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NECIC Receives Prestigious Award From The Ohio State University

15 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State’s University Outreach and Engagement Awards honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact.

Recipients were recognized on April 13 at “OSU Engages: Celebrating Engaged Scholarship at Ohio State”

The Community Partner Award is presented to a community agency/group/institution that demonstrates collaborative work with university faculty, students and staff, resulting in a partnership that produces positive impact in the community and at Ohio State. Nominations can come from faculty, staff, students and community organizations. The 2021 Award was made to the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) of Mansfield. More…

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All Things Business

Chamber To Host Virtual Annual Meeting; Award Winners Announced

20 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development’s 2021 Annual Meeting will take place Friday, March 26 from 12 PM to 1 PM via the Chamber’s Facebook page.

Brian P. McCartney will be presented with an Economic Impact Award. Brian is an optimistic entrepreneur who started an expansion and renovation project at a time when many others were hunkering down, enhancing business growth and community support.

Michael Murray & Production Design Team at Cooper Enterprises Inc will also be presented with an Economic Impact Award. At onset of COVID-19, Mike and the Production Design Team who normally work with wood products quickly adapted to plastic products and designed a whole line of protective materials to assist businesses of all sizes to quickly follow the new regulations. More…

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Non-Commissioned Officer Of The Year For Ohio, Region Advances To National Competition

1 Mar , 2021  

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Leitz wins Non-commissioned Officer of the Year for Ohio and Regional level, advances to national competition.

Special to 1812Blockhouse

By Airman Grace Riegel, 179th Airlift Wing

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Leitz, a squad leader with the 179th Security Forces Squadron, was awarded Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the state of Ohio on January 9. Next, Leitz won the regional level of competition and will be advancing to the national level.

“I received a call today from Maj. Gen. James Camp” Leitz said, “He let me know that I had been selected as the winner at the regional level. It was pretty awesome that he called me personally to let me know. He told me this is the kind of thing that can really change your career path and that he was very proud to have an Ohioan moving on to represent us at the National Guard Bureau.” More…


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Virtual Small Business Of The Year Awards Presentation Held

17 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The presentation may have been different this year, but the message was the same: Richland County is home to many successful, creative, and resilient small businesses.

Many of these were honored on Wednesday morning during Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development’s Small Business Awards Presentation.

Chamber President and CEO Jodie Perry took Facebook Live attendees through a look at this year’s semi-finalists, and then announced this year’s award winners.

Before doing so, Perry reflected on the fact that she grew up in a family business. “I realize just what an incredible experience it was,” she said, sharing that there were many lessons learned. More…


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Chamber Small Business Awards To Be Broadcast Virtually

6 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Board of Directors and Small Business of the Year Committee of the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development will soon be honoring and celebrating all small businesses and naming their 2020 Small Business of the Year recipients.

The event will be held live from the DRM Productions studio on the Chamber’s Facebook page on December 16 from 12:00-1:00 PM as the winners of the Small Business of the Year are announced.

Each Finalist will be featured in a short video highlighting their business, sponsored by Mechanics Bank. There is no fee and no need to register. The livestream event can be found on the Chamber’s Facebook page at More…

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Tenison Named Richland SWCD Volunteer Of The Year

24 Nov , 2020  

At the recent Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) Annual Celebration, Denise Tenison was announced as the Richland SWCD 2020 Volunteer of the Year.

Denise is a long-time volunteer with Richland SWCD. She is a Precipitation, Lake and Stream Monitor Volunteer. Born in Mansfield, she and her husband of 34 years, Denny, live outside Lexington not far from Clear Fork Reservoir and have two adult children.

Prior to 1998, Denise conducted lake monitoring for the District while on Clear Fork Reservoir. She resumed volunteering again for the District in 2015. She has been joined by her husband, Denny, and her daughter Christina, on her volunteer activities; she and Denny now kayak out to two sites on the Clear Fork to collect data twice a month. More…


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Eisenhauers Receive Cooperator Of The Year Award

17 Nov , 2020  

Randy and Eileen Eisenhauer, Eisenhauer Family Farm were recently recognized as the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District Cooperator of the Year at the District’s Annual Celebration.

The Eisenhauers’ dedication to numerous conservation practices serve to protect and preserve Richland County’s natural resources. Randy and Eileen Eisenhauer have been committed to agriculture and conservation their entire lives. They both grew up in agriculture families and have passed along their passion and dedication for agriculture and soil and water conservation along to their daughters.

The Eisenhauer Family Farm started with bare ground in 2003. More…

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Mansfield Schools Win United Way Award

6 Nov , 2020  

Every year, the staff at Mansfield City Schools participate in the United Way giving campaign.

The district benefits greatly from this campaign through the multiple programs that United Way of Richland County supports, many of which provide services to MCS students and their families. Last year, the staff raised $9,754.40. This was the largest increase in funding from the previous year for all school districts in Richland County. This led to MCS being the recipient of the Gopher Award.

Last week Stan Jefferson, Superintendent, accepted the award alongside Dr. Holly Christie, Director of Student Support. More…

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History & Tourism

Raining More RUBYs For Richland

14 Oct , 2020  

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum and Destination Mansfield – Richland County win Ohio awards

The Ohio Travel Association (OTA) produces the RUBY Awards for one reason and one reason only – to provide their members with the opportunity to showcase their value to their communities. In 2020, the OTA awards team threw out the drawing board, reshaped the awards program to fit the times and demonstrate the importance and impact of Ohio’s travel industry during this time. And two local entries won awards: Little Buckeye Children’s Museum and Destination Mansfield-Richland County.

“Excellent resides in Richland County,” says Lee Tasseff, Destination Mansfield –Richland County President. “And every day that excellence is leveraged into positive attention, an influx of money to the area, and for its residents, a better quality of life.” More…

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OSUM Announces 2020 Homecoming Court

6 Oct , 2020  

The Ohio State University at Mansfield is pleased to announce members of the 2020 Homecoming Court. The students were chosen by a panel of faculty and staff for characteristics such as campus and community involvement, volunteer work, academic performance and Buckeye spirit. Ohio State at Mansfield students will select the 2020 Royalty by voting October 5-7. More…



Two Richland County School Receive Purple Star Awards

1 Oct , 2020  

State of Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria has announced that 37 Ohio schools will receive the Purple Star Award this school year. The award recognizes a school’s demonstrated commitment to serving students and families connected to the United States armed forces and Ohio National Guard.

Two of the schools honored are in Richland County.

“We want to honor the important sacrifices Ohio’s military families make while recognizing the school communities that support them,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Purple Star Schools are intentional in their efforts to bolster our service members and their families. Their commitment to supporting those who serve provides a great model for students, showing them how Ohioans work together and care for one another.” More…

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Tanner Recognized For Mentoring And Leadership

31 Aug , 2020  

Heather Tanner, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, was recently honored with The Susan Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award.

This prestigious award is given annually to a faculty member, staff member or student within The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring and leadership on behalf of women, or other historically underrepresented groups at the university.

“We are proud to be able to claim Heather as one of our own, and we are grateful for her contributions to inclusive excellence on our campus and beyond, Dean Norman Jones said. “The longstanding need for and importance of such work is now clearer than ever.” More…


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179th Airlift Wing Captain Receives National Leadership Award

30 Aug , 2020  

By Bill Pierce, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

They volunteer in the local community, provide critical advocacy for victims of sexual harassment and assault, consistently apply leadership qualities throughout their formations, and successfully train, mentor and coach warrant officer candidates, all while simultaneously representing the positive values of the Ohio National Guard.

The Ohio National Guard is proud to showcase the members among its ranks who have earned national recognition for their achievements and dedicated service to their communities, state and nation.

The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) has selected Ohio Air National Guard Capt. Walter Borowitz of Mansfield and Ohio Army National Guard 1st Lt. Emily Ostroski, of Raeford, North Carolina, to receive the Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award for Company Grade Officers. More…



St. Peters Grad Named All-Academic NCAA Division I Track Athlete

19 Jul , 2020  

By: Eastern Michigan University; 1812Blockhouse

Four Eastern Michigan University women’s track & field student-athletes were recently named All-Academic Athletes for the 2020 NCAA Division I Track and Field season Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Criteria for earning All-Academic Athlete status included a minimum grade point average of 3.25, having completed at least two semesters at the institution and have finished in the top 96 on the NCAA Division I descending order list in any championship individual event during the 2019-20 indoor season. EMU’s four honorees rank second in the Mid-American Conference, trailing only Akron (5). Overall, 20 MAC student-athletes garnered the prestigious honor. More…

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ODNR Now Accepting Nominations For Natural Resources Hall Of Fame

7 Jun , 2020  

Do you know someone who has made it their life’s work to improve the quality of life in Ohio through their love and dedication to our state’s natural resources? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is now accepting nominations for the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame.

For more than 50 years, the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame has been the state’s top honor for individuals who have improved the quality of life in Ohio through natural resources management, environmental education, or scientific achievement. More…