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Maine Lighthouse Ride
Our fifth annual
Lighthouse Ride held on September 13th was the
best ride ever. Hosted by Southern Maine Community College,
more than 280 registered to ride, and around 250 biked one
of the four loops. ETA volunteers cooked award winning
burgers, dogs, clam chowder and veggie chili. Happy riders
told us that they'd to be back in 2009 and with friends.
here for more.
Rave Reviews for Scarborough to OOB Section
Spontaneous user feedback from those using the newly opened
1.6-mile extension of the off-road ET has been wonderful.
Many of these
comments have been posted on the web-site. Initial ATV and
motorbike trespass problems have been greatly reduced by
education and by law enforcement.
2008 Trail Guide Error
The map on page seven of the 2008 edition of the trail guide
showing the section from Wells to South Berwick was not
included. Instead, the map
on page five was used on both pages. The missing map is
The ETA has crack-and-peel maps to update the
guides. Signs for that section were checked and are all in
place. ETA regrets the error and is mailing copies of the
crack-and-peel map to those who ordered through the website
and is notifying stores.
ET Loop Ride Cue Sheets
Mogens Ravn, master on-road route and cue sheet designer,
created four loop rides that together include the entire
Shorter loops based upon the larger loops were also created.
There are no maps except for an overall map showing where the 13
loop rides are
located. Order online for $5 plus $2 S&H at
Orders began coming as soon as the notice was posted on
the Web. It's a great way to enjoy the ET.
ETA Sponsors Congressional Candidates Forum
A First District Congressional candidates forum on
"Sustainability in Maine" was held on September
28 at the Glickman Library at USM. Charlie
Republican nominee, and Chellie Pingree, the Democratic
candidate, participated in the nonpartisan event.
Click here for the Press Herald's article on the event.
ETMD designing two more ET Sections
ETMD awarded a design contract to HNTB for the 6.2-mile
section of proposed greenway connecting Rt. 35 in West
Kennebunk with Rt. 111 in Biddeford near Southern Maine
Medical Center. Construction should begin in 2009 with an
opening late in 2010.
ETMD is seeking bids to design the off-road ET from Rt. 111
in Biddeford to Cascade Road in Old Orchard Beach. The design is
funded, however only Saco's successful 2007 $500,000 Eastern Trail
construction bond is available to construct a $1.7 million
section between Thornton Academy and the Cascade
NH East Coast Greenway
NH East Coast Greenway members and supporters celebrated
the opening the newly signed route across New
Hampshire. ECGA Treasurer Dave Read, who is producing the "Boston to Border"
trail guide, and many NH
dignitaries attended. Mogens Ravn defined an
ETA ride for the Portsmouth event. Connecting
Casco Bay with Boston is now more than a dream.
ETA's Biggest Challenge
Non-profits follow a natural life cycle from all-volunteer
to staff-managed. For nearly ten years, ETA has been able to
amazingly talented, dedicated part time staff. Carole Brush,
does an unbelievable job. ETA needs her full time; the
that it, like most other non-profits, grow to be able to
hire full time staff to manage the organization. Member
fundraising events like Maine Lighthouse Ride determine the
future of ETA.
How can you help? Join ETA. Join at a higher level. Invite
other ET supporters to join ETA. It's easy. Visit
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