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Youngstown meets mayor of its Slovak sister city

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

The mayor of Spisska Nova Ves of Slovakia is in Youngstown until Saturday evening. 

Jan Volny presented Youngstown mayor, John McNally, with handcrafted wood carvings of the city seals of Youngstown and Spisska Nova Ves.

A similar pair of carvings are displaying in Slovakia. 

The two cities are celebrating 25 years of partnership. 

John Slanina, a board member of Youngstown Spisska Nova Ves Inc, said that many positive things have come out of the partnership. 

"Some of the bigger things we've done over time is we've sent over $15 million  in medical equipment... to Slovakia, we've also set dozens of English teachers and we've facilitated multiple trips between business leaders, cultural organizations and philanthropic organizations between the two cities," Slanina said. 

Thousands of immigrants from Spisska Nova Ves have immigrated and settled in the Mahoning Valley.

Volny will be at the Simply Slavic festival in the entertainment tent from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. 

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