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Summer Crisis Program Starts July 1

15 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Development and Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs from July 1 until September 30.

To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with the Community Action Commission of Richland and Huron by calling 419-901-9539.

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Wood Window Workshop Held At Dayspring

14 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

A successful and sold-out “Wood Window Workshop” took place this weekend with engaged attendees from Richland County and beyond gathering to learn and experiment while literally chipping away at the restoration of the Dayspring Boiler House.

In addition to the Richland County Infirmary, the grounds retain several original support buildings including the barn, slaughter house, root cellar, and boiler house. The Infirmary itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Taught by members of the Richland Preservation Action Group (which is fostered by the Richland County Historical Society) the workshop took place in two parts, first on-site at Dayspring Assisted Living for the sash removal with hands-on repair following at Oak Hill Cottage.

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Broadway Camp For Kids To Be Offered Again This Summer

11 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Registration has opened for the Renaissance’s annual “Broadway Camp!” summer theatre program for students ages 8-13. The popular summer theatre camp sessions will be held as in-person classes, during the weeks of June 20-24; and June 27-June 30.

Broadway Camp! options include the traditional three-hour morning camp (June 20-24), as well as a new, day-long, six-hour “Broadway Camp Showz!” camp (June 27-June 30). All “Broadway Camp!” sessions are designed to be sensory-inclusive; with tuition set at $105 for either the June 20-24 camp, or for the June 27-June 30 session. Full and partial scholarships are available for all Broadway Camp sessions.

The new, day-long “Broadway Camp Showz!” will allow participants to further explore the opportunity to present a fully staged Broadway Kids-style production.  The camp production, designed for specifically for young actors, will use a script and score adapted from a popular Broadway musical. To participate in Broadway Camp Showz!, students must previously have completed a session of a two or three-hour Broadway Camp, or Broadway Camp, Too!

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning June 12

11 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 12. All outlined work is weather permitting.

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Downtown Mansfield Parking Lot To Be Reenvisioned By BGSU

10 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, BGSU Press Release

Bowling Green State University’s Center for Regional Development is looking to do some makeovers.

Instead of improving appearances or renovating houses, the Center is focusing its efforts on creating new energy for untapped assets for local communities, turning them into engines for economic growth and enhanced quality of life. 

To that end, the Center has announced the second cohort of communities to participate in its Reimagining Rural Regions (R3) program. One of those chosen communities is Mansfield.

Launched in 2021, the R3 program is an economic and workforce development-centered placemaking initiative that helps communities identify, enhance and build community assets to aid in talent attraction and retention.

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Food Is Focus Of Family Fun On The Farm Festival

10 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There is nothing like fresh fruit and vegetables and right now we are enjoying lettuce, asparagus and peas. As the growing season progresses, there will be many more fresh food choices like corn, watermelon, tomatoes, and apples. We are fortunate to have a wide range of other fresh food available throughout the year in Richland County like eggs, meat and honey.

The pandemic brought attention and awareness of where food comes from, and an emphasis on locally produced food. To continue to raise awareness on where food comes from, Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is partnering with Richland County farm jewel, Malabar Farm State Park, for Family Fun on the Farm Festival on Saturday, June 25 at Malabar Farm from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. There are many fun activities planned for all ages, especially children. The festival is open to anyone and admission is free. More…

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Celebration To Include Mansfield’s First-Ever Juneteenth Parade

8 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s not every day that a new parade hits the streets of downtown Mansfield.

A week from Saturday. that first-ever parade will form a centerpiece for a day-long celebration focused on downtown Mansfield’s Central Park.

The Juneteenth Parade, Festival, and Health Fair will take place on June 18 from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. The Parade will lead things off and will proceed down Park Avenue West. Special guest marching bands and drumlines, dance groups, local churches, businesses, organizations, and political candidates will be featured.

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Movies Under The Stars

8 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s something about watching a movie outdoors.

For those of a certain age, the drive-in movie theatre provided that type of experience (and fortunately some still exist). This summer, however, you can watch film under the stars in the Imagination District in downtown Mansfield.

POP! Pictures on the Plaza features free, family friendly activities as well as an outdoor movie. The venue is the grassy area known as the Plaza situated between the Renaissance Theatre and Theatre 166.

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Landmarks of Mansfield: The Women’s Club Building

7 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There are a handful of structures standing in Mansfield today that very much “connect the dots.” These buildings tie important eras in the city’s history together, serving therefore as important landmarks that continue to inform and inspire.

One such building sits at 145 Park Avenue West, known locally as The Women’s Club. More…

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Over Five Million Dollars Earmarked For Richland County In Ohio Capital Bill

6 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The 2022 Ohio Capital Bill, passed by overwhelming margins in both the Ohio House and Senate, means that several proposed Richland County projects are receiving funding.

The measure includes the state’s two year $3.5 billion construction budget that includes statewide initiatives, business and industry incentives, and local projects advanced by lawmakers.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said of the bill, “I thank the General Assembly for their partnership in supporting these important projects across Ohio which will make a tremendous impact and continue job growth in our state.  House Bill 687 also creates a significant and historic investment into our state parks, which are true gems which can be enjoyed by all Ohioans and those who support our tourism industry.”

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Who’s Buried In Mansfield Cemetery?

5 Jun , 2022  

By: 1812Blockhouse

You may have heard of the old riddle, “Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?” The correct response, of course, is that there are two people who are entombed there — President Grant and his wife Julia.

The local equivalent might be this — Who’s buried in Mansfield Cemetery? Thousands, of course. As it turns out, a number of people are buried there who have some claim to fame, at least locally. Those certainly include business leaders, prominent educators, and the like — but so are some names with regional or national significance.

Mansfield Cemetery sits in the city of Mansfield a bit south and east of downtown. Established in 1845, it sits on land (the first 20 acres) Benjamin Johns. Its articles of association date from 1847, which as also the date of the first internment there.

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning June 5

4 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 5. All outlined work is weather permitting.

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Free Fishing Across Ohio The Weekend Of June 18-19

4 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s annual free fishing weekend provides all Ohio residents the chance to experience any one of hundreds of public fishing locations on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

This will be the only weekend of the year in which Ohio residents 16 and older can fish public waters without purchasing a fishing license. During that weekend, Ohio residents can fish for free in any of Ohio’s public waters, including those of Lake Erie and the Ohio River. All other fishing regulations, size limits, and bag limits apply.

The Division of Wildlife hosts one free fishing weekend each year that aims to expand access to and participation in this cherished outdoor activity. The free fishing weekend is an excellent chance to get outside and experience the thrill of fishing at no cost. Anglers are encouraged to introduce someone new to fishing, especially youth, and make lasting memories on the water. An estimated 1.3 million Ohioans fish in the Buckeye State every year.

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Two County Businesses Receive Food Supply Chain Grants

3 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Office of Governor Mike DeWine

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted have announced additional state support to help strengthen the local meat supply chain and reduce reliance on out-of-state meat processors.

Seventy-five Ohio meat processors will receive grants totaling approximately $15 million to help them expand capacity and meet the growing demand for meat processing services.

Two Richland County businesses are included.

Today’s awards are the second round of funding offered through the Ohio Meat Processing Grant Program. Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted, in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly, increased the amount of funding available through this program from $10 million to $25 million in April after the need for grants far exceeded the initial funding amount. 

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Roundabout Work Underway

2 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

A long-planned feature for RIchland County roadways will be here soon, now that construction has begun on the new Illinois Avenue/Cook Road/Mansfield-Lucas Road roundabout.

First publicly announced in 2019, the new roundabout, just southeast of Mansfield City Cemetery, was designed to provide increased safety over the present configuration. A study released at the time showed that 15 crashes had taken place there in the 2012 to 2015 time period, with another 13 crashes occurring in 2016 and 2017.

A fact sheet from the public meeting on the proposal can be found here, and a video introduction is below.

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