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Here Come The Mummies Back In Concert At The Ren

28 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Here Come the Mummies, a funk-rock band whose members perform dressed as mummies, will return to the Renaissance Theatre for a one-night only concert October 2 at 8:00 PM. Special guest Desmond Jones is set to open the concert, with doors opening at 7:30 PM. 

Tickets to the concert are nearly sold out, starting at just $15. For tickets to Here Come the Mummies, visit: https://bit.ly/HCTMPress 

If you don’t know about the Nashville-based band, the members dress in mummy costumes and go by aliases like Mummy Cass, High Priest of Death, Motherlode, and K.W. Tut., all while playing blues and funk influenced-music.

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History & Tourism, Landmarks of Richland

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Winfield S. Ward House

27 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The exuberant Queen Anne style house at 350 Park Avenue West in Mansfield holds a bit of a surprising anecdote. More about that and the end of this post.

It was built by Winfield S. Ward, a man who made a good living as a manufacturer of “elastic web,” that being the elastic material comprised of woven textile or rubber fibers and primarily used for garters and suspenders.

Winfield Ward was born in Pennsylvania, educated in Trenton, New Jersey, and came to Mansfield about 1889. At the time, he was a real estate agent, and the The Weekly News of April 28, 1892 profield him as one of “Mansfield’s wide aware real estate agents.” More…

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Mansfielder, OSU Alum Dots The “I”

27 Sep , 2021  

By Evan Drexler, Ohio State News

For the first time since 2019 — and for the 52nd time in history — The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni performed in Ohio Stadium and at Skull Session with the current marching band.

More than 600 alumni band members registered to take part when the Buckeye football team played Akron.

Marching band alumni performed in concert with the current band during the pregame and were part of a separate performance at halftime.

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History & Tourism

Take A Trip To South Park This Weekend And Go Back 200 Years

26 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The past will come alive in Mansfield’s South Park this coming weekend as REACH (Richland Early American Center for History) presents its Fifth Annual American Heritage Days.

Join REACH members on October 2 and 3 from 10 AM to 4 PM to discover what it was like to live in early America during the 18th and 19th centuries from living historical reenactors.

Throughout the day there will be crafts, trades, demonstrations, and activities, including blacksmithing, 18th century bagpipe demonstrations, games and children’s activities, open hearth cooking demonstrations, and civilian and military reenactments.

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All About Richland

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning September 26

25 Sep , 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 September 26.

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COVID Tightens Its Grip On Richland County

25 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Using almost any measure, the communities in Richland County are in a very difficult place.

Whether you refer to the current rate of COVID-19 infection as a second or a third “wave,” it is certain that the situation has worsened substantially in the last 14 days.

Reported numbers bear this out.

Take, for instance, the number of school students and staff with positive tests over the last week, and compare that number to other locations in Ohio. As we reported on Thursday, Richland County had a total of 267 cases in local schools. Compare this to the number in Delaware County reported by our sister site, 1808Delaware. There, despite a steep rise, the number stood at 130.

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Fall Into Maple Tour Making A Stop At OSUM Next Month

24 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The 2021 International Fall Into Maple Tour is coming to Richland County this fall.

In specific, it will be represented in an event taking place on Saturday, October 9 at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Between 10 AM and 6 PM, visitors will be able to tour the new research sugarbush, purchase OSUM maple syrup, and see new maple educational materials making their debut.

From 10 AM to noon, visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a pancake breakfast while tailgating for the Ohio State versus Maryland football contest, which begins at noon.

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All About Richland

ODNR Releases 2021 Fall Color Forecast

24 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Entering the fall season, Ohio’s forests are beginning their transformation into a dazzling display of colors as the leaves change. Throughout the season, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here., will be providing weekly updates on the best locations to enjoy unique activities and beautiful hues of autumn.

“The colors of fall make our great outdoors even more beautiful,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “This is the perfect time to enjoy a walk through a state park, nature preserve, or forest and experience the transition of summer to autumn.”

When forecasting fall color, foresters must consider several variables such as sunlight, temperature, wind, and rainfall when estimating the intensity and longevity of leaf color. This year, the ODNR Division of Forestry is expecting peak color to arrive in mid-to-late October. More information on the current forecast is available at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov.

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Schools

Number Of Infections Remains High In Richland Schools, Governor Talks About Schools And COVID

23 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The number of positive COVID tests reported from Richland County school districts and buildings remained at a high level when numbers were announced on Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health.

Led by a reported 118 student cases at Mansfield City Schools, there were a total of 267 cases among students and staff. This number is a slight reduction from the 279 positive tests included in the total two weeks ago.

There were 15 districts or buildings included in the report, up 2 from the September 9 report. Those included:

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All About Richland

Join Local Organizations On Falls Prevention Awareness Day

22 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

To mark National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., in partnership with STEADY U Ohio, the initiative led by the Ohio Department of Aging and supported by Ohio government and state business partners, will hold three walking events, “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls!

Individuals can join us at any event taking place on September 22nd.  The Area Agency on Aging is proud to partner with the following:

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SignUp For Richland County’s New Emergency Notification System

21 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

In an announcement posted on social media, Richland County announced on Monday that sign-up is now available for the county’s new Wireless Emergency Notification System (“WENS”).

The system allows county residents to receive emergency and community alerts on their cell phones, work phones, and home photos. Notifications are also possible via SMS (text message) or by email.

Alerts can include road construction updates, weather alerts and emergencies from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, voting news, and building closures.

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Change In Ownership Reportedly In The Works For Mansfield Radio Station: Updated

21 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The proposed merger referenced in this article is moving forward. Additional details are in the update below.

A local transmitter for radio station WKSU at Kent State University may be changing ownership, according to a recent article in The Portgager.

WKSU’s local transmitter is 94.7 W234CX, with a tower near the Mansfield Correctional Institution.

The Portager article (which can be accessed here) states that the Kent State Board of Trustees are poised to vote on a possible transfer o ownership to Ideastream, a Cleveland-based non profit that owns and operations stations WCPN, WCLV, and WVIZ.

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History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield: Lee Adams, Tony Award Winning Lyricist

20 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Through our “Literary Mansfield” series, we take occasional looks at the lives and careers of those who have called Mansfield home at some point in their lives, and who have become known locally, regionally, or even nationally as authorst, poets, lyricisits, playwrights, or in other literary fields. Other posts in the series can be found here.

Today’s subject is one of those with a national reputation as well as being a native Mansfielder. And, if you have ever heard and enjoyed songs like “Put On a Happy Face” or “Applause,” you are in his debt.

Lee Adams was born in 1924 and grew up locally, graduating from Mansfield Senior before going on to The Ohio State University and Columbia University. More…

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All About Richland

Can Churches Help To Ease The Affordable-Housing Shortage?

20 Sep , 2021  

This recent piece in Governing is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. The original post can be read here

By Rick Reinhard, Governing, September 9, 2021

Many houses of worship own empty and underused buildings and land. Cities and counties need properties for affordable housing. Seems like a match made in, well, heaven.

But matchmaking between houses of worship and local governments is not quite so simple. Houses of worship can be frustrating, sometimes almost impossible, to work with. Members tend to be elderly and get stuck on what their church, synagogue or other house of worship used to be, not on what it currently is. Convoluted management structures are common in the religious world, meaning that a congregation, pastor, trustees, bishop and sometimes even a regional body may need to be on board to approve a sale or redevelopment project. Cemeteries requiring perpetual care may be part of the property, and deeds may include reversionary clauses, returning the property to original owners (even from the 19th century) if the property is used for anything but religious services.

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Eagles Building, North Main Street

19 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Attendees at yesterday’s Secret City Tour had the opportunity to visit several spaces, including the almost 110 year-old Eagles Building on the west side of North Main Street between West Fourth and West Fifth Streets.

The four story brick structure has been a feature on Downtown Mansfield, Inc.’s, tours since they began several years ago, and is an annual favorite. The building was built for a specific purpose by what was then a relatively new civic organization — Aerie 336 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. When it was constructed between 1912 and 1913, the local chapter was only 10 years old but already had over 500 members.

What was built was extraordinary.

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