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MASON COMMUNITY CENTER • Mason-Montgomery Road • Mason, Ohio . . •


6000 Mason-Montgomery Road • Mason, Ohio 45040 Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday 513.229.8500 •

Mayor Kathy Grossmann

Tony Bradburn Council Member

Vice Mayor Michael Gilb

Ashley Chance Council Member

Diana K. Nelson Council Member

Main Number 513.229.8500 City Hotlines 513.229.8502 Administration 513.229.8510 Community Center 513.229.8555 Emergency 911 Engineering & Building 513.229.8520 Finance 513.229.8530 Fire Department Administration 513.229.8540 Parks & Recreation 513.229.8555 Police Department Administration 513.229.8560 Public Utilities 513.229.8570

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4900 Parkway Dr., Suite 150 • Deerfield Township, Ohio 45040 Office Hours: 7:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday 513.701.6958 •

TJ Honerlaw Council Member

Joshua Styrcula Council Member

Public Works 513.229.8580 Tax Office 513.229.8535 Utility Customer Service 513.229.8533 Utility Billing Questions: Greater Cincinnati Water Works 513.591.7700 Utility Service Questions: Sewer Service and Emergencies 513.229.8570 (nights, holidays & weekends, emergencies only)

513.925.2525 Stormwater 513.229.8570 Waste Collection and Recycling 513.229.8533 Water Service and Emergencies - Greater Cincinnati Water Works 513.591.7700

Kristin Malhotra President

Lelle Lutts Hedding Vice President

Jim Siciliano Trustee

Dan Corey Fiscal Officer

Administrator Eric Reiners 513.701.6974 Planning & Zoning Director Samuel Hill 513.701.6964 Parks and Recreation Director Joel Smiddy 513.701.6975 Public Works Director Billy Highfill 513.701.6978

Fiscal Officer Dan Corey 513.701.6971 President Kristin Malhotra 513.770.2382 Vice President Lelle Lutts Hedding 513.770.2380 Trustee Jim Siciliano 513.760.4058

A joint publication of the City of Mason and Deerfield Township, Ohio, in partnership with TriHealth and Mason City Schools. City of Mason Administrative Offices 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040 513.229.8510 |

Deerfield Township Administrative Offices 4900 Parkway Drive, Suite 150, Deerfield Township, Ohio 45040 513.701.6958 l



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Stop COVID-19 From Dividing Us


f nothing else, COVID-19 reminds us that behind the medical professionals and emergency and essential service personnel who remained on the frontline of this pandemic, acts of kindness continue to remain the first line of support for the most vulnerable among us. Proper etiquette involves courtesy, which is defined by as excellent manners, polite behavior, and social conduct. Merriam-Webster defines it as good manners or respect for others. Societies that are populated by courteous people offer a higher quality lifestyle than those where people are rude and inconsiderate. Families sequestered to their homes, schools disrupted, activities halted and significant changes to daily routines have resulted in high levels of frustration. Many are now anxious for life to return to pre-COVID-19 normal. And with that demand we sometimes allow our thoughtfulness and respect for others to wane from the levels we have observed throughout the COVID-19 quarantine. I hope that we all reflect upon our feelings of being isolated within our family bubble, unable to leave our homes, and remember that within the Mason community there is

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a compromised population who remain fearful of leaving their homes and risking their life or the lives of their family members. As a community we can take small steps to help this population leave their homes to restore some basic levels of needs in their lives—like grocery shopping or going to the pharmacy. If with a small act of kindness we are able to restore some normalcy to those who are in a compromised situation, we help ourselves and our entire community regain some of what we have lost. Such acts of kindness are also good business. Maintaining a sense of safety and confidence helps employers, customers, and the workforce sustain and grow our economy. The City succeeds because our community is both kind and prosperous. City staff work to understand this connection. COVID-19 has and will continue to challenge us to all be a bit kinder. Having good behavior, showing respect, and doing nice things for others without expecting anything in return will cause a positive effect in all aspects of our lives. You may discover that one small gesture or offer of help often makes the difference in someone’s entire day and life. A united community can stop COVID-19 from dividing us.


Kristin Malhotra President of the Deerfield Township Board of Trustees

Debt Free 2020 – Where We Are and Where We’re Going


efore I took office, my predecessors created the “Debt Free 2020” plan, which sought to retire the Township’s debts by retiring the numerous TIF districts in our Township by the end of 2020. I am proud to say that the current board has continued to pursue that plan and, by the end of the year, we will be delivering on its goal. TIF stands for Tax Increment Financing and it is primarily used as an economic development tool. When a TIF district is established, the taxes of the businesses in that district are put into a fund to make improvements to the infrastructure of that district (and only that district). After the infrastructure is built up in a district, there is very little that the funds can be used for, and they sit in the account until they are needed or the fund is retired. Keeping these funds locked up puts the Township in debt to itself as it is missing out on a chunk of its revenue stream that it can use for other projects. The Township is retiring all 22 of our TIF Districts this year. The oldest TIF districts in our Township were established in 1996 and the newest ones in 2008. To retire the TIFs by the end of 2020 and keep in line with the “Debt Free 2020” plan we evaluated each of the districts and determined what

remaining improvements could be made using the TIF funds and completed those projects over the last two years. We have worked with the State of Ohio and the Warren County Auditor to make sure that the TIF funds are closed properly. When the TIF funds are retired, the Township expects to gain approximately $2 million in revenue per year, spread over several of our funds (general, sheriff’s office, parks, road and bridge, and fire). This puts Deerfield Township in a great financial situation. We are in a good enough position that we began investing some of our funds in 2019. We will be able to build and staff a new fire station on Butler-Warren road without the immediate need for a levy. This allows us to continue to provide great service to our residents for years to come. Now, just because we are retiring our TIFs, does not mean that we will remain debt-free forever. We have discussed taking out loans on the construction of our new fire station and our new administration building because interest rates are so low at the moment. We will continue to explore this option and look forward to community input and feedback.

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Safety is the Best Medicine

Landen Drive Pathway Project Completed Deerfield Township, in partnership with the Landen CSA, has completed the Landen Drive Pathway Project. The project entailed moving a new pathway to the east side of Landen Drive. The new pathway is 6–8 feet wide and is comprised of asphalt with separation from the roadway. The project also included updating five crosswalks and added three new additional crosswalks. Six of the eight crosswalks have new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (LED solar powered) and Solar Powered LED Pedestrian Crosswalk signs. Barrett Paving, Inc., was contracted to complete the project. The Landen Community Service Association (CSA) Board is comprised of 11 volunteers from the community who are elected by Landen property owners to serve a two-year term. For more information about the CSA, please visit

KINGSWOOD UNDERGOES INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL Deerfield Township and the Ohio River Foundation have partnered to bring improvements to the Kingswood Park by removing harmful and invasive Callery pear trees and honeysuckle on 20 acres of Kingswood North. Invasive plant removal began on June 22 and

took around three weeks to complete. The current 20.6-acre project is funded through a Duke Energy Foundation Grant secured by the Ohio River Foundation. It is important to clear invasive plant life, as it will eventually cause environmental and economic harm to the ecosystem. Invasive species spread rapidly and shade-out the healthy variations of wildflowers, grasses, and trees. Those invasive species compromise the living environments of bees, butterflies, birds, and other animals. By removing the Callery pear tress and the honeysuckle shrubs, local wildflowers, grasses, and trees will once again thrive. All the honeysuckle shrubs and Callery pear trees were cut, chipped, and removed from the property without removing understory plants. The Township appreciates the help of community volunteers who donated their time by arriving to the six volunteer days that were scheduled through June and July. For more information about the project, please visit For more information about the Ohio River Foundation, please visit

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According to the CDC, it is estimated that 82% of American adults take at least one medication and 29% take five or more. Medications and vitamins can have a positive impact on a person’s health but if they are taken by the wrong person, they can cause harm. The longer medications are in the home, the higher the risk that an unintended person or child may come in contact with them. Proper disposal of expired medications or medications that are no longer needed decreases the likelihood of medications getting in the wrong hands. Drug take-back days and prescription drop boxes provide a means to safely discard medication but if you are unable to utilize those opportunities, follow these steps: • Remove the medication from the original container and put it in a new sealable container (such as a sealable sandwich bag). Add a substance such as coffee grounds, cat litter, or dirt. This helps disguise the medication and can make it unappealing for a person who may intentionally look for medications in the trash. The sealed container can then be thrown in the household trash. • Protect your personal information by scratching it out on the original prescription container or packaging. It can then be properly discarded. • Refrain from flushing drugs down the sink or toilet unless it is in on the FDA flush list. The 14 medications on the FDA flush list are controlled substances and indicated to flush only if there is not a drug takeback or drug drop box readily available. This is because the risk of misuse and abuse of these medications outweighs the risks associated with flushing. You can find the list of approved flush medications at PHOTOGRAPH BY NIKOLAI SOROKIN/STOCK.ADOBE.COM

KINGS SCHOOLS 2020 PROJECT EXCELLENCE WINNERS Congratulations to South Lebanon Elementary 4th grade teacher Heather Clements and Kings Preschool Intervention Specialist Theresa Frazier who have been named winners of this year’s Project Excellence Award, sponsored by the Area Progress Council of Warren County. Every year, the APC seeks to honor two innovative or excellent teachers from each Warren County school. Community members and staff are encouraged to nominate teachers for these awards. Clements and Frazier will be honored at the 33rd annual APC recognition banquet that will be held at a later date due to COVID-19. Frazier, an Intervention Specialist, has taught at Kings during her whole 15-year career, the first nine years at SLE and the past six at Kings Preschool. Clements has been teaching for 21 years. For the past eight years, she has taught in Kings, first as an Intervention Specialist, and now as a 4th grade teacher at SLE. The Area Progress Council—a countywide private business organization—started Project Excellence in 1988 as a way to honor and recognize excellent educators. APC solicited funds to create an over $1 million endowment for this recognition program. Since its inception, Project Excellence has honored over 650 educators and awarded $500,000. This year’s honorees will be given $500 for personal use and $250 to their district for a classroom or district-wide project.

KINGS SCHOOLS FEEDS Kings Schools have continued their feeding program throughout this summer. Since March 16th, the Kings Food Service Department along with Kings Staff volunteers have served a total of 132,908! Kings School District also provides meal service for Lockland Schools. Total per district: Kings 96,999 and Lockland School District 35,909 meals. Kings Schools will continue to provide five breakfasts and five lunches to ALL students regardless of income level through July 27. The district has also partnered with Joshua’s Place, which also provides weekend food for those families, as well.




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Downtown Mason is a growing, eclectic mix of businesses creating a vibrant area for residents and visitors to our region. We encourage you to come explore Mason’s downtown as we profile the company owners and entrepreneurs who help make Downtown Mason thrive.

EAST MAIN SALON AND SPA Located in the heart of Mason, East Main Salon and Spa has something for everyone. It is a trendy, modern salon with a warm and inviting feel. Whether you are looking to touch up your color, dust off your ends or are in the market for a complete makeover the stylists at East Main are at your service. To view their menu of services or book an appointment, visit www.eastmain-salonspa. com. Follow them on social media @EastMainSalonAndSpa on Facebook and @EastMain110SalonSpa on Instagram for style inspiration and to get to know the salon and stylists.

You opened your Mason studio in 2016. What made you choose Mason for your salon and spa? What do you like most about being in Mason?

After working in Mason for 12 years as a stylist for other salons, I knew I was ready to open my own place. I had the skills, but more importantly, I wanted to put my own stamp on the salon experience for my clients. I love the vibe of downtown Mason and, having formed such great connections with my clients over the years, I knew that staying in Mason was the right thing to do.

Your social media accounts feature your stylists’ amazing work. What would you say makes a great stylist?

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or more and they are exceptional. They are all very dedicated to giving our clients the best service and experience possible. Because hair products and trends change over time, keeping up with styles, and new cutting and coloring techniques are very important. All of our stylists are committed to that. It’s exciting for them to keep up on education, and it’s personally rewarding for me to see them flourish.

You are a mother-daughter duo that runs a successful salon. What is your favorite part about

working with each other?

Well, first of all, I have to thank my mom for my interest in becoming a stylist—when I was little, I used to beg her to take me with her to the salon. I’ve been in love with this industry since kindergarten! Over the years, she’s also taught me how to be a good manager and handle things in a calm manner. We’re always learning from each other and had a ball when we remodeled our current space. We were able to share ideas and creatively finish the salon together.

Between the two of you, you have more than five decades of experience. What would you tell a new stylist just starting out?

Education should always be the main priority. Period. Solid training is that important! I would also strongly recommend assisting an experienced stylist for a year before a new stylist starts working. I got the best, handson training that way. When they’re ready to go solo, I also think it’s important for stylists to look for a salon with a positive, honest culture that fosters growth and continuing education.

What inspires you most when a client sits in your chair?

Are there any new and exciting offerings coming to your salon?

There’s no better feeling than listening to what a client wants and executing it to make them feel beautiful. Our ultimate goal is to make clients feel and look better than they did when they arrived. I believe that going to the salon should be a special time for clients to feel pampered, indulged, and relaxed whether they come in looking for a style they can wear with ease every day, or they want to try out a new color.

We recently had a stylist go to North Carolina for a weekend-long class on hand-tied extensions. Again, we like to stay current with new products, techniques, and training so it’s always great to see what new services we can offer our clients. Visit our website and social media pages for more details on our annual client appreciation party.

Is there anything else you would like people to know about your business?

You also offer wedding and special event styling. What are your favorite parts about those jobs?

Working with brides is always rewarding because we get to play a part in one of the most special days of their lives. We also do homecomings and proms. Those are always fun because we get to see and try new things. Formal styling uses a different

set of tools and skills that we don’t get to use every day behind the chair, and while it’s a challenge, it’s also a blast because we get to be creative.

She nailed it. I built her a bakery in the restaurant and now she makes all of our desserts.

PITRELLI’S Pitrelli’s has been described as “The Italian Cheers”—regulars have their go-to booths, family and friends gather there weekly, and the walls boast photos of family members and patrons alike. Owner Jim Pitrelli and his wife, Head Chef Linda Pitrelli, share what their special sauce is for success, and what has made their restaurant a standout in Mason for more than 15 years.

Pitrelli’s is known for its true “mom-andpop” dining experience. How do you create that special ambiance for customers, even in a large restaurant space? When we started out in 2004, we were in a small space, and we were jam-packed. We were turning away nearly 100 people every night. We knew that we needed to expand our kitchen and our seating, but we wanted to keep our cozy, intimate atmosphere. When we had the opportunity to move to our current, larger location, we jumped on it. As a previous bank, it had no interior walls so we were able to create multiple, small, inviting dining areas for our guests, and build a new kitchen from the ground up with the tools and the footprint that we needed to succeed.

What inspired you to open a restaurant?

Linda and I had a catering company back in the day, called Gourmet Plus. We would go to people’s homes with all of our own tools and cook for their parties, be it for 20, 50, or more. It always had an Italian flair. Lots of people told us that if we opened a restaurant, they would come. Once I retired from teaching at St. Susanna’s School in 2003, we started looking for a potential location. When we found the old Kidd Coffee building, we were on our way.

We are a full-service salon that offers more than just hair services for women. We also offer facials—including dermaplaning, chemical peels, and hydrating treatment masks—and massages. We carry Grace Green beauty products for skin care. We offer full-service salon services for men as well.

What made you choose Mason as your location? Linda and I both taught at St. Susanna’s and we knew everyone in town. Every year we worked at the church festival and ran the pizza booth for 15 years. People told us the same thing that our catering clients told us—if you opened a restaurant, we’d come!

How has family inspired your restaurant?

Linda’s grandfather taught her how to cook when she was just 8 years old. He was a factory worker and worked the morning shift, so he was home by 3 p.m. or so. Linda’s mom was working and so was her grandmother. Linda and her grandfather, Sonny, cooked dinner together every night. It was there that she learned how to combine flavors and ingredients to make something delicious worth sharing. She brings that knowledge with her to the kitchen every day to create a menu that is truly delicious, from appetizers to desserts. When we were getting ready to open our restaurant, our daughter Kimie told me that she wanted to be the baker. Kimie is a trained photographer and hair stylist—she had never baked before. I told her that if she could make my mom’s two famous cookies, the Italian Toto cookie and the Italian Wedding cookie, she could do it. No one could make them like my mom did—not Linda, not my aunts, no one. And you know what?

What’s one of your favorite memories from Pitrelli’s?

It has to be Jack. At age 89, Jack came in with one of our friends, who was hosting an event at the restaurant. Our friend said that he’d bring his own music, and he was in a rhythm and blues band, so I figured he’d bring his band and that would be great. But he didn’t. Instead, in walks Jack. He was wearing a full tuxedo, complete with a red cummerbund and red bow tie, and he was carrying a violin. Jack played everything from Mozart to The Beatles with absolute ease, walking from table to table and playing whatever they wanted without hesitation. I asked him to come back for New Year’s Eve, then Valentine’s Day, then Friday nights. He eventually played for our guests on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for years. He was a truly special person who helped make Pitrelli’s unique.

What’s your favorite item on the menu?

Jim: Homemade lasagna! It’s all fresh, with handmade bolognese sauce and this fantastic ricotta cheese from New Jersey. Lasagna is one of our most popular dishes—on Christmas, we sold 73 pans of it. Linda: I love our eggplant parmesan. The layers plus that cheese on top is divine.

Your wine list and wine tastings are known as enjoyable and one of a kind. What gets a wine onto your wine list?

I have to like it. I don’t put anything on it that I don’t personally like. Our wine tastings are a blast. We pair the wines with food options over four courses. For a white wine, we might do a white pizza. For a port, we’ll pair it with something decadent like a double chocolate raspberry cheesecake. We love coming up with a menu for Fall 2020

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our customers and having them come to a tasting every other Tuesday is a joy.

What are your future plans for the restaurant?

Keep doing what we do best, while innovating and testing new techniques in the kitchen. One of our chefs, Eric Durel, is incredibly innovative. He cooks here all day, then goes home and experiments. He loves trying new things—in fact, he’s going to start making our own pasta in-house this week. Eric went to Cincinnati State’s Midwest Culinary Institute and he pushes himself every day to create new flavors for our kitchen. We wouldn’t be where we are without him. We’re incredibly proud of him.

What would you consider your secret ingredient?

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It has to be The Trinity. We make it fresh every day with fresh basil, fresh garlic, and fresh parsley. It’s in nearly everything we make, from the butter to lasagna to the spicy arrabbiata or the creamy alfredo. It’s what gives all of our dishes that true, homemade Italian taste.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY: The Deerfield Towne Center recently partnered with the Mason Public Library and converted our telephone booth into a Little Free Library. Shoppers can stop by the library to drop off and take books anytime.

Interested in visiting Pitrelli’s for Linda’s famous lasagna or Kimie’s to-die-for tiramisu? Dine in or carry out from their historic Mason location at 402 2nd Avenue. Reservations are suggested; you can make yours at

VEGETABLE GARDENS: When you’re walking around the shopping center, see if you can spot our vegetable gardens around the shopping center! We’re growing a few varieties of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, squash and herbs.

PITRELLI’S | 404 2ND AVENUE, MASON, OHIO 45040 | 513-770-0122

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Calendar Labor Day

Monday, September 7 Mason Community Center open 6 a.m.–12 p.m. (limited facility) City offices closed Mason City Schools closed

Halloween TREE REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT EAST MAIN STREET Visitors to the downtown area may have noticed the removal of several right-of-way trees along East Main Street. In June, the City was notified by Duke of their intent to trim trees along this route in the Downtown area. The City mobilized resources to quickly meet with residents and businesses that would be impacted. After speaking with homeowners and businesses, the City was able to remove the trees and will replace them this fall when it is more conducive to planting and survival of the trees. New trees will be more consistent and ideal for this part of the City.

LILY BRIDGE The Lily Drive Bridge construction project, which began in February 2020, is now finalized. The project took approximately 10 weeks to complete and was under the direction of the DDK Construction, Inc. The entirety of the project was funded in partnership with the Warren County Engineer’s Office and Deerfield Township. The project entailed removing two twin 48-inch Reinforced Concrete Pipes (RCP). That was replaced and realigned with a 12-foot by 5-foot cast-on-place box culvert. The Lily Bridge is located over the Story Hollo between Rose Road and Lilac Rd.

Saturday, October 31 City of Mason Trick or Treat 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Rain or Shine

Daylight Savings Time

Sunday, November 1 Clocks “fall back” one hour

Mason City Schools Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 23–Friday, November 27


Thursday, November 26 Mason Community Center open 6 a.m.–12 p.m. (limited facility) City offices closed Friday, November 27 Mason Community Center open regular operating hours (full facility) City offices closed

Deerfield Township Welcomes New Business • Spectrum (New retail use at 9863 Waterstone Boulevard) • Alternative Health Solutions (New medical office use at 4700 Duke Drive) • Ferrara (New office use at 5181 Natorp Boulevard)

BRIDGING STORIES · CONNECTING THE MASON COMMUNITY (Pictured from left to right: Jeff Schlaeger, Emiko Moore, Jim Fox, Emily Morgan, and Hakim Oliver) Members of the community attended a new program to facilitate positive intergroup discussion while recognizing individuals are different from others and how we together create a community. Bridging Stories · Connecting the Mason Community is sponsored by the City of Mason and in partnership with Mr. Hakim Oliver. PHOTOGRAPHS BY STOCK.ADOBE.COM

• Kings Plumbing (New office use at 3880 Route 22 & 3) • West Point Optical (New medical office use at 4680 Parkway Drive) • Premier Martial Arts (New indoor recreation use at 5518 Irwin-Simpson Road)

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Mason Project Updates


New fields at Heritage Oak Park continue to progress. The new fields will have irrigation and a drainage system that will help maintain a more durable turf giving the fields a more consistent playing surface. The construction on the fields is scheduled to be completed by mid-August with the fields ready for play in 2021.


With the completion of the roundabout on Snider Road at Thornberry Court, construction has begun on the roundabout on Snider Road at Mason Road. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September. Please be alert and careful when driving through construction zones. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the construction.

Stay connected with project updates at

Honor Mason Veterans and Active Military BANNER PROGRAM Learn more at

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Return to school with Campus Safety Returning to school in Mason will be a little different this year; however, one thing that will not be different is the City of Mason’s focus on children’s safety. The City of Mason’s Police Department Campus Safety Team reminds parents to take a few minutes to talk to their children about back to school safety. • Please remind all ages not to talk to strangers. A stranger is simply someone they do not know. • Remind children not to walk up to a vehicle or get into a vehicle that they do not recognize. • Empower your children to feel confident saying “no” if confronted by a stranger and to run. Give them the tools to get help by telling them to run as fast as they can until they find their parent or a trusted adult. As a parent, ask them specific questions about the situation and be prepared to listen. If the level for concern rises, please call 911 or 513.695.2525 and a police officer will be dispatched to help you navigate the situation.


The Arts Alliance has made the difficult decision to cancel the two remaining Deerfield Handmade Markets for 2020. With the uncertainties of COVID-19, the organization thought it best for the safety of the community and participating artists, to cancel the events until 2021. Performing Arts Concerts Series at Cottell Park were also cancelled for the summer season. Stay tuned for upcoming programming presented by The Arts Alliance by visiting

Being aware of strangers is important in the physical sense, but it is equally important in the electronic world. Older children and teenagers tend to feel safer talking to a stranger online. Although the person isn’t physically in their presence, the person can still pose dangers in an electronic interaction. Remind your child not to share real names, ages and birthdates, addresses and phone numbers, other personal information, or photographs. Online strangers who may have bad intentions target teens. Together we can be alert, be smart, and start the school year off safe.

PREMIER MEMBER PERK! September • October • November Every Tuesday this fall Premier members will enjoy OFF all regularly priced items in symbiosis! Show your Premier member pass to receive the discount.

No holds; cannot be combined with other discounts. Postal items not included. (located inside Mason Community Center; open to the public) Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH PHOTOGRAPHS BY IRINA SCHMIDT/STOCK.ADOBE.COM

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Helping Children Prepare for a Safe Return to School Amid COVID-19 and Restrictions Many different schools and school districts means there will be many different plans on what back to school will look like this year. No matter what it looks like in your area, there are some things that will be beneficial to all parents and students. Katherine Broering, M.D., a pediatrician with TriHealth’s Group Health-Mason, says one of the most important things is seeing your pediatrician for well visits for your kids. “Annual well visits are important for children so we can monitor growth and development,” says Broering. “Developmental screening are essential to ensure kids are meeting proper speech and motor milestones.” Broering also added some of the unseen effects of COVID-19 on children as another reason for the importance of keeping well visits. “We are seeing patients of all ages showing signs of anxiety due to the pandemic and we want to help,” says Broering. “In our younger patients, they may act out while older children can voice what they are feeling.”

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SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR FALL ATHLETES To adhere to social distancing, many schools are not doing large gatherings of people nor hosting sports physicals this year for fall athletes. Broering and her colleagues are performing them for their patients. “We offer more than a sports physical for someone playing a sport,” says Broering. “We do a comprehensive check up including physical and mental health assessments.”

WHAT ABOUT MASKS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL? It is anticipated that many districts will require some type of mask policy for staff and students when school resumes. Broering knows it isn’t easy for anyone to wear a mask for long periods of time, especially younger kids. “We want to focus on being positive for children and make the transition as smooth as possible,” says. Broering. “Recognizing that face coverings in young kids may increase hand to mouth contact, physical distancing should be prioritized to mitigate spread of illness. In older children, particularly middle and high school age, face coverings should be worn when not able to be 6 feet apart.” Broering says some of the things to practice in addition to wearing a mask and physical distancing are teaching kids to not touch their face, not sharing items with classmates, covering their sneeze or cough with their elbow, and washing hands frequently.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAND HYGIENE Another thing that will be critical to curbing the spread of germs will be proper hand hygiene. “We have all heard it, but it is important to wash hands for at least 20 seconds,” says Broering. “Soap and water is best. Alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol can also be effective.” Broering cautioned against using homemade hand sanitizers because all are different and some contain so much alcohol that it can burn hands. If returning to school, frequency of hand washing is also important. “It is best practice to wash hands before leaving home and when getting to school,” says Broering. “It is also important to wash while at school when doing different activities, before and after eating lunch, before leaving school and when arriving home.” No matter what this school year brings, it is critical to have a plan in place before leaving the house and what to do when you return home. “Right now is a good time to be cautious,” said Dr. Broering. “When kids see adults doing things like wearing a mask and practicing proper hand hygiene, it becomes routine for the children too.” Broering simple steps can cut how quickly and aggressively COVID-19 can spread.

Katherine Broering, M.D., sees newborns all the way to age 21 at Group Health-Mason. 6010 South Mason Montgomery Road Mason, OH 45040. Call 513.246.7000 to schedule an appointment.






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Mason Municipal Aquatic Center

The Bridge of Life City staff across all departments continuously looks for ways to improve and grow community relationships. The City of Mason and West Chester Township Police Departments participate in the Bridge of Life Program, offering an opportunity to find common ground with the African American community. This program trains officers on preventing avoidable loss of life, reducing tension and potential escalation during police and African American encounters, and strengthening relationships between law enforcement and the African American community. Through the five-week program, six police officers and six members from the African American community begin with a group discussion to allow interaction between all participants. Topics discussed in the group session include racial profiling, positive and negative police interactions, use of force situations, media bias, and many others. Following the group session, each member of law enforcement is paired with a participant from the African American community. These pairs meet to discuss the issues further and also participate in activities that allow them to get better acquainted and better understand the position and perspective of the other. Over 20 Mason Police Officers have participated in the program and a new session just began in March. Programs such as The Bridge of Life help police officers better serve all members of Mason’s community.

Construction of the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center has continued through the summer and the City is hopeful that construction of the Leisure pool and splash pad will be ready for system testing by early fall. System testing will include preparing the Leisure pool and splash pad for operations to be sure everything is working properly before those seasonal pool components are winterized. A possible soft opening this fall may provide an opportunity to visit the aquatic center during the system testing to become familiar with the new facility. Construction will resume through the fall for the enclosed pool. A significant factor in City Council’s decision to build the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center was the opportunity for the City to enter into a public private partnership with local fund-raising organization, A Matter of 50 Meters. A Matter of 50 Meters has launched a fund-raising campaign with ambitions to raise money that will be dedicated towards the construction of an enclosed 50 meter pool. For more information on A Matter of 50 Meters, please visit Stay connected to project updates by visiting


Since the rollout of Warren County’s Imagination Library, launched mid2020, enrollment has reached 4,300 Warren County Children. That is one of every three eligible Warren County children. That means that the program in on track to reach 50%, or one out of every two children in the county by the end of 2020. The endowment for the project is growing through donations and pledges, including that of the City of Springboro, with a recent pledge of $60,000. Five literacy programs have been launched. Annie Droege, of Warren County Community Services, is now engaged in a full-time literacy outreach for lower income families. Community Advisory Councils are forming to represent the Imagination Library in your neighborhoods, including Springboro, Mason, Maineville, Lebanon, and Waynesville. Every child in Warren County age 5 and under is eligible for the for program to receive a free book, by mail, monthly.

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LOCAL BUSINESSES Small Businesses in Mason are encouraged to sign up as a participating location

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Mason Businesses Innovate to Help Amidst COVID-19


hanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of the Mason business community, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic brought new resources and initiatives to life in literally weeks to make a difference locally, nationally, and around the world. By shifting resources where they were needed most, paramedics were outfitted with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), emergency departments received new rapid diagnostic tools, healthcare workers had increased access to ventilators, and hand sanitizer was distributed around the globe. The Mason companies that redirected resources were many and as diverse as the portfolio of companies calling the City home. We’re so grateful to have a network of determined partners who never stopped seeking solutions to propel us forward and especially in the fight against the coronavirus. Thank you for your commitment and dedication. A few highlights follow, and we’d love to hear more from you. If you have a Mason company story to share, please email us at Mason-headquartered AtriCure, is a leading provider of innovative technologies for the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) and related conditions, immediately assessed the need and took action and the Mason Fire Department is incredibly grateful. AtriCure’s expertise in medical grade materials and engineering paired with a significant regulatory under-

standing was key as they took on innovative design and quickly retooled. Within days they began making face shields for frontline staff at some of our Ohio hospitals, medical facilities, nursing homes, and safety service locations. Locally, the generosity was felt as well, with contributions to a wide variety of Mason medical and care facilities. Leadership of the company was directly engaged as they worked with health care professionals to develop the safest and most comfortable face shields. Atricure also donated the staff time to develop, assemble, and deliver this critical PPE continuing a legacy of delivering best-in-class solutions that can treat even the most complex cases and situations. Makino, a legacy corporate partner to the City in numerous initiatives, is another generous and innovative company example that leveraged its strengths to give back during the pandemic. As one of the largest machine tool manufacturers in the world and an industry leader in machinery design and digital innovation, Makino produces flexible and innovative machines that proved to be critical during the early days of the pandemic. Considering the gravity of the PPE shortage in the midst of the pandemic, Makino and its customers recognized that they could retool their machines leveraging the flexibility of the advanced machining technology and quickly support the production of PPE and ventilators. One Makino partner transitioned from manufacturing respirators on one machine to programing and utilizing 10 Makino machines in order to achieve the 1,000% production increase. This ingenuity and resourcefulness helped create a united front in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic. It is no surprise this community-minded company found creative ways to support those in need. Recently the company foundation made a significant donation that established Makino Park and facilitated the completion of an all-inclusive playground called Common Ground in Mason.

COVID-19 First Line Responders; Mason Fire Officials using Atricure PPE

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Procter & Gamble plans to donate $10 million, in the form of Safeguard soap and hand sanitizer products, toward a COVID-19 pandemic relief effort that will benefit millions of U.S. children as they return to playgrounds, parks, recreational facilities, and schools.

The company has been working to supply hundreds of thousands of masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to communities across the globe as well as within the Cincinnati region.

Touchstone provided access to bulk ordering for high-demand items such as thermometers, masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. Cintas and Matthew 25: Ministries partnered to create supplies for PPE, ďŹ rst aid, safety, and hygiene. Makino supported KrisDee of South Elgin, IL, and Precision Enterprises in the production of ventilators. Clarigent Health used innovative AI for early detection of potential mental health issues during the pandemic. Myriad Genetics expanded their testing process to allow patients to get tested at home and receive their results virtually by sending a kit directly to the patient.

RESIDENTS ASSISTING DURING COVID-19 The Lindner Center of HOPE launched a Coping with Crisis program in response to the pandemic, supporting mental health and well-being. Myriad Genetics sought to give experts insight into COVID-19 treatment with drug-gene testing expertise. Procter & Gamble, Brain Brew Whiskey, and the United Way distributed 100,000 masks and 50,000 bottles of hand sanitizer. L3Harris contributed $2 million towards COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Mason High School junior Jiahao Guo founded the Coronavirus Relief Project, which became an international effort to get crucial PPE to workers and ďŹ rst responders on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. Mason High School sophomore Bela Karajagi created hygiene kits including a moisturizer, soap bar, and hand sanitizer, to donate to local homeless shelters. Mason local William McVey put his 3D printers to work to create PPE, designing and printing face shields for people who interact with a high number of customers.

IncludeHealth assisted in the production of COVID-19 test kits.

Thank you Mason


Take a moment to salute the brave men and women who have served in the military this Veteran's Day.

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Ladder Safety

D Ladders provide a step-up to assist us in many daily activities or projects but can be dangerous if not used properly. Did you know that there are approximately 2,000 ladder injuries each day and over 130,000 emergency room visits related to ladders each year? The three most common reasons for ladder injuries are:


Ladders come in all shapes and sizes and it is important to choose the right ladder for the right job. Regardless of which ladder you choose, inspect it for damage and make sure it is functioning properly prior to use. Do not use the ladder if it is defective. Follow weight limit warnings so as to not overload the ladder and take into account not only body weight but the weight of your clothing and tools. In addition, the proper climbing angle for straight and extension ladders is one foot away from the surface it’s resting on for every four feet of the ladder’s height. If you cannot obtain this angle, choose a longer ladder or safe alternative method such as a lift. For step-ladders, make sure the ladder is fully opened and locked in the open position prior to climbing.


It is important for the legs of the ladder to be on a solid, flat, non-slip surface so that it reduces the chance of the ladder slipping out. Never place a ladder on an object to gain height. If applicable, the tip of the ladder should extend three feet above the roof or platform you are trying to reach and the upper part of the ladder should be secured to an upper support. This provides a place to hold on to when getting on and off the ladder and also prevents the top part of the ladder from slipping.

Deerfield Township Station 59 Update

eerfield Township is moving forward with the construction of a new fire station (Station 59) to serve the northwest quadrant of the township. The decision to construct Station 59 was partly the result of an independent Public Safety review, which examined the need for fire protection in that area. Chief Bill Kramer and Randy Hanifen, of Kramer and Associates, Group, were hired to perform the comprehensive analysis. In the report, Chief Kramer and Hanifen reviewed and analyzed the Fire Department facilities, operation, and deployment. After the presentation, Chief Kramer concluded that Deerfield Township Fire and Rescue Department is performing at a high level of service and recommended that a new fire station should be built in the northwest quadrant of Deerfield Township. The need to add Station 59 is due to the growth the township has experienced, particularly in the northwest, which has pushed the fire department’s average response time above that six-minute standard as set by the National Fire Protection Association. By adhering to this standard, fire and EMS staff are able to have the greatest possible impact on preserving property through reductions in fire damage and potentially save lives. The Deerfield Township Fire & EMS Department prides itself on meeting and exceeding industry standards. By adding Station 59, we will be able to better serve the entire township and adhere to the six-minute response time standard. In terms of financing the construction of Station 59, the Deerfield Township Board of Trustees had previously discussed the possibility of running a new levy to support our fire and EMS department. It has been 10 years since the Township has asked voters to approve a Fire & Emergency Services levy. However, in an effort to promote fiscal responsibility and to ease the burden of taxpayers to fund the services the township provides, they decided it is not prudent to pursue a levy at this time. What’s changed? The efforts of the Board of Trustees and administration to make the township debt free has resulted in reserve fund balances that, after further analysis, can be focused on fire and EMS department operations in order to ensure that the department is capable of responding to all incidents, throughout the four different quadrants of the township, at or under that six minute standard. Instead of pursuing a levy, these reserve funds will be utilized until they have been exhausted. It is anticipated that a new levy required to support fire and EMS operations will be required around 2025–2026. Finally, as the township progresses forward with the construction of Station 59 to serve the northwest quadrant and bring the average response time at or under the six-minute standard across the township, we will continuing to update long-term details and the future projections for the fire fund. Stay tuned to www. for future updates.


Two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand, should be in contact with the ladder at all times to promote the most stability. Grip the rungs and not the side rails when climbing. Climbing with tools or equipment is dangerous because it prevents you from using 3-points of contact. Using a tool belt or pulling a bucket up with the tools you need by way of a rope are better alternatives. Also, take the time to reposition the ladder instead of leaning or reaching. 20 CenterPoint Fall 2020


Township Parks See Upgrades and Improvements CARTER PARK

Stair Repair – The Township is undertaking a renovation project of the pathway and stairs that lead from Carter Park to the Little Miami River. This project involves removing two sets of stairs, grading approximately 550 feet of pathway, creating water diversions along the pathway to control erosion, and rebuilding the stairs. The project started in July and completion should be in September 2020.

ROBERTS PARK Roberts Park is in the process of adding a new parking lot at the southwest corner of the Park off Butler Warren Road. The park will allow the community an access point and off-street parking to the park. The project is underway and should be complete in September. The township is including a rain garden in the parking lot that will be completed separately.

COTTELL PARK Cottell Park received upgrades to the baseball Fields in partnership with MYO. The fields received shade structures over the bleachers and a netting behind the backstop and foul lines. These improvements will make the park a safer place for the community. Cottell Park also received new soccer goals and added soccer goals to the multi-purpose fields at the Park.

Please Don’t Feed the Waterfowl This year you may have noticed more birds around your neighborhood and more geese and ducks in the parks. With COVID-19 and more people staying inside there has been fewer disturbances to nesting birds. The low level of disturbance is something that waterfowl have not experienced for over a century. When birds are disturbed from their nest they may abandon it and the eggs are no longer viable. This helps control bird populations in many areas. The same is true in Mason’s parks. Pine Hill Lakes Park is a popular destination for fishing, a picnic, the walking paths, and the playground. It has also become a popular destination to a very significant goose and duck population. Contributing to the growing goose and duck population in the park are visitors who feed them. We ask that guests not feed the geese or ducks which is also contributing to the growing population. The geese have now become more aggressive towards visitors at the park and their droppings are creating health and safety concerns for those using the walking/ bike path and other amenities in the park. Last year, the City installed white fencing around edges of Pine Hill Lakes Park to discourage geese and duck from entering/exiting those areas. Additional measures are planned this year including allowing vegetation to grow higher and placing stone along the embankment of the lakes. It is believed that these measures will make it more difficult for the geese and duck to enter the lake discouraging them from doing so in those areas. But again the most effective measure is for the water fowl not to be fed.

CONGRATULATIONS STRESS ENGINEERING! (Clint Haynes, Vice President & Managing Principal pictured with his team) The Company broke ground this past June on an expansion that will further grow its regional headquarters operation located at Mason’s front door at I-71 & Western Row on Stress Engineering Way. Stress Engineering is an important part of Mason’s corporate ecosystem touching many of the City’s key industry sectors from engineering and advanced manufacturing to consumer goods and med device. They provide solutions for companies and industries that require in-depth technical knowledge and proven performance in the fields of engineering design and analysis, thermal and fluid sciences, instrumentation, and testing. Learn more at Fall 2020

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Please stay tuned to Facebook at City of Mason Recreation, Twitter @MasonOHRec, and Community Center e-newsletters for program and activity updates and format changes as we navigate evolving developments during this time.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION DATES Premier Member Registration Friday, August 14

Open Registration Monday, August 17


Registration is open to Mason residents and children attending Mason City Schools. The deadline to register is Thursday, October 1. After this date, Mason Community Center communicates registration information to MYB. Your MYB coach will contact you at least one week before practices begin. For more information on team formation and the MYB program, please go to www.

Take Home Kits

Purchase one of our fun fall-inspired kits to enjoy with your family. Each kit will come with supplies and instructions—all you have to do is unleash your creativity! We recommend purchasing one kit per child.

Candle Making Kit

Everything you need to make your own small candles. Day Th

Date 8/27

Time 5:00-7:00P

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $6 /$8 /$10 /$12

Activity 424101-04

Outdoor Explorer Kit

Explore the great outdoors with your very own nature exploration kit. Catch insects and study them with your insect net and bug viewer. Venture into the unknown with your compass and flashlight. View great heights with your very own set of binoculars. Day Th

Date 8/27

Time 5:00-7:00P

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $10 /$12 /$14 /$16

Activity 424101-02

Pumpkin Decorating Kit

Unleash your creativity by using a few simple supplies in this pumpkin decorating take home kit! Day Th

Date 10/8

Time 5:00-7:00P

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $10 /$12 /$14 /$16

Activity 424101-05

MYB Instructional Leagues Field House

Practices will be held one night a week in local gyms, with games scheduled at the Mason Community Center. Practice days and times will vary. Games will start in December and will be played on the weekends. Day BOYS 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 GIRLS 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28





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The City of Mason, in cooperation with Mason Youth Basketball (MYB), is pleased to offer the annual youth basketball program. Instructional and recreational leagues do not require tryouts. A numbered jersey and basketball shorts will be provided to all players.

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MYB Game Admission Admission to each recreational or athletic league game is $2 per adult and $1 per child or senior, and not more than $5 per family. Mason Community Center members do not need to pay the daily admission fee for games held at Mason Community Center.

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


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REIMAGINE FALL EVENTS COVID- scenarios continue to evolve. Stay connected for a complete list of fall events and activities offered this year.

MYB Recreational Leagues Field House

The City of Mason, in cooperation with Mason Youth Basketball (MYB), is pleased to offer the annual youth basketball program. This is one of the Community Center’s most popular youth programs! Our recreational basketball league is a great way to learn more about the sport while having fun with other kids. Practices will begin in November and games will start the first weekend in December. Home games will be played at Mason Community Center or in the Mason schools. Games will be played on weekends (Friday–Sunday). Practice days and times will vary. Players will be contacted by MYB and their coaches on specific practice and game times and locations. A numbered jersey and basketball shorts will be provided to all players. Registration is open to Mason residents and children attending Mason City Schools. For more information on team formation and the MYB program, please go to www. Please note: For grades 7 and up, players are encouraged to sign up as teams. There is no guarantee of individual placement. Day BOYS 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 GIRLS 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28 11/2–2/28





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WE OUR MEMBERS Win great raffle prizes featured at the Member Services desk!

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any one regularly-priced item Mason Youth Basketball Volunteer Coaches Located inside Mason Community Center open to public Valid thru November Excludes postal items


The City of Mason, in cooperation with Mason Youth Basketball (MYB), is pleased to offer the annual youth basketball program. Practices will begin in November and games will start the first weekend in December. Home games will be played at Mason Community Center or in the Mason schools. Games will be played on weekends (Friday–Sunday).

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NEW RESIDENT COFFEE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 10:30 A.M. New to the City of Mason? Meet other residents and learn about the area.

The Mason Youth Basketball program is a success due to the many volunteers. Those interested in volunteering for the 2020–2021 season should register, complete the following paperwork, and email all paperwork to Dana Maidenberg at DMaidenberg@masonoh. org by October 1, 2020: Complete the volunteer application printed with your registration receipt. Complete the Concussion in Sports online training. This includes an educational tutorial followed by a short test. Sign up to take this free course at Provide your National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) certification number on your application. To obtain or renew your National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) certification you must participate in the three-part online training clinic. This clinic is $20 and includes education tutorials followed by a 15 question multiple choice test. After completion, you will receive a certification, NYSCA membership and liability insurance coverage. Sign up to take this course at http://www.

Sponsored by the City of Mason and the Mason Deerfield Chamber of Commerce

After all paperwork is submitted, the MYB Board will contact you with the status of your registration. Date Age 11/2-2/28 18 & up

Deadline 10/1

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Free

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BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


Mason Community Center requires anyone working with children to pass a background check. The Mason Police Department, located at 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, offers fingerprint processing. Their office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will need to bring a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, state ID card) and specify you are being fingerprinted for the City of Mason’s youth basketball program.


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Multipurpose Room Your child will learn to follow directions without the assistance of a parent and focus on basic gymnastics skills such as forward rolls, backward rolls, headstands, and backbends. He or she will also work on circuit training and be introduced to the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor. Day Date Time Age F 8/28–10/16 4:00–4:45P 3 Sa 8/29–10/17 10:15–11:00A 3

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/21 $80 /$95 /$119 /$143 433470-09 8/22 $80 /$95 /$119 /$143 433470-10*

*No Class 9/19

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Multipurpose Room

Me Too! Learn to Swim Class Leisure Pool

This parent/child class is designed to teach you to work safely in the water with your child. Skills will be taught at an introductory level including pool safety, water acclimation, floating and gliding with support, submerging, and blowing bubbles through mouth and/or nose. Day Sa Sa

Date Time 8/29–10/10 10:45–11:15A 10/24–12/12 10:45–11:15A

Age 6 mos–2 yrs 6 mos–2 yrs

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $65 /$77 /$97 /$116 452312-01 $65 /$77 /$97 /$116 452412-01*

Your child will improve gross motor skills, flexibility, and coordination through circuit training. He or she will also be introduced to the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor. Day Date F 8/28-10/16 Sa 8/29-10/17

Time Age 5:45-6:45P 4-5 11:15A-12:15P 4-5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/21 $90 /$106 /$131 /$156 433476-06 8/22 $90 /$106 /$131 /$156 433476-07*

*No Class 9/19

*No Class 11/28


Pee Wees Tennis Me Too! Gymnastics Multipurpose Room

This parent/child class will help develop your child’s basic motor skills through jumping, skipping, hopping, running, and rolling. You will use beams, wedges, and mats to engage your child through structured play. Day Date Time Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity Sa 8/29–10/17 9:45–10:15A 18mo–3yrs 8/22 $61 /$72 /$90 /$108 443461-04* *No Class 9/19

Heritage Oak Park

This tennis class is for beginners and participants will learn ball striking skills, scoring, and basic strategy in a fun, stimulating environment. Most enrollees will have little to no tennis experience. In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center. Day Date Tu 9/1-9/29 Sa 9/5-10/3

Time 6:00-7:00P 10:00-11:00A

Age 4-5 4-5

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/25 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 352219-12 8/25 $44 /$52 /$65 /$78 352219-13*

*No Class 9/19


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Modified Swim Lessons · August–October Beginner Semi-Private Learn to Swim Classes Leisure Pool

Your child will learn to put his or her face in the water and blow nose bubbles while completing 10 relaxed bobs. Parents who have swimmers 9 years old and under must remain on deck while their child is in swim classes. At Mason Swim Academy we want your swim lesson to be as successful as possible. You can help by arriving 5 minutes early and coming to class dressed and ready for the pool. For swimmers this includes a wellfitting swim suit, a hairband or swim cap to keep hair away from the face, and swimming goggles (not a mask or snorkel) if they help your child feel more comfortable in the water. Class Times: M or W 5:00–5:30P, 6:10–6:40P Sa 9:35–10:05A

Age 3–5

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $77 /$91 /$114 /$137

Competition Pool Activity 452352

No class 9/7, M class rate is prorated

Intermediate Semi-Private Learn to Swim Classes

Day Sa

This class combines skills from Station 2 and 3 of the Swim America program. Participants will work on gliding on his or her front and back in a streamline position, rolling from front to back, breathing control, and proper kicking. Class Times: M or W 5:00–5:30P, 5:35–6:05P, 6:45–7:15P Sa 9:00–9:30A, 10:10–10:45A

Date 8/24–10/10

Age 3–12

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $77 /$91 /$114 /$137

Activity 452353

No class 9/7, M class rate is prorated

Advanced Semi-Private Learn to Swim Classes

Class Times: M or W 5:35–6:05P, 6:10–6:40P, 6:45–7:15P Sa 9:00–9:30A, 10:10–10:45A

Age 3–12

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $77 /$91 /$114 /$137

Date 8/29–10/10

Time 11:00–11:45A

Age 3–17

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $85 /$100 /$125 /$150

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Station 9/10

Competition Pool Station 9 and 10 of Mason Swim Academy is the former Swim Fit. Station 9 and 10 focus on building strength and endurance in every stroke through drills, multiple laps, and on-deck coaching from a certified coach. Station 9/10 allows swimmers to get the feeling of being on a swim team without the competition. A pair of long swim fins (with non-adjustable backs) is recommended for all upper level swimmers. Parents who have swimmers 9 years old and under must remain on deck while their child is in swim classes. Day Sa

This class combines skills from Station 4 and 5 of the Swim America program. Participants will work on side glide, proper freestyle with rotary breathing, and backstroke.

Date 8/24–10/10

Station 7/8 is the former Stroke School of the Mason Swim Academy Learn to Swim program. Swimmers in Station 7 and 8 will learn advanced elements and stroke efficiency in all four strokes including breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle. A pair of long swim fins (with non-adjustable backs) is recommended for all upper level swimmers. Parents who have swimmers 9 years old and under must remain on deck while their child is in swim classes.

Date 8/29-10/10

Time 10:15-11:00A

Age 3-17

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $85 /$100 /$125 /$150

Activity 452358-01

Private Learn to Swim Lessons Leisure Pool

Work one-on-one with a Mason Swim Academy coach who will customize the lesson based upon your personal goals.


Date 8/24–10/10

Station 7/8

Class Times: T 5:00-5:35P, 5:35-6:05P, 6:10-6:40P or 6:45-7:15P

Activity 452354

Date 8/25–10/6

Age 4 & up

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $175 /$206 /$231 /$256

Activity 452319

No class 9/7, M class rate is prorated

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PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


YOUTH Station 1

Station 5/6

Your child will learn to put his or her face in the water and blow bubbles through his/her nose as well as complete 10 relaxed bobs. To participate in this class, your child must be comfortable in a group class setting without a parent.

Your child will add on to the techniques acquired in previous Stations and begin learning proper freestyle stroke with rotary breathing and the back stroke.

Leisure Pool

Leisure Pool

Class Times: M or W 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A or 10:10-10:40A

Date 10/19–12/12

Age 3–5

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $65 /$77 /$97 /$116

Activity 452421*

*No Class 11/23, 11/25 & 11/28

Date 10/19-12/12

Age 3-17

Your child will build on what he or she learned in Station 1 by learning to glide on his or her front and back in a streamline position. He or she will also learn to roll from front to back float. Class Times: M 5:00-5:30P, 6:10-6:40P or 6:45-7:15P W 5:35-6:05P, 6:10-6:40P or 6:45-7:15P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 10:10-10:40A or 10:45-11:15A

Age 3-17

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $65 /$77 /$97 /$116

Activity 452422*

Competition Pool Station 7/8 is the former Stroke School of the Mason Swim Academy Learn to Swim program. Swimmers in Station 7 and 8 will learn advanced elements and stroke efficiency in all four strokes including breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle. A pair of long swim fins (with nonadjustable backs) is recommended for all upper level swimmers. Parents who have swimmers 9 years old and under must remain on deck while their child is in swim classes. Class Times: M & W 6:15-7:00P or 7:15-8:00P

*No Class 11/23, 11/25 & 11/28

Date 10/19-12/9

Station 3

Leisure Pool Your child will enhance his or her breath control and streamlining skills learned in previous Stations while learning proper kicking.

Age 3-17

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $65 /$77 /$97 /$116

Age 3-17

Activity 452422*

Station 4

Leisure Pool

*No Class 11/23 & 11/25

Station 9 and 10 of Mason Swim Academy is the former Swim Fit. Station 9 and 10 focus on building strength and endurance in every stroke through drills, multiple laps, and on-deck coaching from a certified coach. Station 9 and 10 allows swimmers to get the feeling of being on a swim team without the competition. A pair of long swim fins (with non-adjustable backs) is recommended for all upper level swimmers. Parents who have swimmers 9 years old and under must remain on deck while their child is in swim classes. Class Times: M & W 7:15-8:00P

Your child will begin the side glide and front crawl stroke, adding on to skills he or she learned in previous Stations. Date 10/19-12/9

Class Times: M 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05Por 6:10-6:40P W 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P or 6:45-7:15P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A or 10:10-10:40A

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $65 /$77 /$97 /$116

Activity 452426*

Competition Pool

*No Class 11/23, 11/25 & 11/28

Age 3-17

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $132 /$156 /$181 /$206

Station 9/10

Class Times: M 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P or 6:45-7:15P W 5:00-5:30P, 6:10-6:40P or 6:45-7:15P Sa 9:00-9:30A, 9:35-10:05A, or 10:45-11:15A

Date 10/19-12/12

Activity 452425*

Station 7/8

Leisure Pool

Date 10/19-12/12

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $65 /$77 /$97 /$116**

*No Class 11/23, 11/25 & 11/28

Station 2

Date 10/19-12/12

Class Times: M 5:35-6:05P, 6:10-6:40P or 6:45-7:15P W 5:00-5:30P, 5:35-6:05P or 6:10-6:40P Sa 9:35-10:05A, 10:10-10:40A or 10:45-11:15A

Age 3-17

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $132 /$156 /$181 /$206

Activity 452427*

*No Class 11/23 & 11/25

Activity 452424*

*No Class 11/23, 11/25 & 11/28


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There are valuable lessons involved in learning how to use a microscope.



Including how to share.

SEE BALANCED LEARNING IN ACTION. CALL FOR A TOUR TODAY! Infants – Private Kindergarten & After School

Primrose School of Mason 5888 Snider Road | Mason, OH 45040 513.336.6756 |

Primrose School of South Lebanon 719 Corwin Nixon Blvd | South Lebanon, OH 45065 513.770.0048 | Each Primrose school is a privately owned and operated franchise. Primrose Schools® and Balanced Learning® are registered trademarks of Primrose School Franchising Company. ©2016 Primrose School Franchising Company. All rights reserved. See for ‘fact’ source and curriculum detail.

Sassy Sixes and Sevens Gymnastics Multipurpose Room

Students will work on gymnastics drills, conditioning, and routines similar to those introduced in the Beginners and Advanced Beginners classes. He or she will continue to improve on basic gymnastic skills, flexibility, and strength. Day M Tu F Sa

Date 8/31-10/12 9/1-10/13 8/28-10/16 8/29-10/17

Time 5:00-6:00P 4:30-5:30P 4:45-5:45P 12:15-1:15P

Age 6-7 6-7 6-7 6-7

Deadline 8/20 8/20 8/20 8/20

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168

Activity 443472-09* 443472-10 443472-11 443472-12*

*No Class 9/7 & 9/19

Beginners Gymnastics Introduce your child to the world of gymnastics. Students will learn basic gymnastics skills on the floor, uneven bars, balance beam, and vault. Your child will then learn to put the skills together to form a routine. Conditioning and flexibility are also introduced at this level.


Makino Park, located on Kopfler Court, is well on its way to becoming Mason’s newest recreation destination. Despite interruptions due to COVID-19, significant progress has been made within the park in the last year and work will continue to late summer/early fall. 28 CenterPoint Fall 2020

Day M Tu Th

Date 8/31-10/12 9/1-10/13 9/3-10/15

Time 6:00-7:00P 5:30-6:30P 6:30-7:30P

Age 8-17 8-17 8-17

Deadline 8/24 8/25 8/27

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168 $100 /$118 /$143 /$168

Activity 443487-07* 443487-08 443487-09

*No Class 9/7

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident


Multipurpose Room


YOUTH Skyhawks Basketball Heritage Oak Park

This fun, skill-intensive program is designed for beginning to intermediate athletes. Participants learn passing, shooting, dribbling, and rebounding, making this one of our most popular programs. Boys and girls will also learn vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and responsibility. Day Date W 9/2-9/23 W 9/30-10/21

Time 5:15-7:15P 5:15-7:15P

Age 5-9 5-9

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/26 $109 /$129 /$154 /$179 433221-05 9/23 $109 /$129 /$154 /$179 4233221-06

Skyhawks Mini Hawk Heritage Oak Park

Tae Kwon Do Beginner Gymnasium

Tae Kwon Do is a well-balanced Korean martial art that specializes in kicking skills. No previous experience is necessary for this class. Adults, teens, and children will train together in a family oriented program. Parents of all participants under the age of 10 are asked to remain on site during class. Please note: A Tae Kwon Do uniform is not required for participation in this class; however, a uniform may be required for any participants who would like to enjoy this program long-term. Day Tu,Th Tu,Th Tu,Th

Date 9/1-9/29 10/1-10/29 11/3-11/24

Time 6:30-7:30P 6:30-7:30P 6:30-7:30P

Age 6 & up 6 & up 6 & up

Deadline 8/25 9/24 10/27

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $45 /$55 /$60 /$60 $45 /$55 /$60 /$60 $45 /$55 /$60 /$60

Activity 411118-05 411118-06 411118-07

This multi-sport program was developed to give children a positive first step into athletics. The essentials of baseball, basketball, and soccer are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a big focus on fun. Our Mini-Hawk games and activities were designed to allow campers to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace. Skyhawks staff are trained to handle the specific needs of young athletes. Day Date Th 9/3-9/24 Th 10/1-10/22

Time 5:15-7:15P 5:15-7:15P

Age 4-7 4-7

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/27 $109 /$129 /$154 /$179 433125-07 9/24 $109 /$129 /$154 /$179 433125-08

Future Stars Tennis Heritage Oak Park

Tae Kwon Do Advanced

Future Stars are tennis players just beginning to play from the baseline and will follow the “games” approach to learning tennis.

This advanced class focuses on overall self-control, self-discipline, self-defense techniques, balance, flexibility, and strength. Tae Kwon Do will build character and develop courtesy, integrity, honor, respect, loyalty, perseverance, concentration, and compassion to their highest potential.

In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center.


Day Tu,Th Tu,Th Tu,Th

Date 9/1-9/29 10/1-10/29 11/3-11/24

Time 6:30-8:00P 6:30-8:00P 6:30-8:00P

Age 6 & up 6 & up 6 & up

Deadline 8/25 9/24 10/27

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $45 /$55 /$60 /$60 $45 /$55 /$60 /$60 $45 /$55 /$60 /$60

Activity 411117-05 411117-06 411117-07

Skyhawks Golf Clinic Heritage Oak Park

Boys and girls will learn the fundamentals of swinging, putting, and body positioning. Using the ShortGolf® system, we have simplified instruction so that young players can make an effective transition onto the golf course. All equipment provided. Day Date Time Tu 9/1–9/22 5:15–7:15P Tu 9/29–10/20 5:15–7:15P

Age 5–9 5–9

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/25 $109 /$129 /$154 /$179 433222-04 9/22 $109 /$129 /$154 /$179 433222-05


Day Tu Th Sa

Date 9/1–9/29 9/3–10/1 9/5–10/3

Time 7:00–8:00P 6:00–7:00P 11:00A–12:00P

Age 6–8 6–8 6–8

Deadline 8/25 8/27 8/29

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 $44 /$52 /$65 /$78

Activity 352220-15 352220-16 352220-17*

*No Class 9/19

Junior Champs Tennis Heritage Oak Park

Is your tennis champ a beginner or graduate from Future Stars? Tennis participants in this class are comfortable serving and playing from the baseline and will learn rallying and strategy skills. In case of inclement weather, lessons will be held in the Field House at Mason Community Center. Day Date Th 9/3-10/1 Sa 9/5-10/3

Time 7:00-8:00P 12:00-1:00P

Age 7-13 7-13

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/27 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 352221-10 8/29 $44 /$52 /$65 /$78 352217-11

*No Class 9/19

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Have you had your 60 minutes of physical activity today? Surge! breaks that activity up into 6-minute “surges” of adrenaline-charged fun. Surge! can be a great way to break up school work routines and down time and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Daily Surge challenge worksheets will be sent to each participant for four consecutive days. They will combine physical activity, enrichment, and educational activities. Track your progress by checking off each Surge as you complete it. Once all Surges are completed, send in your results for weekly prizes! Day M-Th M-Th M-Th M-Th

Date 9/14-9/17 9/21-9/24 9/28-10/1 10/5-10/8

Age 5 and up 5 and up 5 and up 5 and up

Fee $10/$12/$15/$15 $10/$12/$15/$15 $10/$12/$15/$15 $10/$12/$15/$15

Activity 422204-04 422204-05 422204-06 422204-07

Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate Tennis Heritage Oak Park

This tennis class is for students who are beginning to play sets. Participants can hit six of 10 serves in from the baseline and can rally five balls in a row with a partner from the baseline. Day Date Sa 9/5-10/3

Time 12:00-1:00P

Age 10-18

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 8/29 $44 /$52 /$65 /$78 352222-06*

*No Class 09/19









VALID AUGUST 13, 2020 - MAY 27, 2021


021'$< ˨ )5,'$< ˨ 3 0 PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

NR: Nonresident




GOLF TIPS Don’t make golf harder on yourself by playing with unforgiving clubs or the wrong type of golf ball. Play the right clubs for your current ability.

Beginner golfers want a golf ball emphasizing distance more than spin. As you progress, try a so er ball.

Adult Group Learn to Swim Lessons

Stop in the Mason Golf Center Pro Shop for assistance!

Leisure Pool

Beginner adults with little or no experience in the water will work on various skills and techniques to achieve the goal of water acclimation, submersion, and floating on the front and back.

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Day M M

Date 10/19–12/7 10/19–12/7

Time 7:20–7:50P 7:20–7:50P

Age 15 & up 15 & up

Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity $65 /$77 /$97 /$116 452434-01* $65 /$77 /$97 /$116 452434-02*

*No Class 09/19




Join us for this fun, outdoor three-part workout!


Adult Beginner Tennis Heritage Oak Park

This is a beginning level class for adults. Classes will be half traditional stroke work and half focused on rallying skills. Day Tu Th

Date 9/1-9/29 9/3-10/1

Time 8:00-9:00P 8:00-9:00P

Age Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) Activity 16 & up 8/25 $55 /$65 /$82 /$98 352209-09 16 & up 8/27 $44//$52 /$65 /$78 352210-08

*No Class 11/23


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Registration Required


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Make a candle or get help decorating your pumpkin. Take home activity kits are available. See page 22.


How many group exercise classes can YOU take in the month of October? Pick up a class passport at the Member Services desk and get it stamped for each class you take in the month of October. Successfully complete your passport to receive a free heart rate monitor. No registration required.


Mason, OH

The Pace Makers Upstairs Track

Join our new six-week walking program for a great low impact and fun workout on our newly resurfaced indoor track. Low-intensity exercises like walking have plenty of health benefits that can keep you active and feeling healthy! Meet at the top of the stairs of the indoor track. Day





9:00-10:00A 55 and U

Deadline Fee (PRE/BAS/ Activity MR/NR) 8/31 Free 442305-01

Tuesday Trivia Stay sharp with our Tuesday trivia program. The program consists of four rounds of trivia with questions on various topics. Register to indicate your interest in the program and we will help coordinate this virtual program through your computer, smartphone, or device. Day Tu Tu Tu



Date 9/15 10/13 11/17

Time 1:00-2:00P 1:00-2:00P 1:00-2:00P

Age Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 55 and Up $5 /$6 /$8 /$9 55 and Up $5 /$6 /$8 /$9 55 and Up $5 /$6 /$8 /$9

Activity 443312-01 443312-02 443312-03

Zoom Bingo







Join us Thanksgiving morning STRENGTH ² CARDIO ² CORE ² YOGA registration required 32 CenterPoint Fall 2020

Day Th Th Th

Date 9/17 10/15 11/12

Time 9:30-10:30A 9:30-10:30A 9:30-10:30A

Age Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 55 and Up $5 /$6 /$8 /$9 55 and Up $5 /$6 /$8 /$9 55 and Up $5 /$6 /$8 /$9

Activity 443110-01 443110-02 443110-03


Grandparents Day Attention Grandparents! Here’s your chance to spend some time with your grandchildren and show them off. Send us a picture of you and your grandchild(ren) or grand-pets to be entered to win a Mason Come Together e-gift card. Submit your picture on Sunday, September 13 to Day Su

Date 9/13

Time Age Fee (PRE/BAS/MR/NR) 9:00A-7:00P 55 and Up Free

PRE: Premier pass holder

BAS: Basic pass holder

MR: Mason resident

Activity 444016-04

NR: Nonresident




Join us for virtual Bingo. Register to indicate your interest in the program and we will coordinate the supplies and instruction for the meeting with us through your computer, smartphone, or device.

Pediatricians so close you can "borrow" the WiFi.

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