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A New Pumpkin Glow Experience Coming

5 Sep , 2021  

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Special to 1812Blockhouse

Kingwood Center Gardens will once again be aglow with the lights of thousands of jack-o’-lanterns this fall at the beloved Great Pumpkin Glow.

Now entering its ninth year, the Great Pumpkin Glow is back for two weekends in October.

The Great Pumpkin Glow is open from 5-10 PM on Saturdays and 5-9 PM Sundays on October 16-17 and 23-24. Timed tickets to this all-weather event are already available online at kingwoodcenter.org for $10 or $8 for members. Children 6 and younger are admitted free.

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Governor Activates Mansfield Guard Unit To Assist In Louisiana

4 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse, Governor DeWine Press Release

On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine authorized the activation of the Ohio National Guard to support relief efforts in storm-ravaged Louisiana

At the request of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana National Guard, 250 Ohio National Guard Soldiers will be placed on state active duty beginning on September 8. 

Ohio National Guard Soldiers deploying to Louisiana will primarily be activated from:

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Landmark Of Mansfield Featured On National House Resale Site

3 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Here’s some news that those “in the know” know very well:

Mansfield history sells.

Just a few hours after being listed on a national site for the marketing of older residential properties available for purchase, an update shares that the property in question is already in a pending or contingent sale situation.

The Prairie and/or Crafstman Style-influenced house, designed by noted Mansfield architect Vernon Redding, was previously the subject of this Landmark of Mansfield post back in 2019. The 608 Park Avenue West property was home to Rufus and Susanna Kern. More about the Kerns can be found in our post.

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Moana, Jr. Coming To The Playhouse; Masks Required To Attend

1 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Playhouse’s September production, Moana, Jr., is a thrilling and heartwarming coming of age story. It also serves as a journey of self-discovery, comadarderie, bravery, and selflessness. 

The production is a 60 minute version of the 2016 Disney animated film. It features the popular songs from the movie such as “How Far I’ll Go” and “You’re Welcome.”

Show dates and times are as following:

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‘Listening Tour’ On Redistricting Ends, Maps Next Step

30 Aug , 2021  

A process which included input from a stop in Richland County is moving on to the next – but no its final – step.

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission ended their week in Mansfield as constituents continued to give input on legislative district map-drawing, and share their thoughts on the process.

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning August 29

28 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohio Department of Transportation

ODOT District 3 has released its weekly report 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 August 29.

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Mansfield Lahm Benefitting From $766 Million In FAA Grants

27 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse, FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the awarding of more than $766 million in grants to build safer, more sustainable and more accessible airports across the United States.

The funding from the fifth round of FY 2021 Airport Improvement Program grants will pay for projects at 279 airports in 44 states plus Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. View an interactive map with all the awards.

“These grants will improve safety, sustainability and accessibility at airports across our country,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said.

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West Nile Virus Detected In Richland County

26 Aug , 2021  

Richland Public Health officials have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Mifflin and Weller Townships.              

“To be very clear, this is not a human infection case, but the first positive WNV mosquito samples in Richland County this year,” Joe Harrod, Director of Environmental Health at Richland Public Health, stated. Health Department officials will be spraying the WNV positive areas in Mifflin and Weller Townships to discourage transmittal of the mosquito-borne illness to residents.  See schedule at the bootm of the page here: https://richlandhealth.org/our-community/mosquitoes/

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179th Selected As Home To New Cyber Warfare Mission

25 Aug , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

On Wednesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine applauded the U.S. Air Force’s announcement that the Mansfield Air National Guard Base, home of the 179th Airlift Wing, has been selected as the preferred site for the Air National Guard’s first Cyber Warfare Wing.

“I spoke directly with the Secretary of the Air Force today who gave me this outstanding news,” said Governor DeWine. “Ohio is gaining a leading-edge mission that will strengthen the fabric of the military community and further solidify Ohio as a national leader in cybersecurity excellence. Not only will this new mission bring more jobs into the community, but it will also spur more economic growth and create new opportunities for industry and academic growth. This is a tremendous win for Mansfield and for the entire state.”

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City Of Mansfield Closes Utility Collections Office Due To COVID

24 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

In a social media announcement on Tuesday afternoon, the City of Mansfield announced that it is again closing its Utility Collections office to the public.

The announcement shared:

“Because of issues involving the current state of the pandemic, the City has closed its Utility Collections office to access by the public/customers via the lobby and the drive-up window at least through the end of this week.

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Escape From Shawshank Bike Tour

24 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

After a one year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the 2019 Escape from Shawshank Bike Tour returns on August 28 – a bit shorter but just as enjoyable.

The ride, which will begin at 4 PM and last for approximately three hours, will be led again by Tom Clark.

Along the way, you’ll visit Mansfield filming locations for The Shawshank Redemption with Clark adding movie dialog and context. Fittingly, the event will begin at the Ohio State Reformatory; be sure to park outside of the main gate on the left (Mansfield) side of the entry parkway.

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Ohio Health Vaccine Program Gets $1 Million Grant Boost

22 Aug , 2021  

1812Blockhouse, OhioHealth

An OhioHealth program with a Mansfield presence has been awarded a substantial grant to assist in boosting mobile vaccine services.

OhioHealth Community Health Partnerships and Wellness on Wheels was recently awarded a $1 million Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) grant, allowing the healthcare system to expand mobile vaccine services.

“These funds will be helpful to OhioHealth as we continue to focus on increasing vaccination rates in targeted populations, especially where vaccine hesitancy is higher than expected,” said Karen Morrison, OhioHealth senior VP of external affairs and president of the OhioHealth Foundation. “Using our mobile unit, we will continue to travel to communities and neighborhoods where our community outreach team will provide education and easy access to vaccinations for individuals who chose to receive them.”

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning August 22

21 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohio Department of Transportation

ODOT District 3 has released its weekly report 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 August 22.

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Little Mermaid Coming To The Ren

20 Aug , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Youth Theatre (“MY Theatre”) will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre September 10, 11, and 12 as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Performances will take place at 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 PM on Sunday. Dauphne Maloney directs the show with musical direction by Brian K. Nabors. Tickets are $15, general admission, and on sale now at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone, and online at rentickets.org. 

A free sensory-friendly performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be offered Saturday, September 11 at 1 PM for families of individuals with special needs. Interested individuals must register for their free tickets by visiting or calling the Renaissance Box Office at (419) 522-2726. A limited number of tickets is available for the sensory-friendly performance and no walk-ups will be accommodated. Looking for sensory-friendly tickets? Visit: https://bit.ly/SFLittleMermaidPR

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