The Update | More Protection for Scenic River; New Music Guild Veterans Day Concert

LISBON, Ohio – More land along one of Ohio’s most beautiful rivers will be protected thanks to the state natural resources department’s purchase of 73 more acres along Little Beaver Creek.

The creek had already been designated a Wild and Scenic River by the state and a National Scenic River.

“Our state’s scenic rivers are not only beautiful, but they are critical to wildlife habitat and provide exceptional recreation,” Gov. Mike DeWine said.  “We are doing everything we can to protect these precious waterways so future generations can enjoy them.”

The new property protects approximately a half mile of forest corridor along Little Beaver Creek and more than a quarter-mile of a perennial headwater stream.  While surveying the property, DNAP biologists recently discovered a population of the state-endangered running buffalo clover (Trifolium stoloniferum). 

This sighting is the northernmost population ever recorded in Ohio. The property is also ecologically important as it protects a high-quality tributary headwater stream that contains several salamander species, a series of small waterfalls, groundwater seeps and springs.

Currently this property has limited access but can be reached from Little Beaver Creek by people willing to float into the site. Fishing, hiking, wildlife observation, and photography are all permitted activities on the site.

The new acquisition brings the total amount of protected land along Little Beaver Creek through DNAP’s Sheepskin Hollow Preserve, scenic river lands, and conservation easements to more than 3,300 acres with an additional 3,800 acres protected through Beaver Creek State Park and Beaver Creek State Forest.

Funding for this acquisition was provided through the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves Tax Check off program and an anonymous private donation made through The Nature Conservancy.  The purchase of this property was assisted by support from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

Wick Recreation Area Seeks Food Service

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mill Creek MetroParks is seeking proposals from prospective vendors to oversee the food and beverage operation at the Wick Recreation Area. This opportunity includes the Wick Snack Hut located inside the renovated Warming House, recreational leagues food and beverage requests, and the Morley Concert Series food and beverage needs.

The Wick Snack Hut food and beverage operation encompasses multiple children’s playground areas, including a wet playground, Par-3 golf course, tennis courts, volleyball courts, baseball fields, softball fields, Dek hockey and a small banquet/party room. The Wick Warming House Renovations are expected to be completed in 2023.

Go to for proposal information or contact Mill Creek MetroParks at 330 719 2302 for information. Completed proposals are to be submitted in a pdf format via e-mail to by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

Program on How to Preserve Heirlooms

NILES, Ohio – Joanne Fenn of Kent State University will present a free program on how to preserve heirlooms while in storage at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in the auditorium of Boscov’s department store in Eastwood Mall.

Fenn’s program will conclude this year’s Victorian Collections and Coffee speaker series, sponsored by the Sutliff Museum of Warren.

She will share information on how environmental factors can either help preserve or hasten deterioration of historic garments and textiles. Environmental conditions, storage materials, pest control, light and housekeeping all play an important role in what museum professionals call “preventative conservation.” Fenn, of the Kent State University Museum will, talk about the simple steps museums take to preserve their collections and how to apply preventive conservation to personal items.

For information, call 330 395 6575.

New Music Guild in Veterans Day Concert

YOUNGSTOWN – The New Music Guild will open its 2022-23 season at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St., downtown, with a Veterans Day concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

The Guild focuses on the performance of works by living composers and sponsors visits by guest composers and performers. 

The Nov. 13 concert will feature two guest artists: pianist and organist Sean Baran and cellist Silvia Games DuBos, who will play  music by classical and modern composers.

Baran is organist at Boardman United Methodist Church.  A summa cum laude graduate of the Dana School of Music, he is resident artist at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Pa., and an officer for a number of music educational organizations.

He has served on the executive committee of the American Guild of Organists, and as the Youngstown Symphony ensemble keyboardist.

DuBox, an Argentinian, is principal cellist of the Washington, Pa., and Greenville, Pa.,  Symphonies and was principal cellist of the Symphonies of Ohio University, Duquesne University, and the Symphony Orchestra of Lanus National University in Argentina.  She is also Artistic Director of the ArsDocta International Music Festival. 

She currently runs a private studio in Pittsburgh.

The concert will open with performances by New Music Guild coordinators Gwyneth Rollin, violin, and Robert Rollin, piano.  The program of memorial works will include premieres of Robert Rollin’s “In Memoriam Maureen,” for solo piano, a tribute to longtime church activist Maureen Osuga, and “Remembering Sally,” for solo cello, a memorial to violinist Sally Moloy Dolovy.  Gains DuBos and Baran will perform “Le Grand Tango” by Astor Piazzola, and  pieces by Beethoven, American composer, Henry Cowell, and Frederic Jacobi.  

An post-concert reception will take place after the c oncert in the church hall.

David Perrico’s Pop Symphonic Releases Album

LAS VEGAS – David Perrico’s Pop Symphonic, a 68-piece orchestra based in Las Vegas, has released its latest album, “Sidewalk,” on streaming platforms.

The album includes 10 original songs and feature Perrico on trumpet.

Perrico, a Youngstown native, founded Pop Strings and also leads the house band for Las Vegas Raiders football games.

Pictured at top: A waterfall on land along Little Beaver Creek that was purchased by the state for natural preservation.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.