To let West Chester and Liberty Township residents catch up with the news that they need to know, WestChesterBuzz.com will list and link to all of last week’s top local stories every Monday.
Niederman Farm’s Christmas Walk shines on - More than 1 million lights were turned on Friday when the Niederman Family Farm 12th annual Christmas Walk opened to the public. But one shining light is missing from this year’s display, which draws thousands of people each year.
Lakota West and Lakota East basketball teams make top 10 - The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at both Lakota West and Lakota East high schools made The Cincinnati Enquirer’s local coaches’ top 10 poll, which was released last Monday. The Lakota West boys’ program is the highest ranked team among the four, ranking No. 2 in the Division I poll.
WG Kitchen and Bar opens at Bridgewater Falls - Shauna Steigerwald reported for The Cincinnati Enquirer that the WG Kitchen and Bar at Bridgewater Falls Lifestyle Shopping Center in Fairfield Township opened for lunch at 11:30 a.m. last Monday. The 6,300-square-foot restaurant, wine bar and wine shop has a similar look and feel to The Wine Guy Bistro at Rookwood Pavilion.
Volunteers build a house for a 7-year-old’s family as she copes with cancer – Last Tuesday marked a new beginning for 7-year-old Yosselin Villatoro and her family. That’s because Yosselin, her 6-year-old brother, Freddy, and grandparents, Tammy and Keith Randall, moved into a new house built for the family by volunteers. Before they could move in, they were greeted Tuesday evening by 30 to 40 community members, who wanted to reveal the home they built for the family.
Third time stealing from employer gets woman prison - Former Dominion employee Cathleen Schmid of West Chester was sent to prison last week by Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Jerome Metz., Jr., for two years for stealing $214,717 from the company, Kimball Perry reported for The Cincinnati Enquirer. Dominion was the third employer she’s been convicted of stealing from but the first time she went to prison for it.
Butler County agrees to settlement with ex-director - Sheila McLaughlin of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the former executive director of Butler County Children Services who got the boot in an immediate reorganization of the embattled agency will be paid through Jan. 18 as part of a settlement with county commissioners.
Lakota class names hospital’s new surgical robot - With the help of a Lakota Plains Junior seventh grade science class, West Chester Hospital has a name for its new surgical robot – S.A.M. (Surgical Assisting Mechanism). Erin Middendorf’s class at Lakota Plains Junior School, which won the “Name the Robot” contest held in collaboration with the hospital and the school district, received a certificate signed by West Chester Hospital chief executive officer Dr. Kevin Joseph and chief operating officer Tom Daskalakis, as well as an iPad 2 for the classroom last Tuesday.
Clerk of Butler County Area Courts to return after retirement - The longtime clerk of Butler County Area Courts will retire this month to come back as a part-timer in February, allowing her to collect her pension as well as a salary, Sheila McLaughlin of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported last week. Butler County commissioners approved the Nov. 30 retirement of Debbie Bolser. She’ll be rehired on Feb. 1. In the interim, deputy clerk Melinda Parsons will fill in for Bolser.