In The Press

The Vindicator- August 28, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Sept. 7 for Little Free Library

The Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association will host a ribbon-cutting for its first neighborhood Little Free Library”

WKBN 27- June 28, 2016

Youngstown residents talk with Mayor McNally for 5 minutes or less

“Residents gathered at the Rocky Ridge Gardens on South Hazelwood Avenue”

WKBN 27- May 25, 2016

Open house attracts potential buyers to renovated home in Youngstown

“The Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association held an open house Wednesday to showcase a renovated home it’s hoping to sell. It used a Youngstown tradition to draw in potential buyers: the cookie table.”

WKBN 27- April 20, 2016

Youngstown’s West Library closes doors for final time

“A $1.68 million donation from the Michael Kusalaba Fund will help build a new Youngstown Library,” in the neighborhood.

The Business Journal

All Aboard the Cohasset Express

Rocky Ridge Neighbor and Mill Creek Metroparks volunteer, Mark Dolak, talks about the history of Mill Creek Park on the Cohasset Express trolley tours.

The Vindicator- April 30, 2016

Local organizations unveil public art display at Mill Creek Junior Baseball League

‘Bill Helsel, league president (and Janet’s husband), also expressed excitement about the project, saying, “We are very happy and honored to have the Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association put up pictures to beautify this area.’

WKBN 27- April 29, 2016

Youngstown Baseball field beautified by art

“The Rocky Ridge Neighbors and Museum Without Walls unveiled their new art project at the Mill Creek Junior Baseball League’s park”

WYTV 33- December 29, 2015

Crews begin setting up Mill Creek Park Ice Rink

“Ice skating will be available at the Wick Recreation Center.”

 The Business Journal- October 9, 2015

Library Gets $1.68M donation for West Side Branch

“Kusalaba, a former national account executive with Ohio Edison, moved to Youngstown with his family from West Germany as a child, and he and his siblings were frequent users of the West Side branch library.”

The Vindicator- September 14, 2015

Green Cathedral Run Benefits MetroParks

The third annual Green Cathedral Half Marathon/5K Kids Fun Run in the James L. Wick Jr. Recreation Area off McCollum Road on the West Side benefited renovations of a park play area.

 The Vindicator- August 6, 2015

Steps taken towards new West Side Library

“The new, single-story building, which would open in 2017, would heavily emphasize technology and have meeting and study rooms.”

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation News- May 18, 2015

Former Palko’s Gas Station Cleaned up at Rocky Ridge Workday

“The Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association and YNDC staff cleaned up two properties in the Rocky Ridge neighborhood.”

WKBN 27 and WYTV 33– May 7, 2015

Rocky Ridge Neighbors unveil maple syrup mascot

“The event featured artwork from four resident cartoonists of the Rocky Ridge Neighborhood. Besides the cartoon work, there was a special presentation to unveil a new mascot for the group’s Mill Creek maple syrup: A raccoon named Tapper.”

The Vindicator- April 3, 2015

Maple Syrup Offers Sticky Story time

“After the input of the students, Bartolome explained the process of extracting and preparing maple syrup, read them a story and sang a song about maple syrup, wrapping up with a hike to the sugar bush and the sugar shack to show students where syrup was made.”

The German Marshall Fund- November 14, 2014

Makers, Millennials and Maple Syrup: The Future of Youngstown, Ohio

“The Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association brings together residents in a neighborhood next to Youngstown’s magnificent 1890s Mill Creek Park. This group is improving their neighborhood by building on rediscovered history and the local foods movement. Rocky Ridge is adjacent to the portion of the 2,800 acre Mill Creek Park that houses a 70 year old maple grove, which until a few years ago had never been tapped.”

The Business Journal-May 1, 2014

Park, Rocky Ridge Group Unveil Maple Sugar House

“Seeking a bit of shelter from the cold and windy final day of April yesterday, guests huddled under the roof of the new Mill Creek Maple Sugar House for a ribbon cutting there. The weather offered “a good metaphor for the conditions last year we were in,” Paul Hagman said, when volunteers worked on the first batch of maple syrup to be tapped from the Charles S. Robinson grove of maple trees at Mill Creek MetroParks.”

The News Outlet-February 28, 2014

YNDC kicks off information sessions at Rocky Ridge Neighborhood

“The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. kicked off a series of meetings Feb. 26, looking to gain public insight as to what concerns residents the most about their neighborhood.”

The News Outlet-September 13, 2013

Rocky Ridge finds wealth in numbers

“Five people went to the first meeting of the Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association in June 2010. By the second, there were 60. Now, 160 people have joined.”