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July In Richland County

26 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse, from Destination Mansfield – Richland County

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?

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Richland Roots: A Mansfielder Attends A Historic Presidential Inauguration

25 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning June 26

25 Jun , 2022  

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.

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Mansfield Firefighters Union Votes No Confidence In Fire Chief

24 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

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.”

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North Lake Park Clean-Up On Saturday

24 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

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].

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: WMAN Radio

23 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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ODNR Announces Temporary Closures in Richland, Ashland, and Morrow Counties

21 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

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.  

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Weekend Meals Making A Difference This Summer For Mansfield Schools Students

21 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

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.

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Lucky State Route 13

20 Jun , 2022  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s State Route 13 is actually rather lucky. It may have changed a bit in its over-90-year history, but it has maintained its designation and general trajectory in that entire period of time.

It’s lucky as well as it traverses Richland County from north to south (and vice versa), running through Mansfield and Bellville along the way. More…

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Mellancamp Exhibition Comes To The Mansfield Art Center

18 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The voice of the heartland, John Mellencamp, brings his mixed-media exhibition Paintings & Assemblages to The Mansfield Art Center. A Grammy Award winner and member of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Mellencamp is also an accomplished painter, collector, and activist. Paintings & Assemblages documents America’s heart and soul, exposing unsettling, but beautiful truths with an attitude of defiance, and narrative sensibility.

As his musical career flourished, Mellencamp began to paint earnestly in the 1980’s. His affinity for portraiture, influenced by the works of Otto Dix and Max Beckmann, shares a kinship with German Expressionism of the early twentieth century. Like his music, Mellencamp’s paintings are carefully composed through the structural requirements of harmony, rhythm, and order. His large-scale oil portraits and mixed-media pieces examine subjects that speak to the viewer with a voice as powerful as his songs.

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning June 19

18 Jun , 2022  

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 19. All outlined work is weather permitting.

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Imagination District Boosted By $75,000 Brownfield Grant

17 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, State of Ohio Press Release

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted have announced state support for 112 brownfield remediation projects that will help clean up contaminated properties in Ohio to make way for future economic development. 

As part of the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program, the Ohio Department of Development is awarding $192 million for projects impacting 41 Ohio counties.

One of those projects is along Park Avenue West in downtown Mansfield.

“These properties are vital spaces in our communities, ones that are not only being wasted in their current capacity, but oftentimes are a danger to their local communities,” said Governor DeWine. “Today, we’re reclaiming these spaces for the future of our residents, businesses, and communities.”

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Summer Road Trip: New Immersive Experience Comes To Polaris

16 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

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.

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.

A corner of Ohio is going to be a bit more colorful this summer.

Many in the area caught the “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit which has run for over six months at Lighthouse ArtSpace Columbus. The next edition of immersive experiences is opening this weekend in the same space, located at 940 Polaris Parkway.

Immersive Monet & The Impressionists is a tantalizing exploration of vibrant colors on a jaw-dropping scale. The Impressionists were radicals that shook up the art world in the 19th century. Striving to capture the ever-elusive effects of sunlight and movement in expressive brushstrokes, they captured both the transient nature of beauty, and the timeless beauty of nature.

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EF1 Tornado Hit South Of Mansfield On Monday Night; Cooling Stations Opened

15 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

A team of on the ground investigators examining the physical damage caused by a storm which moved west to east south of Mansfield on Monday night confirmed that a tornado was included.

The tornado was classified by the National Weather Service as an EF1, which can feature winds from 80 to 110 miles per hour and cause moderate damage. At this level, roofs can be  stripped from shingles or planting and small areas of roof may be blown of a house. Siding can be ripped off structures, mobile homes flipped or rolled onto their sides, small trees uprooted, large trees snapped or blown down, telephone poles snapped, outhouses and sheds blown away. Cars can occasionally be flipped or blown over, and moderate roof and side damage can occur on barns. 

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