NRPS Receives Grant from PPL Foundation

The Newport Revitalization and Preservation Society is proud to announce that we have been awarded a $30,000 grant from the PPL Foundation for continued improvements at the Newport Veterans Park. Upgrading and renovating the Park has been our major initiative for several years. This grant will allow NRPS to continue with the next phase of Park improvements for Newport residents.

Following is the announcement from the PPL Foundation:

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/--The PPL Foundation today announced the latest recipients of funds from its grant program, awarding nearly $600,000 to support 16 organizations working to empower the communities they serve.

"Whether enhancing educational opportunities for students in our communities or providing disadvantaged workers what they need to achieve economic stability, there are many nonprofit organizations that are working to better the lives of the people who call our region home," said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation. "The PPL Foundation is proud to support the efforts of the organizations that help make our communities safe, strong and sustainable."

The awards announced today will support a variety of projects in PPL Foundation's focus areas: education, workforce development and community revitalization.

Earlier this year, the PPL Foundation awarded more than $450,000 in sustaining grants to more than 70 community organizations. Today's announcement brings the Foundation's 2017 community grants to more than $1 million.

Major Grant recipients are:

  • Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg received $25,000 to support the renovation of a recently purchased building for use as a community center for the Bethesda Mission. The Center will include classroom space, a larger kitchen and enhanced security allowing the Mission to expand outreach efforts to the neighborhood's children and youth.
  • Bloomsburg University Foundation's Regional STEM Education Center received $30,000 to expand programming opportunities for students participating in the Center's Anchor program for youth in foster care, the Girls in STEM program and the STEM Adventure Camps.
  • Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology in Allentown received $25,000 to support a Science on the Move outreach vehicle, which will increase the number of students served through outreach programs in Northeast Pennsylvania.
  • Employment Opportunity & Training Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania received $25,000 for its Transition to Success initiative, which helps disadvantaged workers achieve family and economic stability through life skills and job readiness training, job search/placement assistance and employment related support.
  • Lancaster County Council of Churches received $30,000 for its Wheels to Work program, which removes barriers to self-sustainable employment by providing low-cost transportation in support of workforce development.
  • Lancaster Science Center received $100,000 to support a new hands-on science exhibit and expansion of STEM programming.
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation received $30,000 to support expansion of LCCC's STEM initiative to all three campuses (Schnecksville, Allentown and Tamaqua), including the STEM Academy, Women in STEM GROW mentoring program and the Science Technology Talent Showcase to recognize student achievement in STEM programs.
  • Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board received $25,000 to support the development of a leadership program for girls ages 12 to 15, connecting girls with mentors, career options, leadership skills and community service opportunities.
  • Newport Revitalization and Preservation Society received $30,000 to support the final phase of a community revitalization project, including an upgraded playground.
  • Northumberland County Council for the Arts & Humanities in Shamokin received $72,000 to support the renovation of a community center that houses the town's library, museum and other community organizations.
  • Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences received $55,000 to provide students the opportunity to attend the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences' summer program at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Pocono Environmental Education Center received $25,000 to support the development of the organization's Sustainability Lodge, an education center for the community.
  • Pocono Services for Families and Children received $45,000 to support the development of an outdoor classroom for use by hundreds of children attending the on-site child care center.
  • Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency received $25,000 for a program that will bring STEM curriculum to Head Start students in a four-county area as part of an initiative to provide high quality early childhood education in Northeast Pennsylvania.
  • Valley Youth House in the Lehigh Valley received $25,000 to provide a free, week-long overnight STEM camp for disadvantaged youth.
  • Wildlands Conservancy in the Lehigh Valley received $25,000 to support the expansion of a sensory trail, accommodating more visitors and improving the safety and accessibility of the parking area.

PPL is committed to supporting communities across its 29-county service area and providing tools that help empower economic vitality.

The PPL Foundation awards grants in spring and fall. The next grant cycle, for sustaining grants that assist organizations with general operating expenses, begins in January. Interested organizations can apply for grants from $1,000 to $25,000.

NRPS welcomes visitors and residents to explore all our town has to offer by browsing the diverse businesses and organzations based in Newport. Explore them on the Welcome to Newport page.

Canal Day 2017

Thank you to all of the vendors, volunteers and attendees that joined together to make Canal Day 2017 a success!

Veterans' Memorial Park

The Veterans' Memorial Park Project is the second phase of Grandma's Plus Playground Project. Phase One of the project was completed by a dedicated team throughout 2010. Read more about our ongoing efforts on the Projects page.

Our appreciation is extended to Orrstown Bank for their continued support of NRPS and Grandma's Plus Playground Project.

Operation Renew Newport


NRPS is facilitating the Operation Renew Newport initiative to spruce up Newport in the run-up to Newport Celebrates 175 from July 19th to the 25th. We thank GIANT for their generous sponsorship of this community-wide project.

For more information about this program, including volunteer and work request forms, please visit

Supporting and participating organizations: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ministries | The Church of the Nativity & St. Stephen | Hope Eternal United Methodist Church | Longacre Leadership | Newport Assembly of God | Newport Celebrates 175 Steering Committee | Newport Civic Club | Newport Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary | Newport First Church of God | Newport High School Environmental Club | Newport High School Football Team | Newport Lions Club | Newport Revitalization and Preservation Society | Newport VFW Post 34 | Red Hill Church of God | St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Buy a Brick

We are currently accepting orders for personalized bricks that border the sidewalks throughout the square. Find more information and an order form on the Buy a Brick page.

Limited edition bricks honoring Newport Celebrates 175 are also still available. The brick features the Celebration's logo with three lines of customized text. The cost is $65.

To place an order, download a PDF form or Word form and mail your request to NRPS, PO Box 13, Newport, PA 17074. Questions? Email us at Thank you for supporting Newport's anniversary party!

NC 175 Brick

Our Mission

The goal of the Newport Revitalization and Preservation Society (NRPS) is to blend Newport's rich and full past with the present as we begin the 21st century. We engage in projects to better the community and to preserve the history of our town.

Newport is nestled between the Juniata River and gently rolling hills. Within this landscape commuters, farmers, artists, artisans, and business people live, work, and enjoy life. Local activities reflect this blend. Newport is home to the Little Buffalo Festival of the Arts, Perry County Council of the Arts, the Perry County Fair, Little Buffalo State Park, the Oliver Grange, and an active 4H Club.


Interested in becoming a member of NRPS? Read more on the Membership page.