Mary’s Walk to top $300,000 – Section of Eastern Trail will be dedicated

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Kayla J. Collins

SACO – A 2-mile section of the Eastern Trail that runs from Clark Street behind Thornton Academy to the trail kiosk on Route 1 by Hannaford is being dedicated by the city of Saco to Mary Kerry Libby, for which the annual Mary’s Walk is named.

“We’re dedicating a piece of the trail and naming it ‘Mary’s Walk’ so that Mary Libby will always be in the thoughts and prayers of the people who use the trail 365 days a year, rather than just on one day,” said Saco’s Mayor Don Pilon, referring to the annual Mary’s Walk and Kerrymen Pub 5K, which was held March 16.

Pilon announced the trail dedication at the event, which raises money for the Maine Cancer Foundation. It was organized in 1999 in memory of Mary Kerry Libby, a well-known Saco resident who died of cancer in 1997.

“The Libby and Kerry families have made such a success of this event and have made such a significant contribution to the Maine Cancer Foundation that we wanted to continue the memory of Mary Libby throughout the year,” Pilon said.

According to Pilon, area residents use that particular portion of the Eastern Trail for recreational purposes year-round. He figures by naming that section of the trail in honor of Mary Kerry Libby, people will be reminded of her whenever they walk, bike or run the trail.  

In May, though a specific day has not been set, the city will dedicate the portion of trail to Mary Kerry Libby and install a plaque at each of the trail heads in her honor, according to Pilon. 

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