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National Auditions Announced For Spring Awakening

15 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre announces national virtual auditions for Spring Awakening the musical, which is to be performed live at Theatre 166.

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade,” Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

Auditions are open to performers ages 18 or older, and those under the age of 18 wishing to audition will require parental permission.

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Richland Public Health Provides Pandemic Overview

14 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

RIchland Public Health has released its overview of the COVID-19 pandemic’s local, state, national, and global impact impact. This informational synopsis is provided on select days each month.

The next update will be forthcoming on Friday, October 22.

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Fall Color Palette Comes To Life Across Ohio

12 Oct , 2021  

Changing conditions are now being seen through Ohio as the colors of the season are now coming to life, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“Vibrant and deep reds are definitely beginning to show in the maples while yellows abound in a number of other tree species,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott. “This last week we have really started to see a transformation of fall color throughout the state with almost all areas now seeing some of the colors of the season – which means near peak conditions are right around the corner.”

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History & Tourism

Grace Episcopal Begins 175th Anniversary Celebration

11 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The parishioners at Mansfield’s Grace Episcopal Church set out to celebrate a remarkable milestone on Sunday.

They did so in a time honored way — by holding a commemorative worship service in their building on the corner of Third and Bowman. Among them was the Right Reverend Mark J. Hollingsworth, Eleventh Bishop of Ohio.

Hollingworth greeted those present by sharing with them that he was happy to be with them. “Under this mask,” he began, “I have an ear-to-ear grin of delight to be here and to see all of you in this wonderful celebration of 175 years and all that is awaiting us in our dream for Grace Church and for each of us.”

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Introducing Mansfielder General James S. Robinson

10 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Throughout its history, Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world. 1812Blockhouse has been sharing their stories in a series we started last year called “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here.

Richland County has produced leaders in business, the arts, the military, education, politics, and civic life over its 200-plus years. Occasionally, that includes someone whose life story includes noteworthy activity in several of those areas. Such is the case with native Richland Countian James Sidney Robinson.

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Richland Schools, Long Term Care COVID Numbers Continue To Decline

8 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

From record highs, Richland County schools are now experiencing a rather sharp decline in reported infections of COVID-19 for children and staff.

When the Ohio Department of Health shared updated numbers on Thursday, Richland County districts and individual buildings reported a total of 125 infections in the last week in fourteen school settings. Two weeks ago, that number stood at over twice that amount. Then there were 15 districts or buildings, led by a reported 118 cases in Mansfield City Schools.

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When Mansfield Welcomed: America’s First Matinee Idol

6 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a name you may not have seen before until reading this post.

The man was, however, a remarkable artist with a penchant for showmanship that transformed him into an international superstar — a superstar whose travels and concert venues included a very young Mansfield, Ohio.

An obscure reference in the Cleveland Daily Leader references the appearance of famed composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk to Mansfield in December of 1863, in the middle of the US Civil War.

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Plymouth Receives Half Million Dollar Infrastructure Grant

5 Oct , 2021  

Based on State of Ohio Press Release

Communities across Ohio will receive grants to fund sidewalks, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure and public facility improvements.

The Ohio Department of Development has awarded grants totaling more than $6 million to 13 communities through the Community Development Critical Infrastructure program and more than $6 million to nine communities through the Neighborhood Revitalization program.

The grants will benefit more than 35,000 Ohioans.

Plymouth was among the communities receiving good news.

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OSU Enrollment Declines Slightly, Including Regional Campuses; Minority Numbers Improve

4 Oct , 2021  

By Chris Booker, Ohio State News, with additional material from 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University has reported record enrollment numbers on the Columbus campus and record minority student enrollment at all campuses.

The new numbers are part of the Autumn Semester Enrollment Report. The report includes key data about Ohio State’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students on the Columbus and regional campuses.

“A talented and diverse community is central to our goal of being a great 21st-century land-grant university. I’m delighted to see record high minority student enrollment across all campuses,” said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson. “It speaks to the value of an Ohio State education that so many students choose to join this university, believe in our mission and aspire to become Buckeyes. They will share a life-long affiliation with hundreds of thousands of other committed, caring and inquisitive individuals making a difference each and every day in a wide range of disciplines.”

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A Hard Musical To Love, But A Harder One To Forget

3 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

When it opens at the Ren’s new black box space, Theatre 166 on October 8, Stephen Sondheim’s controversial musical, Assassins, is likely to shock, disturb or even terrify its audiences.

This unusual piece about the nine assassins or would-be assassins, will certainly live on in one’s memory long after the curtain has come down.

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Schools

Levels of Richland School, Congregate Care COVID Cases Decrease

1 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The latest numbers for reported cases of COVID among Richland County schools were shared by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday.

Those figures show a sizable decrease in case levels for both students and staff. In a similar fashion, the number of cases reported in the county’s long-term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living centers) remained low.

As shared on Thursday, there were 173 positive COVID test results reported on September 30, as compared to 267 reported the previous week, and 279 earlier in the month. This overall figure included 149 students and 24 staff members in 16 districts or buildings — one more than the previous week.

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When Mansfield Welcomed: Jayne Mansfield

1 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It has been 54 years since the tragic death of an American actress, a lady with a very familiar last name and who paid at least one visit to Mansfield and Richland County.

It was on the night of June 28/29, 1967 that Jayne Mansfield and her attorney were killed on a car trip from Biloxi, Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana. At 2:25 AM, the car slammed into the back of a tractor trailer which had slowed behind and was obscured by a truck spraying mosquito fogger. Mansfield’s three children escaped with minor injuries.

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Sports

Mid-Ohio Announces 2022 Race Season

29 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will showcase five race weekends again for its 2022 schedule, but with an exciting, new feature confirmed for next year’s 61st season of racing at the legendary road course. For the very first time, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn track layout on Saturday, July 9th.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has produced great road racing for its previous eight appearances at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Now the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will continue that tradition and visit for its inaugural round at the track on the weekend of July 8-9. This new addition realigns Mid-Ohio’s NASCAR Xfinity Series stop to Portland International Raceway for a new event in the Pacific Northwest also promoted by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which owns and operates Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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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

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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