Olive. Each class provides step-by-step guidance for how to create nutritious meals using their heart-healthy olive oils. TheSpicyOlive.com

+ GET ACTIVE Many people add “start exercising” on their list year after year. Why not make this your year to stick with it? There are dozens of fitness options around West Chester and Liberty Township. Whether you want to join a gym, purchase equipment for your home, or simply want to walk or run with neighbors, the key to getting started is to start. Queen City Running (formerly

Mojo

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organized run/walk groups in West

+ VOLUNTEER MORE It’s easy to find volunteer opportunities during the holidays—food pantries, winter coat drives, Toys for Tots, etc. But what if you want to make volunteering a regular part of your year ahead? There are so many volunteer needs right here in West Chester and Liberty Township. Community Volunteer Force is a local organization that finds and promotes volunteer opportunities in Butler County. Visit their Facebook page to learn more. Facebook.com/ communityvolunteerforce

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+ QUIT SMOKING If quitting smoking is at the top of your list, you can turn to Mercy Health Fairfield for expert guidance in kicking your addiction to the curb. Mercy has partnered with the American Cancer Society to offer Freshstart©, a program designed to help you transition from smoker to nonsmoker. You can register for this series of four classes by calling 513.603.8601. The next session is February 21, 22, 27, 28. Seating is limited to 15 people per class so register today. Mercy.com

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS ARE AT THEIR FINEST

IN

LAKOTA

LOCAL

SCHOOLS.

Whether on the course, field or court, these four Lakota athletes excel. ALYSSA TRINER LAKOTA WEST SOFTBALL First Team All Conference GMC softball player Alyssa Triner is one tough competitor. No obstacle, not even back fractures sustained during her freshman year, slows her down. Triner and her team are motivated for a win at state finals after a heartbreaking loss last year. Q: WHAT’S A FAVORITE HIGHLIGHT FROM LAST SEASON? At the first Mason game last year, it was tied, 3-3, when I hit a homerun in the last inning. We held them and we won. It was a big moment. Q: WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO THIS SEASON? This year, we know what’s expected of us. We know the standards we have to reach in order to get to state again. I’m really excited. I think we’re going to do it again. Q: HOW HAS PLAYING SOFTBALL SHAPED YOU? In softball, we have a three-second rule; when you come in from a bad bat or a bad play, you have three seconds to calm yourself down, regroup and get back out there. That sticks with me. I’ll always use that. Coach Castner and my teammates have pushed me and been there for me. They’ve really made me into a tough competitor.

standout student athletes FOUR LAKOTA STUDENTS REFLECT ON THEIR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC CAREERS

FROM THE COACH

“A l ys s a i s a h a r d - wo r k i n g yo u n g l a d y o n a n d o f f t h e f i e l d . S h e h a s d eve l o p e d i n t o o n e o f o u r l e a d e r s fo r o u r L a ko t a We s t S o f t b a l l f a m i l y. She sets her sights high and t h e n wo r k s ex t r e m e l y h a r d t o a c c o m p l i s h t h o s e o b j e c t i ve s . A l ys s a h a n d l e s e a c h h u r d l e with a great deal o f m a t u r i ty.” — Coach Keith Castner

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

(CON TI N U ED)

BREE WILSON LAKOTA EAST GOLF Golf standout Bree Wilson lights up when she talks about the sport, reliving shots like she is actually on the green. Wilson approaches golf as she does life—with bubbly energy, a focus on family and friends, and with a team spirit. Q: WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING GOLF? I’ve been around golf my whole life. My dad introduced me to golf, but I never really enjoyed it until I started playing competitively on the eighthgrade team at Plains Junior. All of our family plays. My family is everything to me. Q: WHAT IS AN UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT FROM LAST SEASON? I won the GMC title this year for our conference—it was really neat. At the last hole, I made a three-foot slider for the win. Q: WHAT’S NEXT? I have committed to play golf and study at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. I want to major in molecular biology and biochemistry and eventually go on to medical school—I’m thinking something in the pediatric surgery field. They are ranked fourth in the country for Division III golf so it will be fun to compete at the national level. FROM THE COACH

“Bree was easy to coach because of her strong work ethic. She is a very pleasant kid to be around and work with.” — Coach Ali Green

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EVAN YABLONSKY LAKOTA EAST FOOTBALL East senior Evan Yablonsky led the Thunderhawks to football play-offs. Nicknamed “the Hungarian army knife,” he was recognized as a versatile team player. On both the football field and in life, Yablonsky serves as a grateful leader. Q: WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING FOOTBALL? I grew up through Tomahawks, the Lakota youth football organization, from first through sixth grade. Then, I played at Liberty Junior and East. Q: WHAT’S THE BEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED FROM A COACH? Coach Haynes does a great job sculpting people to be leaders. He taught me how to be both physically and mentally tough. That’s gotten me through a ton of hard times. Q: WHAT IS AN UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT FROM LAST SEASON? Our first play-off game was against Mason, who is East’s big rival since I started playing in first grade. Pulling out a victory there was so sweet. Twelve years of hard work paid off in that one game. I wouldn’t have traded that for anything. Q: WHAT’S NEXT? I’m not playing football. I plan to go to school to be an engineer or a music teacher to teach jazz band. Those are the two things I’m passionate about in school.

FROM THE COACH

“All of his teammates would tell you he’s a great teammate. Evan would do whatever we needed him to do to help the team. That’s how we started calling him the ‘Hungarian army knife.’ Evan was a very, very valuable player for our team.” — Coach Richard Haynes

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

(CON TI N U ED)

MATT DESALVO LAKOTA WEST BASKETBALL Matt DeSalvo’s varsity basketball career started across town at East. After sitting out last season due to a transfer rule, he is ready to bounce back as a West senior. DeSalvo’s positive attitude and leadership skills make him a valuable player for the Firebirds. Q: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BASKETBALL? My favorite thing is definitely bringing my team together. They have to really appreciate and show up for their teammates if they want to be good. I try to bring my best energy and attitude every day. Q: WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR BEGINNING PLAYERS? If you want to be an important player on a team, figure out how you can be even better at what you’re already good at. Not everybody can shoot, not everyone can pass, but focus on what you are good at and try to make it better every day. Q: WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO THIS SEASON? It’s going to be more than exciting! I’m just putting it out there: we are going to be a different team this year. Led by the coaching staff, we’re going to win, game by game. Everything I’ve got is going to be put into this season. FROM THE COACH

“It has been an honor to get to know Matt on and off the court. He showed great maturity in dealing with a tough situation last season and is ready to lead our program back to success and the respect we deserve. His work ethic is contagious!” - Coach Jim Leon

Find Lakota sport schedules at: EastHigh.LakotaOnline.com/Activities/Athletics or WestHigh.LakotaOnline.com/Activities/Athletics.

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JANUARY

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or at the library. The escape room

KIDS STEM NIGHT

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is offered Saturday, January 19 during three different sessions.

Liberty Center

OWL HIKE

Harbin Park, Fairfield

Have fun at Kids STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Night every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. at MidPointe Library's Liberty Center

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Enjoy a unique experience in the park

AGES & STAGES: PARENTING SERIES

& Recreation in the winter woods

after dark! Join MetroParks of Butler County and The City of Fairfield Parks

Cincinnati Children's Liberty Campus

to call for owls and listen for other

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Parenting is a monthly event series

to all ages. Meet at the shelter next

that provides answers to some of

to the Scenic Overlook on Saturday,

WINTER FARMERS MARKET

today’s

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January 26 at 6 p.m. Registration is

facing

events

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most

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caregivers.

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Self-defense Awareness Fundamental

Monday, January 21 with the annual

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Education (SAFE) is a program

Live the Dream: Our Declaration

offered by the West Chester Police

of Unity. The day will begin with a

Department, offered to men and

march at 10:30 a.m. at Union Centre's

women 16 years and older. The

Clocktower, followed by a program

10-hour program is free and will be

and lunch at Lakota West at 11:15

offered Mondays from January 14 to

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February 11,  6:30-8:30 p.m. This is a

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attend the open house on Sunday, January 27 from 2-4 p.m. Tour the

27 MTCES OPEN HOUSE

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary

physical course and registration is

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School (MTCES) in Liberty Township

SCOUTS BSA OPEN HOUSE

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invites prospective families to an open house on Sunday, January 27

West Chester Nazarene

HARRY POTTER ESCAPE ROOM

with teachers and staff, and learn

Boy Scouts (now Scouts BSA) is wel-

about curriculum, faith formation,

MidPointe Library

coming girls into the program. The

tuition assistance and more. For

Calling all Potter fans!  Attend the

first Girl Troop in the West Chester

more information, call Noel Balster:

first ever Harry Potter Escape

area is hosting an open house

513.779.6585. MTCES.org

Room at MidPointe Library. You

Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. Girls

and your friends need to solve all

ages 11+ and their families are invited

the puzzles in order to escape from

to attend the open house to learn

Professor Vector's office or else you

more. Contact Ron Bacu for more

will be lost forever! Register online

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NEW YEAR, DON’T OVERLOOK YOUR FINANCIAL HEALTH. All adults can benefit from an annual financial physical. With thirteen years in the business, agent Michael Corna of American Family Insurance in West Chester offers these strategies for a hearty financial future. 1. LOCK IN YOUR LIFE INSURANCE Don’t wait to make a security plan for your future. Lock in a rate while you are young and healthy. Consider permanent life insurance for a tax-free pay off at retirement. With a solid life insurance policy, you can provide an inheritance for your loved ones. “It’s sad that I get many phone calls from people after they’ve received bad news—they’ve waited too long,” Corna shares. “When I

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go, I want to leave a legacy for my kids and grandkids.”

PHOTOGRAPHY MICHELLE LLOYD 2. FILL THE GAPS Make sure your possessions are adequately covered, especially your home, jewelry and vehicles. “There are a lot of sump pumps in West Chester and Liberty Township,” Corna says. “Most standard home owner policies don’t include flood coverage. It’s an endorsement that needs to be added to your policy.” 3. DON’T BE A RISK For reduced costs, reduce risk. Do this by keeping your driving record clean, don’t allow a lapse in coverage, and make the effort to raise your credit score. “Most companies look back five years [at a credit score],” says Corna. 4. PARTNER WITH A GOOD COMPANY Most importantly, find your fit with an insurance company and agent you can trust. A financial professional will provide the best continual care. “Getting a great price is important, but so is getting great customer service,” Corna emphasizes. “An insurance policy is only as good as the company that backs it.” Meet

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