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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- Residents of one Youngstown neighborhood are getting ready to sell a sweet treat that they bottled up from nearby natural resources.

About 20 volunteers with the Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association joined together to make "Mill Creek Maple" maple syrup from trees in the neighborhood's maple syrup grove.

Wednesday night volunteers and neighbors got to taste the fruit of their labor in a private tasting and pancake dinner before the maple syrup goes on sale to the public Tuesday.

Proceeds from the sale of "Mill Creek Maple" will go to a special project in Mill Creek Metroparks and the Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association.  Details will be announced Tuesday.

John Slanina, president of the Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association, said the project has been in the works for nearly a year.

"We went on a nature hike, a few of us in the neighborhood, a year ago with Mill Creek Metroparks and discovered that in our neighborhood there was a maple syrup grove, with additional advisement we started to produce maple syrup.  It's a really hard process but we have a final product that we're very proud of to sell to the public." 

The neighbors collected sap most days after work and fabricated the product on weekends.  They did everything from tapping the trees to bottling it themselves.  The group took classes to learn the process.

The public is welcome to the unveiling of "Mill Creek Maple" at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 30.  The event will take place at Mill Creek Metroparks Judge Morley Pavilion.  The maple syrup will be on sale that day and there will be a demonstration of the process.  More details, including where to buy the maple syrup and prices, will be released at that time.

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