Ontario, Sports

The Woodsman Disc Golf Course Ups Its Game

15 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, officials were on hand for a ribbon cutting at The Woodsman Disc Golf Court in Ontario’s Marshall Park.

Over the last several weeks, concrete pads, sponsored signs, landscaping, and more have been added to the part, already considered one of the best in the state.

The course was launched in 2016 and is known for its challenging nature as it sits in a heavily wooded area. One hole is actually fifteen feet high and is positioned between two trees. More…

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All Things Business

Shutterfly Lifetouch To Eliminate 100 Positions

14 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

As we recently reported, employees of Lifetouch in Ontario were informed on December 3 that the local operation was reducing staff.

In a same day letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Shutterfly Lifetouch shared more specifics of that reduction.

The letter reads in part:

“We anticipate a total of 100 positions will be affected by this workforce reduction, and this workforce reduction at the Ontario Facility and the associated employment losses are expected to be permanent. More…

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All Things Business

Retail Apocalypse, COVID, Economy Combine To Change Ontario Retail, Restaurants

19 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over the last twelve months, a number of divergent factors have combined to change the face of shopping in the city of Ontario, north central Ohio’s largest retail center.

In some cases, local stores and restaurants have fallen victim to chain-wide bankruptcies and closures; in others, there are signs of renewal, with some new faces joining the retail mix.

The so-called “retail apocalypse,” the closing of retailers facing dwindling sales in the face of the growth of ecommerce, has now been joined by the fact that many retailers were considered “nonessential” and therefore shuttered for weeks at the beginning of Ohio’s COVID-19 response. More…

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All Things Business, Ontario

Five Weeks To Five Guys

29 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

OK, it may be a wee bit more than that. What’s clear, however, is that the long anticipated arrival of Five Guys Burgers and Fries to north central Ohio is right around the corner. Here’s photo proof!

The Five Guys chain launched in 1986 in Arlington County, Virginia, and had 1,500 locations with another 1,500 planned as of 2016. As shared on the corporate website, three facts are true about each of those restaurants — only fresh ground beef is used; only peanut oil is used; and coolers, not freezers, are used. More…

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All Things Business, Ontario

Five Guys Is Actually Coming, Two News Sources Report

11 Oct , 2019  

The under construction Lexington Pointe shopping center at 994 Lexington-Springmill Road in Ontario will in fact house a Five Guys Burgers and Fries, two local news outlets reported Thrus

As we shared back in August of last year, the popular burger chain had expressed an interest in locating in the building being constructed on the former Ocean Buffet property. At that time, the likely retail mix also included the restaurant chain Panda Express. More…


All Things Business, Ontario

New Ontario Retail Center Going Up Quickly

5 Aug , 2019  

It took some time for the former Ocean Buffet to meet the wrecking ball, but its replacement is rising quickly in its place at 944 Lexington-Springmill Road.

Work is underway on a strip mall that will house five or six retail outlets. At this time, the only known occupant will be a Panda Express, although Five Guys Burgers and Fries has expressed interest in the center. Other stores expressing interest at one time include Sleep Number and Sport Clips. More…

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All About Richland

Make Merry At Marshall Park

29 Nov , 2018  

Ontario’s Marshall Park will transform into Christmas Central on Thursday night as the city celebrates the holidays with an old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting.

The City of Ontario, Ontario Youth Sports, Ontario Growth Association, and Ontario Lion’s Club is sponsoring this year’s event, which begins at 5:30 PM. More…

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All Things Business

Five Guys Finally Coming To Ontario

17 Aug , 2018  

The Mansfield News Journal reported Thursday afternoon that a new strip mall being constructed at the former site of Ocean Buffet on Lexington-Springmill will include a Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant.

More information, including additional tenants at the strip mall, can be found in the News Journal story, accessible here.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries has over 1,500 locations worldwide as of 2016. It has long been on the wish list of Mansfield area social media followers.

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History & Tourism

Start Your Fourth Early And Close To Home

24 Jun , 2018  

The Sixteenth Annual Ontario 4th of July Festival gives locals a chance to jump start their Indepedence Day celebrations in grand style. This year’s event takes place this Saturday, June 30.

According to the organizer’s website, “Since our beginning in 1969, the Ontario 4th of July festival has aimed to represent “Fun for All Ages”.  After some period of time, the festival stopped due to absence of funding and insurance. In 2002 a small, non-profit committee of volunteers saw the need for the re-birth of our yearly, community event.  This new festival committee breathed new life into the Ontario Fourth of July Festival in 2002.” More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

City of Ontario Proposes Zoning Changes

15 Nov , 2016  

A handful of adjustments will take place if Ontario City Council passes proposed changes to its zoning code.

While the proposal will be considered at its December 7 meeting, the City has placed information about the revisions on its website. There, citizens can view a map showing the impacted areas. More…


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Richland County Audits Released

27 Sep , 2016  

Two locations in Richland County were included in audits released today by the office of the Ohio Auditor of State.

Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office is responsible for auditing all public entities in Ohio. His office’s stated mission is to protect Ohioans’ tax dollars while aggressively fighting fraud, waste and misuse of public money. More…