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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

Eastern Trail completes $4.1 million ‘Close the Gap’ campaign

The money will be used to build two bridges in Scarborough that will complete 16 miles of off-road trail from downtown Saco to Bug Light Park in South Portland.

BY KELLEY BOUCHARD  STAFF WRITER   Published 12/30/2017

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Funds arrive to close ET gap

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer  Published 12/29/2017
Christmas arrived early for the Eastern Trail Alliance, which for years has dreamed of finding the funding to close a 1.6-mile gap of the Eastern Trail between the Nonesuch River in Scarborough and Wainwright Athletic Field in South Portland and for the past few years has been working to raise the more than $4 million needed to complete the project.

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DONATE NOW TO BE PART OF SOMETHING BIG IN 2018!

Dear Friends of the Eastern Trail, 2017 has been a year of reflection for the Eastern Trail Alliance.

[Note: The Eastern Trail Alliance has released its 2017 Annual End-of-the-Year Appeal Letter - the text of the letter is shown here]

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Cycling, Rail Advocates On Collision Course Over Proposed Portland-Yarmouth Bike Path

Maine Public - All Things Considered - By FRED BEVER, DEC 15, 2017

[Ed. note: The Eastern Trail gets a nice plug about one-third into the article]

A proposal to create a new bike path along an existing rail line between Portland and Yarmouth is drawing strong interest from the communities it would pass through. It’s also raising worries that it would interfere with a plan to extend passenger train service from Portland to the Lewiston-Auburn area.

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Will You Please Complete Our Economic Impact Survey?

Will you help us document the impact and value of the Eastern Trail?  Please consider downloading, completing our online Economic Information Survey, and mailing your responses to us. Read on:

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MAINE MINI ADVENTURE: LOOKING FOR A LONG WALK ON THE BEACH? PINE POINT IS THE PLACE

Southern Maine just might have more than its fair share of gorgeous beaches. But when it comes to walking — really walking for miles across packed sand without needing to dodge chairs and umbrellas and small children making a sprint for the ocean — Pine Point beach deserves a spot at the top of the list.

[Read on in this article for an excellent section on the Eastern Trail]

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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.

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Biking the Eastern Trail

BY RON CHASE - Seniors Not Acting Their Age
The Times Record  - September 22, 2017

Cycling is one of my favorite activities and a primary source of aerobic exercise. The older I get the more I enjoy it. A runner for almost forty years, a knee replacement compelled me to quit. The knee guy said that if I kept running, I’d soon be back for another one. A certified sissy, I’m not suffering that very painful rehabilitation again if I can avoid it.

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Blaze Orange - A Sure Sign of Fall in Maine

Fall is rapidly approaching - and bears are preparing for their winter vacation plus hunting season is just about here.   There's been a few sightings of bears near the trail in Arundel.  Please use caution and be aware of your surroundings.

Please be aware that hunting is permitted in Maine on many private and public lands — some in close proximity to the Eastern Trail and other local trails.

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Taking stock of Eastern Trail’s value

By Michael Kelley, Staff Writer  |  Scarborough Leader Online | July 21, 2017

Three environmentally-focused groups are coming together to connect with strollers, bicyclists and runners on the Eastern Trail to gauge what the trail, and the Scarborough Marsh, which the trail cuts through in Scarborough, means to them and educate passersby about the value of the marsh.

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