Boy Scouts tidy up the park for Earth Day | News, Sports, Work

YOUNGSTOWN — Many people are familiar with commercials that say Maxwell House coffee is good to the last drop, but in a sense, Justin Hahn is doing his part to keep Mill Creek MetroParks clean to the last cup.

“I found two bottles, two hockey chips in the woods,” Justin, 7, a member of the Austintown-based Cub Scout Pack 184, said, referring to some of the trash he dumped from the James L. Wick Recreation Area section of McCollum Road on the West Side. .

Also among the finds were a plastic cup and several pieces of glass.

Justin was among the Scouts participating Saturday in the 40th annual Mill Creek MetroParks Earth Day cleanup at various sites across the park.

Earth Day falls on Friday.

“I used to be in Boy Scouts when I was younger and I wanted to put him in it,” said Justin’s father, Mike Hahn, opening the plastic bag where his son kept the trash he picked up.

Father and son joined others wearing protective gloves and using grabbers and bags for trash and recycling to dump trash in surrounding areas such as the large stage in the recreation area, as well as in the adjacent wooded area and new hockey arena, said Mike Hahn, who is also the leader of the Pack 184 hive.

Twelve Scout soldiers, six Scout groups, one Scout crew and two Scouts were among those who spread out Saturday morning to clear some 32 sites across the park. Taking part on Friday were Youngstown State University’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Heritage Club and a local motorcycle club, said Mike Kupec, chairman of the event.

The park locations cleaned included the Ax Factory Run, the area around Lake Newport, Lily Pond, Cascade Run, Chestnut Hill Pavilion and Calvary Run, Kupec said.

In addition, about 15 people participated, including Ben Thompson from Newton Falls and his girlfriend, Julia Blasiman from Canton.

“We thought this would be a good opportunity to do something good for the environment,” said Blasiman, who majored in biology at Kent State University but has done little in the field.

The couple worked for more than an hour near Lake Glacier, then explored some of the steep hills in the garden district of the Garden District Neighborhood near Belle Vista Avenue. Among the trash and debris they collect on the hills and adjacent trails are ordinary beer and soda bottles, paper products, beer cans, straws, tires, and one-gallon jugs.

Blasiman also found an unusual item: what was left of the sidewall of the second tire protruding from the bank lining the nearby river.

Neither Thompson nor Blasiman are affiliated with Scouts but want to take their own part to make a positive difference to the park, they added.

Most of the approximately 400 adults and children are in the Stambaugh District, Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, which includes the Mahoning, Trumbull, and eastern Portage areas.

Supporting the effort is Mahoning County’s Green Team Recycling Division, along with the Great American Cleanup of Keep America Beautiful.

In the last 20 years, more than 2,800 garbage bags and more than 1,500 recycled bags, along with countless loose items such as furniture, crates, pipes, toys and electronics, have been collected in and near parks. , the Stambaugh District said in a statement.

Kupec also said the clean-up would continue for several days this week.

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