All Things Business

Mansfield Lahm Receives $6 Million Improvement Grant

8 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Press Release

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $6,023,701 grant to the city of Mansfield to reconstruct the apron and taxilane at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport.

“Ohio airports are vital infrastructure supporting travel and commerce in our state,” Brown said. “These federal investments are great news for the region and will enhance safety and operations at Mansfield Lahm and improve travel for area residents and businesses.”

The FAA supports public-use airports included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems through the Airport Improvement Program. The program supports projects that improve airport safety, capacity, security, and lessen environmental impact.

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1812Blockhouse

Tomorrow Is A Double Celebration

7 Sep , 2022  

By Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Publisher

What’s better than a birthday party? Celebrating a birth on the same day, that’s what!

September 8 is a banner day around these parts. Way back in 2016, it was the date chosen for the launch of 1812Blockhouse, which has been published consistently since then.

Over 6,200 stories have been shared during those six years and, with an average of 5 to 10 links a day to stories from other local media, we have been a place where readers have been able to access tens of thousands of posts about Richland County.

Along the way, of course, we grew a bit. 1808Delaware came along to serve Delaware and Delaware County. As it so happens, 1812 and 1808 are very different animals that serve a readership that has strong and divergent preferences on how they get their news.

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Schools

OSUM Professor Honored With National Science Award

6 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio State Mansfield’s very own Dr. Tim Berra was recently awarded with a 2022 Friend of Darwin award. Given by the non-profit National Center for Science Education, this award recognizes the recipient’s efforts to support NCSE and the teaching of evolution across the country.

Dr. Berra is an Academy Professor and Professor Emeritus of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology. This year marks his 50th year with The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Dr. Berra’s career has been an even split of teaching here in Mansfield and research, mostly in Australia. There he has studied many species of fish. His research proved that Murray cod and trout cod were two different species and determining elements of the life cycle of the Australian Grayling.

“I’m 50 percent scientist and 50 percent teacher. I wouldn’t want to give up one for the other. They go together like hand and glove. Teachers need to keep their fingers in the research pie,” Dr. Berra said in a 1972 News Journal article.

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All Things Business

Intel Investment Projections Inch Higher; Strong Regional Economic Impact Certain

5 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Optimism for Intel has reached a fever pitch recently. Among remarks reportedly given by State Senator Jay Hottinger from Newark last month was the following:

“We’re now going to have five fabs,” Hottinger said. “It makes us the largest chip manufacturer in the world. The opportunities and spinoffs from this will be phenomenal.”

In the article published in the Newark Advocate (can be read here), Hottinger followed that remark by suggesting that officials are already in talks with almost half of the 30 to 40 suppliers potentially coming to Ohio.

Each of these “fabs,” or individual factories, will generate up to 1,500 higher-than-average salary positions (the projected annual salary will be $135,000). The first two fabs have prompted a recent statewide call for 7,000 construction workers.

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History & Tourism

Nine Historic Sites In Three Counties Opening For Free This Month

4 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Open Doors is back, the very successful statewide event that opens the doors to dozens of sites that connect Ohioans to their past.

The event takes place between September 9 to September 18, during which time building and landmark owners and operators open to the public for special tours and programs – all at no charge. It’s an opportunity to celebrate Ohio’s architecture and history.

North central Ohio is well represented, with nine sites open in Ashland, Crawford, and Richland Counties. 

The two Richland County experiences are included.

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History & Tourism

September Events & Happenings

3 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Search for bigfoot, take a peek inside Mansfield’s architectural gems not normally open to the public, and sip Ohio wines while strolling the grounds of Kingwood Center Gardens.  Summer may be officially over, but the fun events keep going with Mansfield’s September happenings and events!

Attend the Kingwood Wine Walk on September 10th and sample wines from around Ohio, listen to live music, and munch on tasty morsels from the on-site food trucks.

The Prairie Peddler Festival returns on September 24 & 25. This large artisan show is held in the rolling hills of Butler, featuring delicious food, live music and over 200 exhibitors peddling their hand-made wares in this outdoor marketplace.

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All About Richland

DMI Provides Update On Main Street Project

2 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

As 2022 has progressed, things have been looking increasingly favorable for Mansfield’s Main Street Improvement Project, an initiative designed to bring a new look and renewed vitality to several blocks of downtown’s traditional north-south thoroughfare.

In its most recent newsletter, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) shared a current update on the project. It shared:

“The Main Street Investment project has received a $7.38 million dollar RAISE grant to assist in funding the complete rebuilding of the Main Street corridor from First to Fifth Street! This project will reconstruct the downtown Mansfield streetscape and will include updated LED street lighting, new ADA-compliant curb ramps, upgraded sidewalks, brick pavers in new crosswalks, and lighted plazas with seating.

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All About Richland

US30 Project Poised To Make Major Shift

1 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over the next couple of weeks, work will continue on the massive US30 Rehabilitation Project through Mansfield pretty much as it has for some time.

On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Transportation shared the anticipated work taking place next week:

  • SR 545 under U.S. 30 will be reduced to one lane of traffic for overhead bridge painting. Traffic will be maintained with portable traffic signals. This traffic pattern will remain for approximately two weeks.
  • The westbound pattern will consist of maintaining one lane of traffic westbound, from just east of 5th Avenue to SR 13, and two lanes of traffic westbound, from SR 13 to just west of SR 309.
  • The eastbound pattern will consist of maintaining one lane of traffic eastbound, from just west of SR 309 to SR 13, and two lanes of traffic eastbound, from SR 13 to just east of 5th Avenue.
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All About Richland

Ohio’s Early Fall Hunting Seasons

31 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Thousands of Ohioans have eagerly been waiting for the calendar to turn to September, when popular hunting seasons open across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Early September is the time to hunt doves, squirrels, and some waterfowl, with white-tailed deer archery season just around the corner.

The tradition of a September 1 season opener continues for squirrel (fox, gray, and red), dove, rail, snipe, and gallinule. Canada geese and teal (blue-winged, green-winged, and cinnamon) may be hunted starting September 3 during the early waterfowl season. The deer archery hunting season is not far behind, with the statewide season beginning September 24 and a season in a few targeted counties opening September 10.

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All Things Business

Plasma Center Opens On Park Avenue West

30 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, Freedom Plasma held its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting attended by civic leaders – and even Miss Ontario!

The facility is Mansfield’s newest plasma donation center. Freedom Plasma provides donors the freedom to improve their financial position and help positively impact patients’ lives who rely on plasma-based therapies.

Freedom Plasma is owned and operated by ImmunoTek Bio Centers. With a combined 150 years in the industry

The nationwide chain already has Ohio locations in Cleveland and Toledo, and is coming soon to Newark and Zanesville.

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Sports

Helpful Hints For Attending OSU Football Games This Fall

29 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Special to 1812Blockhouse

Not only is Mansfield a member of The Ohio State University‘s campus communities, but many Richland Countians make the trip down I-71 each fall to watch the Buckeyes play. With this being a special year for Ohio Stadium, the University has shared a list of “helpful hints” to make your game day experience all the more enjoyable.

The start of the 2022 Ohio State football season, and one of the most eagerly anticipated Ohio Stadium home game schedules ever, is only eight days away. No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 5 Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, in one of the marquee games of the season. ABC will televise to a national audience.

Unlike last year, when new technologies such as mobile ticketing and parking, metal detectors and self-scanning tickets were introduced, there aren’t many changes to game day procedures for 2022. There are certainly tips and protocols to be aware of when in and around the stadium, though. Some of the most important news and notes for fans to know this year include to arrive early.

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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: State Route 97

29 Aug , 2022  

By: 1812Blockhouse

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Richland County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks. Other “Everything You Always Wanted To Know” posts in this series are available here.

It is not the longest, or the most-traveled, highway in the state or even the region.

Along its length, however, which runs almost 35 miles along farm fields, along rivers, and through small towns, State Route 97 adds a lot to the character of this place we call home. It even boasts the birthplace of a United States President! More…

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All About Richland

Cleveland Church Turns Membership Struggle Into Gift For Community

28 Aug , 2022  

By Nate Flauto, The Land

Publisher’s Note: Many churches in Ohio, including some in Richland County, are facing the twin challenges of declining attendance and increasing maintenance costs. This article shared with permission from The Land in Cleveland sounds a positive note on opportunities in such situations. The Land is a local news startup that reports on Cleveland’s neighborhoods and inner ring suburbs. They deliver in-depth stories that foster accountability, inform the community, and inspire people to take action. Like 1812Blockhouse, The Land is a member of LION Publishers.


Since putting down their roots at Archwood United Church of Christ (Archwood UCC) in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood, the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center (the Center) has flourished. The recreation room is now a dance studio home to Latin dance classes, the basement is now a frequently booked place for celebrations, and the dormant classrooms once used for bible study are now filled with children attending programming such as the Latin Image Leadership Program.

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History & Tourism

Kingwood Reopening Peacock Playhouse And Storybook Trail

27 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Smiles are sure to appear when Kingwood Center Gardens reopens two of its attractions oriented toward its youngest visitors.

On Tuesday, August 30 at 4 PM, the Peacock Playhouse and the Storybook Trail will be officially reopened.

The Peacock Playhouse recently was refreshed and upgraded. The redesign and expansion of the venue will improve children’s experiences. First opened in 2017, and located in the old gatehouse on Kingwood’s Park Avenue corner, it features toys and activities to stimulate the senses.

On September 1 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM, Kingwood welcomes guests to a trip on the Storybook Trail by fairy light lantern. This fun, family night out will start on our trail and end with a campfire and s’mores. Please make sure to register all guests so that enough will be available for everyone. 

You can register online here.

This in an open-house style program. Registered participants can come enjoy the event any time between 8:30 to 9:30 PM.

Photos are below.

Source: Kingwood Center Gardens; Photo: Creative Commons License

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All About Richland

Monkeypox Has Yet To Reach North Central Ohio, ODH Reports

26 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Department of Health has taken on the relatively new monkeypox health situation with information and resources.

This Department’s efforts include a new “Monkeypox Dashboard” which would likely give visitors a sense of deja vu from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a set of accompanying FAQs, the Department shared, “Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with a virus. We’ve known monkeypox can cause disease in people since 1970. Before 2022, monkeypox was mostly seen in parts of central and west Africa. During 2022, monkeypox was reported in places where it is not usually found. This includes countries around the world, including the U.S. and here in Ohio.”

Other answered questions include matters of transmission, symptoms, treatments, pets, available vaccines, and more. The FAQ page can be accessed here.

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