Health officials expand bacteria testing at Mill Creek Park’s Lake Newport

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Mill Creek Park lakes likely to remain closed for the rest of the summer

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Mill Creek MetroParks announces 2015 budget cuts and capital improvement projects

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Mill Creek MetroParks to hold Cabin Fever Fest

Activities to include Chili Cook-Off, winter games and activities

Mill Creek MetroParks’ Police and Recreation Departments will hold Cabin Fever Fest at Wick Recreation Area on Saturday, February 1 at noon.

Outdoor winter games, activities and sledding on Sled Hill will take place throughout the event. Inside the Warming House, the Chili Cook-Off and children’s crafts will begin at noon. The public can taste the chili and vote for Spiciest, Most Colorful, and Overall Best Chili. A snow sculpting competition will take place outside from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Judging for the Chili Cook-Off will take place at approximately 1:30 p.m. with snow sculpture judging shortly after.

Also starting at noon inside the Warming House, the MetroParks Police Department will offer a child identification program as a free community service. Children can receive their individual ChildPrint ID Kit® with fingerprinting and other safety features to take home.

Aspiring and amateur chefs can enter the Chili Cook-Off for $10, and can find details, rules, and contest registration at or by calling Ford Nature Center at 330.740.7107.

Admission to Cabin Fever Fest is free. Please note that outdoor activities are all weather dependent. For more information, please contact the Ford Nature Center at 330.740.7107. The Wick Recreation Area is located at the corner of Bella Vista and McCollum Road – 1861 McCollum Road, Youngstown, Ohio 44509.

Two Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners – Recommissioned by Probate Judge

Dennis Miller, Executive Director of Mill Creek MetroParks, is pleased to announce that two Board of Park Commissioners Dr. Robert J. Durick and Mrs. Valencia Marrow were recommissioned by Honorable Judge Mark A. Belinky, Mahoning County Probate Court Judge. Durick and Marrow were sworn in during a ceremony on January 3 for a term of three years. Durick has served on the Board of Park Commissioners since January 2010 and Marrow has served since January 2011.

“I am excited that both Dr. Durick and Mrs. Marrow have been reappointed to their positions on the Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners,” said Miller. “We are appreciative for all of the support that the Park Commissioners provide us and look forward to another year of success and growth at Mill Creek MetroParks.”