History & Tourism

Saturday Is Public Lands Day In Ohio

22 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites everyone to spend this Saturday at a state park, nature preserve, forest, or wildlife area, to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 24.  The day is designated to celebrate the connection between people and the great outdoors, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage the use of open space for education, recreation, and healthy living.

“Ohio is home to the best outdoor recreation in the country and National Public Lands Day is the perfect excuse to enjoy it,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “Whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking, or just sightseeing, I hope everyone can make time to get out and experience Ohio’s natural beauty this weekend.”

ODNR has a variety of places where people can enjoy National Public Lands Day – for free!

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It’s Now Easier Than Ever To Send Us News, Notices, And Photos

22 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Do you have information to share about an event your organization is sponsoring? Does your group, church, club, or musical act have news about something exciting and new that others might find interesting? Is there a story about a family member, friend, or acquaintance that you find worth sharing?

We’ve just made it much easier to do this and reach 1812Blockhouse’s rapidly growing audience for Richland County news and information.

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All About Richland

ODNR Showcases Technology Designed To Removal Harmful Algal Blooms

21 Sep , 2022  

By the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with additions by 1812Blockhouse

As a part of Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) on Sept. 15 hosted a showcase of new technology aimed at eliminating harmful algal blooms (HABs). Utilizing a research and development grant from the Ohio Water Development Authority, ODNR partnered with AECOM Technical Services to demonstrate the Algae Harvesting Hydronucleation Flotation Technology (HFT) in William H. Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park.

This new technology will benefit the state’s wetlands projects, including one in Richland County.

“We want to attack Ohio’s water quality issues from every possible angle and that means staying on top of cutting-edge technology,” Gov. DeWine said. “Each step toward cleaner water is a win for our H2Ohio initiative. This machine has proven effective in other parts of the country, and we’re hoping to have those same results here.”

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All About Richland

“Phantom Of The Opera” At The Ren

20 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Special to 1812Blockhouse

It’s that time of year when chills and thrills are the norm.

Speaking of which, the Renaissance Theatre will present the silent film The Phantom of the Opera with live organ accompaniment by Jay Spencer in a hybrid film-performance on September 25 at 2:30 PM in the Renaissance Theatre in downtown Mansfield.

The film, adapted from Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera was originally released in 1925 as a silent horror film. The story follows the disfigured Phantom, played by Lon Chaney, as he causes havoc throughout the Paris Opera House. The destruction and bloodshed are all in the name of love, as The Phantom tries to win the heart of a young opera singer by making her a star.

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History & Tourism

The Ohio Literary Trail Has Local Stops

19 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohioana Library Association

Several Ohio counties have stops along the Ohio Literary Trail.

Only a handful have more than one, Richland County among them.

Sponsored by the Ohioana Library Association, the program connects readers and Ohio writers and shine the spotlight on Ohio’s unique role in shaping culture and literature worldwide.

Ohioana compiled the trail map with more than 70 sites across the Buckeye state, paying tribute to the authors, poets, illustrators, libraries, and creative influencers of the written word who have called Ohio home. Tourists planning a literary-themed outing, as well as Ohioans who want to discover literary treasures they never knew existed in their own backyard, will find it here. More…

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Schools

North Central Receives Approval For Bachelor Of Science In Nursing

18 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

North Central State College has received approval to confer a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) as a completion degree for students who have completed their Associate Degree in Registered Nursing.

Approval for the completion program was granted to allow NC State to continue working closely with area healthcare providers to meet the critical need for nurses, and the advanced training required for career advancement.

Dorey Diab, President of NC State has been eager to share this news and begin serving our community partners at this new level. “NC State has always been a leader in preparing Licensed Practical and Registered Nurses. This will allow our students to progress to the bachelor’s level in a place they feel comfortable, with faculty they know — and who know them.

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Schools

ODE Releases Ohio School Report Cards; How Richland Districts Fared

17 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Department of Education

On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Education released the 2022 Ohio School Report Cards. Spreadsheets with performance information for districts, schools, community schools, Career Technical Planning Districts and schools that receive the dropout recovery and prevention report card will be available on the Report Card Resources webpage.

Districts and schools will not receive overall ratings this year. The report cards will include five rated components and various report-only data. The five components will receive ratings from one to five stars. The 2022 Guide to Ohio School Report Cards provides an overview and explanation of these key components.

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Friedrich Ferdinand Schnitzer

16 Sep , 2022  

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. We profile these individuals in our Richland Roots series.

Not exactly a household name in 21st century Richland County, Friedrich Schnitzer was much better known 125 years ago.

Schnitzer, son of and father of two other men with the same name, was born in Bavaria and emigrated to America with his parents in 1859, depending on the source. His European home sat on 200 acres, and it was said that the family descended from minor nobility.

Before leaving Bavaria, he was trained in architecture at the University of Berlin. More…

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All About Richland

Monarch Migration Underway Across Ohio

15 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse (emphasis added)

Eastern monarch butterflies are now flying through Ohio on their way from summer breeding areas to overwintering sites in Mexico, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Monarchs may travel 50 to 100 miles per day, making this one of the most impressive migrations in the animal kingdom. The journey may take them thousands of miles before they reach their destination.

Migrating monarchs rely on adequate food resources along their journey. Native flowers provide monarchs with the fuel needed to reach overwintering areas. Look for monarchs in the coming weeks in forests, fields, gardens, and waterways as they migrate through Ohio. Migrants may travel individually or in groups.

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Schools

Homecoming Week Coming To OSUM

14 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Four days of events later this month mark the 2022 celebration of Homecoming at The Ohio State University at Mansfield

The annual event brings together students, faculty, staff, and alumni to unite in scarlet and gray to commemorate a university, a family, and a home at The Ohio State University.

This year’s Homecoming is taking place between Monday, September 26 and 29. Each day is marked by a specific program for students and staff, including:

Monday, September 26 – Royalty Crowning (online) – 2:30 PM – This special virtual presentation celebrates OSU regional courts and the crowning of each regional campus’ Homecoming Royalty. The virtual link for this ceremony will be announced soon so that family, friends, students, faculty and staff can attend this special event. NOTE – It has now been published, see below.

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History & Tourism

What’s Behind Those Windows? Fall Secret City Tour Is Saturday

13 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will hold another Secret City Tour this Saturday, allowing attendees to glimpse a Mansfield that has been there for a century or more but which has been largely unseen.

At least once a year, the organization facilitates the opening of architecturally interesting buildings in Mansfield’s downtown area that are not typically open to the public. This fall’s Secret City Tour will take place this Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

This Tour features the following places to visit:

  • 246 East Fourth Street
  • 48 West Fourth Street
  • 25 North Park Street
  • 101 North Main Street
  • 19 North Park Street
  • 137 North Main Street
  • 193 North Main Street

Each of these buildings are either currently being renovated or provide excellent opportunities for investment and adaptive reuse.

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All About Richland

African Violets To Grace Kingwood Next Weekend

12 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Officially, they are known as “Saintpaulia.” In the United States, these six to twenty species of perennials are known by the term “African violets,” reflecting their native origin in Tanzania and eastern Kenya.

Aficionados will be heading to Kingwood Center Gardens this coming weekend for events centered on these beautiful flowers. More…

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History & Tourism

Ohio Heritage Days Combines Crafts And History

11 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

One of Ohio’s largest free outdoor craft and living history festivals will be happening later this month at Malabar Farm.

Ohio Heritage Days, which has a goal of promoting and preserving past knowledge while looking as well at the future of farming, will be taking place on September 24 and 25.

Included will be 75 exhibitors featuring crafts; live music; Civil War and pioneer demonstrations; draft horses; educational displays; wagon rides; antique tractors; and much more. Be sure to bring some cash for purchases of food and/or craft items as not all vendors have credit card access.

Speaking of food, up to 12 food booths are expected.

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All Things Business

Grilling Just Got A Whole Lot More Fun Around Here

10 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s still plenty of time this summer to engage in grilling activity. What could be better than tasty grilled bratwurst or ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce for your next cookout or social event?

Those who enjoy good food now have a new option for grilling supplies right here in Richland County.

What’s Smoken’ in Ontario recently held its ribbon cutting at 49 Briggs Drive (in the Drug Mart Plaza on the north side of the building, facing Home Depot). There you will find an outstanding variety of wood pellets, charcoal, sauces, rubs – as well as grills and grill utensils.

What’s Smoken’ is also a source for grill rentals. According to the company website, available rentals include propane-assist grills, hog roasters, and chicken cookers. The store’s website can be accessed here.

So – head to What’s Smoken’ and get grilling!

Photo: Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Buffalo Bill

9 Sep , 2022  

NOTE: This post in our “When Mansfield Welcomed” series has been updated with recently-discovered information.

By 1812Blockhouse

It was a brilliant Saturday in July, 1896 when Buffalo Bill came to town. Not just Buffalo Bill, mind you – his famous “Wild West Show” was in tow and put on two performances in a lot on East Fourth Street. This was not his first visit to Mansfield, nor would it be his last.

Buffalo Bill, born William Frederick Cody in 1846, grew up on the frontier and loved every aspect of that way of life. As he grew older, some of the titles he earned, or at least ascribed to himself, including buffalo hunter, U.S. Army scout and guide, and showman, as well as Pony Express Rider, Indian fighter, and even author. Whatever Cody’s titles, he was destined for fame. More…

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