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In this ETA news summary :
- ET Live ET Talk Show Wednesday 22 March at 7:30 p.m
- Bridge to the Greenway March 27 - Will Memorial Bridge support the ET?
- Amtrak-ET Loop Ride Sunday 9 April
- Eliot ET Public Meeting Tuesday 18 April
- Scarborough Marsh Spring Cleaning - 22 April
- ET On-Road Ride, South Berwick 22 April 9:30 a.m.
- Kittery Trading Post to co-sponsor ETA weekly rides
- ETA Annual Meeting Bay Circuit’s Alan French Thursday 25 May
- Snowy Egret 5K Run Walk Memorial Day Scarborough Marsh
- More

ET Live Talk Show Wednesday 22 March at 7:30 p.m
Karen D’Andrea, who hosts a live talk show on WMPG, invited Bob Bower and John Andrews to tell the story of the ET and answer listener questions. Join in at 104.1 or 90.9 FM or anywhere in the world by checking That evening’s call in-number will be 207-780-4909. This was the result of D’Andrea sending e-mail to the ETA describing her unpleasant canine experiences while walking the ET across Scarborough Marsh. Does ETA want your comments? Does ETA care? This demonstrates your feedback is important. All comments are read and answered or forwarded to the appropriate parties.

Bridge to the Greenway March 27
Will Memorial Bridge support the Eastern Trail connection to NH? A diverse coalition of trail supporters will come together as Bridge to the Greenway to ensure that the Memorial Bridge serves its role as a vital connection between Kittery and Portsmouth, also a key link for the East Coast Greenway connecting Calais with Key West, Florida. Join the Bridge to the Greenway on Monday, in the Jimmy Lapanza Lounge at the Portsmouth Brewery located at 56 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH to find out how to get involved. FMI, see

Directions:  From Maine: take NH I-95 exit 7 to Business Dist./Portsmouth/Newington - go 0.2 mi. Turn left at Market St - go 1.0 mi. From NH take NH I-95 exit 7 to Portsmouth/Newington - go 0.2 mi. Turn right at Market St - go 1.0 mi

Amtrak-ET Loop Ride Sunday 9 April
Ride Amtrak with your bike ($14 total) to Wells; bike ET for 50-mile return to Portland. Space limited. Pre-registration require with leader John Andrews, JAndrews@GWI.Net, or 207-282-1979.

Eliot ET Public Meeting Tuesday 18 April
Eliot ET supporter Diane Brandon has invited Steve Workman and John Andrews to tell the story of the ET at a 7 p.m. Eliot public meeting. An overview of the vision of the ET and progress to date will be presented with slide shows. The speakers look forward to your comments and questions. FMI, send e-mail to JAndrews@GWI.Net.

Scarborough's Marsh Spring Cleaning Day 22 April
ETA, led by Bruce Wakefield, 284-7656, will meet on the ET one-half mile south of Black Point Road in the parking area by the ET kiosk at 9:00 a.m. Gloves and bags will be provided. The group will pick up the ET from Black Point Rd. to Pine Point Road, and other areas as time allows. 

ET 15-mile On-Road Ride, South Berwick 22 April 9:30 a.m.
Call or e-mail leader: Ethan Davis,, 207 284 7572
Helmets required. Rain gear and adequate snacks and drinks recommended.

Kittery Trading Post to co-sponsor ETA weekly rides
Thanks to Chris Hancewicz every Thursday from April 6 until September 15 at 5:30 an ETA co-sponsored bike ride will begin at Kittery Trading Post parking lot. FMI send e-mail to: Chris at

ETA Annual Meeting Kittery Trading Post Thursday 25 May
Afternoon ride 15-16 mph led by JoAnn Fryer,, starts at 2:30. Then at 5 p.m. snacks, reports, displays. And, FUN! Business meeting 6 p.m. Featured speaker at 6;30 p.m. will be Al French, volunteer chairman of the Bay Circuit, a 75% complete 200-mile trail that circles Boston inside I-495 and connects 21 municipalities!!

Memorial Day Snowy Egret 5K Run Walk - May 29
On Memorial Day morning, ETA is co-sponsoring a Scarborough Marsh Run/Walk for all ages. Registration fees will benefit Maine Audubon’s Scarborough Marsh Nature Center and the Eastern Trail Alliance.  Kids 1K run/walk will begin at the Pine Point end of the Eastern Trail. The adult 5K will begin from the Nature Center and end at Peterson Field. 

Event T-shirts to the first 100 5K registrants. Register call 883-5549, Scarborough Chiropractic Family Wellness Center. $12 for early registration; $15 on the day of the event. Kids 1K run FREE.  

For more information contact ETA coordinator Bob LaNigra at, or 883-8662.

Jupiter Blues Lower East Side Band Snow impaired.
Snow began two hours before the music began. Slippery roads kept many expected people home. But, the volunteers and those who attended had such a blast that a follow up dance at the Rochambeau Snowshoe Club is in the works for Saturday 21 October. The acoustics in the hall are fantastic, crisp, full bodied, and clean. You’ve got to hear these guys. Real professionals. 

Portland Trails annual meeting features celebrities
Portland Trails annual meeting was filled with celebrities including Past PT president and former Portland mayor Nathan Smith, and current Portland Mayor James Cohen, another past president of PT. DEP Commissioner David Littell, another past president of Portland Trails, also enjoyed the evening. 

Olympic Gold Medal Winner Joan Benoit Samuelson, the evening’s featured speaker, presented a slide show of her favorite places to run on our planet. During her talk she showed a photo of the ET at Scarborough Marsh, and told us African runners when in town for her Beach to Beacon love running the ET. 

ETA Trustee Meetings 7 p.m. every 2nd Monday
For April only, we will meet on the 1st Monday.
Saco Community Center, 75 Franklin St. 
From Maine Turnpike Saco, exit 36. Turn RIGHT immediately after the toll plaza. At the end of the ramp, turn LEFT at the light onto Industrial Park Road. At the next light turn LEFT onto Rt. 112 toward downtown Saco. In ¼ mile turn RIGHT onto Franklin St. just beyond the playground. Community Center is on your LEFT in ¼ mile, on the far side of a large parking area.

ETMD Trustee Meetings 8:30 a.m. every 2nd Wednesday
Monthly business meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Kennebunk Town, located at the crossing of Rt. 35 and Rt. 1 in downtown Kennebunk. 

Pocket-Size Eastern Trail Guide.
The new spiral-bound ET trail guide must be a winner. A second printing is in the works. All new maps, two 50-mile loop rides, mileage along the existing route. It’s available from BCM, Nonesuch Book Stores in Saco and Mill Creek; from Kittery Trading Post, and from bikes shops including: Cape-Able in Kennebunkport, Quinn’s in Biddeford, Back Bay Bike in Portland, and Papa Wheelies and Bicycle Bob’s in Portsmouth. Or, you can order on-line here. A bargain at $10 plus $2 S&H. 

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Never, never, never give up.
- Winston Churchill.

Never, never, never grow up.
- Dr. Seuss 

A highway takes your car to the country, a greenway your mind. 
- Charles Little

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