Friday, November 3, 2017

November, 2017 NEK 99% Newsletter

 Click on the thumbnails to enlarge. The newsletter is a print publication that goes to approximatelt 350 households in the Newport downtown residential neighborhood.

Monday, October 2, 2017

October, 2017 NEK 99% Newsletter

Can't believe we've been doing this for three years! Thanks to all the folks who contribute! Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

"What to Do with the Hole?" Some Ideas from People Who Live Here

This is a compilation of ideas from three meetings held last spring in Newport. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

NEK 99% September Newsletter

The newsletter is a print publication that goes to 370 households in the Newport downtown residential neighborhood. Click on the thumb

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NEK 99% June 2017 Newsletter

The newsletter is distributed to 370 households in the downtown Newport residential neighborhood.
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Nek 99% April Newsletter

The April newsletter from NEK 99%. It's delivered to about 350 households in the downtown Newport residential neighboorhood. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What Newport Needs

By Mary Brenner

Newport VT cannot support any more retail business.  
Several small cities and towns in VT have re-created themselves as economic centers through specialization.  Most are built around a symbolic or economic focal point.

    Jeffersonville        Bryan Gallery as center for arts
    Hardwick        BAg industrial center for agribusinesses
    Barre            opera house as focus for theater
    Craftsbury        Sterling college as center of regenerative agriculture
    West Charleston    Northwoods as center of outdoor education and tourism
    Island Pond        snowmobiling and hunting center

Newport could take better advantage of its location on Lake Memphremagog by improving access and facilities for using the lake.  We already have a wonderful dock and boathouse with port authority for entry to Canada.  Parking near the Gateway center is awful, and other growth opportunities nearby are hampered by narrow land area between the lake and the railroad.  The alternative boat docking facility at the East Side Restaurant is hampered by the fact that the dock is private.  The road access is tortuous, the parking is private and muddy, there is no place to open up the lake view to more small shops and restaurants.  Access to Prouty Beach is a hidden secret.  And there is no tie-in to the East Side docks, or the downtown area.  Although public, parking is not free.

The proposed extension of the bike/walking path along the lake between the State House and the public park may be the answer.   Consideration should be given to better parking, road access and linkage, both road and walking/biking/skiing/skating between the Gateway, the Statehouse, the East Side,  Prouty Beach, the bike path and the Preserve.  Support and encouragement should be given to lake use businesses and activities.  There is no where to rent a canoe, a motor boat, ski-dos, sailboats and skimming boats, skates, skis, fishing equipment, bikes, or public docking.  The high school should have a summer boating program as part of its hospitality courses.  Limited amount of rustic camping should be allowed in the preserve (no electric hookups).  Nature trails could also be developed through the preserve, again by the high school science classes.  An agricultural demonstration area would be a great tourist draw.  And street vendors should be allowed.  

Biking is a major activity in the north west of the city and around Mempremagog.  However, the entries into Newport via Rte 5 are dangerous to bikers and drivers trying to negotiate around the bikers.  Separate Bike route could be developed.  

It would be nice to open up the south bay for non-motorized access to the wonderful natural area by providing better parking, canoe rental, concession stands, nature trails, bike/walk/ski trail.  

And, ease of entry to Canada via the lake should be encouraged by negotiations with the port authority.   

Better support and nation-wide promotion should be given to the fishing derby, aqua-fest, ice-plunge and ice-fishing.  (Until global warming eliminates ice-fishing.)  Again, the high school students could learn how to be fishing guides. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

NEK 99% March 2017 Newsletter Click on the thumbnails to enlarge