Stepping Up: Mergl Law, TNP, McDonough Museum

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Business Journal is asking companies and organizations to tell us how they are faring and what they are doing to help others through this pandemic crisis.

We call this series “Stepping Up.” Segments have been posted all this week and will continue to be posted during the crisis.

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Mergl Law

SHARON, Pa. – Businesses in the Shenango Valley are partnering to ensure that all kids will get a visit from the Easter Bunny Saturday.

Starting at 11 a.m., the Bunny will join area businesses for a mini-parade “down every street in town.”

“It’s important to keep things as normal as possible for our children during this time,” says attorney Ryan Mergl, one of the event organizers. “Many of the children in our community didn’t get to visit the Easter Bunny this year. So I called him up and he said he’d come visit them!”

Adds TJ Burke of Penn-Ohio Exterior Cleaning: “During this time of social distancing, we couldn’t do a traditional parade. So we decided to gather just enough businesses to draw attention so the kids can hear us coming.”

Burke donated a company truck to lead the parade.

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership

WARREN, Ohio – Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership has launched a new website to provide area residents with connections to resources. offers links to local, state and federal agencies, as well as information on food access, education, mental health, senior care, legal aid and emergency shelters.

“In these trying times, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is working to ensure residents have access to reliable, accurate information about credible community resources for families,” the group says on its site. “Many of these resources are supported by the efforts of volunteers; if you would like to volunteer or need help making a connection please contact TNP at 330 647 6301 or email”

McDonough Museum of Art

YOUNGSTOWN, Oho – Although its doors are closed, the McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown State University is encouraging the Valley to tap into its creative side through the Museum Challenge.

Inspired by the Tussent Kunst & Quarantine Instagram page, #MuseumChallenge is a social media movement where users recreate works of art in their homes.

“Take everyday objects from around your home – anything from blankets and boxes to tape and empty TP rolls and go to work,” says Claudia Berlinski, director of the McDonough. “You can even get pets and people (with whom you are sheltering at home) involved.”

Images of the original artwork and the homemade recreation can be emailed to with “#MuseumChallenge” as the subject line. The museum will then post pictures to its social media pages. Posts can also be made on Facebook and Instagram with the museum tagged.

Open access collections of art are available from The Metropolitan Museum of Art here, the Art Institute of Chicago here or The Getty Center here.

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