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Mill Creek MetroParks to celebrate ribbon cutting for Julianna Kurinka Children’s Play Area

The public and media are invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at the James L. Wick Jr. Recreation Area to celebrate the grand opening of Mill Creek MetroParks’ new Julianna Kurinka Children’s Play Area.

MetroParks officials will present information about this project, recognize donors, and be available for interviews and photographs. The project, a complete site redesign, consisted of numerous components including: demolition of existing infrastructure; adding and upgrading utilities; construction of new play areas, a perimeter concrete walk/curbing, and new sand volleyball courts; installation of new site lighting and furnishings, and rehabilitation of the Thomas J. Bresko Pavilion. The new Children’s Play Area consists of three areas: An Adventure Play Area, Sand Play Area, and Tot Play Area. The proposed wet playground area will be constructed when the fundraising goal is met. Light refreshments and tours of the new Adventure, Sand, and Tot Play Areas will follow the ceremony.

Donors/funders to the project include the Julianna Kurinka Trust, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation, Frank & Pearl Gelbman Foundation, Rotary Club of Youngstown, Thomases Family Endowment, and W. E. Bliss Foundation. Proceeds from the Fitness Together 5K, Mill Creek Maple Syrup sales, and MetroParks’ Green Cathedral Half Marathon/5K were designated to support this project as well.

Get a Taste of Tradition at Lanterman’s Mill

cookbookRecipes of Youngstown all started with a Facebook page where members could share recipes, ideas, and stories of their days in Youngstown. The response was so great that the idea of a cookbook began to form, and a few months later, Recipes of Youngstown was born. Offered in the cookbook are 550 of the most loved recipes from people who have a connection to Youngstown. Some recipes even include short stories and memories that go along with them, along with a very special recipe – the original recipe for Idora Park French fries.

A tasting event and book launch for the Recipes of Youngstown cookbook will be held Sunday, May 18 from noon to 4 pm at Lanterman’s Mill. You can taste 6 recipes for a $5 donation and no RSVP is required, though food quantities limited so it is first come first served. Sample traditional appetizers, main dishes and desserts created by contributors to the Recipes of Youngstown! cookbook and meet some of the authors. Participate in a basket raffle or purchase a chance to win an oil painting of Lanterman’s Mill by local artist Jack Morgan.

All proceeds from this event and the sales from Recipes of Youngstown will benefit the Lanterman’s Mill Restoration Fund to keep the Mill grinding wheat and corn and remain an iconic part of Mahoning County for all to enjoy. We hope the book will also inspire you to make something special that will bring back memories of your childhood–or make a few new memories to share with future generations.

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