All About Richland

Stage Is Set For A Magnificent May

29 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

May has arrived to chase away the winter blues. Not only does it look like the warm weather is finally here to stay, but some of our favorite events have returned. You can look forward to the return of the popular barn dances at Malabar Farm State Park, races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 77th Annual May Show at the Mansfield Art Center, the Secret City Tour of Downtown Mansfield and Live Music in The Brickyard!

Theater? Races? History? There’s an event for you! 

May 1 is your last day for the Civil War Show and your last chance to watch Once, the breathtaking story of a street musician about to give up on his dreams when a beautiful woman takes an interest in his music. This performance at Theatre 166 has sold out so make sure to reserve your seat right away.

Music lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Beatles vs. the Stones:  A Musical Showdown (May 7) at the Renaissance Theatre.

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All About Richland

Mansfield Police Receive Grant Under New Crime Lab Efficiency Program

28 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Office of Governor DeWine

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced a new plan to eliminate evidence-processing backlogs and increase the speed at which criminal evidence is analyzed in crime laboratories across the state.

As part of Governor DeWine’s new Ohio Crime Lab Efficiency Program, Ohio’s 14 certified crime laboratories will receive a combined total of $10 million to reduce and eliminate backlogs, increase overall lab efficiency, and decrease evidence processing time.

The Mansfield Division of Police is one of those recipients.

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History & Tourism

Let RichHistory Weekend Connect You To The Past

28 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, RichHistory Alliance

The second of Richland County’s two spring event weekends is upon us.

Last week. Mohican Wildlife Weekend wowed visitors with displays, exhibitions, and more. On May 7-8, it’s the turn of Richland County’s historical societies, preservation groups, and other past-related organizations to showcase their attractions and events during RichHistory Weekend.

RichHistory Weekend is organized by the RichHistory Alliance, which was formed as a partnership of museums and historical sites in Richland County with a mission to collaborate to discover, preserve, and share history in Richland County. Members collaborate and use their combined efforts to increase tourism and promote our history for all members of Richland County.

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All About Richland

Secret City Summer 2022 Coming Saturday

27 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

An annual highlight of RichHistory Weekend is taking place this Saturday.

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) is holding its summer 2022 Secret City Tour on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Take a peek into some of Mansfield’s most exquisite historic buildings and architectural gems on this self-guided tour. With continued interest in downtown development, this tour offers a unique look to the past while challenging us to reimagine the future of these great spaces. 

Buildings on the tour will include 193 North Main Street, 137 North Main Street, 130 North Main Street, 111 North Main Street, 100 North Main Street, 17 East Temple Court, 25 North Park Street, and 87 West Fourth Street.

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All Things Business

Gorman-Rupp Spends $525 Million To Acquire Pump and Meter Manufacturer

27 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield’s Gorman-Rupp Company, a leading designer, manufacturer, and international marketer of pumps and pump systems, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Fill-Rite and Sotera (“Fill-Rite”), a division of the Tuthill Corporation, for $525 million. When adjusted for approximately $80 million in expected tax benefits, the net transaction value is approximately $445 million. Gorman-Rupp expects to fund the transaction with cash on-hand and new debt. Subject to customary closing conditions and necessary regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.

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All About Richland

Ohioana Book Festival This Weekend

27 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 100 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year.

As has been the case for the last two years, the 2022 Festival will be held virtually, from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1.

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All About Richland

Mansfield Police Receive Crime Reduction Grant

26 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Office of Governor DeWine

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today awarded more than $3.7 million to 21 local law enforcement agencies to help them strategically combat violence in their communities. 

One of those agencies is here in Richland County.

The 21 agencies are the first to receive funding through Governor DeWine’s new Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program. Governor DeWine, in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly, created the program last year to give local law enforcement additional tools to hold accountable the small number of criminals responsible for most violent crime in the state.  

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: England’s Greatest Actor

26 Apr , 2022  

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

State, County To Celebrate State Parks Week

25 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a proclamation on Friday recognizing April 22-29, 2022, as Ohio State Parks Week.

“From Maumee Bay to Forked Run, our state parks add so much to our quality of life and make Ohio a great place to live,” said Governor DeWine. “I encourage you to celebrate our state parks by taking time to get outside and enjoy a walk along a Storybook Trail with your family, a day on the water with friends, or a hike to some of Ohio’s most scenic spots.”

In partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio State Parks Foundation, Governor DeWine is inviting everyone to visit a state park near them from April 22-29, 2022. A full list of programming and activities happening at Ohio State Parks is available on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources event calendar.

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All About Richland

Richland Soil And Water Is Providing Rain Barrel And Garden Grants; Launches New Podcast

25 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s been a busy winter and spring at the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD), highlighted by a grant offering and the launch of a new podcast. 

Grant-wise, in an effort to promote conservation practices by landowners, Richland SWCD is providing cost-share grants to offset some of the cost of installing a rain garden, purchasing a rain barrel, or having soil tested. These practices help protect the health of soil and water resources and conserve water. The funds supporting this grant program came from generous donations made during the Richland Gives event in November 2021.

The application period is open until June 1. For further details and an application, please visit https://forms.gle/XBS1LQ3rc9RZ5p1QA, call 419-747-8685 or email [email protected]

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All About Richland

Last Week Arrives For Fragrant Kingwood Exhibit: Plant Market Next Weekend

24 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Kingwood Center Gardens has been a very smelly kind of place over that last several weeks – the good kind of smells, that is.

Since early February, it has hosted Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance, a unique exhibition that has brought thousands of attendees to Kingwood.

On February 1, we posted a look at the exhibit that included a photo and a short video. That post can be read here.

As we noted then, the exhibition at Kingwood runs through April 30. It takes place from 11L:00 AM to 6:00 PM each day.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of April 23-24

23 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Each weekend here at 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse we present “The Intel On Intel,” where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.

In today’s edition, we share media coverage that considers:

  • Is Ohio the next tech stronghold?
  • New Albany City Council actions
  • OSU President talks “big wins”
  • Licking County manufacturing growth
  • Intel CEO to speak at OSU commencement
  • Knox County looks at possible Intel investment
  • Will impact reach Sandusky County?
  • Licking County bickering must end: Editorial
  • Possible Intel impact on NE Ohio

he Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

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History & Tourism, Shelby

Landmarks Of Richland: Citizens Bank, Shelby

23 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It is very possible that in 2022, the majority of our readers will not immediately recognize the building built by the former Citizens Bank in Shelby, a pacesetting financial institution in its day.

On the other hand, if the name “The Vault” is mentioned instead, many will immediately realize that they not only know where today’s Landmark of Richland is, but that they have actually been inside to consume or beverage.

When the Board of Citizens Bank decided in 1910 to construct a permanent home for their almost 20-year-old institution, they chose a high profile location for that structure – the northwest corner of Main and Washington Streets in the heart of downtown Shelby.

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Schools

MOESC Awarded Adolescent Literacy Specialist Grant

22 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Board of Governors met on Wednesday, April 20 for their monthly meeting and voted to accept a grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The $277,775 competitive grant from ODE is to hire, house, and collaborate with the newly-created state position of Regional Adolescent Literacy Specialist. 

Only four of these major grants were awarded to ESCs in Ohio with Mid-Ohio being one to serve a quarter of the state cross-regionally.This award brings an exciting addition to Mid-Ohio’s reach in the state. The new state role will serve as the conduit from ODE to Mid-Ohio’s state quadrant, including Mid-Ohio’s client and member districts. 

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Fraser House

22 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

On a fall evening in 2016, the setting sun cast a golden glow on western facing buildings in Mansfield. Included among those was the Alexander Fraser House, sitting as it does on a rise on Park Avenue West overlooking the entrance to South Park (see photo above). More…

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