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Blood Shortage Continues; Red Cross Needs Donors Now

14 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse, American Red Cross

While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now.

Currently, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries. More…

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What Mansfield’s New Brand Could Look Like: Some Clues

13 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Indeed.com has defined branding in marketing as “…the process where a business makes itself known to the public and differentiates itself from competitors.”

In other words, it is communicating what makes a product, or business, or even a place unique that also allows it to stand out and to attract attention and, in the case of locations, generate visitors, investment, and community pride.

Mansfield is setting out to rebrand itself for the 21st century. A process has been created with participation of multiple partners to help define a new image for the community that can be used in a variety of ways. More…

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All About Richland

Lime EBikes Just Rolled Into Cleveland

13 Jul , 2021  

From the Publisher — Think of this story from The Land as a combination post in our Summer Road Trips and Challenges. Solutions. series. It comes from The Land, a new digital publication in Cleveland, and is reposted here with permission. The Land and 1812Blockhouse are both members of LION Publishers.

Could this work in Mansfield?

By Lee Chilcote, The Land

As the saying goes, it’ll be just like riding a bike — only this time, with motorized pedal assist. More…

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Schools

Richland School Districts Building For The Future

12 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

At least three Richland County school districts are making substantial investments in the future of local education through projects to construct new buildings, renovate others, and build new athletic facilities.

Students in Shelby, Ontario, and Lexington will be benefiting from the changes over the coming years. Here are recent images from each project.

In Shelby, two such efforts are underway. The new Preschool through 8th grade building will house 1500 students and will combine current enrollments at Auburn and Dowds Elementaries, Little Whippets Preschool, and Shelby Middle School. More…

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Schools

Speakers Announced For Two OSU Events

12 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Two ceremonies. Three Buckeye speakers. Thousands of graduates and their families and friends. The Ohio State University is planning a weekend to celebrate academic success.

Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day and his wife, Nina, will serve as the speakers for the university’s 2020 graduate celebration next month. Bruce A. McPheron, executive vice president and provost, will address summer 2021 graduates and their families at a commencement ceremony the same weekend.

The dual events mark a return to near-normal celebrations since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. More…

History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: England’s Greatest Actor

11 Jul , 2021  

By: 1812Blockhouse

He was considered by many to be the greatest English actor of the nineteenth century. Yet underneath the veneer of accomplishment was someone who, it is said, never actually liked performing on the stage.

And on Thursday, March 30, 1916, he visited the city of Mansfield for the only time in his career. His performance that night was one in a series of highly significant moments in the worldwide history of theatre. More…

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All About Richland

Mansfield On National List For Affordable Housing

10 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a list where a high finish is not necessarily a totally good thing.

24/7 Wall St., which bills itself as a financial news and opinion company with content delivered over the Internet, has published another of its list that chronicle the economic and social conditions in American cities. This time, it has set its sights on “Cheapest Cities To Buy a Home.”

Mansfield was included. More…

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History & Tourism

Kids Love Richland County

10 Jul , 2021  

By Wendy Pramik with Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Richland County’s small-town feel is perfect for families, offering kid-friendly attractions in a combination of urban and rural settings.

Take a spin on a hand-carved, hand-painted wooden carrousel at the Richland Carrousel Park in downtown Mansfield. The indoor carrousel boasts 52 colorful, hand-carved animal figures and a gift shop full of fun souvenirs.

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, which will expand into the Imagination District in 2022, promotes learning through play in interactive models of doctor’s offices, restaurants, classrooms and more. More…

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All About Richland

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning July 11

9 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 11. More…

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All About Richland

Auditions To Be Held For Disney’s “Little Mermaid”

9 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Auditions for the MY Theatre production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be held on Sunday, for kids 18 and under, July 11 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM, and on Monday, July 12 from 6:00 until 9:00 PM at the Renaissance’s Theatre 166 location, in downtown Mansfield.

Appointments are not required for auditions, and it is not necessary to attend both days of auditions. Those auditioning must be 18 years of age or younger (unless still attending high school) during the 2021-22 school year and should be no younger than 7 years of age.

Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a 16-32 measure excerpt from a song of their choice and bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. Actors may also be asked to read a short scene from the script. More…

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Shelby Named Tree City USA For 38th Consecutive Year

8 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s hard to imagine getting through a hot, humid Ohio summer without the benefit of a wonderful shade tree — and our state has its fair share of them!

Across the country, and Ohio, some cities make the effort to capitalize on these unique natural assets through the Tree City USA program. According to its website, the initiative has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.

More than 3,400 communities have become a Tree City USA by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

This week, the City of Shelby received news that it had been recognized as a Tree City USA for the 38th consecutive year (see below). More…

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All About Richland

Farmer Incentive Program Expansion Includes Richland County

8 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

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

The program, which offers funding to farmers who implement proven conservation practices that limit agricultural phosphorus runoff from fertilizer, is now open to farmers in Seneca, Huron, Erie, Wyandot, Richland, Shelby, Sandusky, Marion, Ottawa, and Crawford counties, bringing the total number of counties eligible for the program to 24.  Phosphorus runoff is the primary factor behind algal blooms on Lake Erie. More…

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All About Richland

Jazz At The Ren Backlot

7 Jul , 2021  

The Artistic Jazz Orchestra makes its premier appearance at the Renaissance Theatre this weekend. AJO Artistic Director, Paul Martin, has put together an evening of the group’s most popular numbers.

Martin is a native of Ashland and has studied with jazz legends like Vaughn Wiester (trombonist and arranger for Woody Herman) and Doug Richeson (bassist for Tony Bennett). He’s also performed with some of the finest jazz musicians in the country, includingLas Vegas vocalist/pianist George Bugatti, vocalist Cathi Muckle (the niece of Rosemary Clooney), trumpeter Bobby Shew, and drummer Louise Bellson. More…

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All About Richland

Mansfield Fire Department, Other Area Agencies Receive Grants

7 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Mansfield Fire Department will have a new “eye in the sky” in its monitoring of potential area forest fires.

The Department, as well as two others in contiguous counties, received grants to assist in such efforts. Mansfield’s was for $3,000 to purchase a new drone.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry strives to support Ohio’s fire departments and the communities that they serve. Through the Community Wildfire Risk Reduction (CWRR) Grant program, the Division of Forestry recently approved grant funding for 37 projects totaling $75,718 for fire departments in eastern and southern Ohio. More…

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All About Richland

179th Airman Offered Acceptance To Air Force Academy

6 Jul , 2021  

By Airman First Class Grace Riegel

Senior Airman Alivia Merkel, a dental technician at the 179th Airlift Wing, has been accepted into the Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after three years of service at the 179th Airlift Wing.

Merkel knew that she wanted to join the military since grade school. On career day a peer’s mother brought in pictures from a deployment to show the students what military life looks like.
“I remember sitting there in the classroom thinking she is so cool,” said Merkel. “I wanted to be like her, and that is where it all started”

Merkel knew her goal was to grow up and serve in the United States Military, but she did not know that her decision to enlist in the Air National Guard would lead to her acceptance into the highly selective Air Force Academy. With an acceptance rate of 11.1% being accepted into the academy is quite an accomplishment. More…

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