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Many articles about the Eastern Trail are organized on this news archives page.  The most recent articles appear immediately below, with the first part of each article displayed. Click on any article title, or the "Read More.." link to read the full text of that article. A list of additional article titles appears at the bottom of the page.




By Sally McMurdo | The Conway Daily Sun | June 2, 2017  

This spring, Peter and I explored the southern Maine coast from Cape Elizabeth to Cape Neddick. After our daily weekday trips from Conway to Scarborough for medical treatments, we picked places to go afterwards, depending on the weather and our energy. Sometimes, we chose a beach day at Higgins, Ferry, Wells, Crescent Beach or Kettle Cove, where we'd bird watch, sea glass hunt or just walk.

On foul weather days, we might head inland to explore. But the one place we visited the most was the Eastern Trail in Southern Maine. We especially liked the section from Black Point Road in Scarborough to Pine Point Road. There was something about walking out this rail trail across the marsh that called to us. Maybe it was the ease of the walk and later the ride, maybe it was the abundant bird life we saw or maybe it was just the constant flowing and ebbing of the tide that calmed and renewed our spirits.


MLR Rider makes New York Times article

Two years ago, we were contacted by a rider who was writing a book about losing weight.  The ride had already sold out, but he wanted to be part of the event, and promised if we "snuck him in" he would mention the MLR in his book.


Thompson family donates $25,000 to help complete Eastern Trail in Scarborough

The children of Dr. Philip Thompson made the contribution to the Eastern Trail Alliance to celebrate his 100th birthday.

By Kelley Bouchard | Staff Writer | Published in the Portland Press Herald 5/17/2017

The children of Dr. Philip Thompson, a retired rheumatologist who celebrated his 100th birthday last weekend, have donated $25,000 in his honor to the “Close the Gap” campaign of the Eastern Trail Alliance. The alliance is raising $3.8 million to complete a 1.6-mile, off-road section of the recreational trail in Scarborough, including bridges over the Nonesuch River near Eastern Road and railroad tracks near Pleasant Hill Road.


Andrews leaves legacy of hope

The founder of the Eastern Trail Alliance remembered as a patience, persistence and passionate outdoor leader.

By Deidre Fleming, Staff Writer. Published in the Portland Press Herald 3/5/2017

In the nearly 20 years I’ve reported on the Maine outdoors, there were three times I nearly cried while working. Once was when I was telling a civic group a story about a young man who was dying of cancer who came to Maine to hunt. The second was late at night while doing a phone interview for an obituary. And the third was standing in the Arundel woods listening to John Andrews talk about the Eastern Trail.


UNE professor begins study on Eastern Trail

By Garrick Hoffman, Staff Writer | Biddeford Saco OOB Courier  | 3/23/2017

BIDDEFORD/SACO – When University of New England professor Noah Perlut first heard about upcoming construction happening on the Eastern Trail, he knew he wanted to conduct some kind of study on it, and he has finally found the right time to do so.


John Andrews, force behind the Eastern Trail, dies at 79

Published online by the Portland Press Herald, 2/24/2017 | by Melanie Creamer, Staff Writer

The director of the Eastern Trail Alliance says that without Andrews' efforts, the 65-mile trail from Kittery to South Portland wouldn't exist.


Eastern Trail extension picks up momentum

By RYDER SCHUMACHER, Journal Tribune Staff Writer, Published 2/15/17

YORK COUNTY —Bikers and hikers of York County may have a new trail to traverse in another year, as actions to extend the Eastern Trail in York County have picked up momentum.


Eastern Trail Alliance closing gap in funding, Scarborough

By Melanie Sochan, published on February 9, 2017

SCARBOROUGH — The Eastern Trail Alliance is just under $600,000 away from starting a 1.6-mile Close the Gap project.

The alliance has already raised more than $3.2 million towards the $3.8 million project, closing in on the funding needed to make the proposal a reality. The funding must be in place before construction can begin. Alliance representatives said construction won’t begin until 2018.


Town & Country donates to trail fund

Published in the Scarborough Leader, Community News, 2/3/2107

Town & Country Federal Credit Union announced that it will make the largest philanthropic gift in credit union history to the Eastern Trail Alliance’s Close the Gap campaign.


Eastern Trail Alliance’s fundraising goal is in sight

The group is closing in on a financial target to construct a difficult portion of an envisioned 64-mile path.

[The following article, by Deirdre Fleming, Staff Writer of the Portland Press Herald, gives great exposure to the ETA's current Close the Gap campaign]

SCARBOROUGH — The Eastern Trail Alliance announced Tuesday that it is close to a fundraising goal that would allow the trail to run 16 miles uninterrupted from Bug Light in South Portland to Saco.

The alliance needs just over $600,000 to complete a $3.8 million capital campaign that would allow for construction of a difficult section of the trail that spans a railroad track and the Nonesuch River.\


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