All About Richland

Vendors Sought For Savor & Sip Auction & Food Tasting

16 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Calling all food vendors! You are cordially welcome to participate in this year’s wonderful Savor & Sip Auction & Food Tasting, hosted by Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development.

That includes not only restaurants, but also food truck and caterers – whether members of the Chamber or not. The event is an evening with live entertainment, auction items, and, of course, great food from the Richland County area. 

Savor & Sip itself is not only open to members of Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development, but also to the general public.

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Schools

What’s Up As OSU Starts New Academic Year

15 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

While primarily oriented toward Main Campus, many of the back-to-school reminders and notices shared with faculty and students this week apply to all student and campuses of Ohio’s flagship state university, including The Ohio State University at Mansfield.

The start of the 2022-23 academic year is just days away. Whether you are a returning Buckeye or new to our campuses, Ohio State is your community – one dedicated to creating positive impacts in the world through teaching, learning, research and service. 

You will receive a number of communications from the university in the coming days and weeks with more details about these and other items. Below are a few important updates and reminders to help ensure a successful start to the semester, including: 

  • Civil discourse 
  • Community safety 
  • Mental health and well-being  
  • Public health resources (COVID-19 and monkeypox)  
  • Drug and alcohol misuse prevention education  
  • Buckeye business reminders for students 

Please take a moment to review the information below. As a reminder, the first day of classes is Tuesday, August 23. Other important dates are available on the academic calendar

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Sports

Stover Named As OSU Football Captain

14 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The 2022 Ohio State football season kicks off in three weeks and on Saturday, nine practices into this fall camp, the team’s captains were named following a players vote. Six Buckeyes, led by repeat captain and Block O jersey recipient Kam Babb, will lead the Buckeyes in 2022.

Those captains include fourth-year Buckeye tight end Cade Stover, a graduate of Lexington High School.

In addition to Babb and Stover, the captains from the offensive side of the ball include overall leading vote getter C.J. Stroud.

The captains on defense feature fifth-year defensive lineman Tyler Friday, fourth-year linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and third-year safety Kourt Williams.

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All Things Business

The Intel On Intel: The Latest From The Silicon Heartland For The Weekend Of August 13-14

13 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Every few days we present “The Intel On Intel” here on 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse, 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.

This weekend’s edition is a special one, as it is the first we have shared passage and signing of the “Chips Act,” which was cited by Intel as important to maximize its investment in Ohio.

In today’s edition, we share media coverage on the following topics:

  • Intel attends a local independent fair
  • School system gets ready for population boom
  • Licking County residents react to Chips Act passage
  • Lt. Governor Husted interviewed about Intel
  • Cleveland Mayor hopes impact reaches northeast Ohio
  • Road expansions in Columbus
  • Can Ohio colleges and universities train enough workers?
  • What kind of pollution does a semiconductor plant make?
  • Extended transportation options needed
  • Another chip maker to build in Columbus

The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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All About Richland

Smiles Abound As New Museum Opens Its Doors

12 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Smiles were everywhere to be seen on Wednesday as the new Buckeye Imagination Museum officially opened its doors to the public.

The new facility, located next to the Renaissance Theatre, has been in the planning stages for years. Speaking about the Museum, Fred Boll, Executive Director, said “We are excited to welcome guests into our new facility, which we feel will better serve them. Our new building features a zero-level entrance and an elevator which allows us to be more accessible. It also has a parking a lot, which will be much more convenient to our guests.” 

According to the Museum, “Buckeye Imagination Museum, which was part of a joint capital campaign with the Renaissance Performing Arts Association, originally purchased its new building in late 2018. Before that the building had sat vacant for roughly 15 years. Since being purchased, the building has received a new roof, new windows, new HVAC system, new electrical work, new parking lot, and completely remodeled bathrooms and flooring. Repairs were also made to the elevator.

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History & Tourism

A Day In Plymouth: One Historic Town, Two Counties

11 Aug , 2022  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield, with links and photos from 1812Blockhouse:

The Village of Plymouth is one of the oldest communities in Richland County.

A bit of an anomaly, the community of settlers sprang up along a military road and former Wyandot trail, now Ohio 603, in the early 1800s and grew into a village before Ohio’s official county lines were determined. When Richland County’s northern border was drawn along the Forty-First Parallel, the village which was then called Paris, was split between Richland and Huron counties. It was at this time in 1838, that Paris and rechartered as Plymouth. More…

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All About Richland

$7.5 Million Headed To Mansfield For Downtown Streetscape Project

10 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Press Releases from Senators Portman and Brown

On Tuesday, the offices of U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown announced that the US Department of Transportation had awarded the City of Mansfield a nearly $7.5 million federal grant through the FY 2022 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program.

The program provides funding for surface transportation projects of local and regional significance. Previously, this program has been funded at $1 billion per year. Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Senator Portman spearheaded, Senator Brown helped write and pass, and which was signed into law last November, annual funding levels have been increased to $1.5 billion. Between the IIJA and the FY 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the RAISE grant program has been funded at $2.25 billion for this year.

The funds for the project will go toward rebuilding the downtown Mansfield streetscape.

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History & Tourism

Colors And Corners Of A Richland August

9 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Classic cars, vintage planes, and country music take center stage in August in Mansfield.  The month is also for fairs, festivals, and one last hurrah before the kids head back to school! 

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store thanks to our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County.

Festivals Galore

For local flavor, enjoy the Richland County Fair (Aug 7-13), an event some in the community look forward to year-round for the rides and the fair food. Don’t forget to check out the livestock shows & sales and support those who participate in the Junior Fair.

What says summer better than blueberries?  The Lexington Blueberry Festival celebrates their 20th anniversary this year featuring amusement rides, food vendors, live entertainment, a car and bike show, a pageant, a 5K, and, of course, blueberries!

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Schools

Over $850,000 In Security Upgrade Funding Coming For Richland County Schools

8 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Governor DeWine Press Release

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that more than 1,000 K-12 schools across Ohio will receive state assistance to pay for security upgrades that enhance the safety of students and staff.

While speaking recently at the Ohio School Safety Summit in Columbus, Governor DeWine announced that 1,183 schools in 81 counties will receive nearly $47 million in grant funding as part of his Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program. Grants equal the amount requested by each school up to $50,000. Funds will be used to cover expenses associated with physical security enhancements such as security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems, and exterior lighting.

Several of those schools are located in Richland County; a full list is included below.

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All About Richland

After 12 Years, Renaissance CEO Moves On To New Adventure

6 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

After a long and successful tenure, Renaissance Performing Arts Association CEO Michael Miller has announced that he will be transitioning to new endeavors this summer.

Miller, who first became involved with the Renaissance in 2002 as a member of its Board of Directors, is leaving the organization to pursue new opportunities to promote the growth and long-term sustainability of the Imagination District, a downtown arts district that celebrates imagination through play, education, and live performance.

Since getting his start in the industry at the age of 6, Michael Miller has been involved in professional arts in some capacity, whether onstage, backstage, in the sound booth, or in administration. By the age of 12, he had debuted at The Kennedy Center, New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Los Angeles Civic Light Opera.

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History & Tourism

Bromfield And India: Early Newspaper Post Suggests A Possible Lifelong Interest

3 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

While doing other research last year, 1812Blockhouse discovered a coincidence about Bromfield’s life which connects his early years in Mansfield with his later success as an author. When we posted it, we were not aware if this story had been previously known.

As historians note, Louis Bromfield’s father and grandfather spelled their surname as “Brumfield,” with the father making the change to render the family name more “distinguished.” Louis was born in 1896 in Mansfield, and was a student in Mansfield schools.

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All About Richland

Buckeye Imagination Museum Grand Opening Taking Place Next Week

2 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Buckeye Imagination Museum (previously known as Little Buckeye Children’s Museum) has announced the opening of its new facility to the public on Wednesday, August 10. Its new building is located next to the Renaissance Theatre in downtown Mansfield.

The entrance and parking lot can be accessed from West Third Street. It will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to start.   

“We are excited to welcome guests into our new facility, which we feel will better serve them,” says Fred Boll, Executive Director, “Our new building features a zero-level entrance and an elevator which allows us to be more accessible. It also has a parking a lot, which will be much more convenient to our guests.” 

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Schools

What’s That New Website I See? Hint: It Has A Good Deal Of Scarlet And Gray

1 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s been happening for some time, but a major step in an apparent redesign of The Ohio State University website took place in the last couple of days.

The new site has some revamped organization, but the major change appears to be an aesthetic one. The new site is a brighter, less packed-in experience that emphasizes white space and large headers.

As Mansfield is so closely connected to goings-on in Columbus, we here at 1812Blockhouse are on the OSU website several times a week. Because of that, we tend to notice such things.

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All About Richland

Four Richland County Organizations Receive Five Ohio Arts Council Grants

1 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In July, the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board approved $18,246,306 in grants to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming.

The 764 grants approved at the meeting constitute the initial and major state fiscal year 2023 funding round for the OAC.

Five of those grants, totaling $147,366, are headed to Richland County.

“We thank Ohio’s elected leadership—especially Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, and members of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate—for their steadfast support of our state’s creative sector,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins. “With these awards, Ohio’s resilient arts and culture sector will continue to play a critical role in the health and vitality of communities across the state.”

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All About Richland

Special ‘Senior Days’ Festivities Happening At The Richland County Fair

30 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is hosting its second annual Senior Day at the Red Barn as a part of Senior Citizen Day at the Richland County Fair.

Senior Day at the Red Barn will be on Monday, August 8 (Senior Citizen Day) in the Red Barn at the Richland County Fairgrounds in Mansfield, Ohio, from 9 AM to 2 PM.

This event is free with your paid admission to the fair.

Senior Day at the Red Barn will showcase many resources and programs available to older adults and caregivers, including diabetes and chronic disease self-management information, fraud and scams information, fall prevention exercise demonstrations, blood pressure checks, and more.

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