All About Richland

Christmas Tree Recycling Options

2 Jan , 2023  

Happy New Year, Richland Countians!

As the twelve days of Christmas wind down, you may be thinking about how to dispose of holiday greenery. If you purchased a living Christmas tree this year and now need to know how to recycle it, we have some suggestions. First, note that the tree cannot be recycled if it’s in your regular trash. If you dispose of it this way, it will either not be picked up or it will go to the landfill. In Ohio, yard waste has been banned from landfills, so live Christmas trees should not be placed with household garbage. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

104 Years Ago, Mansfield’s New Year’s Eve Featured “Small Cannon And Bombs”

29 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Local New Year’s Eve revelers may have a dry evening — once they make it inside, that is.

One hundred and four years ago, on December 31, 1918, the scene was somewhat similar in Mansfield. According to news coverage of the era, “Mansfield kicked off a year and a half of war restraint in giving 1919 a noisy welcome. New year’s eve was celebrated with more than ordinary noise and joyousness.

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Our Christmas Schedule

22 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s three days until Christmas, and only one day until what is predicted to be a nasty storm.

 With those two days in mind, we are sharing our plans for the Christmas weekend.

To maximize family time, we will be operating as normal through Saturday morning.  We will then continue to update Richland News and Richland Tweets, but otherwise we will not be posting again until Monday morning.

Next week will include our most read stories of 2022.

If there is important breaking local news during that period of time, including about the storm, we will do our best to get online and update the site.

In the meantime, please let us wish your family – and all of north central Ohio – a happy and blessed Christmas.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

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History & Tourism

Lazarus Department Store’s Christmas Tradition

22 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

If you grew up in this area, you may remember Christmastime at Lazarus Department Store. Although the store, located at the Richland Mall, has long ago closed and was actually re-opened as the Avita Health System’s Ontario Hospital in 2017, memories of Christmases past at Lazarus remain.

A remembrance of Christmas and a local department store typically means thoughts of visiting Santa. In the case of Lazarus, though, this is also means spending some time with a talking tree. Mr. Tree, as he was generally referred to, may have frightened you as a child or fascinated you. More…

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All About Richland

A White Christmas In Mansfield? More Often Than Not, The Answer Is No

14 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

If you had to guess, would you think that Mansfield has a white Christmas at least half the time?

If you said yes, you would be wrong.

Climate.gov, presented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, recently set out to answer that question for locations across the country. Via an interactive map, the post asked – “Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?”

The map shows the historic probability of there being at least one inch of snow on the ground at various weather stations. The determination is based on the latest “US Climate Normals” – three decade average of several climatological measurements.

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All About Richland

Unique Christmas Musical Treat Coming To Mansfield

11 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield area music lovers are in for a rare treat this coming weekend.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is an acclaimed one act opera by composer Gian Carlo Menotti which is infrequently presented across the country, particularly in non-metropolitan markets. That shared, the opera will be presented by Mid Ohio Civic Opera later this month.

Amahl has an original English libretto by the composer. It was commissioned by NBC and first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951, in New York City at NBC Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, where it was broadcast live on television from that venue as the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. It was the first opera specifically composed for television in the United States.

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All About Richland

Ho! Ho! Ho!: The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus

8 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Have you ever wondered just where Santa Claus came from?

L. Frank Baum knew. The same man who created The Wonderful Wizard of Oz lets us in on his secret: the story of Saint Nicholas as told to him by Necile, the nymph who found Claus and raised him as her own in the world of Knooks, Faeries, Ryls and, yes, even the dreaded Awgwas. 

Now you can know as well, as The Mansfied Playhouse presents “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” beginning this weekend.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a 1902 children’s book written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by Mary Cowles Clark.

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All About Richland

Holiday Happenings From Now Through New Years Eve

6 Dec , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

While a number of holiday activities have already taken place in north central Ohio, the remainder of December has plenty of opportunities to soak in the holiday spirit.

Our twinkling cities and villages come together to celebrate the season and nostalgia of Christmas with the region’s newest attractions and events. Step into the traditions of holidays past to make your memories of today shine brighter.  Make Mansfield part of your story this season!

While a number of holiday activities have already taken place in north central Ohio, the remainder of December has plenty of opportunities to soak in the holiday spirit.

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All Things Business

Mansfield Area Holiday Spending Predicted To Have Largest Surge In Ohio

5 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

If predictions hold true, it will be a happy holiday season for Mansfield and Richland County retailers when sales increase faster than in any other metro area in Ohio.

Each late November, the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, together with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and Focus on Ohio’s Future, publish an economic forecast for the upcoming shopping blitz.

As noted above, the news is quite rosy for north central Ohio, with the Mansfield area predicted to have the largest percentage increase in sales among the state’s metropolitan areas.

In its report, the UC Economics Center shared the following overall findings:

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