Art exhibit featuring local painters on display at Mill Creek MetroParks

A free art exhibit featuring local painters is on display in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown.

Jaime Yohman, community engagement director for Mill Creek MetroParks, announced Thursday that the display As Did Monet, Artists Paint the Landscape will be on display through June 2 during normal operating hours.

Fellows Riverside Gardens is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed Mondays.

This exhibit features over 50 works from local artists who paint in the Plein Air style.

Plein Air is the French term for open air painting.

These Plein Air style artists may be seen painting the landscapes throughout surrounding counties. They are a meet-up outdoor artist group that originated out of the Davis YMCA art studio.

Some of their favorite places are Mill Creek MetroParks, Beaver Creek State Park, Poland forest, sunflower fields, farms, old villages, apple orchards, ponds, and creeks.

A Meet the Artist session will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

For more information on this exhibit and the Meet the Artist session, visit Fellows Riverside Gardens or call 330-740-7116.

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Plein Air Exhibit Now on Display in Weller Gallery

Mill Creek MetroParks presents As Did Monet, Artists Paint the Landscape now currently on display in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. This exhibit features over 50 works from local artists who paint in the Plein Air style. Plein Air is the French term for open air painting. A cluster of artists may be seen painting in the landscape throughout surrounding counties. They are a meet-up outdoor artist group that originated out of the Davis YMCA art studio. The group has evolved to nearly 80 members. Some favorite places are Mill Creek MetroParks, Beaver Creek State Park, Poland forest, sunflower fields, farms, old villages, apple orchards, ponds, creeks and more.

 

This free exhibit is being displayed now through June 2, 2019 during normal operating hours of Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Mondays. A Meet the Artist session will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 1 – 3 pm in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Take this opportunity to meet and visit with these talented, local artists.

 

For more information on this exhibit and/or the Meet the Artist session, visit or call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116.

Stuffed animals spend the night

Mill Creek Metro Parks hosted its first stuffed animal sleep over on March 15.

Nine children ages 5-10 attended the event with an adult, and their favorite stuffed friend.

Lynn Zocolo, a metro parks employee, said the event was a fun way for children to engage with the Metro Parks Farm.

Zocolo, along with Brenda Markley and other parks employees, hosted the event.

“It’s a very cute idea, we do something special with them after the kids leave for the night,” Zocolo said.

Children enjoyed snacks with their stuffed friends while they watched “The Cat and the Hat.”

After the movie, children tucked their stuffed friend in for the night.

According to Zocolo that’s when the magic began.

“We have our magical leprechaun helpers coming around and the Cat and the Hat stirring up trouble, none of the stuffed animals got any sleep that night,” Zocolo said.

When children returned for breakfast the following morning they were able to wake up their stuffed friend.

The received a photo booklet of all of the fun things their friend did at the sleep over the night before.

Stuffed animals were seen playing follow the leader, raiding the fridge for snacks and staying up way past their bed time.

“It’s just a very fun thing. A lot of the libraries have held similar events and we just thought it would be a great addition to the park,” Zocolo said.

For more information on upcoming park events, visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

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Golf rules have a different look in 2019

With spring weather comes golf season, and this year’s a little different than most. There are several rule changes this year that, if you don’t get out too often you might not even know about.

“They made an aggressive move to make the game a little bit more simple for the user, to more modernize the game and make it play a little bit faster, which is a couple of the knocks against the game of golf,” said Brian Tolnar, the PGA golf and recreation director at Mill Creek MetroParks. 

The most noticeable change for 2019 is that you can now putt with the pin still in the cup.

“Now it’s just a routine part of finishing out the hole,” said Tolnar.

It’s not the only difference on the putting green; you can now tap down spike marks and get a do-over if your practice putt gets a little too cozy with the ball.

“I’m practicing my putting stroke… I accidentally hit the ball. I wasn’t attempting to make the putt. The ball was outside my line of putt. Now I can return that ball back to the spot where it was at under no penalty,” said Tolnar.

In the bunker, you can escape a bad lie and take a drop with a two-shot penalty. You can also clean up a little if there is a twig or leaf sitting right next to your ball.

“Now we have the option to remove loose impediments. Unlike years past, we’d have to hit the shot the way it was sitting in the bunker… Now you get to have the to option of removing those,” said Tolnar.

Let’s say your tee shot flies into the woods. Instead of a one-stroke penalty and another tee shot, which could very well land in the same place, you can now take a two shot penalty and just drop it in the fairway.

As for the way you drop the ball, even that has changed. With the new rules, you will drop the ball from knee height instead of from the shoulder.

“We first started with dropping over our back many many years ago, to shoulder length, to now we’re going to drop at knee height,” said Tolnar.

One of the rule changes you’ll quickly become familiar with if you tend to hit the ball into the woods is how long you have to look around for a lost ball. It used to be five minutes. Now you only have three.

Tolnar says when you add all these little changes together it makes the game faster and ideally more appealing for the next generation.

“Change is a great thing. Especially if you think about the era that you grew up as a kid, it’s completely different than the era that we’re in now. It’s more fast-paced,” said Tolnar. “I think it certainly makes the game more modern. It makes the game more friendly from a playing component and easy to learn and easy to know.”

Mill Creek is part of this push to make the game more appealing with its “Let’s Play Golf Youngstown” initiative. They have special deals and programs for kids and families, trying to get more people into the game of golf. You can learn more on the Mill Creek Golf Course website. 

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Mill Creek Parks farm lot closing for construction

Construction for the 2019 MetroParks farm parking lot will begin on Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 26. 

During the time period, the lot will be closed, public parking will be designated in the gravel lot. 

The administration office, education building, animal barns, MetroParks bikeway trailhead, and recycling center will remain open throughout construction. 

While construction is being completed, park administration is asking visitors to be cautious while accessing these facilities. 

If anyone has questions or concerns call the MetroParks Administration Office at (330)-702-3000. 

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Mill Creek MetroParks road closures

The following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 6:30 a.m. until Noon on Sunday, April 14, 2019 for the Run Y-town 10 Mile Run:

• Old Mill Drive

• Kreider’s Entrance

• West Newport Drive

• East Newport Drive

• Chestnut Hill Drive

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Mill Creek Parks farm lot closing for construction

Construction for the 2019 MetroParks farm parking lot will begin on Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 26. 

During the time period, the lot will be closed, public parking will be designated in the gravel lot. 

The administration office, education building, animal barns, MetroParks bikeway trailhead, and recycling center will remain open throughout construction. 

While construction is being completed, park administration is asking visitors to be cautious while accessing these facilities. 

If anyone has questions or concerns call the MetroParks Administration Office at (330)-702-3000. 

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Mill Creek MetroParks Road Closures

The following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed to vehicular traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians from approximately 6:30 a.m. until Noon on Sunday, April 14, 2019 for the Run Y-town 10 Mile Run:

 

  • Old Mill Drive
  • Kreider’s Entrance
  • West Newport Drive
  • East Newport Drive
  • Chestnut Hill Drive
  • East Golf Hike-Bike Trail

 

Always use caution when driving on MetroParks roads as many of these roads are also used by pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians and bicyclists should be reminded to also use caution and be aware of vehicular traffic when on these roads. For more information about Mill Creek MetroParks, visit our website at www.millcreekmetroparks.org.

 

MetroParks Farm Parking Lot Improvements – Construction Parking

Construction for the 2019 MetroParks Farm Parking Lot Improvements will begin this Monday, April 15, 2019 and will continue until Friday, April 26, 2019. Construction dates may adjust depending on weather conditions.

Over the duration of construction, public parking will be designated in the gravel lot. The Administration Office, Education Building, Animal Barns, MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead, and Recycling Center will remain open throughout construction. While construction is being completed, please exercise caution when accessing these facilities.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to the MetroParks Administration Office at 330.702.3000.

 

 

Mill Creek Park police officers recognized for life-saving actions

Several Mill Creek Park police officers were honored at a board meeting Monday night for their life-saving actions.

Mill Creek Policeman Nathan White was honored for taking a convulsing woman to the hospital.

Her Epipen wouldn’t work and she was in anaphylactic shock, so White called 911. They said it would be a while before an ambulance could get there, so he took her to the hospital himself.

The hospital staff said without his action, the woman would not have survived.

Five other officers were also honored for giving naloxone to a woman who was overdosing in the Idora neighborhood near the park.

Those officers were Alex Wharry, James Shirilla, Christian Hunter, Bryce Lapierre and Sgt. Robert Vukovich.

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