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Our Town magazine for West Chester, Ohio, published by Enquirer Media


  • Winter market Wholesome food year-round

    Our Towns guide to meeting the neighbors Where to eat the buzz Whats neW all-stars from lakota east and West

    connectWestchester.com connectliberty.com

    family | community | lifejanuary | february 2010


  • editor

    contributing editors

    art director



    Dave Hofmeister

    Liz DuFour Joe Powell Jamie Rockwell Amanda Davidson Malinda Hartong Deogracias Lerma Cara Owsley Leigh Taylor Tony Tribble

    Jenny Callison Michael D. Clark Sue Kiesewetter Jeannette McClellan

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    the buzz Whats making headlines in West chester and Liberty township.

    3 questions with Lakota Schools board member Ray murray.

    whats new new businesses are popping up in the area.

    west chester farmers market open-air farmers markets arent just for summer anymore.

    school notes All you need to know from the Lakota school district.

    arts all-stars these Lakota students have many diverse artistic talents.

    where to eat: el rancho grande mexican food? Si!

    meet the sebrallas A story from the tri-State to thailand and back.

    well equipped How to find the best exercise equipment for you.

    danger: resolutions ahead Our Town columnist monica Scalf is moving into 2010.

    YOURcommunity YOURfreetime





    9People dont necessarily associate vegetables with winter, and certainly not with open-air markets. Heres some more text about the farmers market article because thats the cover story, so it would be kind of stupid not to mention it in this editors letter. In this condensed version of the magazine, there isnt much else to talk about, so its necessary to go into graphic detail about that thing that Jamie is writing about right now. Sorry if you wasted your time reading the hilarious lack of substance

    that is this paragraph.Will fitness and exercise be part of your New Years resolution? You can find recommendations for home exercise machines on page 22.

    If you decide to buy, be sure youre ready to commit, experts say, or you could end up with a $500 dust collector.

    Or you can follow the simple advice of my grandfather, who liked to say that the best exercise was pushing yourself away from the dinner table.

    Especially before that second serving of pumpkin pie with whipped cream.


    dave hofmeister | 513.768.1234dhofmeister@enquirer.com

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    thebuzzWhats going on in West chester and Liberty townshipcontRibuteD bY ELaINE TRumPEY, SHEILa mCLaugHLIN and CaITLIN VaRLEY

    PHoto bY leigh taylor

    librarian carol schweinberg works at the information desk at the new West chester library.

    new library, new featuresWest chester opened a new library in november, replacing its cox Road location with a building three times the size near the Square at the union centre.the building includes six study rooms, each seating two to 14 people. it also has a quiet reading room with soft seating and study carrels. the new community meeting room seats 180.the childrens area features a story time room, 10 computer stations for kids, two AWe computers for preschoolers and a lounge area for parents with comfortable seating and parenting books.Another computer room has 24 internet-ready computers for adults. most tables in the library have outlets for users to plug in their laptops. the library is still operated by the middletown Public Library System, but was built with tax increment financing (tiF) in West chester.

    police levy passedDespite hard economic times, Liberty township was successful in winning approval of its police levy in the november election.Residents of this fast-growing township in butler county approved a levy that keeps round-the-clock police coverage in their community. Residents approved the five-year, 3-mill replacement levy that will generate about $2 million a year starting in 2010 for police services provided by the butler county Sheriffs office.

    fox indictedFormer state lawmaker and butler county commissioner michael A. Fox, who held office for more than 30 years, was indicted in october on federal charges of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and one count of filing a false income tax return.Federal prosecutors said Fox took money from county contractors and nearly a half-million dollars in kickbacks.He has entered not guilty pleas to all charges and has said he intends to fight them in court.the indictments against Fox and a longtime friend, Robert c. Schuler, a Dublin attorney, are the product of a three-year investigation by the Fbi, iRS and the u.S. Attorneys office into corruption in butler county government.5

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    thReequestionswith Lakota School board member Ray murraybY mICHaEL d. CLaRk

    PHoto bY cara oWsley

    youve won over voters in your first try at political office. Why did you choose to run for the lakota board of education and why is public schooling important to you? A decision to run for the board and serve my community is something that i consider both a civic duty as well as an opportunity to participate in the continual shaping of our school district as it continues to grow and strengthen. i have always been involved in a variety of programs and activities in education, both at the local and state level. Running for the board and serving as a board member seemed to me to be a natural way to continue that service. When serving the community, i am always inspired by the words of the late congresswoman Shirley chisholm: Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.

    in what ways do you anticipate your business background will be an asset as a school board member?School districts the size of Lakota really need to be run like a large business. While ensuring that the

    educational structure and planning are sound, there are also ways to enhance operations and customer service by looking at the ways that business works. my experience in the hotel industry will hopefully help me to emphasize customer service for Lakota as well as looking at the operational side of Lakota, including the accounting and finance structure, human resources, technology as well as communications.

    to parents and residents considering volunteering, what advice do you have to urge them to pitch in and what can they expect to gain from the experience?As a volunteer, i think that the thing that parents or community members can expect is to have the opportunity to make a difference in young students lives. because of caring people who helped me during my earliest school years, i have had the opportunity to now give back and do the same thing for our communitys children. if people are thinking of working in a school as a volunteer, i encourage them to do so because with just a few minutes a day, they can impact a childs life in ways that will give back to our society in ways that they can sometimes never imagine.6

    Wantmore?Read the full interview at connectWestchester.com or connectliberty.com!

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    brunos pizza 6752 cincinnati Dayton Road, suite 103 513-777-8333 or www.brunoslibertytownship.com

    Jon and Karen mcclellan became such fans of brunos Pizza while they were students at miami university that they decided to open a location of the oxford pizzeria in Liberty township. under an agreement with the owner of the company, which began in West Lafayette, ind., the mcclellans started tossing their dough July 31 at the new brunos.

    the new owners are targeting the 15,000 miami grads who live in cincinnatis northern suburbs, and betting that these brunos aficionados will share their enthusiasm with non-miami friends.

    downing dental studio 8919 brookside Ave., Suite 102 513-331-2122 or www.downingdentalstudio.com

    the new dental practice of Dr. George A. Downing Jr., is planned around the schedules of its patients. the practice, which opened in July, offers appointments in the evening and on Saturdays, so folks dont have to miss time at work to address dental needs.

    Patients who have toothaches can be seen the same day at their convenience, says Amber Downing, George Downings wife, who is the practice administrator.

    Downing, a graduate of the university of Dayton and indiana university School of Dentistry, practices general dentistry. >>

    WhatsneWin West chester and Liberty townshipcomPiLeD bY jENNY CaLLISONPHotoS bY TONY TRIBBLE

  • blue chip gourmet6752 cincinnati Dayton Road, Suite 101 513-755-7642 or www.bluechipgourmet.com

    eats, sweets, and treats all day is the way that Loveland-based blue chip Gourmet describes its business model. its newest franchise opened in July in Liberty township, with co-owners teresa and Wayne Kiphart planning future stores in southern ohio.

    Starting in 1983 as a fresh-daily cookie store, blue chip Gourmet has gradually evolved to satisfy its customers taste for morning pastries and breakfast sandwiches, specialty sandwiches and wraps, salads, soup and chili, smoothies, coffee beverages, and gelato, sorbetto and ice cream. currently, the bakery caf off