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Sculpture for the MRG

 

 

“Wheels”                                                    “Steel Umbrella”

Lebanon Recreation and AVA  Gallery are pleased to announce the results of our Call to Artists public art sculpture competition.  The winners: “Wheels” by artists Susan K. Johnson, Alicia Zbehlik and Kathy Petuck and “Steel Umbrella” by artists Justin O’Rourke and Margaret Jacobs

Winning sculptures will be fabricated by June 30th and installed by mid July in time for the Grand Opening of the Mascoma River Greenway in late July.

Special recognition is also extended to submitting artists for their thoughtful and creative designs:

  • Historical Collage Poles: Artists Cindy Heath, Margaret Sheehan and Carla Kimball
  • Lebanon Labyrinth: Artist Allison Zito
  • Railroad Spike Tree: Artist Greg Stott
  • Spikes and Spokes: Artist Debra Jayne
  • Stories to Tell: Artists Margit Berman and Jeremy McDonald
  • Walking on Nails: Artists Scott Wunderle, Patrick Jarvis, Courtney Venable, Lauren Ingersoll     
  • Water Stop: Artist Clive Maloney

These entries are currently on view at AVA Gallery

New, and Better, Way to Travel

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We enjoy hearing stories of how the MRG is being used, for getting to work, to the grocery store, to CCBA when a road is closed, or, in this case, getting home from the eye doctor.  Thanks to Alan Schnur for sharing his story!

My regular eye exam on the Miracle Mile in January required drops to be put in my eyes. I, therefore, could not drive, and needed an alternative way to reach my appointment and return home. I considered several options: 1) asking a friend to drive me, wait, and drive me home, 2) take a taxi, or 3) take the Advance Transit Red Line bus from Colburn Park to the Miracle Mile. I decided to take the AT bus to be sure I arrived on time.

After leaving the doctor’s office, wearing my sunglasses, I remembered an exciting previous experience trying to cross to the bus stop on Route 4 without a crosswalk. Not wishing to repeat that experience, I thought of the Mascoma River Greenway. It took a few tries to find the unmarked path near the Price Chopper parking lot that descends to the Greenway, but when I found the path, getting down to the trail was easy as the snow was already packed. Once on the Greenway, I could easily walk to the recently completed bridge over the Mascoma River, behind The Timken Company — the one with the fantastic view over the Mascoma River. It seemed quite a few people had been walking the trail as the path through the snow was nicely packed. After crossing the bridge, I reached the paved section of the Greenway and found it groomed for walkers (with half the trail left with the original snow cover for cross country skiers).

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It was a delightful walk through the quiet, peaceful, beautiful white wonderland. (And healthy too, since I was out in the open air and didn’t have to look around for anyone coughing or sneezing during the January high flu transmission season.) At my slow pace, it took about 40 minutes to reach the High Street end of the Greenway, with the time passing by very quickly. Almost too quickly.

The Mascoma River Greenway is now a fourth, and I think better option for going to my eye doctor. Once the snow melts, the trip will become even more convenient when traveling by bicycle. As promised, the Greenway is a great resource for the Lebanon community!

Alan Schnur

Lebanon

Be Forewarned! Jan 22-Feb 9, 2018

The MRG, between High Street and APD, will be closed during DPW’s Stormwater Sewer (CSO) separation project.  Jan 22 – Feb 9.

Access to the MRG is still open for walking west from APD Hospital parking lot.  The solid red line from High St to APD is the closed section.

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Solid red line from High St to APD is the closed section.

For more information on the CSO project, please visit  https://lebanonnh.gov/436/CSO-Project-No-11

City Council Approves Funding to Connect MRG to Northern Rail Trail!

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Downtown Tunnel

Today’s Valley News reports that the Lebanon City Council has approved funding for “replacement of the former rail tunnel under downtown” – wonderfully good news for our hopes of linking the Mascoma River Greenway to the Northern Rail Trail, as well as providing easy, safe access to the MRG from downtown!  Bravo! And so appropriate on the Solstice: Light at the end of the tunnel!

Update 1/18/2018: The Valley News report was not as nuanced as the City Council decision: The Council approved funding for a downtown connection of the Northern Rail Trail to the Mascoma River Greenway. Whether that connection is a repair of the tunnel or a different separate path through downtown depends on the outcome of engineering studies.

First Snow!

A report from Rainie Kelly –
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By the time my husband and I reached the Mascoma River Greenway for an early-morning walk in yesterday’s snow, it was evident that many outdoor enthusiasts had preceded us. We headed west from the Slayton Hill Bridge following the tracks of walkers, cross-country skiers, a fat-tired bike, and four-legged critters who had come out of the woods to take advantage of the ease of travel on the MRG. We also enjoyed conversation with a couple who recently relocated to Lebanon where they have easy access to the trail, as well as all the arts organizations around Colburn Park. Like us, they are looking forward to the day when the Mascoma River Greenway will connect with the Northern Rail Trail, providing safe passage through downtown Lebanon. (Round trip mileage from Slayton Hill Overpass westward to bridge over Mascoma River near Timken: 1.5 miles)
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Meeting new folks on the trail

 

  

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Larry and Rainie Kelly

Rail Trail Angst

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Many of you may know Frank Gould, Co-Chair (with Paul Coats) of the MRG project, friendly MRG promoter at the Leb Farmers Market, and someone working hard to solve the problem of access at both ends of our Mascoma River Greenway .  .  . trying to make connections

Connections Count

The river twists itself,

coiled like an upset snake

beneath the railtrail bridge.

I watch it slither away,

beyond the oaks and maples

which shadow grasslands,

after slipping east through

neighborhoods and woods.

 

I walk beyond the bridge

along the rail corridor

where trains at one time

carried freight, passengers

and American life into

the valleys of our village.

Today, the trains are gone.

Its corridor is transformed,

 

derailed, cleared and paved;

a greenway to give locals

access to their community,

to their health, to their self,

to their American life.

Today they find this path

for comfort and calm,

for daily, scenic exercise.

 

They stroll their new-born;

bicycle with their kids;

walk to a grocery store

and home with filled bags.

They’ve found their walk

or ski to movies, to eat out,

or to their jobs and back.

Rush-hour traffic absent.

 

They visit friends they meet,

talk about the friendly walk,

and wonder why the trail

closes at dysfunction junction?

Why shopping malls exist

only well beyond trail’s end?

How might we reach out, they

ask, to unfold our community?

                        Frank Gould   2017

How Far Did I Go?

 

For those of us without a tool to measure mileage on the MRG, here is an estimate of the mileage between points.

DudleyBridge<.36 >PriceChop<.75>MascomaBridge<.28 >1-89Bridge<.48 miles> SlaytonHill<.6 miles>Kiosk

 

If you start at the Price Chopper parking lot access on the Miracle Mile (RT. 4/Mechanic St.) and go left (West), it is .36 mile to the Dudley Bridge. If you loop back by way of the path along the river, you will have traveled a .76 mile loop back to the parking lot access road.

If you start at the Price Chopper access road and go right (East), it is .75 mile to the middle of the bridge over the Mascoma River (near Timken.)

Continuing eastward it is .28 mile to the middle of the bridge over Interstate 89.

Then .48 mile from the middle of the Interstate bridge to the middle of the Slayton Hill Overpass by Alice Peck Day Hospital.

It is then .6 mile to the kiosk at the intersection of Mascoma, Mechanic and High Streets.

At some point we will have a map of the MRG drawn to scale . . . but in the meantime, we have these estimates.

(Thanks to Paul Coats and Rainie Kelly for these estimates.)