Ongoing Series: Improving Child Development in Richland County
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Ongoing Series: Thriving in the Martial Arts
A first-person series written by Chris Hershberger on how he went from being a "poor punk kid" in Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach.
BELLVILLE — When Bellville resident and soldier in the Army Reserve Trace Smith lost his wallet, he thought if someone found it then it would be gone forever. He couldn’t have been more wrong.
MANSFIELD — Due to a high volume of boys compared to girls in their system who are in need of mentorship, Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring currently seeks more male mentors to help guide young boys on their journey to becoming men.
Since March, I’ve often thought that I’ll reflect on the day that the governor shut down the schools due to the global pandemic much in the same way I remember the moment I was told that the planes hit the Twin Towers. That moment will be emblazoned into my mind: where I was, who I was with,…
The Mental Health & Recovery Board of Ashland County has launched an app designed to help Ashland County residents connect with local resources and manage stress.
Editor's Note: This is a bi-weekly educational series about racism. Thrive Reporter Tierra Thomas will write one article the first week of the month followed by a correspondent. Contributors include Donna Hight, Beth Castle, Margaret Lin, Deanna West-Torrence, Renda Cline, Tiffany Mitchell, …
MANSFIELD — While the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities have come a long way toward gaining rights and being accepted in the world today, the transgender community unfortunately can not say the same. In fact, some say they’re about 25 years behind their sister communities.
MANSFIELD — On June 10, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital officially introduced the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure to Richland County.
It seems like every conversation I’ve had for months has eventually devolved into how much we’re all struggling with the unforeseen stress that 2020 has brought upon us. There are seemingly endless stressors contributing to a generally down, depressed and overwhelmed feeling these days amon…
MANSFIELD — Residents near Prospect Elementary won’t have to go far in search of nutrition with the new Prospect Community Garden now available.
Culler, a former Ashland resident, turned 100 years old on Friday. His family was determined that he’d have a proper and safe celebration.
BELLVILLE — Over the past four decades, people from all over the world have made their way to Bellville for a chance to see outside of the world through the massive 36-inch telescope known as Big Blue.
MANSFIELD — Luke Beekman, director of Mankind Murals, loves walking and biking along the trail at North Lake Park, a park prone to vandalism in the past few weeks.
MANSFIELD – The Management Team of Catalyst Life Services wanted to recognize its staff by doing something special for them since they have remained open as an essential business throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic.
I filled a journal trying to decide whether or not to leave my last job for my current job. Up until that point, most things in my life came to a natural end. But, in the spring of 2018, it was my choice to make, and it was a challenge. I loved the company I worked for, the people I worked w…
Ribollita is a traditional Tuscan vegetable soup that dates back to the Middle Ages. When the noble class would have a feast the prepared meat was usually served on pieces of flatbread that were used as plates. Servants would take the leftover bread home after the feast and mix it with forag…
I spend a lot of time on a computer for my work. I run a digital marketing agency, which requires a lot of time at a computer, and in the time of coronavirus, many things that used to be in person are now via computer. I’m always looking to optimize my workflow on my computer, looking for th…
MANSFIELD — Social distancing remains very prevalent and recommended around the world. In Richland County, some businesses and fun indoor recreational activities are still closed, however, there are still a few things open or in the process of reopening that families can enjoy. Here are just a few:
One of my favorite shows, “The Good Place,” had its series finale last year at the end of its fourth season. I watched every episode through to the end, which neatly buttoned up the storylines in a way that was satisfying and complete, a privilege for shows that get to choose when they end t…
MANSFIELD — Business owner Trai'Shaun Beard made plans to open her new dance studio Formation in February, but when COVID-19 hit Ohio, it threw a wrench into her plans.
As I write this, I am absorbing the news that a childhood friend of mine is dying of cancer. Our families shared life together throughout my childhood. She was really my sister’s friend, as her older sister and I were a few weeks apart in age and she and my sister were about two months apart.
Hobbies like making music can be a great way to destress, and you don’t need professional instruments to do it! In this #WellnessWeek video, Ophelia Ramirez-Mailloux from Third Street Family Health Services shows how to make music with your family using items you’d find around the house!
This is part seven of an eight part series that profiles all students who are recipients of the 2020 McGowan Courage Award, presented by the Mansfield Rotary Club. One story will be released each day for the next eight days.
This is part six of an eight part series that profiles all students who are recipients of the 2020 McGowan Courage Award, presented by the Mansfield Rotary Club. One story will be released each day for the next eight days.
Can too much stress impact your physical health? What are some warning signs that our stress level might be reaching a dangerous level? How can we relax our bodies and our minds? To answer these questions, we met with Joe Trolian from the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services B…
LEXINGTON — Black Iron Fitness, a 24-hour gym, has opened in Lexington, giving local residents a closer option to consider for their fitness journeys.
Renee Petruzzi, director of behavioral health at Third Street Family Health Services, gives us an alternative perspective on what to do when we're feeling overwhelmed.
We learn how to make each day a little bit brighter with positive affirmations from Erin Schaefer, executive director and executive vice president of Catalyst Life Services.
This is part five of an eight part series that profiles all students who are recipients of the 2020 McGowan Courage Award, presented by the Mansfield Rotary Club. One story will be released each day for the next eight days.
This is part four of an eight part series that profiles all students who are recipients of the 2020 McGowan Courage Award, presented by the Mansfield Rotary Club. One story will be released each day for the next eight days.
Over the course of my time in my last job, I had three babies. It was an intense, exciting time and my employer was truly incredible about it all. Throughout those years, I was diligent to not let the cracks show as much as possible. In a time when working remotely was less common than it is…
This is part three of an eight part series that profiles all students who are recipients of the 2020 McGowan Courage Award, presented by the Mansfield Rotary Club. One story will be released each day for the next eight days.
This is part two of an eight part series that profiles all students who are recipients of the 2020 McGowan Courage Award, presented by the Mansfield Rotary Club. One story will be released each day for the next eight days.
This is part one of an eight part series that profiles all students who are recipients of the 2020 McGowan Courage Award, presented by the Mansfield Rotary Club. One story will be released each day for the next eight days.
Tofu is soybean curd which is made by curdling fresh soy milk, pressing the curds into a block and cooling it. It has a subtle flavor and its texture allows it to absorb flavors well. Tofu is a wonderful meat substitute and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. It’s high in protein, low in…
2013 was one of the most intense and incredible years of my life. Over the course of a year, I became a mother, a homeowner, I completed graduate school, and my husband and I each started new jobs. I discovered the Enneagram and Brené Brown, both of which taught me things that changed my wor…
Over the past few years, I’ve had my worldview shifted and shattered as I learned from Black friends, authors and leaders what my privilege looked like, through their shared glimpses of what being Black in America looks like. The most important thing I’m learning is that my role as a White w…
ASHLAND — As summer 2020 rounds the corner, Ashland residents and bike enthusiasts will have new recreational activities to do around the city with a new pump track.
MANSFIELD — Alicia Zachman always taught her two daughters Victoria Osborne and Brianna O’Bryan the gift of giving, and since then her daughters have made her proud.
Throughout quarantine, I struggled mightily. I felt intense grief for the loss of my normal routine, the regularity of social interaction and a spring filled with big trips that I had eagerly anticipated. Like many people, I felt robbed, but I was also acutely aware of how fortunate I was to…
MANSFIELD — As children get older, they often want to explore the world around them on their own, but how much exploration should a parent give to a child?