Category Archives: Other Good News

Perfect Picnic Spot!


Isn’t this a perfect spot for a picnic? It’s near the Price Chopper entrance to the MRG and to the left.

And if it rains . . . seek shelter!


“Steel Umbrella” by artists Justin O’Rourke and Margaret Jacobs

MRG Commuter Couple


Such a treat to meet this couple on the Mascoma River Greenway this morning.  Their home has easy access to the trail and they walk the MRG almost every day.  He can walk to work on the trail; it takes 15 minutes by car and 30 minutes walking by way of the MRG.  He says he prefers walking because the trail is so beautiful. She starts a new job in January and will also walk the MRG to work.  They are currently a 2-car family but are planning to get rid of one car since they find they don’t need two. They were both so enthusiastic about the trail!

This couple embodies what many of us hoped would actually happen – commuting by rail trail.  (We also met a fellow on a bike who had just done his shopping at Price Chopper ; he was heading home with his grocery bags hanging from the handlebars.  Love seeing the trail as a functional resource as well as recreational!)

Thanks to “Pennies for Change”

Thanks to generous Co-op customers and the Pennies for Change program,  the Mascoma River Greenway has received $2,446 from the Co-op Food Stores.  The Pennies for Change program is a charitable giving program; customers can donate their change to community organizations by rounding up their order to the next full dollar amount. In the month of March, $24,446 was raised and donated to that month’s selected Upper Valley non-profits. A wonderful way to support and strengthen our many local non-profit organizations.


Leb Rec Dept. 2015 Volunteer of the Year



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.

Local . . . and Beyond


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

Spike Pulling


Thanks to all volunteers who helped pull spikes on this beautiful Spring morning . . . and thanks to Simbex for fostering community service. Spikes are being pulled in preparation for continued removal of tracks and rails. We hope the spikes will reappear someday as a major art installation in Lebanon!



Allen Peterson’s sculpture Phoenix: Atlanta’s Railroad Rebirth, which is made from scrap railroad spikes, shoulders, and other objects.


Bear (spikes) resized

“Spike” – Bear welded from 575 rusty, used, bent railroad spikes


“Iron Horse”- what steam engines were once called

From Spikes to Spokes!


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Lebanon Recreation Dept.Director/MRG Co-chair, Paul Coats, is a man of many talents; with spikes from the rail trail and scrap wood from home renovation, he created gifts for all those on the MRG Campaign Committee. He clearly has a plan for how he will use the MRG once construction is complete! (It makes a great scarf rack.) Thank you Paul!


Within $37,650 of MRG Goal!

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MRG Campaign Committee, from left to right around the table: Alan Schnur, Richard Wallace, Lorraine Kelly, Frank Gould, Russell Hirschler, Paul Coats, Melanie Moore. (Missing: Pat McGovern taking photo.)

Congratulations to the MRG Campaign Committee and to all who have contributed so generously to this exciting project.  With sufficient funds in hand, we can proceed with the next phase of construction, from High Street in downtown Lebanon through to Glen Road in West Lebanon.  There will be a public meeting on April 7th, 5:15 at City Hall when the City of Lebanon will present construction plans.

The fate of the tunnel, which would connect the Northern Rail Trail to the MRG,  will be determined through the downtown revisioning process.  (Note that only one alternative saves the tunnel.) You can stay tuned to that process and see 3 proposed alternatives at

If you have not yet contributed to the Mascoma River Greenway – there’s still time.  We are almost at our goal!

West Leb End of the MRG

The West Lebanon end of the MRG makes use of a path between the Powerhouse Mall and Riverside Community Park.  Round-trip, the walk is less than a mile, my kind of challenge!

The path begins at the gazebo on the east end of the Powerhouse Mall parking lot, runs briefly along Glen Road, then heads into the woods toward the river.

Powerhouse Gazebo

Powerhouse Gazebo

Heading toward Mascoma RIver

Heading toward Mascoma RIver

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Good-bye parking lot, hello natural world.  Yes, you hear the sounds from the interstate, but you also hear the rush of river and glancing around, you start to notice the diversity of life.

Maples, oaks, crab apple, box elders, honeysuckle, blackberries, Solomon’s seal . . . I wish I had brought my field guides!

Box Elder Samaras

Box Elder Samaras



Solomon' Seal Berries

Solomon’ Seal Berries

My curiosity is piqued by these: nut or fruit?



Side Trail to River

Side Trail to River

In less than a half mile, one comes to Riverside Community Park.  Children sliding, climbing and swinging; bikers and scooters experimenting with the  ramps; freed from their gaming devices, they were playing the “old-fashioned” way.

Riverside Community Park Play Structure

Riverside Community Park Play Structure



Active Play!

Active Play!

Come explore this western end of the MRG. If you identify other trees, flowers, edibles, etc., let us know in the “Comments” and we will try to catalog the diverse life of this western end of the MRG.

Granite State Rail Trails

GSRT map

As we develop our MRG pathway connecting Lebanon and West Lebanon, it is good to be aware that we are also helping to expand the vision of a Granite State Rail Trail system.  Communities all over NH are developing trails for recreation and as commuting corridors. Currently, one can travel 58 miles from Lebanon to Boscawen on the Northern Rail Trail. One reviewer wrote: “Last Sunday my husband and I drove to Lebanon to pick up the trail on our bikes for the first time. We rode from Lebanon to Orange (30miles) roundtrip. We set this as a goal . We could not believe how wonderful it was . Riding around the lake was such a gift. The smells of the pines, the waterfalls and the river were just terrific. . . It was one of my most favorite biking days I have ever had.” Trail Link has good specific info on sights and facilities.  For more info on some of these other rail trail efforts see