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There’s Just Two Years To Plan For Two Minutes

18 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Did you know that on April 8, 2024, Richland County will be on the path for a total solar eclipse?

In our area, the full eclipse will last about 3 minutes and 18 seconds, starting at 3:12:15 PM.

A solar eclipse occurs when a portion of the Earth is engulfed in a shadow cast by the Moon which fully or partially blocks sunlight. This occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are aligned.

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Two Spring Plays At OSUM

17 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Fans of straight theatrical productions will have at least two opportunities this spring to catch a play at The Ohio State University at Mansfield.

Both productions will have auditions in the coming days (details below). They include:

February 25-28 – The Healing Project by Tiger Bradley

Mansfield playwright Tiger Bradley workshops his material in partnership with our campus theatre program. Bradley, a first administrator of New Community Temple and youth pastor for 20 years, has written several plays, including The Hurt and The Healed, to help people discover the root cause of their problems.

Performances a performance of will take place on Friday, February 25; Saturday, February 26; and Monday, February 28 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, February 27 at 2:30 PM. Auditions take place this Tuesday and Wednesday at Founders Auditorium.

March 31 to April 3 — Antigone by Sophocles

Meanwhile, in an act of defiance to honor her dead brother, one woman stands against the state. Antigone is a timeless play about recognizing the dignity owed to every person – whether we agree with them or not. This crisp abridgement and adaptation of the original Greek tragedy, based on a translation by R. C. Jebb, continues our theatre program’s recent effort to make rights-free, accessible versions of classical texts available to students and teachers everywhere.

Performances will take place on Thursday March 31; Friday, April 1; and Saturday, April all at 7:30 PM; and also Sunday, May 1 7:30 PM.

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Orchestras Join On Stage For “The Titan” In Concert

15 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Symphony continues its season Saturday, February 12 at 8:00 pm with “The Titan,” a Side by Side concert with members of the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) that will be performed onstage at the Renaissance Theatre.

The Mansfield Symphony presents a concert side by side with members of the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, performing Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony No. 1, a lush piece of well-known classical repertoire featuring innovative themes, including the use of the string bass on an iconic “Frère Jacques” solo.

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Follow The Trail Of Tears To The Mansfield Art Center

14 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The beautiful, colorful creations of glass which comprise the Trail of Tears exhibit opening next week at the Mansfield Art Center are designed to represent the connection between mankind and nature.

What is clear is that visitors are in for a feast for the eyes.

After a decade of sharing Darren Goodman’s Glass Experience with audiences around the world, the “Trail of Tears” exhibition is composed of exhibitions throughout Paris and from Corning, New York to the Museum of Glass in Washington State. This will be Darren’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition in the United States.”

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Ohio K-12, Colleges, Universities Receive COVID Testing Priority

13 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is announcing plans to prioritize the state’s supply of COVID-19 tests to first support testing for K-12 schools and colleges/universities. This comes as the state is experiencing a delay in shipment of more than 800,000 testing kits amid a nationwide shortage in COVID-19 testing supplies.

ODH has been making available both the proctored rapid Abbott BinaxNow at-home antigen tests and over-the-counter self-administered tests free to Ohioans at local health departments, public libraries, schools, and other locations. Ohio was one of the first states to prioritize widespread distribution of free rapid testing kits and has distributed about 5.6 million free testing kits – 1.4 million in December alone.

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Coming Of Age Musical Spring Awakening Opens At The Renaissance Theatre

12 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance presents the Broadway hit musical “Spring Awakening”. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, the musical is based on a 1891 play by Frank Wedekind with a rock score by Duncan Sheik and Book & Lyrics by Steven Slater.

The musical tells the story of teenagers dealing with emerging sexuality under the harsh rule of their parents and teachers. “It’s a story that explores the trauma and wounds of childhood, intentional or not,” says Director Ryan Shealy. “It’s a very honest show about sexuality and how when someone is shamed for those feelings; it can have tragic consequences. It’s a message that unfortunately remains very timely and why we felt it was important to present.”

Caroline Grace Williams, who stars as Wendla says “This isn’t a show you will always agree with or watch to feel happy; but, theatre is supposed to be challenging.”

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Police Seek Assistance In Investigating First Mansfield Homicide Of 2022

10 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Deanna Holm

Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch issued a press release on Monday afternoon related to a Sunday homicide. The Division of Police seeks your assistance in obtaining evidence to see that the perpetrator is apprehended and faces consequences for the crime.

The press release read as follows:

At approximately 6:11PM yesterday (Sunday), the Mansfield Division of Police responded to 183 Rowland Avenue Apt 2 in reference to a deceased person.

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Boat Show Mooring at Charles Mill Marina

9 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Just because it’s cold and snowy outside doesn’t mean that you can dream of warmer and drier days.

There’s a chance to just that on Friday, January 21 at Charles Mills Marina’s 2022 Kickoff Boat Show.

From 9 AM until 3:00 PM, two indoor, heated showrooms will be stuffed with new 2022 boats from Starcaft, SunChaser, and Qwest. Also on hand will be 55 pontoon, deck, and other boats on hand or via reservation.

Also on hand will be Starcraft deck boats and fishing boats on the showroom floor, along with Yamaha and Suzuki outboard motors.

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Ohio State Route 61

8 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Richland County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks. In particular, we are continuing our look at the county’s collection of highways and byways.

Today, we look at a state highway which may not be the most exciting route in Ohio, but nevertheless starts (or stops, depending on your perspective) in Delaware County, travels through several other counties, and finishes within a stone’s throw of Lake Erie.

We’re talking about Ohio State Route 61, which has its southern terminus at the US36/State Route 37/Interstate 71 intersection near Sunbury. It travels from that point over 91 miles to a junction with US Route 6 near Huron and Vermilion. More…

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Mansfield Youth Theatre Announces Auditions For Disney Descendants Musical

6 Jan , 2022  

By Renaissance Performing Arts Association

Auditions for the Mansfield Youth Theatre (MY Theatre) production of Disney’s Descendants: The Musical will be held on Sunday, January 9 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM, and on Monday, January 10 from 6:00 until 9:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre 166 location, in downtown Mansfield.  Appointments are not required for auditions, and it is not necessary to attend both days of auditions.  

Those auditioning must be between the ages of 11 and 18 years of age (unless still attending high school) during the 2021-22 school year.  Anyone auditioning should be prepared to sing a 16-32 measure excerpt from a song of their choice and bring sheet music in the proper key.  An accompanist will be provided.  Actors may also be asked to read a short scene from the script. Those auditioning should bring a list of schedule conflicts between the dates of auditions and the performances of Descendants: The Musical.  

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Take The Ohio State Parks Winter Hike Challenge Starting At Malabar Farm

4 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio is a beautiful place to explore, especially in the winter.  From the rare birds wintering along the Lake Erie shores to the snow-covered bridge at Mohican State Park- you can see it all with the Ohio State Parks 2022 Winter Hike Challenge hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“The state of Ohio has unmatched scenery, especially in winter,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “From the frozen falls at Old Man’s Cave to the scenic tales being told on our Storybook Trails, there are majestic winter sights all across our beautiful state. So, bundle up, grab a friend, and join us for a few hikes this winter!”

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Mansfield On List Of Expanded COVID Testing Centers Announced Monday

3 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Monday that the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio National Guard, and the Ohio Hospital Association will expand COVID-19 testing locations in nine Ohio cities, including several new locations, starting this week. The additional testing locations will be mobilized with support from Ohio National Guard personnel. The locations, which are intended to divert testing traffic from hospital emergency rooms, come as the state is experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations during the pandemic. Today, the Ohio Hospital Association reported a record-setting 6,177 inpatient hospitalizations.

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Happy New Year From 1812Blockhouse!

31 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse — who else?

After almost 900 posts, 2,500 links to stories from other local media, and countless lessons learned, we’re ready to say good-bye to 2021.

As we do so, we’re taking a day off so that Saturday can be a day of family, football, food, and of looking ahead. We will see you again on Sunday, January 2.

We will also be updating Richland Tweets on Saturday, although we suspect that the “tweetflow” will be reduced as locals celebrate the holiday.

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This Year It’s Fireworks; 103 Years Ago There Were“Small Cannon And Bombs” In Mansfield

30 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Local New Year’s Eve revelers may have had a dry evening for planned festivities, which include a planned ball drop and fireworks on the Square in downtown Mansfield.

One hundred three  years ago, on December 31, 1918, the scene was somewhat similar in Mansfield. According to the News Journal of, January 2, 1919, “Mansfield kicked off a year and a half of war restraint in giving 1919 a noisy welcome. New year’s eve was celebrated with more than ordinary noise and joyousness.

Although there was a steady downpour of rain during the evening, the streets in the business section were filled and the revelers were gay and happy despite the fact that many of them were drenched.”

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2021 Top Stories: Spring Brought Two More Of 1812’s Ten Most Read Posts

29 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This week we are looking back at ten of the most read posts on 1812Blockhouse during 2021. Below are two more of those stories, both of which were published this past spring.

Our first two stories can be found here, and the second set here.

A few things about this list. First, it does not include any posts in our series, such as Richland Roots or Literary Mansfield. In fact, one of our Landmarks of Mansfield series posts was the second-most read post of the year!

These are shared in chronological order, not by number of views.

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