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Ambassadors celebrate 1 year of service

LIMA — For one year, the Lima Municipal Building has had a greeter in the lobby to provide service, direction and a smiling face.Denis Glenn, founder and volunteer coordinator of the Lima Municipal Building Ambassadors said the program arose from a need. Residents would walk into the city building and struggle for direction, as there was no front desk worker to help. People would “roam the building,” he said.Glenn, a retiree, said he saw an opportunity ...

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Apollo to graduate its first associate degree program

LIMA — Apollo Adult Education will soon be graduating students in its first-ever associate degree program.The first class of adult culinary students earning a degree will be graduating this fall, but not before they hold evening hours one night a week at the popular Apollo Garden Café to finish the capstone of their degree, said Brenda Burgy, public information specialist for Apollo’s Adult Education.Students have been approaching Apollo for years about ...

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A labor of love

LIMA — Since its revival in 1982, Lima’s Labor Day Parade has brought together labor unions and other community organizations in the community’s final parade of the year, and organizers expect this year’s parade season to end on a high note.“We’ve got quite a few entries this year,” Tom Thompson, union liason to the United Way, said. “We’re expecting approximately 5,000 people to participate in the parade with between 6,000 and ...

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Off to the races

LIMA — Dubbed one of the largest flea markets in the state, Max’s Flea Market and Water Dog Races, running today through Sunday, will bring thousands of people to the Allen County Fairgrounds.“We’re looking at over 900 vendors,” event organizer Max McCluer said. “You can’t see it all in one day.”These vendors will offer a variety of items new and old, from antiques to tools to clothes to guns.“There’s...

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Commissioners: Palmer Energy helps save money

LIMA — The natural gas program heated up discussion with Allen County Commissioners Thursday as representatives from Palmer Energy discussed a renewal contract for the county.The county has been using natural gas for many years, according to Commissioner Greg Sneary, and has been doing business with Palmer Energy for many years. The Toledo-based company manages electric and natural gas and acts as an independent “source of expertise” for entities in regard to elec...

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Police calls

Police calls as of 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, from the Lima Police Department, Allen County Sheriff’s Office and Delphos Police Department.1700 block of Brookwood, Lima — A 44-year-old woman reported Aug. 22 another person assaulted her.Superior Court, Lima — A 34-year-old woman reported Aug. 22 someone stole the face off her car stereo.200 block of North Canal Street, Delphos — A person at a business called police Aug. 16 to report a...

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Shawnee Manor holds scarecrow competition

LIMA — Shawnee Manor is calling for funny, creative and scary scarecrows for their second Scarecrow Fest.Participants can build a scarecrow to be displayed on the grounds of the Shawnee Manor and Burton’s Ridge from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31. Community members will be able to cast their votes on Facebook or in ballot boxes at either location.Scarecrow kits on sale for $20 will be available at Shawnee Manor beginning Sept. 1. Kits include wooden post frames, straw a...

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Local Allstate owner receives award

LIMA — Sam McLean, Allstate agency owner, recently won the Agency Hands in the Community award, along with a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for Northside Neighborhood Association in Lima, which is where McLean volunteers.Agents honored with the award can work with nonprofit groups in multiple capacities, such as a leader, mentor, program partner or volunteer.

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Apollo and Vantage to hold free ABLE and ESOL classes

LIMA — Residents wishing to refresh their basic reading, math, writing and computer skills will be able to do so with the Adult Basic and Literacy Education program that now serves five counties, including Allen, Mercer and Van Wert.The classes, offered by Apollo and Vantage Career Centers are free. For details on this program or GEDs, call Apollo at 419-998-2993 or go to or and times for September orient...

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Grand Lake Health to offer sign language classes

CELINA — Grand Lake Health System will offer an American Sign Language I workshop beginning Oct. 7. The class, limited to 12 participants, will meet on six consecutive Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Auglaize-Mercer YMCA in Celina.The classes will involve learning the signs for letters of the alpahbet and learning a basic sign vocabulary. A $25 fee is required to register. To register, call Cindy Gaerke at 419-394-6290.

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Area hospital receives breastfeeding award

ST. MARYS — Joint Township District Memorial Hospital has received the Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award from the Ohio Department of Health, one of 23 employers in the state to receive the award.The hospital has initiated breastfeeding-friendly policies, including skin-to-skin care for mothers and babies, free post-partum visits for mothers who deliver at the hospital and policies that support working mothers who are breastfeeding.

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ONU earns tuition distinction

ADA — Ohio Northern University has been designated a “Tuition Hero” for the 2014-15 school year by the website earn this distinction, schools must have a compound annual growth rate of 2.5 percent or less or a fixed rate tuition policy. ONU has a CAGR of 2.5 percent, and the university recently instituted the Ohio Northern Promise, a set of initiatives designed to make education costs more affordable and to reduce student debt while sustaining...

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Celina police warn public about phone scams

CELINA — The Celina Police Department is alerting the public of phone scams being reported in the area.Recent phone scams include people calling and claiming to be from a government agency, such as the FBI or the IRS threatening people with prison if a payment is not made. Another scam involves a caller informing victims that they have won a prize, such as money or a car, and that taxes and shipping fees are required to claim the prize. Others will send a check, asking for a ...

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Lima Memorial Health SystemAug. 27 — Kayla and Richard Reffitt, Lima, boy; Veronica Townsend and Cameron Rogers, Lima, girl; Martha Arrick and Jamar Williams, Lima, girl.St. Rita’s Medical CenterAug. 24 — Erica Oliphant and James Lanker Jr., Lima, girl.Aug. 26 — Tonya and Tyler Miller, Wapakoneta, girl.Aug. 27 —...

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Mammogram help for low-income patients

LIMA — The Breast and Cervical Cancer Project is offering free mammograms and pap tests to qualified Allen County women.Women who live in a home with limited income, have no health insurance and are 40 years of age or older may be qualified for these free services, provided at more than 60 contracted providers throughout seven northwest Ohio counties.Women who have been screened through this program and are found to need treatment will be covered by BCCP Medicaid f...

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Networking event to be held in Toledo

TOLEDO — The Great Lakes Business Connection, a regional business gathering, will be held Oct. 8 at the Radisson at the University of Toledo Medical College.This event offers networking opportunities for local entrepreneurs to connect with national and international companies. During matchmaker sessions, entrepreneurs will be able to spend 15 minutes with purchasing professionals to share their products and ideas.Registration is $75 per person, $300 for small busin...

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – R

The Story“Get out of my life, once and for all,” says private investigator Dwight (Josh Brolin) to Ava (Eva Green). “You’re everything I’ve ever wanted,” she says. But Dwight says, “It’s over.” It isn’t, of course, not for Dwight and Ava — or any of the dozen or more gritty characters who live (and die) in writer/cartoonist/co-director Frank Miller’s Sin City. Based on his graphic novels, “Sin City: A Dam...

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