Some boys put their heads together and put on their game face before playing Bamboozled at a summer fun camp, June 17-21, at Plains Junior High School in Liberty Township. The five-day fun camp was for boys and girls ages 6-12 years old. Photo taken by Tony Jones.
School is officially out for summer in West Chester and Liberty townships. It is now time to find activities for children to do.
Cincinnati Enquirer photographer Tony Jones visited two local fun camps this week.
Spring musical - “Alice in Wonderland” will be performed by 7-8 graders at Plains Junior School in Liberty Township this weekend. Shows will take place in the Plains Junior auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for preferred seating and $6 for general seating. All tickets are $10 at the door.
See a local band – The Gamut will be performing from 9:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. at the Win, Place or Show located at 9933 Cincinnati-Columbus Road in West Chester. The Gamut plays rock and roll music from the 1970′s to the present. On its website, it says that it performs music made famous by Journey, Boston, Heart, Duffy, Aerosmith, Benatar, AC/DC, Guns & Roses, Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls, Jimmy Eat World, Poison and more.
Mother’s Exchange Sale at Lakota West – The Mother’s Exchange Fall Sale and Vendor Event will take place this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Lakota West High School. Approximately 100 local moms will be selling their gently used children’s clothing, furniture, equipment, toys, books, sports equipment, computer and video games, nursery items, maternity and more. Admission into the event costs $1. All sales are cash only.
Explore the VOA Museum – Currently, the unfinished museum off Tylersville Road has been open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month since July of 2012. It will be open, again, this Saturday during that same time. As of right now, it consists of exhibits featuring the old relay station; Media Heritage’s Greater Cincinnati Museum of Broadcast History; the Gray History of Wireless Museum; and the West Chester Amateur Radio Association control room. For updates and information on the museum, visit westchesterbuzz.com/tag/voa-museum.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at West Chester’s Irish Pub – The Dingle House Irish Pub located on Centre Pointe Drive, which is between Union Centre Blvd. and West Chester Road in the heart of West Chester, is having a two-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration. There will be an Irish breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon and Caledonian pipes and drums, plus McGing Irish dancers both Saturday and Sunday.
St. Patty’s party at wine bar – Bella Vino Wine Merchants and Bar, 6064 West Chester Road, is having a St. Patrick’s Day party. Deals include $3 pints of Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Magners, as well as $5 appetizers all day. At 7:30 p.m., there will be music performed by Steve Raszka.
Free ice cream – Bruster’s, 8770 Union Centre Blvd., in West Chester is giving away a free small waffle cone for wearing your PJs. The deal, which will go from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. works for those walking up and for those using the drive-thru window. Bruster’s will also be giving out free doggie sundaes.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at pub – The Dingle House Irish Pub (see Saturday) will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day again. On both Saturday and Sunday the pub will feature live music. For more information, call 513-874-7468.
“Alice in Wonderland” will be performed by 7-8 graders at Plains Junior School in Liberty Township this weekend. Shows will take place in the Plains Junior auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
“It’s definitely not what people expect to see at the junior high level, and in some cases, even at the high school level,” said Aaron Nunley, a math teacher at Plains Junior who doubles as the school theater program’s technical director. “People are always surprised with the quality, but like any theater program, it is always our intention to put on a good show.”
Pre-sale tickets are $10 for preferred seating and $6 for general seating. All tickets are $10 at the door. Call 513-644-1130 ext. 11063 or email Bernice.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Brian Garver (on lift, on left), who is the grandson of Bob and Janet Niederman, spearheads the set up for the annual Niederman Family Farm Christmas Walk. The event, which opened for the 12th straight year Nov. 23 did so without one of its founding family members Bob Niederman (parents are Bob and Janet) who passed away midway through the event in December of 2011. Photo taken by Adam Kiefaber Nov. 16, 2012.
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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.
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 on Tuesday.
After studying the robot, which is known more broadly as the da Vinci Si surgical robot, students were required to work together to come up with a name for the robot and to submit a 100-word essay about their choice.
Finishing in second place was Heidi Adams’ sixth period science class from Hopewell Junior School with their submission of S.T.I.T.C.H., which stands for “Surgical Tiny Incision Tremor Controlled Hand.” As a surprise, West Chester Hospital decided to award them with an iPad 2 as well.
“We cannot thank the West Chester Hospital staff enough for their incredible hospitality and enthusiasm toward our students and staff throughout this entire process,” Lakota’s Superintendent Karen Mantia said. “They have been an outstanding partner and we look forward to more opportunities to expose our students to the fields of robotics and healthcare.
“Our students had the rare opportunity to get some hands-on experience in a high-demand industry and, for some, this experience may have even helped define their career paths.”
Approximately 1,500 seventh grade students in the Lakota district participated in the contest, submitting 58 potential names based on what they learned about robotic surgery.
The top two classes were then selected by hospital leaders and invited to the hospital for a pizza party and tour. During the tour, the children visited the clinical laboratory, pharmacy and even had the opportunity to “test-drive” the surgical robot that they helped name.
“We are excited to partner with the Lakota Local School District on this project, which is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long-lasting collaboration and friendship,” Daskalakis said. “We truly believe that reaching out to kids now and getting them interested in math, science and the medical field will help build the foundation for our next generation of doctors, nurses and other health-related careers.”
A total of 18 Lakota educators were recognized in late June for teaching excellence at the Ohio Educators Connect for Success Conference in Columbus.
Battelle for Kids honored the local educators as part of its “Celebrate Teaching” initiative that is used to find out what makes a teacher highly effective and how to best learn from their practices.
Teachers were selected for the recognition based on surveys and evaluations from their principals and students, as well as achieving consistent gains in student performance.
As part of the initiative, Battelle for Kids celebrated 83 educators in Ohio. Receiving the honor from the Lakota school district includes teachers Beverly Gfroerer, Mary Jo Cooper and Tina Cramer of Adena Elementary; Julie Gunderson of Endeavor Elementary; Donna Martin and Lori Vanover of Heritage Elementary; Nadine Gallam of Hopewell Elementary; Joseph Schorr of Hopewell Junior; Laura Brown and Teresa Dempsey of Independence Elementary; Marianne Sample, Marilyn Adams, Aaron Nunley, Scott Slomsky and Heather Blaylock of Lakota Plains Junior; Susie Green of Lakota Ridge Junior; Debbie Turner of Liberty Junior; and Laura Murphy of VanGorden Elementary.
“This award is particularly noteworthy because the focus is on how these teachers consistently make a difference in their students’ academic growth,” Lakota Superintendent Karen Mantia said. “Nothing is more important to us academically than student growth.”
“This is no small achievement. I understand and recognize what this means in our team’s daily work and what these results mean for advancing student learning,” Lakota Superintendent Karen Mantia said in a release.
“Our team recognizes that continuing excellence means that we are always improving and always working to bring our students the best teaching to help them succeed in their world.”
Individually, every school within the district received a rating of Excellent or better.
Schools receiving the Excellent with Distinction rating include Adena Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Hopewell Elementary, Independence Elementary, Lakota Plains Junior, Lakota Ridge Junior, Liberty Junior, Union Elementary and VanGorden Elementary.
Meanwhile, both high schools (Lakota East and Lakota West) and two elementary schools (Cherokee and Woodland) received Excellent ratings.
Overall, the district showed improvement. Seven of the 10 Lakota schools, which received the Excellent with Distinction rating in 2011, had an Excellent rating in 2010. None of the schools in the district fell in rating.