John Calloway (pictured with Stella) recently donated two pet waste stations in memory of previous pet dogs Jack, Bris, and Baby. One station has been installed just north of Conyers Street and the other just east of Sockwell Avenue in Covington.
Beth and Jim Gilmore have donated two pet waste stations in memory of their dogs, Max and Chloe. One will be installed along the Cricket Frog Trail behind Beaver Park; the other will be placed near downtown Mansfield.
Adopt-a-spot. Newton Trails welcomes its newest Cricket Frog Trail adopt-a-spotter: Blair Northen III. He has adopted a section of trail just east of the old railroad depot in Mansfield.
Bridge work. There are four railroad trestles along the Cricket Frog Trail that have been or are in the process of being made into trail bridges.
With funding from Newton Trails' supporters and work done by volunteers, temporary wood surfaces have been built on the East Bear Creek and West Bear Creek trestles. Those bridges are now open to trail users. The surfaces are referred to as temporary because, though they will be serviceable for ten or more years, more permanent structures will eventually be needed.
With funding from the City of Covington as well as grants and donations obtained by Newton Trails, work is being done on the Dried Indian Creek bridge with expected completion in September 2021. Lewallen Construction is doing this work.
The trestle over the Alcovy River was recently examined by a bridge engineer and the PATH Foundation. Newton Trails will soon learn the estimated costs for preliminary engineering and design work and for converting that trestle into a trail bridge. Those cost estimates will be used to seek the funding needed for construction. Meanwhile, the trestle is and will remain closed.