Educational Honours, Staff of Richland Academy, Chautauqua

Madison graduate receives $10,000 scholarship from Medical Mutual

CLEVELAND — In recognition of her academic achievement, Kylie Stout, a 2022 graduate of Madison Comprehensive High School, recently received a $10,000 scholarship from Medical Mutual. Stout plans to attend the University of Akron and major in criminal justice.

She was one of six statewide recipients of a $10,000 scholarship based on academic achievement and financial need. The scholarships, along with 140 scholarships of $1,000 each, were awarded to students in Ohio school districts who are customers of Cleveland-based Medical Mutual. The Columbus Foundation administers the program and has received over 525 scholarship applications.

Local students graduating from Ohio University

ATHENS — The following local students were among more than 4,400 spring graduates at Ohio University:

  • Andrew Gies, Shelby, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Ian Hartley, Galleon, MSAA Athletic Administration
  • Lauren Rudolph, Galleon, MSW Social Work
  • Claire Songer, Crestline, BS Biological Sciences
  • Cole White, Shelby, DO Osteopathic Medicine
  • Bailey White, Shelb, DO Osteopathic Medicine
  • Andee Wildenthaler, Galion, BAHCS Customer Service Manager
  • Elizabeth Wolf, Galleon, BA English – Creative Writing

Richland Academy introduces new ropes instructor

The Richland Academy of the Arts has announced the addition of Cleveland Institute of Music graduate Colin Henley to its team of music instructors.

Henley holds a master’s degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received his bachelor’s degree in viola performance from Baldwin Wallace University.

Henley won the 2020 Baldwin Wallace University Lauria Concerto Competition. He had the opportunity to work with some of the best musicians in the United States. Throughout her summers, Henley studied at the Zodiac, Miami Classical and Green Mountain chamber music festivals. He has held senior positions with the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, as well as the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra.

Offstage, Henley gives violin and viola lessons both privately and through the Richland Academy of the Arts and Westlake Music Academy.

For more information on registering for lessons, call Richland Academy at 419-522-8224 or visit

Five generations come together for a special photo

Mansfield resident Fredia J. Adkins, seated, holds her great-great-granddaughter, Paisley Jean Forrest, born March 28.  Behind her are, from left to right, her great-granddaughter Ciara Baird, her son Charles

HAYES, Va. — Five generations of the Adkins family, including Fredia J. Adkins of Mansfield, recently reunited at her son’s home in Hayes, where Fredia was introduced to her March-born great-great-granddaughter.

A sailor from Mansfield stationed on a Navy destroyer

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) 3rd Class Chaise Lunsford, left, of Mansfield, and Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Leandria Ray, of Valsosta, Georgia, review an operational loss control manual during a port emergency team exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) in the Atlantic Ocean June 11.

ATLANTIC OCEAN – Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) 3rd Class Chaise Lunsford of Mansfield is currently serving aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) in the Atlantic Ocean. The Jason Dunham is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of ​​operations, employed by the U.S. 6th Fleet, to defend the interests of the United States, allies, and partners.

Mansfield resident reappointed to state commission

COLUMBUS — Governor Mike DeWine reappointed Ronald Todd Puff of Mansfield to the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Commission for a term beginning July 2 and ending July 1, 2026.

Puff’s appointment was one of nearly two dozen recently announced by the governor’s office.

Ashland Chautauqua brings a memorable cast of characters to town

ASHLAND — Ashland Chautauqua’s traditional five-day event, with its evening first-person performances and daytime workshops, features a variety of memorable characters this year in keeping with its theme of “The Famous and the Infamous.” . Evening performances will take place July 12-16 at Myers Band Shell in Ashland’s Brookside Park.

Ashland Chautauqua’s 23rd year fellows include: Leslie Goddard portraying Lizzie Borden, accused of the brutal ax murders of her father and stepmother; Darrick Johnson portraying Malcolm X, the convert to Islam whose fiery oratorical skills inspired many and alarmed many during the civil rights era of the 1960s; Dianne Moran portraying Mary Surratt, caretaker of the boarding house where Abraham Lincoln’s assassination was planned; Susan Marie Frontczak portraying Madame Marie Curie, the scientist who discovered radioactivity and won two Nobel Prizes; and Elsa Wolff as Annie Oakley, the sniper who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and became a superstar.

This year, all workshops will be held in person. The schedule appears on Each workshop is led by a Chautauqua scholar.

The popular feature, Coffee with the Scholars, will return Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. The location is in the Board of Realtors Community Hall at 107 E. Main St. in Ashland. Everyone is invited to join in on these informal conversations with scholars for a behind-the-scenes look at Chautauqua.

All Ashland Chautauqua events are free and open to the public. Evening performances and workshops take place in accessible locations.

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