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Seussical, Jr. This Weekend On The Ren Stage

8 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Youth Theatre (“MY Theatre”) will present Seussical, Jr. on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre September 9, 10, and 11 as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Performances will take place at 7:00 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 are on sale now at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone, and online at rentickets.org

A free sensory-friendly performance of Seussical, Jr. will be offered Saturday, September 10 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.

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Collaboration Seeks To Train Those Seeking A Future In Education

7 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

When Mind Body Align, LLC collaborates with the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) and The Ohio State University (OSU) Mansfield to train non-educators who are on the path to becoming teachers or other careers in education, their work benefits the whole community. Together, the group is working to connect the multi-generational Ohio community with resources and technology that support self-care, mindfulness, education, and training.

“Emerging Educators uses a multi-generational holistic approach to train and support community members, giving them the opportunity to serve as classroom teachers and substitute teachers across Richland County,” shared program co-leader Crystal Davis Weese of NECIC. “We are helping our educational community harness the power of diversity and focus on expanding mindfulness, readiness, education, training, access, and participation among local community members. I wanted to work collectively with a group of partners who wanted to utilize our passion for education and teaching, to connect and engage others in the process of becoming educators.”

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Literary Mansfield: Mansfield’s Other Pulitzer Prize Winner

6 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Publisher’s Note: This is a post from our “Literary Mansfield” series, the very first series we did here at 1812Blockhouse. This initial post was made back in 2016. Through this series, 1812Blockhouse looks at Mansfielders, past and present, who have contributed to the world of writing in all of its forms. This post, about James Lapine, has been recently updated (see below).

Many Mansfielders know the story of Louis Bromfield, the creator of Malabar Farm who combined a storied career in writing with a foray into the world of sustainable agriculture. Bromfield, a Mansfield native, was the winner of the 1927 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his book, Early Autumn. We will have occasion to share some stories about him later in this series.

Fewer might know, however, that a second native son also won a coveted Pulitzer. More…

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning September 4

3 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, ODOT

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 September 4. All outlined work is weather permitting.

All the best for safe travels throughout 2022!

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DMI Provides Update On Main Street Project

2 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

As 2022 has progressed, things have been looking increasingly favorable for Mansfield’s Main Street Improvement Project, an initiative designed to bring a new look and renewed vitality to several blocks of downtown’s traditional north-south thoroughfare.

In its most recent newsletter, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) shared a current update on the project. It shared:

“The Main Street Investment project has received a $7.38 million dollar RAISE grant to assist in funding the complete rebuilding of the Main Street corridor from First to Fifth Street! This project will reconstruct the downtown Mansfield streetscape and will include updated LED street lighting, new ADA-compliant curb ramps, upgraded sidewalks, brick pavers in new crosswalks, and lighted plazas with seating.

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Richland County Farmers Eligible For Nutrient Planning Grant

2 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Are you looking for ways to save money on your farm?  A Nutrient Management Plan and Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) can help.

Richland SWCD received a grant from the Richland County Foundation to pay 50% of the cost to have a nutrient management plan written. A plan is tailored to the land’s needs and could save money and time in gas, fertilizer, and equipment use. Land is left in good shape for future generations and helps prevent nutrients running off fields into streams, lakes, and rivers, which can cause algae blooms and are harmful to aquatic life.

A nutrient management plan helps achieve farm and environmental goals through best management practices. Incorporating the 4Rs of nutrient management into a plan will optimize fertilizer and manure use. The 4Rs are Applying the Right Amount from the Right Source at the Right Place at the Right Time.

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US30 Project Poised To Make Major Shift

1 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over the next couple of weeks, work will continue on the massive US30 Rehabilitation Project through Mansfield pretty much as it has for some time.

On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Transportation shared the anticipated work taking place next week:

  • SR 545 under U.S. 30 will be reduced to one lane of traffic for overhead bridge painting. Traffic will be maintained with portable traffic signals. This traffic pattern will remain for approximately two weeks.
  • The westbound pattern will consist of maintaining one lane of traffic westbound, from just east of 5th Avenue to SR 13, and two lanes of traffic westbound, from SR 13 to just west of SR 309.
  • The eastbound pattern will consist of maintaining one lane of traffic eastbound, from just west of SR 309 to SR 13, and two lanes of traffic eastbound, from SR 13 to just east of 5th Avenue.
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Ohio’s Early Fall Hunting Seasons

31 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Thousands of Ohioans have eagerly been waiting for the calendar to turn to September, when popular hunting seasons open across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Early September is the time to hunt doves, squirrels, and some waterfowl, with white-tailed deer archery season just around the corner.

The tradition of a September 1 season opener continues for squirrel (fox, gray, and red), dove, rail, snipe, and gallinule. Canada geese and teal (blue-winged, green-winged, and cinnamon) may be hunted starting September 3 during the early waterfowl season. The deer archery hunting season is not far behind, with the statewide season beginning September 24 and a season in a few targeted counties opening September 10.

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Three Exhibitions Launch At The Mansfield Art Center

30 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Beginning this past weekend and going through the month of September, the Mansfield Art Center is showcasing three exhibitions of differing types.

The Eye’s Mind features the work of eight Ohio photographers. Mixed media artist Marcus Blackwell’s work is featured in the Spotlight Gallery. Finally, the paintings of Joseph Maiback will be found in the Foundation Gallery

All three exhibitions run through October 16.

Details on these three showings from the great folks at Destination Mansfield – Richland County can be found by clicking on any of the links below.

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Library Launches Memory Lab

28 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

You know that VHS tape of your wedding, sitting in a box gathering dust and never played because your VCR broke 15 years ago?

Or that box of 50mm slides from your trip to Colorado in 1982?

Thanks to the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library’s new Memory Lab, those memories can be relived through placing each n a new, more accessible digital format.

Best of all, you are not on your own in negotiating the connections between one electronic device and other. The Library will provide access to trained staff who will, in turn, train you on how to accomplish these tasks during three two-hour sessions on Monday through Thursday at 9 AM, 12 PM, and 3 PM.

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Cleveland Church Turns Membership Struggle Into Gift For Community

28 Aug , 2022  

By Nate Flauto, The Land

Publisher’s Note: Many churches in Ohio, including some in Richland County, are facing the twin challenges of declining attendance and increasing maintenance costs. This article shared with permission from The Land in Cleveland sounds a positive note on opportunities in such situations. The Land is a local news startup that reports on Cleveland’s neighborhoods and inner ring suburbs. They deliver in-depth stories that foster accountability, inform the community, and inspire people to take action. Like 1812Blockhouse, The Land is a member of LION Publishers.


Since putting down their roots at Archwood United Church of Christ (Archwood UCC) in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood, the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center (the Center) has flourished. The recreation room is now a dance studio home to Latin dance classes, the basement is now a frequently booked place for celebrations, and the dormant classrooms once used for bible study are now filled with children attending programming such as the Latin Image Leadership Program.

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning August 28

27 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, ODOT

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 August 28. All outlined work is weather permitting.

All the best for safe travels throughout 2022!

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Monkeypox Has Yet To Reach North Central Ohio, ODH Reports

26 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Health has taken on the relatively new monkeypox health situation with information and resources.

This Department’s efforts include a new “Monkeypox Dashboard” which would likely give visitors a sense of deja vu from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a set of accompanying FAQs, the Department shared, “Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with a virus. We’ve known monkeypox can cause disease in people since 1970. Before 2022, monkeypox was mostly seen in parts of central and west Africa. During 2022, monkeypox was reported in places where it is not usually found. This includes countries around the world, including the U.S. and here in Ohio.”

Other answered questions include matters of transmission, symptoms, treatments, pets, available vaccines, and more. The FAQ page can be accessed here.

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Highway Patrol Checkpoint Coming Saturday

26 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Saturday evening, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting an OVI checkpoint somewhere in Richland County.

The local effort will be matched by checkpoints in ten other Ohio counties, including nearby Knox County.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. “There were 13,762 OVI-related crashes in which 720 people were killed last year in Ohio,” said Lieutenant Jason P. Murfield, Mansfield Post commander. “In 2021, troopers made more than 18,000 OVI arrests in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.”

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