All About Richland

OSUM, NCSC Officially Open New Campus Entrance

6 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s no question that Lexington-Springmill Road is a busy place these days.

The trucks and cars may have created more than one loud roar during Wednesday morning’s ribbon cutting at the new campus entrance sign for the campus of The Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College, but the enthusiasm and excitement were clearly evident.

Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development President Jodie Perry introduced the Facebook Live event, calling the new entrance and sign a “great new front door.” More…

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Schools

Gov. DeWine Orders Children To Wear Masks As Schools Reopen

5 Aug , 2020  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine issued a health order Tuesday requiring masks for children returning to in-person classes this fall. The governor pleaded with concerned parents and educators across the state to abide by the state’s health orders as K-12 schools begin to open.

During his briefing Tuesday, DeWine said the mask order for students “gives us the best shot to keep Ohio’s kids and educators safe and physically in school.”

New cases in Ohio remain high, with 1,143 reported Tuesday, up from over 900 on Monday, marking a 21-day daily case average of 1,291. More…

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History & Tourism

Vintage Mansfield Photo Collection Accessible Online

5 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Through a partnership with the Cleveland Memory Project, an online location for thousands of Cleveland area photographs sponsored by the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University, the Mansfield Richland County Public Library has set out to connect Mansfielders with their past.

To that end, the MRCPL is in the process of uploading over 1,000 images housed in the Library’s Sherman Room. The project is an ongoing one, although many have already been added to the site. The main page of the MRCPL Collection can be accessed by clicking here. From that page, the entire local collection can be searched or browsed. More…

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All About Richland

Pollinators, Butterflies, and More

4 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse; Richland County Park District

An annual event that celebrates all things creepy-crawley that also fly will be taking place this weekend with the 7th Annual Richland County Park District Pollinator & Native Plant Festival.

The event actually begins on Wednesday with the visit of Fran LeMasters and her “All a Flutter” live butterfly exhibit, which you can actually physically enter and have the opportunity to interact with native butterfly species. Come inside and visit live butterflies from the caterpillar, larvae, and flying stage, including feeding.

LeMasters will be at the Gorman Nature Center from Tuesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 4 PM (on Thursday, the hours will be somewhat limited due to another event at the Center. More…

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All About Richland

Ohio Again Remains Below 1,000 New COVID-19 Cases

3 Aug , 2020  

For the second consecutive day, Ohio is reporting fewer than 1,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases.

On Sunday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 916 new cases, bringing Ohio’s total to 88,134.

Through Friday, Ohio had reported more than 1,000 new cases in 23 of the past 24 days, including Thursday’s pandemic record of 1,649. More…

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1812Blockhouse

We’re Making Some Upgrades

3 Aug , 2020  

By Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Owner/Publisher

Since Saturday, we have been making some upgrades on 1812Biockhouse to build server capacity and allow for new features.

We have been enjoying an increase in traffic in the last several weeks which is making these changes necessary. With staff vacations, this is the week we chose for this purpose.

Our full publishing schedule should resume by mid-week.

We’re heading toward our birthday during the first week of September — which we intend to celebrate online! As always, thank you for being an 1812Blockhouse reader.

Featured, History & Tourism

Have An Awesome August in Richland County

3 Aug , 2020  

From our great friends at Destination Mansield – Richland County. If you are looking for the latest on events and attractions in Richland County and the area, visit their great website here.

No matter what back-to-school will look like for your family, there is still plenty of socially-distanced summer fun to be had in Richland County. Watch as racing returns to Mid-Ohio, enjoy drive-in entertainment, shop Ohio’s Longest Yard Sale, explore historic mansions, and more. More…

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Sports

Honda Indy 200 At Mid-Ohio Postponed

2 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse; Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Just a handful of days after announcing a doubleheader weekend for Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (see our story here), track officials have now announced that the event will be postponed until sometime later in 2020.

The news release stated:

“INDYCAR and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course have agreed to postpone The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio scheduled for Aug. 7-9 until a date to be determined in September or October. This decision was made through communication with local health officials given the current environment. More…

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History & Tourism

The New Ohio Literary Trail Has Local Stops

2 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohioana Library Association

Several Ohio counties have stops along the new Ohio Literary Trail.

Only a handful have more than one, Richland County among them.

The Ohioana Library Association has announced this new program that will connect readers and Ohio writers and shine the spotlight on Ohio’s unique role in shaping culture and literature worldwide.

Ohioana compiled the trail map with more than 70 sites across the Buckeye state, paying tribute to the authors, poets, illustrators, libraries, and creative influencers of the written word who have called Ohio home. Tourists planning a literary-themed outing, as well as Ohioans who want to discover literary treasures they never knew existed in their own backyard, will find it here. More…

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All About Richland

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning August 2

1 Aug , 2020  

By: ODOT District Three; 1812Blockhouse

ODOT District Three 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 August 2. More…

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History & Tourism

Townsend House To Open For Tour

1 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Visitors to Kingwood Center Gardens are often intrigued by the stately home sitting across Park Avenue West, a large home which has remained unoccupied for many years.

Owned by Kingwood Center, the Townsend House will be open for a tour on August 27 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Tours are $3 for members and $10 for non-members.

The Townsend House, constructed in 1930, was the home of Edwin Oliver and May Tucker Townsend. Originally from southern Ohio, was a businessman and bank executive. As his 1945 obituary notes, his primary hobby and passion was traveling; the same year that the house was constructed, the family went on an around the world excursion.

Reservations are required for the Townsend House Tour, and may be made at this online location.

Image by pasja1000 from Pixabay

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All About Richland

New Shows Added To “Ren Backlot”

1 Aug , 2020  

The Renaissance Theatre has added three August shows to its summer drive-in series called the ‘Ren Backlot.’ These installations consist of film screenings, sing-alongs, and live performances featuring local talent in the back parking lot of the theatre; food trucks and concessions are often on-site.

The added shows are Newsies: In Concert, You Can’t Stop the Beat: The Best of the Ren Broadway Series and Ain’t Misbehavin’, which are all part of the Avita Innovation Concert Series.

Newsies: In Concert will take place on August 7 and 8 at 9:00 PM. One of the Ren’s biggest hits returns in a concert version, reuniting original cast members and featuring video and photo footage from the Renaissance’s 2018 production. More…

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All About Richland

Thursday and COVID-19: Richland Drops Two Levels; Alcohol Sales Trimmed

31 Jul , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Revised levels for Ohio counties under the state’s Public Health Advisory System were announced today in Columbus.

The news was generally positive throughout the state. Of those counties with elevated levels (Level 3 and higher), 13 remained at Level 3, and nine counties were downgraded from Level 3 to Level 2.

The one county that showed the biggest downgrade in severity was Richland County, which fell from Level 3 to Level 1, the lowest level available. More…

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