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Credit union donates $100,000 to fill gap in South Portland-to-Kittery trail

The gift from Town & Country Federal Credit Union will be used to complete a 1.6-mile gap in the Eastern Trail as it runs through Scarborough.

By Kelley Bouchard, Portland Press Herald Staff Writer

Town & Country Federal Credit Union will donate $100,000 to the Eastern Trail Alliance’s plan to complete a 1.6-mile gap in the off-road trail as it runs through Scarborough, credit union officials announced Tuesday.

The gift is the largest made by the credit union in its 63-year history and one of the largest ever made by a credit union in Maine.

“This project is symbolic of Town & Country’s mission to create a personal connection with each of our members,” credit union CEO David Libby said in a news release. “The Eastern Trail connects dozens of Maine communities and completing this missing piece in Scarborough will enhance that community connection and create accessibility for even more Mainers.”

The Eastern Trail is a 65-mile section of the on- and off-road East Coast Greenway that runs between South Portland and Kittery. When the Scarborough gap is completed, the recreational pathway will have 16 miles of uninterrupted, off-road access from Bug Light in South Portland to downtown Saco.

Town & Country, which operates six branches in South Portland, Scarborough, Saco and Portland, is making the donation in honor of two longtime volunteer board members, Wilfred Couture and the late Edward Connolly, who together dedicated over 85 years of service to the credit union.

Libby described Couture and Connolly as “two people who worked tirelessly on behalf of the credit union and our community for eight decades.”

The $100,000 gift will be earmarked to build a bridge over the Nonesuch River that will be named after the two men, Libby said.

Read the entire article online here.

Go here to read an article about the donation in the Town & Country Federal Credit Union/s e-newsletter.

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