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Many businesses and organizations started right here in the Lima region, with the goal of making an impact in the region.

This year’s Celebrating Our Spirit looks at those trailblazers.

Activate Allen County keeps Lima healthy


LIMA — Kayla Monfort often hears from residents who feel ignored, so the co-director from Active Allen County started organizing block parties to bring resources to people where they live.

ArtSpace looking ahead to more excitement


LIMA — ArtSpace/Lima occupies a significant niche in the Lima community.

Beauty by Jill salon empowers women


LIMA — Jill Bakies invites at-risk girls to her salon each summer for a day-long beauty bootcamp.

After 85 years, Bradfield Center a Lima fixture


LIMA — When it comes to organizations that promote a sense of community in Lima, the Bradfield Community Center has long had a place of prominence in that group, being a Lima fixture for more than 85 years.

Eclectic items set Casa Chic apart


WAPAKONETA — Downtown Wapakoneta undertook a transformation of sorts at the dawn of the 21st century.

Deck Factory offers entertainment, community


LIMA — It is a world filled with dragons, magic spells, cunning strategies and epic battles.

Encore Theatre standing strong


LIMA — The Encore Theatre has been around Lima for 65 years, and board president Karen Finn has worked at the venue since 1987.

Go Ottawa wants to ‘create vibrancy’


OTTAWA — Jacqueline Langhals loves Ottawa. She doesn’t want to change the core of its small-town feel or friendly neighbors.

Greater Lima Region Inc. invests in area


LIMA — Greater Lima Region Inc.’s goal is to spur economic development in the region.

19 Hawthorne provides ‘third space’


LIMA — A couple of local entrepreneurs transformed an old golf course into a destination wedding venue. The property now provides space for couples to get married, have parties and much more.