July 2008 EASTERN
In this ETA news summary :
++ 2008 Trail Guide Error
See website for correct information S. Berwick to Wells
++ Cue sheets for 13 ET Loop Rides
Now on sale on website.
++ ETA Sponsors Congressional Candidate Forum
++ ETMD Designing two more ET Sections
++ Calendar of events
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 website. Initial ATV and motorbike
trespass problems have been greatly reduced by education and by law
2008 Trail Guide Error
The map on page 7 of the 2008 edition of the trail guide showing the
section from Wells to S. Berwick was not included. Instead the map
on page 5 was used on both pages. The missing map is on www.EasternTrail.Org. ETA has received crack-and-peel maps to update
the guides in inventory and to mail to those who have the new
edition. 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
ET Loop Ride Cue Sheets
Mogens Ravn, master on-road route and cue sheet designer, created
four loop rides that together include the entire Eastern Trail.
Shorter loops based upon the larger loops were also created. There
are no maps except an overall map showing where the 13 loop rides are
located. Order on-line for $5 a set plus $2 S&H
at www.EasternTrail.Org. 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" will be held on Sunday, September 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the
event room on the seventh floor of the Glickman Library on the
University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. Charlie Summers, the
Republican nominee, and Chellie Pingree, the Democratic candidate,
will participate in the nonpartisan event.
Irwin Gratz, host of Maine Public Radio's "Morning Edition," will
moderate. The forum will be broadcast on community television
stations in more than 230 cities and towns throughout Maine during
the month of October. A reception will follow, with light
refreshments served. Shoshana Hoose, BCM Communications Director, is
organizing this 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. Design is
funded. Only Saco's successful 2007 $500,000 Eastern Trail
construction bond is available so far for construction, and that for
the eastern part from Thornton Academy in Saco to Cascade Road, a
Monday, September 8th - regular monthly ETA Meeting, 7 pm at ETA
office in North Dam Mill on Saco River in Biddeford. No August
meeting for summer holiday.
Saturday, September 13, 2008 - Maine Lighthouse Ride Experience the beautiful coast of Maine and see nine (yes, nine)
lighthouses! Choose one of several ride options from 10 to 100 miles.
All rides begin and end at the campus of Southern Maine Community
College in South Portland. Hot showers and a cookout follow the
rides! The Maine Lighthouse Ride benefits the Eastern Trail Alliance.
Don't miss this one! See www.EasternTrail.Org for more details and
to register on-line.
Saturday 20 September NH East Coast Greenway Inaugural -
Join NH ECG members and supporter as they celebrate opening the newly
signed route across New Hampshire. Dave Read, ECGA Treasurer, who is
producing a trail guide "Boston to Border" (NH border), and many NH
dignitaries will be attending. Mogens Ravn is defining an ETA ride
to participate in this Portsmouth event. Connecting Casco Bay with
Boston is more than a dream. More details next month.
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 hire some
amazingly talented, dedicated part time staff. Carole Brush, does an
unbelievable job. ETA needs her full time. ETA's future requires
that it, like most other non-profits, grow to be able to hire full
time staff to manage the organization. Member contributions and
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 www.EasternTrail.Org
and join today. Join NOW.
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