Sit, stay and read at the library Therapy dog rogram for children Check out this story on mansfieldnewsjournal.com: http://ohne.ws/1BqtivJ The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library's popular program, "Sit, Stay & Read!" is being offered again at the Bellville, Lexington and Ontario branches. Otis, a yearly-certified dog by Therapy Dogs International, will be at the Bellville branch on Monday, Mar. 9, at 3 p.m. and at the Lexington branch on Monday, March 23, from 4 to 5 p.m. Dover will be at the Ontario branch on Thursday, March 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. Children in grades 1-6 can improve their reading skills by reading one of their favorite stories to the dogs.


The Damascus United Methodist Church at 300 Valley Road, Damascus, will present The Colonial City Quartet in concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 22. The public is invited for an evening of inspiration and renewal through music and song. This group combines the four-part harmony of traditional southern gospel with a progressive sound that appeals to today's audiences.


Money sought to fight Pleasant Hill Lake erosion Richland County Commissioners voted to support Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Check out this story on mansfieldnewsjournal.com: http://ohne.ws/1DpPFBr Richland County Commissioners voted to support the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District in seeking a state grant to help pay for erosion control work along Pleasant Hill Lake. If approved, the grant from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund will cover 75 percent of the estimated $87,465 cost of the work on 500 feet of shoreline just west of Pleasant Hill Lake Park.


Valentine projects offered at library Mansfield/Richland County Public Library offers youth activities Check out this story on mansfieldnewsjournal.com: http://ohne.ws/1CZWnxR Children of all ages can create something special at the Valentine's Day Make-It-Take-It program offered at the Ontario branch on Feb. 9, from 1 to 7 p.m. or the Madison branch on Feb. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sign up is not required. On Feb. 9, the Bellville branch will provide cupcakes and icing for children and teens in grades 4 and up to learn how to create some deliciously decorated treats.