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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…
At their meeting held on Tuesday afternoon, the City of Mansfield Planning Commission made a recommendation to make the City a bit more dog and cat friendly — at least in certain areas.
Discussion centered on a proposed change to Section 1167.04 of the City of Mansfield Codified Ordinances, which section covers uses allowed in the Office Services district in the City’s Zoning Code.
Building and Codes Manager Marc Milliron shared with members of the Commission that the change would have two components — first, it would add veterinary services (not involving kennels) as a permitted use in that zoning district, and second, it would allow for kennels to be added to such veterinary services but only as a conditional use. More…
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The Mansfield Art Sector of the Richland Community Development Group is working on two public art projects and pursuing a new logo. The Mansfield Art Sector is leading a public art project as part of the Mansfield Rising Plan which was created in 2018 by a citizen-led group funded by the Richland County Foundation.
Area artists are encouraged to participate in this transformative and revitalizing effort to beautify downtown Mansfield through art. Artists can submit up to 10 pieces of a visual arts portfolio. New portfolios and projects will be reviewed by a committee at the beginning of each month.
It’s back! Mohican Wildlife Weekend returns from April 23 to 25.
Sure, it will be a bit different, given changes made related to the ongoing pandemic, but the enjoyable opportunities to interface with flora and fauna will be as plentiful as ever. The natural world awaits.
This 20th anniversary edition is called “SURVIVOR MOHICAN.” As always, programs will feature the area’s rich heritage, wildlife, recreation opportunities, and diverse natural resources. The best part of the event can be finding new venues you have never experienced, and then coming back again through the summer to engage in more in-depth visits. More…
By Daniel Polleta, The Land, with introduction/additional reporting by 1812Blockhouse
Across the county, the pandemic has changed the ways in which Americans live and work. In terms of the latter, it has impacted the ways in which traditional central city areas function — providing new opportunities for creative approaches to downtown revitalization.
We recently ran across an interesting post discussing downtown Cleveland’s approach to the pandemic. It comes from “The Land,” a new news startup that, like 1812Blockhouse and Richland Source, is a member of LION Publishers, the country’s foremost consortium of independent online news publications. Downtown Cleveland is, of course, much larger than Mansfield’s — but some of the same factors are at play in both, as is a sense of optimism in both about the future.
We first contacted Jennifer Kime, CEO of Downtown Mansfield, Inc., to find out how downtown Mansfield has been impacted. Jennifer shared the following: More…
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President Kristina M. Johnson and Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron sent the following email to The Ohio State University community on Friday, April 9:
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Our plans to reinvigorate campus life this fall are taking shape as we look forward to an autumn semester of engaged classroom learning, thriving student activities and community events that bring us together, and we need your help to reactivate our Ohio State traditions.
First, we’re writing to share more details and to ask every eligible student, faculty and staff member to be vaccinated and to follow all other safe and healthy guidelines. We will always base decisions on evidence-based public health guidance and the state of the pandemic, and a high vaccination rate will only increase the chances of normality. More…
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz today announced the release of a new mobile and web-based resource to help outdoor enthusiasts plan for and explore thousands of trail miles crisscrossing the Buckeye State.
The new DETOUR trails app, developed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), is Ohio’s new go-to source for authoritative trail information for both to beginner and expert-trail users. Trails can be searched for by region, level of difficulty, activity, type, and distance. The app offers featured routes, provides driving directions to trailheads, and includes information for trail managers.
“Ohio is a great place for families to live, work, learn, and play,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This new app will help bring friends and families together by connecting them to Ohio’s abundant trail system and natural outdoor beauty.” More…
It’s wonderful to be sharing the news that the popular and unique St. Peter’s Music Series is returning to bring Mansfield audiences outstanding opportunities to hear solo and group artists in performance.
This time it is flautist Angela Massey, accompanied by pianist Erika Dohi.
The performance will feature works for the flute created by composers J.S. Bach, Mouquet, Saint-Saens, and Matt Smith.
Ms. Massey maintains an active career as a solo artist, chamber artist, orchestral musician, and instructor. She has performed in venues across the United States and Europe. Massey’s academic credentials include a certificate in Advanced Flute Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Music degree in flute performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More…
Word has it that the thermometer broke through the 80 degree mark on Tuesday, signaling that the worst of winter — and even the not-so-worst of winter — is behind us.
It’s good to plan ahead, but before doing so let’s take a quick look back at the wonderful winter of 2020-2021. In particular, let’s consider how north central Ohio fared in terms of the white stuff.
The bottom line is that it snowed and snowed over the last several weeks, and Mansfield found itself above average in terms of total snowfall for cities in the eastern part of the United States. More…
By 1812Blockhouse; State of Ohio
There’s a bit of reverse directioning going on.
As COVID-19 case numbers are again on the rise in Ohio, Governor DeWine announced on Monday that many restrictions to prevent more infections are going away while certain others, such as mask wearing, are continuing.
Welcome to the latest chapter in a year-long set of moves to address the pandemic.
Changes announced will impact mass gatherings, including sporting events, fairs, festivals, theatres, etc.. Most will now allow these to take place while maintaining limitations on social distancing and other safety measures. More…
From our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:
Been there, done that? Come back for a special event! Our top attractions have events happening this April that will make a visit to Richland County an experience like no other. The staff of professionals and volunteers at your favorite attractions are filled with experts in their field. These experts can’t wait to share their knowledge with you to help make your trip special: stargaze with local astronomers, learn from master glass artists and gardeners, and hunt ghosts with experts in the paranormal.
Explore the natural attractions of Richland and Ashland Counties and learn from expert naturalists, survivalists, and more at the 20th Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend (Apr 23 – 25). This year’s theme “Survivor Mohican” will inspire participants to adventure at 10 different sites with scheduled programs and unscheduled adventure. Some programs include birding boat tours, survival classes, gold panning, and raptor photography. More…
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With the ongoing concerns of COVID-19, Richland Newhope was not able to celebrate March Awareness in the traditional manner last month.
One of this year’s awareness activities included a book distribution to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with the local schools. Newhope distributed a book about inclusion to all public and private 1st -grade students in Richland County. With the help from Scholastic, Richland County Youth and Family Council, and United Way’s Big Red Bookshelf, Newhope was able to order and distribute 1,400 copies of the book Strictly No Elephants written by Lisa Mantchev. More…
Thinking of April conjures up tulips and spring air; warmer temperatures and blooming wildflowers.
It also suggests birds and butterflies — both of which are being showcase this month across Richland County.
Following are links to events and workshops on this theme — click on any for more information and, where available, online registration. Please note that the Birding Boat Tours repeat on Sunday, April 25 at the same times, and that other Mohican Wildlife Weekend events may have a component dealing with birds or butterflies. More…
From our friends at Destination Mansfield, with links 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…
As this view of the Caldwell and Bloor Building at 80 West Third Street in downtown Mansfield shows, taken on Wednesday afternoon, work continues on renovating the former medical supply company structure.
When finished, the building will include a demonstration kitchen and retail on the first floor, with condominiums on the upper floors crowned by a rooftop garden.
Work has been ongoing for well over a year. More…