Tunnel Art

It was good to see so many people gathered in the tunnel for the unveiling of the new art work.

Ironwood Tree

“Pollinators” – depicting some of the life along the Mascoma River Greenway.

These are the first two pieces of the tunnel vision – more art is being planned for the tunnel and the MRG!

(Did you wonder about the inclusion of a fish on the Pollinator piece? Here is research from the University of Florida: “Scientists have discovered that fish indirectly help spread pollen among flowers near the water. That’s because they eat dragonfly larva, which live in freshwater ponds and other water bodies. Adult dragonflies are major predators of bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators. The result is a simple but unexpected cascade: The more fish, the fewer dragonflies, the more bees and butterflies, the more plant pollination, reproduction and seeds.” So it would seem that fish are actually partners in pollination, thought they themselves do not pollinate . . .and it is the dragonflies in the art work that we might question.) More

Tunnel Vision

Lebanon has a vision for those blank walls of the downtown tunnel; two new public art installations will be revealed as part of Lebanon’s Winter Celebration on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 4:15 pm in the tunnel.

Join the Lebanon Arts and Culture Commission, Lebanon Recreation Arts & Parks, and featured artists

  • “Pollinators” – AVA team: Allison Zito, Amber Geneva, Debra Jayne, Tyler Morrison, and Michael Kraatz
  • “Ironwood” – Greg Stott

More info on the Winter Celebration

Plaque it up!

You may have noticed details added to the benches on the Mascoma River Greenway. Thank you to volunteer Todd Caruso, from Hypertherm North America, for giving his time to the community. We hope you enjoy the newest installation on the MRG.

Music on the MRG

“As we were pedaling through the tunnel, four clarinetists, John, Amy, Dan and Chris, were setting up their stands: we stayed to hear them play Haydn’s St. Anthony’s Chorale. It filled our day with joy to hear music under the mall!”  – Rainie and Larry Kelly

We often hear the hoots and hollers as children enjoy their echos in the tunnel – imagine the delightful reverberations of Haydn and these clarinets!

Monarch Caterpillar!

Ordinarily, when bugs are eating our plants, it is cause for concern . . . but in a pollinator garden, when it’s a monarch caterpillar, we rejoice! Note how much of the leaf has been eaten!

MRG pollinator garden at intersection of Mascoma/Mechanic/High streets

A Sunny Labor Day

So nice to see whole families out enjoying the MRG today!

Monarch!

Just one of the many rewards for creating a pollinator corridor along the MRG!

(MRG Garden at the intersection of Mechanic/Mascoma/High Streets)

25 Miles Celebrating 25 Years of the NRT!

Now that the tunnel is open, access from the MRG to the Northern Rail Trail is facilitated!

Northern Rail Trail 25th Celebration with photo of Mascoma River Greenway Umbrella Art Opens in new window

In celebration of the Northern Rail Trail’s 25th Anniversary in 2021, Friends of the Northern Rail Trail (FNRT) invites the whole community to participate in a challenge to walk, run, or bike 25 miles (cumulative) on the Northern Rail Trail this summer! 

Students in the Lebanon and Mascoma Valley School systems will receive their cards through the schools in early June. Others may pick up a card at Omer and Bob’s bicycle shop in downtown Lebanon or at the grand opening of the Lebanon Mall Tunnel on July 8th. 

To participate, simply register online at bit.ly/fnrt-25. Once you have completed 25 miles, return your card to Omer and Bob’s to be entered in our raffle on August 26th. Prizes include gift certificates that support businesses located along our trail!

For questions, or to help support the Northern Rail Trail celebration, contact Amy Chan at amyjoywright@hotmail.com.

a list of destinations and milage to between them along the Northern Rail Trail Opens in new window

Sponsors include Friends of the Northern Rail Trail, Hypertherm HOPE Foundation, and Rotary Club of Lebanon NH, USA.

Reverberations in the MRG Tunnel!

Akwaaba means Welcome; it is a twi word, spoken by the Akan tribe of Ghana. All were welcome as the Akwaaba Ensemble brought their good energy to the MRG. chanting and drumming their way though the tunnel. leading a parade of local drummers, dancers, and enthusiasts, the echoes resounding off the tunnel walls.

It was great to see so many joining in on the fun!

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You can tell from the two children on the left in the photo above, that the sound was impressive! The group paraded to the tunnel’s end and then turned and headed back to Colburn Park for more high energy music and dance!

Test Your Botanical ID Skills

As you walk along the MRG, what do you notice? Learning the names of the life around us transforms the outdoors from a pastoral backdrop into a world of fascinating diversity, a parallel world of beings and relationships.

Mascoma River Greenway Plant Checklist

How many of these plants can you find along the MRG?

Trees

  • Red Oak
  • Maples – we have a few! Norway, Sugar, Red, Striped, & Box Elder
  • Beech
  • Elm
  • Basswood
  • Birch – we have a few!
  • Cottonwood
  • Aspen
  • Black walnut
  • Green ash
  • White ash
  • White pine
  • Hemlock
  • Willow
  • Sumac
  • Apple
  • Black cherry
  • Black locust
  • American hornbeam

Shrubs & woody vines

  • Witch hazel
  • Dogwoods – more than one species out there!
  • Elderberry
  • Grape
  • Flowering raspberry
  • Meadowsweet
  • Sweet-fern
  • Red baneberry
  • Blue cohosh
  • Blueberries 
  • Virginia creeper
  • Poison ivy

Herbaceous plants

  • Goldenrod
  • Jewelweed
  • Clover
  • Milkweed
  • Bee balm
  • Fleabane
  • Hemp dogbane
  • Yarrow
  • St. Johnswort
  • Common Mullein
  • Evening primrose
  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • Windflower
  • Day lilies
  • Meadow rue
  • Climbing nightshade
  • Common heal-alls!

Native plants are hosts to native species of caterpillars, which in turn feed the birds many of us love so much. The National Wildlife Federation has put together a tool that shows you the wildlife value of many of the plant species growing along the MRG. Check it out! https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/

If you have a camera phone, try using iNaturalist or another app to help identify the plants you do not already know. Want a challenge? Find the pollinators!

Thanks to Sarah RIley for creating this list of some of the plant life of the greenway . . . and then there is fungi, moss, lichen . . . etc!