The Mansfield Senior Tygers are currently preparing to undertake the 2022 football season under head coach Chioke Bradley, a schedule which features perennial powerhouses Massillon Washington and North Canton Hoover in games taking place within the friendly confines of Arlin Field.
Here is this year’s lineup of games:
All games will begin at 7 PM.More…
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Beginning Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, motorcyclists from across the country will unite once again for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Royal Enfield, July 22-24.
This year marks 30 years since the inaugural AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (VMD). Over the past three decades, the event has become one of the largest annual gatherings worldwide of motorcyclists, enthusiasts, swap meet vendors and collectors. It is all for a great cause serving as a fundraiser for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization located in nearby Pickerington, Ohio, that works to preserve the history and tradition of motorcycling in the United States and features a museum.
The 2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will honor AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and the 1987 AMA Superbike race winner at Mid-Ohio Kevin Schwantz as the event’s grand marshal.More…
In the spirit of Richland County author and farmer Louis Bromfield, we share with our reader this look at how a change in farming practices — in this case, the use of terraces – can have tremendous impact:
Surrounded by the waters of the Strait of Sicily in the far south of Italy, the island of Pantelleria is made up of 32 square miles of black volcanic rocks with no source of freshwater other than the 16 or so inches of rain that fall each year. Yet, traces of the first farming terrace on the island date back to the Bronze Age, 16 centuries B.C. On such terraces, Zibibbo grapevines grow in hollows to trap moisture near their roots. The olive orchards are low, too; and capers, the other major local crop, stick out from dry stone walls.More…
It sits now as it originally did, anchoring Central Park and providing a pleasant oasis of sight and sound.
The Vasbinder Fountain is a Mansfield landmark of the first order. Dedicated on July 4, 1881, it was removed in the late 1950s during the creation of the then-controversial Park Avenue cut-through, and after storage and a temporary placement at Malabar Farm, it was returned to Central Park in 1979. The move took place after community outcry following announced plans to move the fountain to a neighborhood revitalization program in Springfield, Ohio.
As a commemorative plate shares, the fountain was donated by David and Jane Vasbinder. More…
On Tuesday afternoon, a statement was released on social media by the City of Mansfield about the proposed development at the current Dawson Ridge Par & Pub. It reads in part:
“There has been a lot of conversation surrounding the redevelopment of Dawson Ridge Par & Pub, and also a lot of misinformation spreading. Due to this the developer, Nathan Whittaker, is rescinding his request for the rezone with the intent of meeting with the community to let the community dictate how he moves forward. Nathan’s intent from the beginning has been to offer affordable home ownership to the citizens of Mansfield, and he still intends to do so.
In conjunction with Councilwoman Stephanie Zader and developer, William Barber of Blue Door Construction Company, Whittaker will be working with the community to find the best solution for the redevelopment of this property. Anyone with questions, concerns, or a desire to be a part of the conversation can reach out to Councilwoman Zader at [email protected].More…
NOTE: The following post appeared in August 2019, showcasing photos from a visit to St. Matthew Lutheran Church. This week (July 2022), one of those photographs was featured in the “Vintage American Stained Glass” Facebook Group, where it was potentially seen by up to 6,600 members. Work is still progressing on the building, so we thought we would re-introduce you to this beautiful space.
As the real estate agent handed out flashlights to those entering the venerable St. Matthew Lutheran Church building on Sunday afternoon, he shared words of admiration for those who built the structure and the craftsmanship inside.
Entering the front door, one takes a short flight of stairs to immediately arrive in what can only be described as a breathtaking sanctuary. Light streamed through stained glass windows, including the large west window which features a scene with shepherds and a descending angel with a background of rich blues and greens.More…
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There’s a new collaborative event coming to downtown Mansfield this fall, the Fab Four & More Fest!
This day long downtown event will feature four of downtown’s most popular experiences all held on the same day with much more. The Fab Four & More Fest will feature the Mansfield Arts & Cultural Festival in Central Park, Touch a Truck in the Carrousel District, Oktoberfest in the Brickyard, and the fall Secret City Tour all over downtown!
The Mansfield Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the arts in Richland County and showcases local artists and their wonderful talent. The event will run from 11am-6pm this year and will be held in Central Park. Activities will include art displays, live art, food trucks, music and a kid’s zone. Monetary prizes will also be awarded to participating artists.More…
The folks at The Sherman Room at the Main Branch of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library have placed several new images online.
What is different than usual is that these photos are not from prints or slides, rather they are images obtained from glass plate negatives, a photographic technique used from the Civil War era through the early years of the 20th century.
These plates are much different than the thin film negatives that 35mm camera users might be familiar with; they are exactly as described – a negative printed on a glass plate. The plates came in “wet” and “dry” versions, the difference being whether or not the emulsion applied to the glass was wet when placed into a camera.More…
NOTE: The story, first published in 2018, has been updated with newly-discovered information about this groundbreaking concert. See below.
Did you know that Mansfield is one of the places where American musical history was made?
In fact, it was made over 148 years ago, on November 29, 1871. More…
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 July 17. All outlined work is weather permitting.
All the best for safe travels throughout 2022!More…
By Gabe Gesing, 2022 Mansfield Campus Graduate and Student Worker; Special to 1812Blockhouse
As industries and their practices change, so too do the employers’ workforce needs. The highly automated nature of modern manufacturing has led manufacturers worldwide to look for a new type of engineer. They are looking for employees with leadership, technical and problem-solving skills who can apply these to the engineering process. These candidates should have a desire to lead others and learn how things work.
To help meet this need, The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering has created a program that offers a solution for manufacturers and an opportunity for students. Held at regional campuses like Ohio State Mansfield, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Program (or BSET) works to create business-oriented leaders to run the factories of tomorrow.More…
This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. For the first time in two years, we’re sharing events taking place in-person, although by all means please all ahead and verify what social distancing, masking, etc. 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.
It might just be the ultimate Summer Road Trip each year – and in 2022, it is time to rediscover the Ohio State Fair, a family tradition in Ohio for the last 172 years.More…
The Mechanics Bank Building, somewhat recently restored and expanded on the corner of South Main Street and Park Avenue West, is a landmark that has occupied an important corner in Mansfield history since its construction in 1926.
In the early years of the city, that corner was occupied by a two story brick residence owned by Robert Bowland. Bowland’s son was involved in one of the most notorious crimes in early Richland County history, an event chronicled in “Two Sons: The Bowland-Barker Murder” by Alan Wigton (available at Amazon.com; see link below). More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse from St. Peter’s School
This post has been updated with new information.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd Annual St. Peter’s Augustfest, a night of fellowship, live music, and games for adults 21+. The event is set for Saturday, August 6, from 4 – 9 PM at Spartan Fields.
New this year to Augustfest is a $2,500 grand prize golf ball drop, a BBQ chicken and pulled pork dinner, and live music. This year’s entertainment includes performances from EKG (Eggerton-Kastran Group), Low E Band, and Tom’s Kitchen Table.
“We’re looking forward to building on the success of last year’s event. Our goal is to provide the community with an affordable night of entertainment and fun,” said committee chairperson Justin Berry. “This event is open to all in our community. We’ve packed a lot of fun into a $20 ticket.”More…