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Summer is heating up and we have rounded up some of the most sizzling July happenings taking place in Mansfield and Richland County! July offers a rock legend art exhibit, a chance to break a line dance record, live motorsports, a music and tattoo festival, and favorite 4th of July celebrations all over the area.
Hot events you won’t want to miss include John Mellencamp Paintings and Assemblages at the Mansfield Art Center, The Boot Life® Block Party (July 1) with live music from The Swon Brothers and Mac Powell, and a chance to help set a new line dance record. How fun is that?More…
In a Facebook post, the Ohio Bird Sanctuary has informed visitors know of closures due to damage from last week’s massive storm.
All trails are now closed at the facility and remain so until further notice, the post shared. “We encourage you and your family to still come visit with the birds, attend a special bird encounters, and enjoy the nature playscape,” the post emphasized.
The weather created unsafe conditions on trails in the Sanctuary.More…
Throughout the last 231 years, there have undoubtedly been scores of Richland County men and women who have attended US presidential inaugurations. Not many of them, however, have written about the experience and provided an account of what they saw and heard.
One such person was Robert Wesley McBride, who had a close-up seat at the second inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln. McBride, who had been born in 1842 southeast of Mansfield, enlisted in the Ohio 7th Cavalry, otherwise known as the “Union Light Guard.” That unit soon served as a bodyguard for the President and mounted escort. More…
By 1812Blockhouse, ODOT
It will likely come as no surprise, but there are a particularly large number of new developments in the coming week concerning road work taking place in north central Ohio.
This is a weekly report from ODOT District 3 highlighting road construction projects which are beginning or underway in the multi-county area it serves. What follows are posted projects taking place within Ashland, Crawford, and Richland Counties.
Please stay safe and pay attention to these closures and work taking place during the week beginning on June 26. All outlined work is weather permitting.More…
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The following press release has been issued by International Association of Fire Fighters Local 266:
“During a recent general membership meeting, Mansfield Professional Fire Fighters approved a resolution to rescind their confidence in Fire Chief Steve Strickling.
“Mansfield firefighters are dedicated to keeping the citizens of Mansfield safe. This is our job, our calling, and we can no longer stand idle while Chief Strickling jeopardizes this community’s safety,” said Matt Shafley, president of IAFF 266, the organization representing Mansfield firefighters, said in a news release Thursday.
The “Vote of No Confidence” comes after months of poor decision-making, ineffective policy implementation, and workplace discrimination, all of which have led to an all-time low in employee morale. “Mansfield citizens deserve to know that when it comes to their safety, they are being protected by the very best. Our firefighters strive to provide that level of service. Unfortunately, Chief Strickling lacks the trust among firefighters and has created a work environment that is so toxic that he can no longer lead our department and provide the public safety standards this community deserves.”More…
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 call “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here.
A woman referred to as one of the leading American businesspersons of the early 20th century received her own start in pre-Civil War Mansfield. More…
Operation S.OS., which stands for “Save Our Streams,” takes place on Saturday in North Lake Park.
You are invited to join in as litter and debris is removed from the stream that runs from North Lake Park through Middle Park.
Volunteers are asked to bring and wear durable work gloves, waterproof boots, and insect repellant. All volunteers who participate will be entered into a drawing for prizes as a part of the 26th Anniversary Earth Stewardship Celebration.
The event begins at 9:00 AM at North Lake Park in Mansfield.
You can register at 419.755.9702 or via email at: [email protected].
On February 21, 1940, the Federal Communications Commission authorized radio station WMAN to expand its broadcasting from daylight hours to a 6 AM to Midnight schedule.
Eight decades later, the station is still going strong.
Today, we share “Everything You Always Wanted To Know” about Mansfield’s long-time news and sports source at 1400 AM: More…
Mirror Image Beauty Studio has made a move and is now ready to meet your hair styling needs from a brand new location on Lexington Avenue in Mansfield.
The studio made the move back in March, and time was here on Wednesday to celebrate that relocation. Civic officials were on hand as was Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development.
Not only that, but the newly-crowned Miss Ohio, Elizabeth Nies, was in attendance and guests enjoyed Buckeye Bakery Inc. treats.
The Mirror Image Studio Facebook page is here, where you can get an idea of what services they offer. Be sure to catch the review page – over 30 responses and a five star rating.
The Studio is at 1118 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield near V&M Family Restaurant.
Source, Photo: Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development
This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. For the first time in two years, we’re sharing events taking place in-person, although by all means please all ahead and verify what social distancing, masking, etc. We call these “Summer Road Trips.”
Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.
Would you like to see The World’s Largest Rubber Duck?
Here’s your chance.More…
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Several trails and recreation areas in Ashland, Morrow, and Richland counties will be closed until further notice due to damage caused by recent storms, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“In order to protect the safety of our visitors, we are temporarily closing areas that were damaged by recent severe storms,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “Cleanup efforts are underway, and we look forward to getting everything back open quickly. In the meantime, we have more than 70 other state parks that are fully open and perfect to explore!”
Initial response to this week’s severe weather focused on visitor safety and included general clean-up as well as clearing roadways, campgrounds, and other high-traffic areas. With general access and some power restored, staff have been able to fully assess the trail conditions.More…
Mansfield City Schools has partnered with Children’s Hunger Alliance to distribute weekend meals at Mansfield Senior High Each Friday this summer.
The Alliance will distribute weekend meal bags, in which one meal kit includes shelf-stable food items for breakfast and lunch for the weekend. Meals are available to all Mansfield City Schools students.
One weekend meal kit per child will be distributed every Friday from June 24 through August 12 (excluding July 1) from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Pick-up will be outside of the front doors of Mansfield Senior High School. While picking up, you are asked to drive or walk up to the front of the High School.More…
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Back by popular demand, the Downtown Mansfield Scavenger Hunt is returning this July! From July 1 – August 5, families can search for this year’s chosen carrousel animal, Pete the Pirate Cat, hidden in downtown businesses. Prizes can be claimed after finding the hidden animal 10 times, 20 times, or more. Everyone who finds the animal 20 or more times will be invited to a party at the Richland Carrousel on Sunday, August 14 with free carrousel rides, cookies, juice, and prizes.
The Downtown Mansfield Scavenger Hunt is co-sponsored by Buckeye Imagination Museum (formerly known as Little Buckeye Children’s Museum), the Richland Carrousel Park, and Imagination Childcare with special thanks to Richland Source, Destination Mansfield-Richland County, and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library. This event is free and open to all.More…