Local adoptees share ‘amazing’ experiences, a new restaurant in Oxford and more: 5 uplifting Butler County stories to help you finish the week



Here’s a look at five positive Butler County stories that were in the news this week:

Local adoptees share ‘amazing’ experiences of tracking down birth parents



Talking with his birth parents wasn’t the primary goal for a Kettering man who was adopted 58 years ago, but his research has uncovered results far exceeding his expectations.

Fairfield High School graduate Pat McCoy’s lineage search has included “a wild last four months” and “it only gets better.”

He has talked with his biological mother, met her daughter and shared stories with his birth father’s family, the latter of which never knew he was born.


Gov. DeWine picks Middletown resident for seat on Cincinnati State board

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday the appointment of a West Chester Twp attorney and life-long Middletown resident to the governing board of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

DeWine chose Catherine Evans to a seat on the school’s board.

Evans, according to a statement released by Cincinnati State officials, is an attorney, shareholder, and director with the Millikin & Fitton Law Firm in West Chester Twp.

“We are delighted to have someone with Catherine’s experience and commitment to advancing education as a fellow trustee for Cincinnati State,” said George Vincent, chair of the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees.


Playhouse and the Fitton Center partner to present ‘Dragons Love Tacos’ virtually

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has partnered with the Fitton Center for Creative Arts to present a free, digital performance of “Dragons Love Tacos” from Friday to Sunday. The show may be downloaded and watched once during this time period.

“We’ve been working with Playhouse for many years, and they’ve done some fantastic shows. They do great adaptations of books, which ‘Dragons Love Tacos’ is. I have to tell you ‘Dragons Love Tacos’ is one of my favorite kid’s books that I read to my child, Lily, when she was younger. It’s a fabulous book. It’s entertaining and very funny,” said Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, executive director of the Fitton Center.

He said the Fitton Center has continued to see excellent numbers in the thousands from all of their virtual broadcasts to date, including “A Swinging Christmas Live from the Fitton Center,” Queen City Cabaret’s “Tea for Two – A Valentine from Doris Day,” and the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra concert featuring piano soloist Victoria Fatu.


New restaurant and games business keeping fun going at Oxford location

A new business to eat, drink and play games became official in Oxford earlier this month with a new sign over the door of the former Books & Brews franchise.

Church Street Social owner and manager Ann Kamphaus said she bought out of the franchise in January and paperwork completing the name change was just recently official.

“I listened to customers and what they wanted,” she said. “We will still have our specialty nights. We still have the games. We changed to get more merchandising to support some local, smaller businesses.”


Coconut-flavored beer, donuts paired by Butler County companies

Two very different Butler County businesses are teaming up to combine two coconut-flavored products.

Grainworks Brewing Company has created a beer to pair with a donut that Holtman’s Donuts has created just for Grainworks, according to the companies that have locations in West Chester.

The beer is a Gose, a historic northern German style, that’s flavored with lime, toasted coconut and a few other secret ingredients to create a “donut-like” taste to match Holtman’s Lime Coconut donut, according to a release.


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Area art exhibitions to see this spring

Credit: Chad Schweitzer

Credit: Chad Schweitzer

There are numerous impressive art exhibitions happening in the Butler County region this spring. Here’s a look at several you can visit in the coming weeks.

“Beneath The Gathering Sky” at Middletown Arts Center

On display through April 23

At the Middletown Arts Center, “Beneath The Gathering Sky” will highlight a collection of oil paintings by artist Kevin Muente. The exhibition will be on display through April 23 in MAC’s Main Exhibition Hall.


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