Mill Creek MetroParks to hold Cabin Fever Fest

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.

Mill Creek MetroParks to hold “Super” weekend of events


While most may be anxiously looking forward to spring, Mother Nature’s recent unseasonably cold temperatures have given Mill Creek MetroParks a unique opportunity. For the first time since 1990, bodies of water in the MetroParks have frozen to the thickness safe enough to allow Mill Creek MetroParks to provide an outdoor skating experience to visitors.

Mill Creek MetroParks will host supervised ice skating at the Lily Pond beginning this Saturday, February 1. Hours for this weekend will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. If conditions allow, supervised skating will continue next weekend on Friday, February 7 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and will continue on Fridays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through February 23. Benches and a fire pit will be provided for the convenience of those not hitting the ice or those who need to rest or warm up. Interested skaters are asked to please bringskates as no skate rental will be available.

Ice skating on the Lily Pond is only one of many “super” activities happening throughout Mill Creek MetroParks this Super Bowl weekend. On Saturday, February 1, start at Wick Recreation Area for Cabin Fever Fest, including the Chili Cook-Off, beginning at noon. Take a ride down Sled Hill and participate in fun winter games and competitions. Warm up inside the Warming House by sampling chili and vote for the Spiciest, Most Colorful, and Overall Best. Next, head to the Lily Pond and experience skating outdoors for the first time in almost 25 years. If outdoor activities aren’t your thing, experience the spirit of the tropics at Fellows Riverside Gardens for the Jewels of Winter: Orchid Show, opening February 1. Observe the exotic beauty of orchids on display throughout the D. D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center. Or, head to the Ford Nature Center to hear Bill Whitehouse discuss photography slides from his career at Mill Creek MetroParks. On Sunday, attend the MetroMutts: Resource Guarding program at Fellows Riverside Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., then come out for our Super Sunday hike and enjoy a brisk walk around the Mill Creek Golf Course at 2 p.m. No matter your preference, there’s something for everyone this weekend and throughout the entire year at Mill Creek MetroParks.

For questions and more information about ice skating on the Lily Pond, call Mill Creek MetroParks at 330.702.3000. For more information about Cabin Fever Fest, the Jewels of Winter Orchid Show and other MetroParks activities, visit our website at

Nancy & Bruce Beeghly, D.D. & Velma Davis to be honored with Volney Rogers Legacy Award

Mill Creek Park Foundation will recognize honorees at Award Celebration

The Mill Creek Park Foundation will honor Nancy & Bruce Beeghly and D.D. and Velma Davis/The Davis Foundation for their dedication to Mill Creek MetroParks at the Volney Rogers Legacy Award Celebration. Mr. & Mrs. Beeghly and Mr. & Mrs. Davis will be recognized during a dinner on Friday, January 31 at the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Mrs. & Mrs. Beeghly will be present to accept the award. D.D. & Velma Davis will be honored posthumously.

Nancy & Bruce Beeghly have been longtime supporters of Mill Creek MetroParks. Bruce Beeghly holds honorary doctoral degrees from Youngstown State University and Westminster College. He has served on public education boards for the past 25 years including the Ohio Board of Regents. Currently, Mr. Beeghly serves on the board of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and is the Chair of the Community Leadership Council of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. Nancy Beeghly was an English teacher at Boardman High School and holds an honorary doctoral degree from Westminster College for community services. She later served on the College’s Board of Trustees. Mrs. Beeghly currently serves on the communications committee for the Beatitude House, and the boards of the Buechner House, YSU English Festival and Juvenile Justice Center. Nancy & Bruce have been married for 46 years and have three children.

The legacy of David Dale (D.D.) Davis and his wife Velma continues to support Fellows Riverside Gardens to this day. D.D. and Velma founded D. D. Davis Construction in 1946. One of the many projects that Davis Construction completed in the Mahoning Valley is the D. D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Not only did Mr. Davis oversee the construction but donated his time, talent, and financial resources to the project, which opened in 2000. D.D. served as Chair of the Board of the Rescue Mission and served on the boards of Band One of Youngstown and The Butler Institute of American Art. Both D.D. and Velma were active in the First Covenant Church of Boardman. Mr. Davis passed away in 2002, and Mrs. Davis in 2007. They had two daughters, one of whom is deceased, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Special recognition will also be given to the Juliana Kurinka Trust, Mary Alice Schaff, and Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens. PNC, Agland Country Store, MAX-FREEZE, Fred Martin Ford Mercedes Ben and Jack Weller will also be recognized for their support.

Tickets for the Volney Rogers Legacy Award Celebration are $75, proceeds to benefit the Mill Creek Park Foundation. Cocktails will be at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling Mill Creek MetroParks at 330.702.3000.

About the Volney Rogers Legacy Award

Created in 2006, this award has only been given out twice in the history of the MetroParks. It is not an annual award, but is reserved for those whose support and dedication to the mission of Mill Creek MetroParks has been significant. These individuals provide advice, funding, and assistance that goes above and beyond.