Publisher’s Note: This month, we are re-sharing posts 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…
It’s an annual opportunity to give back to your community, to possibly find some new friends and acquaintances, and to improve situations right here at home.
NECIC is presenting its Tenth Annual 60/60 Clean Up on Saturday, May 27 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
It’s actually a rather nifty combination. Participants can meet new folks, possibly find some interesting items, get some exercise, and beautify the north side of Mansfield. More…
By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The fishing is good in Richland County!
How good, you ask? Consider the fact that when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources set out to identify the top ten FishOhio locations for largemouth bass, saugeye, and crappie, two local fishing spots appeared.
Charles Mill Reservoir and Clear Fork Lake made an appearance on the top ten lists. More…
By Lee Chilcote, The Land
Miguel Lugo had his first experiences in the manufacturing industry when he worked for Voss Aerospace in Ohio City, where his mom also worked, for one summer in high school. After graduating from James F. Rhodes High School in Old Brooklyn in 2001, the 38-year-old briefly worked at Auto Zone before landing a job as an entry-level laborer at Talan Products Inc., a metal stamping company in Collinwood.
Sixteen years later, he’s risen the company ranks at Talan from a lowly general laborer to plant and tool room manager – and he’s not done rising yet. This fall, Lugo hopes to begin taking classes for his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Despite the perception that manufacturing jobs offer little opportunity for advancement, Lugo says he’s making a good living. More…
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.
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…
From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:
Weaving through Mansfield and the surrounding area, the Wine & Ale Trail guides you to a mix of breweries, wineries, and wine bars each dedicated to honoring local history. Raise a toast to grand architecture in a historic bank vault, taste tradition in an old-world brewery, and pay homage to The Shawshank Redemption (filmed in Mansfield) with themed wines and ales.
Inside Laxton Hollow Brewing Works — one of the nine stops on the trail — the polished woodwork and framed photographs resemble an English pub. Here you’ll find rare cask ales, beer fermented naturally in steel casks without any artificial carbonation, just like in a traditional English pub. Laxton Hollow is one of only 14 breweries in the U.S. specializing in cask ale and the only one in the state. Prior to Prohibition, all brewers conditioned ale this way, and owner Ken Dudley is passionate about preserving the historic process. More…
It might be a new experience for you, but it’s one you’ll undoubtedly enjoy and not soon forget.
Pleasant Hill Lake Park has announced a series of “Pontoon Tours” to be provided this summer, each with its own theme. A naturalist to lead the excursion and life jackets to wear will be provided for the day.
Upcoming tours include:
May 27 – Birding Tour
July 8 – Sunset Tour
September 7 – History Tour
October 2 & 9- Hayride Tour by Boat More…
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 May 9. More…
The Ohio State University at Mansfield has released a video showcasing the GrowFouth Urban Farm project.
Located about a mile from downtown, the effort has gone from community gardening to a full urban farm. Grant funding has been received from OSU.
The garden grows in high tunnels as well as in outdoor raised beds. More…
By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal
In 1991, Sheridan High School freshman Nathan DeRolph thought Ohio’s education funding formula would change before he entered college.
He and his parents had filed a lawsuit against the state that would eventually make it to the Ohio Supreme Court, fighting against the overreliance on property taxes built into public school funding. “I kind of naively, I think, thought by the time I’m a senior in high school, this will all be wrapped up and hopefully there will be a new funding plan in place, and generations after me won’t have to deal with the same challenges,” DeRolph said.
Three decades later, he just watched his daughter graduate from high school, under the same funding system his family fought against, through multiple supreme court decisions. More…
By 1812Blockhouse, Malabar Farm Foundation
You likely know of Malabar Farm State Park, a unit of the State of Ohio which owns and operates Malabar Farm, the home of noted author Louis Bromfield.
You might not be as familiar, however, with the Malabar Farm Foundation — and if you like the place and the Bromfield legacy, you should be.
The process of getting to know the Foundation has become easier with the launch on May 5 of a brand new informative and entertaining website.
In an announcement on social media, the Foundation shared: More…
The Buckeye Council of the Boy Scouts of America officially has a new office in downtown Mansfield, now that a ribbon cutting was held this week at its new location.
Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development was on hand for the ceremony, which included a flag presentation and refreshments.
The office is at 40 West Fourth Street.
Source, Photo: Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development
In our “Take a Hike” series, we’re featuring a walk or organized hike you can take by yourself, with groups, or with your favorite furry friend. In each case, they are located within Richland County and will be generally accessible to the public, or easily made available.
Do you have a favorite walk you’d like to see us share with our readers? Just send information to us at: [email protected] and we’ll be happy to do just that.
Today we’re looking at the 3.6 mile Stoller Road Trail just north of Clearfork Reservoir. More…
From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:
It’s time for a spring refresh! We’re ready for out with the old and in with the new. New projects, new things to do, new events, and new routines. Our calendar of events is here to be your resource for shaking it up with craft fairs, vintage markets, a taco crawl, arts, and live entertainment.
Shop till you drop and revive your home, wardrobe, and more for spring! Shop the local merchants for special deals during the First Friday Shop Hop (May 7) in Downtown Mansfield. The Old Franklin Church, a charming new wedding and event venue, is hosting their first Sip and Shop (May 15). More…