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Our archive of more in-depth news articles and reports (running back to the 1990's) can be found here. You can also search for past articles using the search function in the left hand side column

Maine Lighthouse Ride a great success!!

We had a wonderful Maine Lighthouse Ride this past Saturday, September 8. Over 1200 riders came out the enjoy the trail and to help support the Eastern Trail Alliance. Thanks so much to all the riders, the many volunteers, and also to the trail users who shared the trail that day. will be very busy in many areas.

Pictures of the 2018 ride can be viewed here.

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People on the Trail

 

We continue with our new feature on this site, which we call "People on the Trail."  Our great photographer and trail use photo-journalist, Jim Bucar, has been taking photos for years showing how so many people use and enjoy the trail. 

We are adding new shots to this collection on a regular basis. Keep checking back for new additions!!

Go here to see our "People on the Eastern Trail" images

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Scarborough Marsh Surf & Turf

By Ron Chase | Published October 9, 2018

My favorite part of the Eastern Bike Trail has always been the sector that traverses Scarborough Marsh. The Sokokis Indians of the Abenaki nation who hunted and fished the wetland called it Owascoag, meaning “a place of much grass.” For years, I’ve ridden the trail enjoying the beauty and serenity of the marsh often observing kayakers and canoeists paddling a stream that meanders through the expansive bog near the Pine Point Road Trailhead. Each time, I’ve had a sense of envy wondering what I was missing.

The 3,100 acre estuary is the largest salt marsh in Maine and habitat for a variety of plants and wildlife. Owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, birds abound and numerous species can normally be encountered.

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Maine Voices: East Coast Greenway a true gem, and Maine could help it reach full potential

The goal is a 3,000-mile bike and walking trail safe from vehicles, but only a third of it is off-road so far.

BY DICK WOODBURY - SPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD (Dick Woodbury, a resident of Yarmouth, served 10 years in the Maine Legislature and is on the board of the East Coast Greenway Alliance). Posted August 21, 2018.

YARMOUTH — My biking adventure began in Calais, just this side of the St. Croix river from Canada. Calais is at the northern tip of the East Coast Greenway. From there, I biked the Greenway corridor through Machias, Ellsworth, Bangor, Waterville, Augusta, Lewiston, Brunswick, Portland, Saco, Biddeford, and Kittery; and on through New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and into Connecticut. My wife, Debbie, and son Sam joined me for much of this journey.

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More News Coverage of John Andrews Memorial 5k race

The very successful (and fun!) 2nd Annual John R. Andrews Memorial 5k race showed up in the news again last week.

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Letter to the editor: Marketing of Downeaster fails to address bicyclists

[Ed. note:Maggie Warren, Trustee Emeritus for the Eastern Trail Alliance, submitted this Letter to the Editor to the Portland Press Herald in response to its recent article (June 6) “Downeaster rail pass offers low-cost service between 6 stations in Maine”]

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News Coverage of John Andrews Memorial 5k race

Five small news articles (each with a picture) in the Scarborough Leader provided excellent news coverage of the 2nd Annual John R. Andrews Memorial 5k race.

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"Taste of the Town" Gala was a Huge Success

What a success - over 200 people joined us on April 7 for this unique and delicious event to benefit the Eastern Trail Alliance’s “Close the Gap” campaign!  They sampled signature dishes from local establishments, bid on exciting items in our silent auction, and danced the night away to music by the Time Pilots! Most importantly, they all were contributing, or otherwise helping, to raise funds to Close the Gap in South Portland.

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Eastern Trail has come a long way

Published online by the Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier/Mainely Media, January 25, 2018

Legislative Lowdown by Rep. Martin Grohman
When I first moved to Biddeford 18 years ago, the path that is now the Eastern Trail was just a four wheeler track. I lived on Mountain Road and I was fortunate to have access from my backyard. But the trail was arguably kind of sketchy and quite swampy. There was no formal access point for people not as lucky as me to have direct access. If I headed out there to snowshoe or mountain bike, I practically never saw anyone else.

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Eastern Trail raises $4.1M to 'Close the Gap'

By Juliette Laaka on January 4, 2018 - The Forecaster

SCARBOROUGH — The Eastern Trail Alliance reached a $4.1 million fundraising goal to complete a nearly 2-mile section of trail, including building a bridge to traverse the Nonesuch River.

The fundraising campaign spanned five years and included donations large and small. Carole Brush, ETA executive director, said in December alone the organization pulled in $100,000 in donations and grants.

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