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SPARC Awarded ODE Grant For Career Development

1 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Education has awarded $89 million in Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities Grants to 161 community-based partners. The Department received more than 700 applications from across the state.

Locally. $1.9 million was awarded in a two-year grant to SPARC, who will implement the READY FOR HIRE program, starting this summer, with fiscal oversight from Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center.

READY FOR HIRE will empower and enhance resilient, inquisitive learners with keen interests in their intended career field through work-based learning experiences. The purpose of the program is to impact students who have experienced disruptions to learning exacerbated by the pandemic through focused career readiness and social emotional learning programming that will increase career/college readiness so that students will be prepared for success after high school. Educational partners from Richland, Crawford and Morrow Counties will take part.

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A Fun-Packed June Coming To Richland County

29 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Summer is here in the Mansfield area and we’re embracing it with open arms! Get your summer started with motorsports, an obstacle course on the water, and an art exhibit by rock legend John Mellencamp (yes, you read that right!).

We have a lot to share with you this month. The Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio  takes to the track at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (June 24-26) and don’t forget kids under 12 attend free with an adult.  Head to the iHeart Radio’s Beach Day at Pleasant Hill Lake Park featuring the WhoaZone obstacle course on the water, DJ’s, kids’ activities, and more (June 4).

Outdoor Fun

Walk, jog, or run the annual Kingwood 5K that winds through the gardens, the Richland B & O Trail, and the surrounding neighborhoods. This family-friendly event is open to all ages and abilities.

POP! Pictures on the Plaza features one outdoor movie a month at the new green space next to the Renaissance Theatre. June’s feature is Hook. Plan to arrive at 7:30 p.m. for activities and the movie kicks off at 8:30 p.m.

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning May 29

28 May , 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 May 29. All outlined work is weather permitting.

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Mansfield Police Seek Help In Solving Jennings Avenue Shooting

27 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Mansfield Division of Police

Yet another shooting has left one dead and local law enforcement searching for answers.

The Mansfield Division of Police patrol officers responded to the 300 block of Jennings Avenue at approximately 7:02 AM on Friday morning in reference to a “man down” call. Upon arriving, an unknown suspect was laying across 375 Jennings Avenue, dressed all in black, wearing a mask and obviously deceased. The Richland County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene which was then processed for evidence.

The victim, later identified as 19-year-old Joseph A. Andrews, Jr.. had been reported as a “missing person” that morning by his family. Prior to the victim being reported missing, a vehicle matching the description of the one the victim had been known to drive was found engulfed in flames at North Lake Park at approximately 12:44 AM. Detectives are working to identify the owner of that vehicle but the fire damage has delayed their efforts.

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Memorial Day Parades In Richland County’s Cities And Villages

27 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

All across Richland County the upcoming weekend will see parades, services, and other events commemorating Memorial Day. A partial list follows (this will be updated if we learn of additional events):

Mansfield 

Saturday, 9 AM – Placing of Flags, Mansfield Cemetery

Sunday, 1 PM – 51st Avenue of the Flag Ceremony, Mansfield Memorial Park

Monday, 10:30 AM – Mansfield Memorial Day Parade – Route is from five-way intersection, east on PAW to gazebo in the square for service

Monday, 2 PM – Old Soldiers Ground renovation project dedication, Mansfield Cemetery (story here)

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Sign Up For S.T.E.A.M. Camp

26 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

What’s S.T.E.A.M., you ask?

S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math. It also refers to the daily emphasis during this Mansfield City Schools’ summer’s Camp sessions at Mansfield Senior High School.

These weekly camps are designed for campers aged 10 through 14 or who are entering 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grades this fall.

Campers attend one of the following weeks: June 13 – June 17,  June 20 – June 24,  June 27 – July 1, and  July 11 – July 15. During each week, programs will change in focus each day – Mondays focus on Science, Tuesday on Technology, Wednesday on Engineering,  Thursday on Agriculture, and Friday on Math.

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Final Friday Concert Series Kicks Off At The Brickyard

26 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

One of the most popular local summer traditions is back again for 2022, bigger and better than ever! It’s the best way to experience sunshine, good food, and good music.

Here’s hoping for clear skies as the 2022 Final Friday Concert Series at The Brickyard, hosted by Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI), kicks off tomorrow night with the lineup of Emily Raff, Third Degree Sideburn, and Terry Lee Ridley.

The full 2022 summer lineup is as follows:

  • Friday, May 27: Emily Raff, Third Degree Sideburn, and Terry Lee Ridley
  • Friday, June 24: Jody Odom Jr., Jeffrey Boyd & Park Street Blue, and Biscuit Miller
  • Friday, July 29: Jai Merina, Talk Boy Trio, and Red Ball Jets
  • Friday, August 26: Jose Sanchez, Toms Kitchen Table, and County Line
  • Friday, September 30: Sarah Goff, Escape the Circus, and Zack Attack
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ODNR’s New Virtual Museum Displays Malabar Farm Artifacts

25 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, with information from ODNR

As the Ohio Department of Natural Resources‘ new museum is unveiled, Richland County finds itself front and center.

There’s no need to travel to take in the exhibits.

Artifacts, historic patches, sculptures, and artwork- all these things can be found hidden within Ohio State Parks and nature preserves. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is putting these pieces of history right at your fingertips with the Cardinal Collection, a brand-new virtual museum.

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Renaissance Theatre To Host Free Outdoor Concert For Kids At Blackfork Commons

24 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will host the final Teddy Bear Concert of its 2021-22 season on Sunday, June 5 at 2:30 PM in Shelby, OH.  A part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series, this outdoor event provides a live concert experience for young audiences and their families.

Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal and enjoy a free performance featuring the story of Little Red Riding Hood

Adapted by Renaissance Theatre Artistic Director, Michael Thomas, this Teddy Bear Concert is an engaging musical adaptation which features audience participation, interactive storytelling with local actors, and an array of fun music provided by the Woodwind Duet featuring Mansfield Symphony musicians.

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The Bookmobile Is Going Just About Everywhere This Summer

23 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Rolling, rolling, rolling – keep those books a’rolling.

Each month, the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library makes its way across the county, bringing the services of the Main Library and branches to places a bit more remote.

The Bookmobile is, in fact, just that – a branch on wheels. Not only will you find books to peruse and borrow, but you can get your library card, place and pick up materials on hold, return books, check our DVDs and video games, and more.

While the current vehicle is relatively new, the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library had a similar service through its “branchmobile,” which operated from the 1950s through 1989. Even earlier, bookmobiles took library services across the area as far back as the 1920s.

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Little Buckeye Children’s Museum Changes Its Name

23 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockouse

There is exciting news today on Park Avenue West.

Downtown Mansfield’s Little Buckeye Children’s Museum announced today that it will be changing its name to Buckeye Imagination Museum.

“Little Buckeye Children’s Museum is evolving. We are changing our name, but not our vision, mission,
or commitment to the community. We will continue be a safe and fun place for your family to play,”
says Fred Boll, Executive Director.

The name change comes at a time when the beloved children’s museum is preparing to move into its
new 30,000 square foot building located just two blocks away at 175 West Third Street in downtown
Mansfield’s Imagination District beside the Renaissance Theatre.

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ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning May 22

22 May , 2022  

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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 May 22. All outlined work is weather permitting.

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Ohio Issues New Communication Card To Assist The Deaf And Law Enforcement

21 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Traffic Safety Office (OTSO), Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), and statewide law enforcement partners have developed a new communication card to help individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing exchange information with law enforcement.

The new card, which can be downloaded onto a phone or printed and stored inside a vehicle, wallet, or purse, includes various pictures that deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals can point to in order to help them more easily communicate during interactions with law enforcement.

“Removing barriers for Ohioans with disabilities is crucial for helping them live self-determined, independent lives,” said Governor DeWine. “This new communication tool will improve safety for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community as well as law enforcement officers across the state.”

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North End Farmers Market Returns For 2022

20 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

With the steady rise in temperatures, produce is appearing in larger quantities on store shelves.

The time is approaching when locally grown goods will be available for purchase directly from producers.

The NECIC North End Farmers Market will return on June 2 from 4 PM through 7 PM, and will be taking place every Thursday, rain or shine. The Market will be located at the NECIC Urban Farm at 311 Bowman Street, adjacent to the nearby railroad crossing.

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Two Sandhill Cranes Spotted In Richland County

20 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, ODNR

Richland County’s sole sandhill cranes are bound to be lonely.

Actually, while there is every chance that those cranes are not alone, that was not what appeared to be the case when final numbers were tallied in the one-day April 2022 Midwest Crane Count, numbers for which were shared recently by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Across Ohio, there was a total of 397 sandhill cranes spotted by observers in 24 counties:

The survey was conducted in 24 preselected counties during the crane’s nesting season. Counties were selected based on the availability of wetland habitat that cranes use for nesting. Volunteers searched crane habitat within a 10-square mile survey block. Results were reported via eBird.

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