When the British forces occupying Aquidneck Island were building Butts Hill Fort, local citizens were required to work two days a week on the construction or be fined for every day they missed.  Now to help bring the Fort back to the public, the Butts Hill Fort Restoration Committee is asking for volunteers to continue the work started during the first volunteer clean up day on September 12.

Craig Clark, co-chair of the Committee commented: “We had a good turnout for our first attack on the vegetation that obscures the Fort, and we are hoping to see the same kind of enthusiasm on the 6th.”

The next cleanup day will be on Saturday, 6 November from 8 a.m. to noon.  The focus of this effort is to remove all the remaining debris from within the Fort to allow for mowing, so volunteers are asked to bring rakes and tarps.  Further clearing will be done as time allows.

Parking will again be behind the tennis courts at Portsmouth High School where visitors will be checked in and asked to sign releases required by the Town.

Volunteers are asked to sign up with Seth Chiaro at seth.chiaro@gmail.com for further information and to receive the required releases.

Butts Hill Fort is an important, unique, and historic site, but to restore and preserve it, public support is critical. Volunteers are particularly appreciated by the Butts Hill Fort Committee, and we look forward to seeing you on November 6!

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.