In 2008, Manette Neighborhood Coalition volunteers gathered together to improve the local treasure we call the “The Hill Climb.” While graced with wonderful views and a mix of introduced and local plants, it was at risk due to noxious weeds and neglect. Volunteers committed over 500 hours for the Hill Climb improvements. Thousands of pounds of English Ivy and Himalayan Black Berry were removed. A cedar bench was added, as well as composting bins and landscape blocks to mitigate hill erosion and define a domestic planting area. Over 70 drought tolerant native plants were planted by volunteers to replace the ivy and blackberries.
To learn more and see a walking map of Manette, download the attached flyer.
With a record-setting 14 people in attendance, the February Public Meeting was called to order. Topics included the Manette Edible Garden Tour, the Easter Egg Hunt, and the Manette Hill Climb Clean-Up.
The City of Bremerton Public Works & Utilities department recently shared an update with the MNC. The 11th and Perry project will be conducting soil explorations in the coming weeks. More information below:
HWA Geosciences Inc will be performing initial soil explorations for the 11th and Perry Project in the second week in January. The attached maps show boring locations. Work taking place: Soil Borings and Hand Augers Work time: 9AM-3PM M-F Work Dates: 1/13/20-1/17/20 Locations: (See maps) E 11th St Boring Locations – Soil boring will occur in the parking areas outside of the drive lanes on 11th St between Pitt Ave and Perry Ave. HWA will core through the asphalt then drill down collecting soil samples at 2½ foot intervals. The noise during drilling will be considerable during the sampling periods. Sampling periods typically only last 1-2 minutes. After completion of the borings, the parking areas will be restored. Perry Ave Hand Auger Locations – HWA will perform hand augers will be conducted in grass strips adjacent to the roadway on Perry Ave between 11th St and 17th St. HWA will not need to be in the roadway and the noise from this procedure is minimal. After completion of the hand augers HWA will backfill the hole with drilling spoils and replace the sod on top.
This year’s Harvest Fest was a great success! The community came out in strong numbers with over 30 people in attendance.
The Harvest Fest spirit was proudly on display as folks brought their favorite harvest dishes to share. With choices ranging from dips inside real pumpkins to savory homemade chili, no one went home hungry.
Once dinner was done, the competition for fabulous prizes became fierce during the raffle. Over $60 was raised to support the MNC.
Finally, everyone got down to business with the Annual Meeting. The primary order of business was the election of 2020 board members, which went off with no major issues. More news on board elections to come!
The 12th annual Manette Neighborhood Coalition Garage Sale. Neighbors in Manette all have garage sales on the same weekend, Saturday, August 17, 2019. Sale addresses are shown on the map linked below. (Click the link below to view)
The garage sale this year is August 17th. We did a survey last year and the consensus was to change the date so it no longer conflicted with the downtown brew fest. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Garage Sale” and your address to be added to the map. We will have follow up communications as we get closer to the event on how to download the map. Deadline for submissions is Aug 10th.
On May 4th, 2019 the MNC board and Manette community members mobilized to clean up Jennifer’s Hill Climb trail. The event was a great success! We had about 15 people over three hours trimming, mowing, and raking the winter’s debris away.
The result is a beautiful Hill Climb memorializing one of the MNC’s founding members. It is an asset to the community and a great space to enjoy our natural splendor. Thank you to everyone who came out!