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2019 ETA Annual Meeting is May 8

ETA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Vinegar Hill Music Theatre
53 Old Post Road, Arundel, Maine

“Closing the Gap and Blazing South”

Please RSVP by April 29

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Get Fit, Win Prizes and Raise Money for The Eastern Trail!

GoZone Fitness is sponsoring the Eastern Trail Alliance during the month of April. GoZone is gifting a 21 day membership to those joining in a fundraising campaign aimed at raising $4500 for the ETA's Blaze the Trail Project!

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2nd Annual "Taste of the Town" Gala a Huge Success

On April 6th, friends and supporters of the Eastern Trail gathered at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough for the 2nd Annual Taste of the Town Gala.

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East Coast Greenway: Hike or bike your way from Maine to Florida

[Ed. Note: The Eastern Trail is specifically mentioned in this article that appeared in USA Today on March 22]

East Coast Greenway will connect trails from Maine to Florida
The 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway connects biking and walking paths and will eventually create a park from the Canadian border to Key West, Florida.

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Eastern Trail Selected As 2019 Beneficiary of Maine Marathon Races

Each year, the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon/Half Marathon/Relay organizers select local charities to be the beneficiary of the race proceeds.

This year, the Eastern Trail Alliance has been chosen as one of the five selected local charities.  Several local newspapers have picked this story up (more information below).

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Arundel Conservation Trust linking to Eastern Trail (2 news articles)

January 16, 2019 - FROM JOURNAL TRIBUNE STAFF REPORTS

ARUNDEL - The Arundel Conservation Trust and the Eastern Trail Management District have signed an agreement that will connect the Eastern Trail to the planned trails on Arundel Conservation Trust’s Limerick Road property.

The connection is possible through the generous donation by Phil Labbe of an easement through his land that lies between the Eastern Trail and the Arundel Conservation Trust land.

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New Partnership Addresses Next Generation of Eastern Trail Users

The Eastern Trail Alliance, Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford and Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine’s South Portland Club have joined forces to introduce pre-teens and teens to the wonders of the Eastern Trail by teaching the mechanics of bike repair and providing bikes on which to ride the trail.

It all began last summer when ETA Ambassador Ed Hoell expressed interest in starting a biking program for members of the Boys & Girls Club. A subsequent conversation with then ETA executive director Carole Brush led Ed, who was a recent transplant to Maine, to Community Bicycle Center (CBC) in order to learn about current curricula dealing with bike safety and maintenance. When then CBC executive director Bronwyn Barnett and Ed began discussing the idea and brought Boys & Girls Club staff into the conversation, it quickly became clear that a formal partnership between the three organizations was a natural fit. CBC was looking to expand their outreach to youth beyond Biddeford; South Portland Boys & Girls Club was always eager to advance their core programming that promotes health and well being; and ETA was happy to promote the many joys of the Trail to a new generation. The fact that the Trail is a mere 50 feet from the Club’s back door only added to the possibilities of thepartnership. Introducing members to the extensive trail system in South Portland will be the
beginning of trail activities that last a lifetime.

Before you knew it, a program was designed, initial funding was identified, and the first class was launched in the summer of 2018. Kids from the Club came to CBC once a week for eight weeks, were given a donated used but serviceable bike on which to work, and with older CBC teens serving as mentors and under the guidance of CBC program director Cliff Oliver, they learned everything from how to fix a flat, adjust brakes, and clean and lube a chain. Rides from CBC to a local beach gave them a true sense of how liberating a bike can be in their lives. At the culmination of the eight weeks they not only took ownership of the bike but also gained a real sense of accomplishment and an increase in self esteem.

Building on this initial success, a second class was convened over the fall months and a third is underway this spring. Several challenges remain as the program grows, not the least of which is funding. The program was launched with the financial support of friends and family members and a generous grant from Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative, along with significant in-kind support from Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine and Community Bike Centers. The program could benefit not only from further financial support but also from additional volunteers - people with a desire to work with kids (bike mechanic skills are a plus but not a requirement) - and donations of serviceable bikes and equipment.

To learn more about the partnership and how you can help broaden a young person’s world contact Ed Hoell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The best biking trail in every state

[Eds. Note: The Eastern Trail was selected in this article as the best biking trail in Maine (but of course!)]
If a two-wheeled jaunt through scenic landscapes is your idea of a great time, you probably can't get enough of a good bike trail. They can be a great way to see the sights and get a good workout in.

If you're looking for a new trail to explore, we've got you covered with the best bike trail in each of the 50 states, based on length of the trails, options for beginners and experts, and acclaim from bikers.

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2018 ETA Annual Appeal is live!

ETA members will soon receive our 2018 Annual Appeal in the mail. Our focus this year is on the “Blazing the Trail South” project. Each Annual Appeal donation will be placed toward the $30,000 we need in order to complete the survey for Kennebunk thru Wells to the North Berwick border.

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People on the Trail

 

We continue with our new feature on this site, which we call "People on the Trail."  Our great photographer and trail use photo-journalist, Jim Bucar, has been taking photos for years showing how so many people use and enjoy the trail. 

We are adding new shots to this collection on a regular basis. Keep checking back for new additions!!

Go here to see our "People on the Eastern Trail" images

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