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Here Come the Mummies perform in Lima, Ohio at the Veterans Memorial and Civic Center. Photos courtesy Jay Phillips, 936productions.

Story and photos by Jay Phillips
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Continuing the tradition of bringing big name acts to Lima, on October 1st the Lima Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center hosted the Nashville based funk-rock Band Here Come the Mummies. There are rumored to be several Grammy awards among the members, though this is difficult to verify, as the identities of band members are kept “under wraps.”

Here Come the Mummies are known for their unrelenting live show and their performance in Lima was no exception. From their dramatic entrance marching a drumline through Crouse Hall to the light and laser show accompanying their live performance, all while wrapped up tight in their bandages.

Crouse Performance Hall has hosted a multitude of shows in its 27 years including the Broadway in Lima series which has brought top-quality Broadway tours to town. The 1,784- seat proscenium theatre offers performers a wide stage area for the most elaborate set designs to the simplest stage set-ups.

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More than 700 friends of the Lima Memorial Foundation gathered at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum to Journey to the Moon and raised a record-breaking $550K in support of bringing innovative lung cancer diagnostic equipment to the region. Photos courtesy Lima Memorial Foundation, Photos courtesy Carla Oberly and Brittany Hunnaman.

Lima Memorial’s annual event raises record-breaking $550K

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WAPAKONETA – More than 700 friends of the Lima Memorial Foundation gathered at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum to Journey to the Moon.

lima memorial foundationGuests toured the museum to explore the defining moments in history when America put the first man on the moon. Guests actively participated in silent & live auctions and raised their paddles in support of bringing innovative lung cancer diagnostic equipment to the region. With a record-setting profit of $550,000, history was once again made in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

As a regional health care system, Wapakoneta is a very important part of Lima Memorial’s community of care. As locations for the 2016 Journey were evaluated, Wapakoneta and the Armstrong Air and Space Museum stood out as a natural fit for the annual event. Lincoln Family Practice and Lima Memorial Physicians continue to be a healthcare landmark in the community and is known for its patient-centered care. The hospital responded to the community’s expressed need for increased access to care by opening the Walk-In Care Center at Lincoln Family Practice seven days a week.

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Photos courtesy Carla Oberly and Brittany Hunnaman.

2016 Journey to Remember at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum:

Sean Kingston performs hits including "Beautiful Girls", "Take You There" and "Fire Burning" at the Allen County Fair in Lima, Ohio. Kingston made his major-label debut as a teenager with his 2007 hit from his self-titled album, “Beautiful Girls." Photo: Paige Apkarian.

Live4 Entertainment brings chart-topping acts to the main stage

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LIMA – Thanks to Live4 Entertainment, the Allen County Fair was transformed into a high-energy dance party Friday night as grammy award winning rapper Nelly and Sean Kingston performed their hits including Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls”, “Take You There”, “Fire Burning” and Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”, “Dilemma”, “Air Force Ones” and many more. Rapper Jola from Dayton, Ohio opened for both Kingston and Nelly.

A pop rapper with crossover appeal, Nelly debuted in 2000 with “Country Grammar.” Since then, he’s had such hits as “Grillz” and “Move That Body.” In addition, Nelly has collaborated with such diverse artists as Tim McGraw and Nicki Minaj. He has also recently been performing with symphonies across the country, including recently in Columbus.

Kingston made his major-label debut as a teenager with his 2007 hit from his self-titled album, “Beautiful Girls.”

Photos: Paige Apkarian

Sammi Hartman, daughter of Shawnee Police officer, Shane Hartman, waits for her dad to finish packing up the truck at the conclusion of the event.

SHAWNEE – For the 16th consecutive year, National Night Out at Heritage Park brought the community together to promote positive police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The event kicked off with the Pace for Prevention 5k and included free food, live musical entertainment, inflatables, and booths and activities run by Lima businesses and Shawnee High School sports teams. The Shawnee Police and Fire Departments were also present to interact with the families.

Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

The event originated more than 30 years ago when a group of neighbors turned on their porch lights and spent the evening outside with neighbors and police. The purpose of this event is to:

  • Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; and
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships

Photos: Paige Apkarian

A group of girls leap across Market Street during the Dance Through Downtown 5k.

Pointe of Joy’s 2nd Annual Dance Through Downtown Lima was another huge success. The event featured eight stops along a secured route (including a stop at the419!) to learn an 8-count from the National Dance Day dance. At the conclusion of the race, all the participants met in Town Square to perform the completed dance in a flash mob style and celebrated with scholarship awards and great, local business giveaways.

Photos: Paige Apkarian

Ann Fasset, along with her husband started the program at Fassett Farm in the 80s. She is posed here with Nancy Kuck and Peg Athanas.

the419 spent Thursday evening at Fassett Farm where donors, staff, and volunteers were thanked and recognized for their support of the Equestrian Therapy Program. During this time, classes were also being held.

Photos: Paige Apkarian

Two of the girls show off their gymnastics skills.

Many came out to the Ottawa Metro Park on Friday to attend the 2016 Kazooby Family Glow Walk. The event was sponsored by Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships and proceeds went to the American Cancer Society.

Photos: Paige Apkarian

the419 attended the reception at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for John Kasich during the Republican National Committee Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

the419 attended the reception at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for John Kasich with our friend Bob Cupp Tuesday. The event was held during the Republican National Committee Convention in Cleveland 2016.

Haywired performs at the Cridersville Fireman’s Jamboree Friday evening.

The 52nd annual Cridersville Fireman’s Jamboree was packed with activities for the whole family.

Photos by Paige Apkarian

The Naked Karate Girls perform at Rally in the Square.

The Naked Karate Girls performed to a packed crowd at Rally in the Square in front of ArtSpace Lima.

Photos by Paige Apkarian