MRG Video

Leb Rec Dept. 2015 Volunteer of the Year

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L->R:Richard Wallace, Lorraine Kelly, Frank Gould, Pat McGovern, Melanie Moore, Alan Schnur

The MRG Capital Campaign Team was honored to be chosen collectively as the Lebanon Recreation & Parks Department 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Thanks to community response, the MRG Capital Campaign is at 99% of the $2,300,000 goal.

Update from MRG Co-Chair Frank Gould

Congratulations Dave!!!

On August 25th at the Lebanon Farmers Market, the winning ticket was drawn for the bicycle raffle. David Boisvert was the winner. He was notified and picked up the bike at Omer and Bob’s the next day. Thank you to Omer and Bob’s for their support of the MRG with the bicycle donation.

And special thanks to each of you who bought tickets for the raffle, the enthusiasm was incredible. The Raffle raised $4787, minus printing expenses, for the Mascoma River Greenway!!!

On another note: there are tee-shirts and fleece available for those who wish to further support the MRG. Designed and produced by Top Stitch of Lebanon, there is an inventory available at the Recreation and Parks Office at City Hall, or they can be ordered directly from Top Stitch.

http://store.topstitchinc.com/Mascoma_River_Greenway

Other news for the construction of the Greenway:
Another special thanks to all those who have donated to the project, both those who donated time and effort, and those who made financial contributions. We have roughly $1,000,000 in the bank for the MRG. Final engineering and design estimates have increased construction costs to $1,840,000, so we are still short on cash. There will be a CIP request included in the City budget for next year to cover the increases. Of course, any further contributions from the community will be greatly appreciated.

We have completed our efforts to remove the spikes from the rails and ties on the section behind the Miracle Mile. Don’t try to run a train on that section.

The city is in the process of scheduling a rail company to remove the rails this fall. The ties will also be removed once the rails are out. That will allow the process of completing the section for bike/ped use to begin next spring with completion from High Street to the Dudley Bridge on the Miracle Mile in 2017.

The railing along the bridge which crosses I-89 has been completed. While the trail is not officially open there are people walking along it. The railing makes that space safer.

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Completed fencing on I-89 bridge

The tunnel which passes under the Lebanon Mall and parking lot is still under discussion, as is the whole “revisioning plan” for the Lebanon downtown area. That leaves questions about the completion of the MRG at both the Lebanon and West Lebanon end of the trail connecting to the Northern Rail Trail in Lebanon, and to Route 12A and West Lebanon downtown.

Thank you for your continued interest in the MRG. I hope to see you enjoying the trail in 2017

Frank Gould, Co-chair Mascoma River Greenway Coalition.

Lucky Dave!

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The winning ticket for the MRG bike raffle was drawn last night. The lucky winner of the bike was Dave Boisvert.  Thanks to Omer & Bob’s and to Richard Wallace for the donation of this great prize! Dave, we hope it won’t be long before you can ride this beauty on the MRG!

MRG Heroes!

It was a hot, hot day, yet there they were at the Lebanon Farmers Market, selling raffle tickets and answering questions about the Mascoma River Greenway!

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MRG Campaign Committee member Richard Wallace

Richard was selling raffle tickets:  Omer & Bob’s Sports Shop in Lebanon has generously donated a SPECIALIZED Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6 Fattie bike (retail value $3500)  for the benefit of the MRG. The raffle winner will be announced August 25th at the end-of-summer celebration in downtown Lebanon. Tickets cost $5.00 each or 5 for $20 and, thanks to Richard,  can be purchased at the Lebanon Farmers’ Market on Thursdays, at the Lebanon Co-op on Saturday mornings,  or at the Recreation Department Office in Lebanon City Hall.

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Frank Gould, MRG Leadership Team Co-Chair

Frank was modeling his new MRG T-shirt and answering questions about the MRG . . . as he has been every Thursday at the Lebanon Farmers Market. We’ve teamed up with Top Stitch in Lebanon to offer MRG T-shirts, fleece vests, and fleece jackets. Orders can be made directly to the Topstitch web site at 

http://store.topstitchinc.com/Mascoma_River_Greenway

T-shirts (S-XL) are $15.00, fleece vests (S-XL) $35.95, and fleece Jacket (S-XL) $39.95  (Larger sizes are available –  check  prices at the “Select Size” button.)

Do stop by to say hello, take a chance on the bike, and consider purchasing an MRG shirt, vest, or jacket!

 

 

 

 

Local . . . and Beyond

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The MRG will be a safe recreation/transportation corridor connecting Lebanon and West Lebanon . . .  and beyond.

https://www.facebook.com/GraniteStateRailTrail/

Return of the UVTA High School Trail Corps!

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It was hard work on a hot day – great to have this youthful energy applied to the MRG! The crew cleared brush and loaded spikes for removal, working from the rail bridge near Glen Road to behind Timken. Thanks to this wonderful team and to Upper Valley Trails Alliance.

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Want to know more about the UVTA Trail Corps?

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Thank You Upper Valley Trails Alliance High School Trail Corps

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How lucky we are to have the Upper Valley Trails Alliance High School Trail Corps back on the MRG this summer. They pried spikes, cleared brush, and tried to stay cool. (They were working on the area between the Timken Bridge and the Miracle Mile movie theaters.) Thanks to you all for your hard work!

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