News from Manchester Riverwalk
The Manchester Riverwalk Association announces the election of board members to the groups’ governing body, as well as the appointment of officers for 2019. At the Riverwalk’s Annual Meeting held in February, the following individuals were re-elected to the Board: Eileen Braheney, Joanie Burns, Margaret Donovan, Stephen Drunsic, Bill Laberge and Dick Smith. Members serve for two and three year terms. More recently, the Board has elected the following officers: Margaret Donovan, president, Catherine Stewart, vice president, Norm Favor, treasurer, and Eileen Braheney, secretary. They join other board members Lisa Helmholz-Adams, Richard Heilemann and Cristina Mansfield. Bill Laberge, who has served as president of the Riverwalk since its beginning in 2013, has stepped down from this role but plans to remain active on the board.
“It has been a pleasure to serve as president of the Manchester Riverwalk Association’s Board of Trustees since its inception, after the community identified this as a way to revitalize downtown Manchester. We see this area as a gathering place for locals and all travelers. What excites me the most is that we have garnered great support from every level of the community, with volunteers and donations from a wide range of people and organizations. We have a great Board and an active committee and I look forward to the progress we will make in 2019 and beyond.”
Other updates shared at the Annual Meeting included the 2018 work done on the Eco-Restoration Project, which involves the removal of invasive plants along the Riverwalk and the planting of native species, as well as the completion of design and engineering studies of proposed trails and a pedestrian bridge. The Riverwalk Committee has engaged the community in various events this past year, including our 4th of July picnic, the Harvest Festival, with the unveiling of the Battenkill Interpretive Panel, and the Pie Social. They thank the community for all of their support and would like to especially thank the VFW for allowing them to hold monthly meetings there. Manchester Riverwalk is a nonprofit organization with a mission to build, beautify, and maintain public pathways along the West Branch of the Battenkill. Visit
manchesterriverwalk.org for more information.