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Richland News: Thursday

8 Dec , 2022  

Each day, 1812Blockhouse collects and shares the best writing and most important stories from local and other media covering Richland County. For tweets from over 100 local sources, visit Richland Tweets (left sidebar on desktop, scroll down on mobile).

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All About Richland

Snow Trails Opening Day Set

8 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s official. Opening Day for the 62nd Season for winter fun at Ohio’s premier ski resort, Snow Trails, has been set for this Friday, December 9.

The resort will be open from 10AM to 9PM that day, and the fun will continue on Saturday and Sunday with an Early Season Bonus Weekend (9AM to 9PM). Advance bookings are required (no walk-ups). Save $10 on lift tickets during this extra weekend.

Operations will then be suspended on Monday, and Snow Trails will open again on Friday, December 16 at 9AM.

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All About Richland

Ho! Ho! Ho!: The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus

8 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Have you ever wondered just where Santa Claus came from?

L. Frank Baum knew. The same man who created The Wonderful Wizard of Oz lets us in on his secret: the story of Saint Nicholas as told to him by Necile, the nymph who found Claus and raised him as her own in the world of Knooks, Faeries, Ryls and, yes, even the dreaded Awgwas. 

Now you can know as well, as The Mansfied Playhouse presents “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” beginning this weekend.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a 1902 children’s book written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by Mary Cowles Clark.

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All About Richland

MOESC Announces New Speech Language Pathology Program

7 Dec , 2022  

The demand for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) is rising, with projected job growth at 21% through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet a shortage of SLPs has put the squeeze on schools and healthcare organizations. In order to mitigate this problem in the local area, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is looking for qualified graduate students for the Speech Language Pathology Development Program.

The program is an initiative to identify, recruit, and retain qualified candidates for Speech Language Pathology certification, including a commitment to working for MOESC in the Mid-Ohio area for five (5) years beyond graduation. MOESC will support accepted individuals through graduation from the CAA Speech-Language Pathology Graduate program by:

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All About Richland

Findings For Recovery Issued Against Former Mifflin Township Fiscal Officer

7 Dec , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Findings for recovery of more than $206,000 were issued Tuesday against the former fiscal officer for Mifflin Township in Richland County, who was earlier convicted on multiple counts of dereliction of duty, Auditor of State Keith Faber said.

Robyn Gast pleaded no contest in March 2022 to five misdemeanor counts in Mansfield Municipal Court after the Auditor of State’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) determined she failed to pay the Township’s tax bills for multiple quarters between 2015 and 2019.

The eventual late payments resulted in penalties and interest of $203,581 to the Internal Revenue Service, $1,333 to the Ohio Department of Taxation, and $1,716 to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Pastor, Educator, Politican, Diplomat: The Life Of Edmund Fairfield

6 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Throughout its history, Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world. 1812Blockhouse has been sharing their stories in a series we started last year called “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here.

Few we have profiled in this series have held the variety of positions that the subject of today’s profile held during his lifetime. Edmund Burke Fairfield was a minister, a politician, a writer, a university executive, and a member of the United States diplomatic corps.

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All About Richland

Holiday Happenings From Now Through New Years Eve

6 Dec , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

While a number of holiday activities have already taken place in north central Ohio, the remainder of December has plenty of opportunities to soak in the holiday spirit.

Our twinkling cities and villages come together to celebrate the season and nostalgia of Christmas with the region’s newest attractions and events. Step into the traditions of holidays past to make your memories of today shine brighter.  Make Mansfield part of your story this season!

While a number of holiday activities have already taken place in north central Ohio, the remainder of December has plenty of opportunities to soak in the holiday spirit.

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All About Richland

Natural Resources Officer Honored For Rescue Near Mohican State Park

5 Dec , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

 Recognized for their quick thinking and fast action, 12 Natural Resources Officers (NRO) were recently honored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for their life-saving efforts over the past year. ODNR’s officers are often the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency at Ohio’s state parks, forests, nature preserves, and waterways. 

Included was one who serves at Mohican State Park.

“Our Natural Resources Officers are dedicated to keeping all Ohioans safe,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “I am grateful to these courageous men and women for their life-saving actions and their ongoing efforts to not only protect visitors, but to improve their experience each and every day.”

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All Things Business

Mansfield Area Holiday Spending Predicted To Have Largest Surge In Ohio

5 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

If predictions hold true, it will be a happy holiday season for Mansfield and Richland County retailers when sales increase faster than in any other metro area in Ohio.

Each late November, the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, together with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and Focus on Ohio’s Future, publish an economic forecast for the upcoming shopping blitz.

As noted above, the news is quite rosy for north central Ohio, with the Mansfield area predicted to have the largest percentage increase in sales among the state’s metropolitan areas.

In its report, the UC Economics Center shared the following overall findings:

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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Sugar Street

4 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In 1895, a possible conversation between two Mansfielders could have gone like this:

Frannie: “Where should we meet to go to the party?”

Edwin: We can walk. Let’s meet at the corner of Sugar and Bloom at 7:30 Friday night.”

That corner very much exists in 2022 – but do you know where it is? (See link below)

Sugar Street is the original name for what later became known as Franklin Street, then Avenue in downtown Mansfield.

There is no indication of how the name “Sugar” came to be, although there are other nearby communities of comparable age that have streets by that name, such as Mount Vernon. Through the middle of town, it is part of the original platted area of Mansfield. To the north, part of the original street has been lost to development, such as the current post office facility.

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