Category Archives: Other Good News

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

 

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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

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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/

Spike Pulling

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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!

 

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

 

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

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“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!

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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 http://planning.lebnh.net/home/master-plan/implementation/chapter-3/revisioning-downtown-lebanon

If you have not yet contributed to the Mascoma River Greenway – there’s still time.   https://mascomagreenway.com/donate-now/  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

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Solomon' Seal Berries

Solomon’ Seal Berries

My curiosity is piqued by these: nut or fruit?

Mystery!

Mystery!

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

Sliding!

Sliding!

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.