Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 1:44 pm

By Kate Irish Collins

John Andrews at bridge dedictation with his granddaughter, Iulia, 6. (Staff photo by Kate Irish Collins) John Andrews is a handy guy to have around, whether you’re planning new walking trails or trying to cut the ribbon for a section of trail already completed.

To honor Andrews for his vision, leadership and perseverance, on Wednesday morning, May 16, the Eastern Trail Alliance dedicated the new pedestrian bridge over Route 1 in Saco to Andrews.

“Simply put, there would be no Eastern Trail without John Andrews,” said Bob Hamblen, current president of the trails group and Saco’s planner.

The dedication, which was held at the trailhead behind Thornton Academy Middle School, was a surprise to Andrews, who for the past 15 years has pushed, prodded, begged and borrowed to get the off-road sections of the Eastern Trail built in the tri-town area.

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