Butts Hill Fort is coming into view. 

After two days of mechanical clearing in August, 34 volunteers, aged 10 to 87, brought yard tools, chain saws, brush hogs, and enthusiasm to the historic Fort on Sunday, September 12.  In four hours of work, they made good progress, particularly around the entrance and inside the Fort.  

To restore the Revolutionary War Fort to the public as a historic, educational, and recreational location by 2026, this initial clearing is required in order to assess the condition of the earthworks and to determine how best to restore and maintain them. 

The Butts Hill Fort Restoration Committee expresses thanks to all those who participated, “Special thanks go to our friends at the Fort at the south end of the Island.  The crew from Fort Adams Trust arrived with people and equipment that made a major impact on the results”. 

Another volunteer cleanup will be scheduled.  To volunteer, please sign up with Seth Chiaro at: seth.chiaro@gmail.com.  

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.