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Join Richland Soil and Water Conservation District at the Fair

28 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

While at the upcoming Richland County Fair, visit with Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) at the Nature Park, Monday through Friday, August 9 to 13 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

There are many activities planned. Enter the Only Rain Down the Drain contest sponsored by Meijer. The first-place prize is a Coleman cooler and two hydro cups. The second-place prize is a bird feeder and bird food. The third-place prize is a tree sling. Contest rules will be posted at the Nature Park.

What happens to litter and chemicals when they go down a storm drain?  They ultimately end up in lakes, streams and rivers.  Find out how to help keep storm drains clean at the Only Rain Down the Drain exhibit.

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Sports

Mansfield Senior 2021 Football Schedule: A First Look

27 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over the next several days, we will be sharing information about varsity football schedules for Richland County high schools. 

Head coach Chioke Bradley’s Mansfield Senior Tygers have a very interesting schedule this year. After two preview games on the road, the squad will host four opponents in the friendly confines of Arlin Field on four successive Friday nights.

The 2021 Tygers schedule is set as follows:

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Final Friday Concert Coming Up

26 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Join Downtown Mansfield, Inc. downtown this Friday, July 30, for sunshine, good food, and good music.

The July 2021 Final Friday Concert Series will kick off at 5:30 PM at The Brickyard with Red & Six, Departure, and Red Ball Jets.

As always, the Final Friday Concert Series is free and open to the public; lawn chairs are encouraged, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Outside beverages and coolers are prohibited.

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Five Ohio Arts Council Grants Headed To Richland County

25 Jul , 2021  

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By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Arts Council

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board approved $18,479,247 in grants to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming when it met on July 21 for its summer board meeting. This marks the largest amount of grant dollars distributed to constituents applying to OAC funding programs in the agency’s history.

Five of those grants were for Richland County projects.

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Downtown Mansfield Historic District

24 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It would come as no surprise that a good number of previous Landmarks of Mansfield posts are located in downtown Mansfield, an area that has been a social, economic, and civic hub for well over 200 years.

While the central part of the city has seen tremendous change, and while important pieces of local and state history have been lost over the years, a good deal of historic fabric remains. As such, it can rightfully considered a landmark in its own right.

This was the conclusion of the National Park Service, which designed a section of downtown as a National Register Historic District back in 2019.

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Sports

Vintage Motorcycle Days Returns To Mid-Ohio

23 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course motorcyclists from across the country will unite for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Royal Enfield, July 23-25. 

This is one of the largest annual gatherings worldwide of motorcyclists, enthusiasts, swap meet vendors and collectors. It is all for a great cause serving as a fundraiser for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization located in nearby Pickerington that works to preserve the history and tradition of motorcycling in the United States.

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Schools

NCSC Joins New Ohio College, Community College Consortium

22 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

There is exciting news this week in higher education in Ohio, and Richland County is a part of it!

North Central State College is a part of a new consortium that will connect 14 independent colleges and universities and 10 community colleges in Ohio to maximize opportunities for community college students to obtain four year degrees in at least three subject areas — English, psychology, and biology.

Fueled by a grant from the Teagle Foundation and Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the “Ohio Consortium for Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts” will have that as its primary aim — creating a route for seamless educational experiences for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.

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ODOT Outlines 5 Year Walking, Biking Plan

22 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

More and more Ohioans are walking and biking as a way to travel, either by choice or necessity. However, recent trends in safety, health, and demographics highlight the urgent need for safer, accessible, and more convenient options for walking and biking in communities across the state. In an effort to combat these trends and spur more strategic investment in infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists, the Ohio Department of Transportation is launching the first-of-its-kind Walk.Bike.Ohio plan. This plan was constructed based on input from local government partners, state agencies, and the public. More…

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Area Agency on Aging Receives Prestigious Aging Innovations Award

21 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. has announced that its Repurposing Vacant City Lots into Affordable Housing Program recently received a 2021 Aging Innovations Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies. The awards program is supported by iN2L, provider of the leading engagement and social connection platform for seniors, offering a foundation for activities that facilitate social interaction, cognitive and physical exercise, education, reminiscing, areas of interest, and memory support engagement.

Repurposing Vacant City Lots into Affordable Housing Program, which addresses a critical need for safe and affordable housing for aging adults through an innovative development of Ritter’s Run Apartments. This program was among the top 15 of 36 local aging programs to receive honors during the n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow, July 19-22. More…

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History & Tourism

Coffee, Murder, & Mystery Takes On OSR: Podcast

20 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A national podcast that focuses in on “true crime” stories has recently set it sights on Mansfield.

The “Coffee, Mystery, & Murder” podcast discusses murder, mystery and the supernatural, according to host Melissa Lancaster. The podcast’s website is here, which has links to several social media pages.

The July 18 edition looks at the history of the Ohio State Reformatory. Listen and enjoy:

Image by Christoph from Pixabay

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Share Your Vocal Talent During 419 Sings

20 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A virtual talent show will showcase talent of vocalists and bands located in the 419 area code.

It’s called “419 Sings,” and it represents a five week virtual talent show sponsored by the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, United Way of Hancock County, and First National Bank.

Sixteen finalists will be selected to compete against each other through a virtual platform over a five-week period beginning in September for the chance to win: $2,500, a recording studio session with Stone Soup Recording Studio in Maumee and their own live performance at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. More…

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History & Tourism

The Mansfield Effect

19 Jul , 2021  

From Destination Mansfield – Richland County

By Katharine Stevens

These people and ideas that emerged from Mansfield have gone on to change the world.

TOUCHDOWN – In the early 1900s, Charles Follis — nicknamed “The Black Cyclone” — propelled civil rights movements and his teams forward as the first Black professional football player in America. He played for the Shelby Blues alongside teammate Branch Rickey, who signed Jackie Robinson 40 years later. Honor his memory with a visit to Charles Follis Way in Shelby near the Black Fork Commons.

NEED FOR SPEED – The entrepreneur behind Rupp Industries, Mickey Rupp engineered the go-karts and minibikes that inspired a generation of thrill seekers. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield Special: The Princess Theatre

17 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Today, we broaden the scope of our Landmarks of Mansfield series by focusing on a landmark that never was.

At least not how it was originally planned.

We take our readers back 113 years, and to the southwest corner of West Fourth and Walnut Street. There, in 1908, owner William Shakespeare Cappeller, founder and owner of The Mansfield News, made plans for something special to take place. More…

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AugustFest At St. Peter’s

17 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Why wait until October? That’s the question considering the upcoming St. Peter’s Parish and School AugustFest, to be held on Saturday, August 7 at the Spartan Fields Athletic Complex, 640 Hickory Lane.

This event, for adults aged 21 and above, will include live music, beer and wine, food, casino style games, and a corn hole tournament.

Featured music entertainment will be The Ohio Express, a north central Ohio favorite. More…

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Mansfielder Sylvia McNair Donates Career Collection

16 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield’s two-time Grammy Award-winning soprano, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumna and former faculty member Sylvia McNair, has donated a vast array of items documenting her career to her alma mater.

The Sylvia McNair Digital Collection comprises more than 900 entries and over 4,000 scanned items, including concert programs, newspaper and magazine articles and reviews, awards, photos, publicity materials and correspondence from throughout McNair’s 35-plus-year career as an opera, classical and cabaret singer.

The physical collection, held in the William and Gayle Cook Music Library at the Jacobs School of Music, also includes more than 50 of McNair’s professional recordings and dozens of personal music scores with her performance notes. More…

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