Schools

Discovery School Certified As A WILD School Site

9 May , 2022  

By ODNR

Discovery School in Mansfield has been dedicated in April as an official WILD School Site, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Discovery School is the 198th WILD School Site dedicated in Ohio and the fourth in Richland County. Students at the school planted native wildflowers, maintained bluebird boxes, and removed invasive plants. This private pre-K to sixth-grade school sits on 40 acres of woods, fields, and streams and is focused on nature-based learning. Every classroom has a door to the outdoors.

An outdoor classroom allows classes to be conducted outdoors and students frequently spend time observing nature and wildlife throughout the property. A vernal pool was cleaned out and now serves as a study site for students to learn about seasonal changes. Taking hikes to identify area plants and animals is also popular with students.

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All Things Business, History & Tourism

Secret No Longer: Downtown Opportunities Unveiled In Tour

8 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Saturday brought the Secret City Tour sponsored by Downtown Mansfield, Inc., a component part of Saturday and Sunday’s RichHistory Weekend.

As in years past, a sampling of historic buildings in the downtown area were readied for these “sneak peek” tours. Buildings on this month’s edition included 87 West Fourth Street, 111 North Main Street (Second Floor), 137 North Main Street, 100 North Main (Second Floor), 130 North Main (Second Floor), 193 North Main, and 25 North Park.

The aim of the event is not only to provide an opportunity for Mansfielders and others to experience local history, but to demonstrate the potential of these spaces as redevelopment opportunities – the kinds of opportunities that can be fueled with recent downtown living grant funding provided by local civic leaders.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of April 23-24

7 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Each weekend here at 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse we present “The Intel On Intel,” where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

n today’s edition, we share media coverage on the following topics:

  • Johnstown fears loss of small-town feel
  • Licking County schools brace for growth
  • Licking County rushes to build new homes
  • Zoning and planning in western Licking County
  • Impact on traffic
  • Annexation
  • New Albany approves rezoning
  • Husted extols level of investment
  • Concerns about US Congress delay

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

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All About Richland

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning May 8

7 May , 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 May 8. All outlined work is weather permitting.

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All About Richland

Mansfield Symphony and Chorus to Present Powerful 1001 Nights Concert

6 May , 2022  

From Renaissance Performing Arts Association

In a masterful finale concert like no other, the Mansfield Symphony celebrates the season and honors the past on Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 PM with “1001 Nights”. The concert will feature the Mansfield Symphony Chorus and special guest vocalists, Heidi Kirschenheiter-Vega (soprano) and Andrew Potter (Bass), on both classic and innovative works that will catch the attention of all music-lovers.

“We are very excited to bring to all of you our 1001 Nights concert. The title is a direct reference to Scheherazade, one of the most exotic, sensual, and thrilling pieces of music ever written. With virtuosic solos by our own concertmaster, Victor Beyens, and many other of our principal instruments, this piece is not only a thrilling way of telling a beautiful story but also a showcase of your incredible Mansfield Symphony” said Mansfield Symphony Conductor, Octavio Más-Arocas.

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Schools

St. Peter’s Celebrates May Crowning

6 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from St. Peter’s Parish & School

St. Peter’s High School Class of 2022 celebrated the start to the end of their high school experience on Thursday with the celebration of May Crowning at St. Peter Church.

A longstanding tradition in the Catholic Church, the month of May is devoted to Mary, the mother of Jesus. During the homily, St. Peter Church pastor Father John Miller explained to those in attendance Mary’s important role in the church.

For the Class of 2022, May Crowing is the first time high school seniors wear their graduation gowns. The senior class elects ten of their classmates to serve on the May Court. They are selected based on their faith, kindness to others, and attentively to God’s will.

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Shelby

Shelby Downtown Project Takes Important Step Forward

5 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

While streetscape work continues in downtown Shelby as a part of that city’s three-part downtown makeover, another major portion of that effort came closer to reality this week.

On Wednesday, construction bids were opened for the new Black Fork Commons Plaza (conceptual images above). Three qualified bids were received, the lowest submitted by Simonson Construction of Ashland.

The Black Fork Commons Plaza will include a fountain/splash feature for kids, a plaza, and a pergola/outdoor fireplace. The price tag is $1.2 million, which has been fully raised. Engineering is underway. The Plaza’s cost is $1.6 million, and it too has been fully funded with 12 local donors. The fundraising was kicked off by the Shelby Foundation’s gift of $250,000.

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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About and Literary Mansfield: The Green Bay Tree

5 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a double post today in our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” and “Literary Mansfield” series — today looking at a work of fiction authored by a well-known Richland Countian.

What it was: The Green Bay Tree is the first novel written and published by author Louis Bromfield

When published: 1924

Age of Bromfield on publication: 28

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All Things Business

Ohio Edison’s $21.6 Million Tree Trimming Program To Have Local Impact

4 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This summer, travelers in Ashland and Richland Counties are bound to see crews from Ohio Edison “up in the trees.”

Ohio Edison, a FirstEnergy Corp. electric company, is conducting its annual tree trimming and other vegetation management work throughout its 34 county service area.  According to the company, this year’s $21.6 million tree-trimming program will help keep power flowing to customers by helping to prevent tree-related outages, such as those that can occur during the spring and summer storm season.

Already in 2022 some 300 miles of  lines have been addressed. There’s still another 4,400 miles to go of tree trimming along high voltage power lines in the company’s service territory.

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Sports

All-New Honda Civic Type R Prototype to Make U.S. Debut At Mid-Ohio

4 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Honda’s all-new 2023 Civic Type R prototype will make its U.S. public debut during the July 1-3 Honda Indy 200 NTT INDYCAR SERIES weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. 

The highly anticipated Civic Type R will be wearing a special camouflage designed exclusively for Type R. In addition, the Civic Type R will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Honda Indy 200 race. The car will make several demonstration hot laps during the weekend, and serve as the lead vehicle at the start of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on Sunday, July 3.

The all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R is already showcasing its trackworthy credentials, having recently set a new track record for a front-wheel drive car at the legendary Suzuka Circuit, home to the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. During final performance testing and evaluation, the new Civic Type R lapped the Suzuka’s 3.6-mile figure-8 configuration in 2 minutes 23.120 seconds.

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Schools

OSU Issues Summer Term COVID Guidance

3 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

With the start of summer term, The Ohio State University is updating its COVID-19 protocols based on the state of the pandemic and federal, state and local guidance.

While the university continues to require that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, Ohio State will be shifting to a voluntary testing program for the summer starting on Monday, May 9. Masks remain optional in most indoor spaces.

The university’s COVID-19 response is always subject to change. Throughout the pandemic, Ohio State has followed guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health as well as federal, state and local policy.

The Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website is regularly updated to reflect current guidance.

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Samuel Stambaugh Bloom

3 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In our Richland Roots series, we briefly present the lives of men and women from Richland County — either by birth, or residence — that have made important contributions to American history but who may not be household names. Other posts in our series can be viewed and read here.

Some of these individuals made names for themselves here at home. One such man was Samuel Stambaugh Bloom, who was a state legislator that helped to establish an important institution of higher education you may know (especially if you like anything Buckeye-related).

Bloom was born in Pennsylvania in 1834, and lost her mother shortly after his birth. After his grandfather died when Samuel was 19, he moved west to the then-village of Shelby, a place where his father had emigrated a decade earlier, permanently settling there in 1856. More…

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All About Richland

Mansfield Police Seek Assistance In Finding Man On Attempted Murder Warrant

2 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Division of Police is looking for a man wanted on a Felony warrant.

According to a press release from the Division posted on Monday afternoon, the man, Michael A. Childress, is suspected in another recent shooting in the city of Mansfield.

The release reads in part: “The Mansfield Division of Police responded to a 911 call for assistance at the Moto-Mart at 1050 West Fourth Street on Sunday morning, May 1, at approximately 2:51 AM, in reference to a 31-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. Once at the location, officers located the victim, Kenneth D. Norris (B/M, 31 years old), near the door of the business suffering from a bullet wound to the head. The victim was immediately transferred to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and was left in the care of hospital staff. No further information on his condition is available at this time.

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All About Richland

US30 Corridor Plan Creators Seek Public Feedback

2 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Now that the website draft has been published, developers of the 2022 U.S. 30 Corridor Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) are seeking public input.

According to the project website, CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development that is the result of a regionally owned planning process. In this case, it was developed as a tool for the four north central Ohio counties along the US30 corridor.

Officials in Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, and Ashland Counties have contributed time to developing and fine-tuning this too. In turn, the Economic Development Administration uses the plan to trigger funds for assistance in infrastructure, and is also shown to companies considering locating a facility in the region.

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All About Richland

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning May 1

1 May , 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 May 1. All outlined work is weather permitting.

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