All About Richland

Fall Road Trip: Ohio Celebrates Earth Science Week

2 Oct , 2022  

By ODNR, 1812Blockhouse

This year, we’re adding a handful of Fall Road Trip ideas to our usual staple of Summer Road Trips. Each provides Richland Countians with an easy day trip idea that features something unique and different.

As always, we remind our readers that Richland County itself if full of interesting things to see and do. For the latest information on those places, visit the website of Destination Mansfield – Richland County.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Geological Survey is inviting Ohioans of all ages to celebrate Earth Science Week. A series of fascinating activities and programs will highlight the annual celebration from Oct. 9–Oct. 15, several within an easy drive of Richland County.

“Teaching people about the importance of earth sciences is vital to sustaining the world in which we live,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said. “These hands-on lessons will be essential to educating and inspiring the next generation of people who will love and care for our planet.”

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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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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Warren Rupp Observatory

24 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The following post was previously shared as part of our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series. Since then, the folks at the Richland Astronomical Society have added a new public viewing night, and we have updated our post. 1812Blockhouse takes periodic looks at a variety of things in the Richland County area – some, like today, are geographic locations; other times, they will be organizations, or causes; or even events and happenings. Each time, we will collect details from across the Internet and combine them into a single list.

Today we look at the Warren Rupp Observatory.

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All About Richland

There’s Just Two Years To Plan For Two Minutes

18 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Did you know that on April 8, 2024, Richland County will be on the path for a total solar eclipse?

In our area, the full eclipse will last about 3 minutes and 18 seconds, starting at 3:12:15 PM.

A solar eclipse occurs when a portion of the Earth is engulfed in a shadow cast by the Moon which fully or partially blocks sunlight. This occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are aligned.

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Schools

New Organic Chemistry Lab Will Expand Ohio State Mansfield’s Academic and Major Offerings

18 Oct , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University at Mansfield will soon boast its first organic chemistry teaching and learning laboratory. The lab and associated support spaces will enable expanded course offerings and the ability to complete additional four-year bachelor’s degrees entirely on the Mansfield campus.

The multi-year, multi-phase project began in the summer of 2018. Phase one focused on the existing structures in the 40-year-old Conard Hall. Construction included upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as well as updated code compliant services to two current chemistry and microbiology labs utilized by approximately 1,000 Ohio State Mansfield and North Central State College students annually. More…

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All About Richland

Richland Rocks: And Also Minerals And Gems

25 May , 2019  

It’s time to get out those rock collections and see what’s missing!

The Richland Lithic and Lapidary Society (can you quickly say that name three times?) will be holding its Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead, & Fossil Show on June 8 and 9 at the Richland County Fairgrounds’ Arts and Crafts Building. More…

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All About Richland

Keep On The Lookout For And Report Instances Of Beech Leaf Disease

21 Aug , 2018  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) urges Ohioans to identify and report signs of beech leaf disease to minimize risk of disease spread.

Beech leaf disease (BLD) is a newly observed disease affecting American and possibly non-native beech trees. BLD was first discovered in Lake County in 2012 and has quickly spread across northeastern Ohio. Infestations have been found in nine Ohio counties and parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. More…

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Schools

Science Saturdays Return

20 Jan , 2018  

Science Saturdays return beginning next month, as students in grades K-6 and their families can participate in hands-on, interactive science-related activities from 9 AM to noon during February and March at Springmill Learning Center, 1200 Nestor Drive.

The specific dates are February 3, February 17, March 3, and March 17. More…

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All About Richland

Eclipse Day Celebrated; Mansfield’s Real Event Coming In 2024

21 Aug , 2017  

As 2:30 PM approached on Monday afternoon, doors began to open and people streamed outside. Many commented on the darkened sky, which resembled the darkness before a storm. Others dared a quick glance at the sun, some with protective glasses and some – ignoring multiple warnings – without.

It was Eclipse Day 2017 in north central Ohio. Below is a collection of eclipse stories and social media posts from the Mansfield area. More…

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All About Richland, Schools

OSUM Faculty Sponsored Science Event Draws Downtown

23 Apr , 2017  

Never let it be said that science is uninteresting and can’t draw a crowd.

At least not in Mansfield.

The north side of the Square downtown was filled with wonder on Saturday, “Earth Day,” as hundreds of visitors were drawn to displays focused on science education. The event was held in conjunction with the nationwide “March for Science,” albeit with a local twist. More…

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