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Area Agency on Aging Receives Prestigious Aging Innovations Award

21 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. has announced that its Repurposing Vacant City Lots into Affordable Housing Program recently received a 2021 Aging Innovations Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies. The awards program is supported by iN2L, provider of the leading engagement and social connection platform for seniors, offering a foundation for activities that facilitate social interaction, cognitive and physical exercise, education, reminiscing, areas of interest, and memory support engagement.

Repurposing Vacant City Lots into Affordable Housing Program, which addresses a critical need for safe and affordable housing for aging adults through an innovative development of Ritter’s Run Apartments. This program was among the top 15 of 36 local aging programs to receive honors during the n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow, July 19-22. More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Buffalo Bill

21 Jul , 2021  

NOTE: This post in our “When Mansfield Welcomed” series has been updated with recently-discovered information.

By 1812Blockhouse

It was a brilliant Saturday in July, 1896 when Buffalo Bill came to town. Not just Buffalo Bill, mind you – his famous “Wild West Show” was in tow and put on two performances in a lot on East Fourth Street. This was not his first visit to Mansfield, nor would it be his last.

Buffalo Bill, born William Frederick Cody in 1846, grew up on the frontier and loved every aspect of that way of life. As he grew older, some of the titles he earned, or at least ascribed to himself, including buffalo hunter, U.S. Army scout and guide, and showman, as well as Pony Express Rider, Indian fighter, and even author. Whatever Cody’s titles, he was destined for fame. More…

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History & Tourism

Coffee, Murder, & Mystery Takes On OSR: Podcast

20 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A national podcast that focuses in on “true crime” stories has recently set it sights on Mansfield.

The “Coffee, Mystery, & Murder” podcast discusses murder, mystery and the supernatural, according to host Melissa Lancaster. The podcast’s website is here, which has links to several social media pages.

The July 18 edition looks at the history of the Ohio State Reformatory. Listen and enjoy:

Image by Christoph from Pixabay

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All About Richland

Share Your Vocal Talent During 419 Sings

20 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A virtual talent show will showcase talent of vocalists and bands located in the 419 area code.

It’s called “419 Sings,” and it represents a five week virtual talent show sponsored by the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, United Way of Hancock County, and First National Bank.

Sixteen finalists will be selected to compete against each other through a virtual platform over a five-week period beginning in September for the chance to win: $2,500, a recording studio session with Stone Soup Recording Studio in Maumee and their own live performance at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. More…

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Schools

OSU Mansfield Students, Staff Can Enter The Buckeye Vax Sweepstakes

19 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

To further encourage the Ohio State community to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the university will be distributing $50,000 in prizes to students, faculty and staff who have received their shots.

All OSU campuses are eligible.

Throughout August, the university will conduct weekly drawings for prizes that include gift cards, football season tickets and annual parking permits. More than 65% of returning students, faculty and staff have completed their vaccinations, and the number continues to rise as more individuals share their information. More…

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History & Tourism

The Mansfield Effect

19 Jul , 2021  

From Destination Mansfield – Richland County

By Katharine Stevens

These people and ideas that emerged from Mansfield have gone on to change the world.

TOUCHDOWN – In the early 1900s, Charles Follis — nicknamed “The Black Cyclone” — propelled civil rights movements and his teams forward as the first Black professional football player in America. He played for the Shelby Blues alongside teammate Branch Rickey, who signed Jackie Robinson 40 years later. Honor his memory with a visit to Charles Follis Way in Shelby near the Black Fork Commons.

NEED FOR SPEED – The entrepreneur behind Rupp Industries, Mickey Rupp engineered the go-karts and minibikes that inspired a generation of thrill seekers. More…

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All About Richland

Summer Road Trips: Travel The World This Summer

18 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

This summer, it is possible to travel the short distance to Columbus and to experience the world in a most unique way.

Franklin Park Conservancy and Botanical Gardens will take you there via an exhibition entitled “Sister Cities: Horticultural Sites, Events, and Developments.” More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield Special: The Princess Theatre

17 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Today, we broaden the scope of our Landmarks of Mansfield series by focusing on a landmark that never was.

At least not how it was originally planned.

We take our readers back 113 years, and to the southwest corner of West Fourth and Walnut Street. There, in 1908, owner William Shakespeare Cappeller, founder and owner of The Mansfield News, made plans for something special to take place. More…

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All About Richland

AugustFest At St. Peter’s

17 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Why wait until October? That’s the question considering the upcoming St. Peter’s Parish and School AugustFest, to be held on Saturday, August 7 at the Spartan Fields Athletic Complex, 640 Hickory Lane.

This event, for adults aged 21 and above, will include live music, beer and wine, food, casino style games, and a corn hole tournament.

Featured music entertainment will be The Ohio Express, a north central Ohio favorite. More…

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All About Richland

Free Arts Integration Professional Development For Teachers Available At The Ren

16 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Partners in Education Team, comprised of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association, the Mansfield Art Center, and Mansfield City Schools, will host a two-day professional development workshop on arts integration for elementary and intermediate educators, and administrators on July 29-30, 2021 in the Pioneer CTC Performing Arts classroom, located at the Renaissance’s Theatre 166 venue. The registration fee of $125 for the workshop has been covered for all participants through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council and Charles P. Hahn, CFP.

Kennedy Center teaching artist Randy Barron will lead workshops entitled, “Math on the Move” for teachers serving students in grades K-2; and for those teaching students in grades 3-8. Through dance and creative movement activities, students become kinesthetically and visually engaged in creating number sense and developing an understanding of the important ideas underlying all of mathematics. More…

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Mansfielder Sylvia McNair Donates Career Collection

16 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield’s two-time Grammy Award-winning soprano, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumna and former faculty member Sylvia McNair, has donated a vast array of items documenting her career to her alma mater.

The Sylvia McNair Digital Collection comprises more than 900 entries and over 4,000 scanned items, including concert programs, newspaper and magazine articles and reviews, awards, photos, publicity materials and correspondence from throughout McNair’s 35-plus-year career as an opera, classical and cabaret singer.

The physical collection, held in the William and Gayle Cook Music Library at the Jacobs School of Music, also includes more than 50 of McNair’s professional recordings and dozens of personal music scores with her performance notes. More…

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All About Richland

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning July 18

16 Jul , 2021  

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 July 18. More…

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All About Richland

H2O Virtual Meetings To Be Held

15 Jul , 2021  

By: Richland County SWCD, 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Dorothy Pelanda announced last week that H2Ohio’s farmer incentive program is expanding into 10 additional counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

1812Blockhouse’s post concerning that announcement can be read here.

Richland County is included in the expansion and Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is administering the program locally. More…

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Good Morning, Mansfield! Hairspray Coming To The Ren

15 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Rehearsals are well underway and live theatre is finally back at the Renaissance Theatre. The hit Broadway musical, Hairspray is set to delight audiences with unforgettable singing, dancing, and hilarious characters, July 31 and August 7 at 8:00 PM and August 1 and 8 at 2:30 PM, on the main stage at the Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Avenue West in Mansfield.

It’s Baltimore 1962, and plus-sized teen, Tracy Turnblad, is delighted to find herself as the newest dance sensation on the local rock and roll dance program, The Corny Collins Show. But when Tracy discovers that the show is segregated, she finds herself on the front lines of the battle for equality and acceptance.

Leading the cast is Izzi Robles as Tracy Turnblad. A recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Izzi most recently performed at the Ren as Anita in the Mansfield Symphony concert version of West Side Story. More…

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All About Richland

What’s In A Name? For Mansfield, Quite A Bit

14 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

“A rose by rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Shakespeare penned. For cities and counties of a certain size, however, the names which they are called can matter a great deal.

This is why Mansfield officials breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when the Office of Management and Budget announced that a possible revised definition would mean that Mansfield would no longer constitute a metropolitan statistical area was rejected.

Such an area is a location of population density that functions as a regional marketplace. The appellation is tied to such things as federal funding and project eligibility. More…

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