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In this ETA news summary :

- Eliot ET Public Meeting Tuesday 18 April
- Stop Budget Cuts in The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance - Call 202-224-3121 today
- Adding trails to rail corridors saves lives - Donít trust conventional wisdom
- ET 15-mile On-Road Ride, South Berwick 22 April 9:30 a.m.
- ETA-Kittery Trading Post Thursday rides update - New location
- ETA Annual Meeting Thursday 25 May. 
- Memorial Day Snowy Egret 5K Run Walk - May 29
- Desfossesí mile of ET to opened on National Trails Day June 3
- 8-Lighthouse Century - Greatest Northeast century - 16 September
- 2007 Trails for a Healthy Maine Bond - Auburn Council adds its support
- Gas Company Easement? Not yet.

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 an April 18th (7 pm) Eliot public meeting. An overview of the vision of the ET and progress to date will be presented with slide shows. Diane and the speakers look forward to your comments and questions. 
Location: Eliot Congregational Church in downtown Eliot. 
1. Exit ME-Turnpike, I-95, at Rt. 236 exit 2, So. Berwick/Eliot 2. Follow Rt 236 north for 2.25 miles to turn left at Beech Rd light.
3. Follow Beech Rd 1.0 mi to turn right onto State Rd. 4. Follow State to church at 155 State on your left, (1/4 mile)
FMI, send e-mail to

Stop Budget Cuts in The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
National Park Service, River, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) provided great support that launched the Eastern Trail. Burnham Martin, who directs the Maine office of this National Park Service agency, has helped dozens of Maine trail and conservation organizations. All Maine's major trail organizations have been helped by Burnham's office.

The Bush administration's proposed $500,000 program cut for 2007 is unwise and will hurt our nation's trails. Instead, IMBA hopes to see a budget of $10.1 million for RTCA, a suitable remedy for years of flat funding.

There may still be time for you to help. Call Maine's Congressional delegation today to ask for full funding of $10.1 million for RTCA. 202-224-3121 will connect with each of them. 

Rail Corridor Trail Easements
Working to obtain rail corridor easements resulted in two ETA results:

1) In 2005 Maineís Legislature clarified Maineís landowner recreational liability immunity law making it explicitly clear that rail operators are protected.

2) When challenged that adding trails, and therefore people, to rail corridors would greatly exacerbate the 500 annual trespass fatalities, ETA demonstrated from published data that the fatality rate would be dramatically reduced to less than 10% of pre-trail rates. Click here to read more information.

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.

ETA-Kittery Trading Post Thursday rides update
Each Thursday from now until mid-September, KTP will lead mid-speed rides from its X Sports building located 200 yards south on route 1 of the main building (in the former Tanger outlet building.) The first ride was 23 miles long, taking 1:20. 

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 Audubonís 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, see this website or contact ETA coordinator Bob LaNigra at, or 883-8662.

Desfossesí Mile of the Eastern Trail will be opened on National Trails Day
Save 11 a.m. on Saturday 3 June to see what Mrs. Desfosses and the Town of Scarborough have created. Another mile of the ET along the Nonesuch River and Scarborough Marsh will be dedicated. ETA is seeking a bagpipe player to lead the inaugural march. Itís an awesome gorgeous area with a world-class a trail. 

To reach the site, enter Hillside Retirement Community at 128 Rt. 1, Scarborough (at the light in front of Maine Medical Center.) Drive straight ahead for ľ mile to the Community Center on your left. Park there. Itís a Ĺ mile walk to the opening ceremony. A shuttle vehicle will be provided for those who need help. (The trail is NOT yet open. This entrance will ONLY be available for the dedication ceremony.)

Eastern Trail's 8-Lighthouse Century Ride - September 16
This yearís 8-Lighthouse Ride will take on a new aspect: Several volunteers urged Bob Bowker to enhance the 80-mile ride into the 8-Lighthouse Century.
Really serious bikers save: Saturday 16 September for the most incredible century in the Northeast. Current ride sponsors include: Jolly John, Saco and Biddeford Savings, Teamsters Local 340, and Maine Energy Recovery (MERC).

2007 Trails for a Healthy Maine Bond
ETA has begun work on a 2007 Trails for a Healthy Maine Bond. First steps: Legislative Transportation Committee Chair Senator Dennis Damon agreed to sponsor the bond. Auburn City Council joined those who have already endorsed the THM Bond.

Gas Company ET Easement?
Twice last week I was confused when congratulated for gaining an ET easement from the gas company. One of those people is a State House attorney; the other, a former ET corridor town planner who was there at the beginning. In 2002 the ETA was asked to transfer its gas company easement responsibility to the Management District. No ET access agreement has yet been negotiated. 

Join ETA - NOW!
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