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Many articles about the Eastern Trail are organized on this news archives page.  The most recent articles appear immediately below, with the first part of each article displayed. Click on any article title, or the "Read More.." link to read the full text of that article. A list of additional article titles appears at the bottom of the page.



What’s the Economic Impact of the Eastern Trail?

[Note: This article appeared in the Spring 2014 Newsletter. The full newsletter can be viewed in this pdf document]

by John Andrews

Trail Counter Mounted on a TreeMounting a Trail Counter on a TreeWho uses the ET? Where do users come from? What does the average visitor spend on ice cream? Boots? Bicycles? Lodging? Beyond a little casual knowledge— I’ve met cyclists on the ET who came from Vermont, New York and Quebec just to bike the ET— we have no measured data. We intuit that these users must benefit local economies, but we haven’t yet quantified those benefits. How can we measure them? What have others done?

Carl Knoch, Northeast Trails Development Manager for the Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC), wanted to answer these questions for a Pennsylvania trail. He electronically counted users and asked hundreds of Pennsylvania trail users to answer self-mailing questionnaires. With the results, he began to measure the trail’s economic impact, learning how many people


SETA is alive and thriving!

By Joe Yuhas

[Note: This article appeared in the Spring 2014 Newsletter. The full newsletter can be viewed in this pdf document]

The Southern ETA group has gained gratifying strength and numbers since last summer's community displays and presentations. Those activities were designed to spread the word of the Eastern Trail and increase support at the grass roots level. Our awareness program showcased the far reaching benefits of the existing trail, as well as the benefits that will follow as the off road trail is extended to and through Wells, the Berwicks, Eliot and Kittery to connect with NH at the Memorial Bridge.

Since fall, SETA members have been meeting on a regular basis to explore and increase the effectiveness of our awareness program. Many new faces have been added to the group, increasing the pool of talent and imaginative ideas to accomplish our goals.


Joe Yuhas

[Note: This article appeared in the Spring 2014 Newsletter. The full newsletter can be viewed in this pdf document]

By Brenda Edmands

Joe Yuhas(photo by Jim Bucar)The ET provides a space for recreation, transportation and socialization for all users. And sometimes it provides a lift when your life has hit some rough patches.

When Joe Yuhas’ wife Delpha was going through some intense stages of her illness, she and others urged Joe, her primary caregiver, to take a break each day. Her doctor’s office was on Route 1, near Scarborough Marsh. So, as Joe explains, “I would throw my bike in my truck, go to the doctor’s to pick up her prescriptions, then ride the trail for an hour or so,”

The exercise, the beauty of nature and the change always helped him find a path back to at least a small sense of balance. Shortly after his wife's death, the dedication of the KAB section of the ET close to his home only reinforced the positive feelings he had about the trail.


Wells Seeks Funding for Design of Trail

[Note: This article appeared in the Spring 2014 Newsletter. The full newsletter can be viewed in this pdf document]

By Marianne Goodine, Treasurer, ETMD

Ready for the Trail in WellsReady for the Trail in Wells (photo by Jim Bucar)As we spring ahead and look forward to warmer weather, the Town of Wells is working together with the Town of Kennebunk to continue the trail southward through Wells to the North Berwick Town Line. Wells is currently putting the finishing touches on its Fiscal 2015 budget and will present to the Wells voters at the Annual Town Meeting on June 10 a funding article to “Undertake with the Town of Kennebunk preliminary design of the Eastern Trail through Wells and Kennebunk along the Granite State Gas Pipeline Transmission corridor.”


Biddeford bike center moving to larger space


After raising $320,000, the nonprofit is gearing up to keep even more of the city’s youths involved.

By Gillian Graham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Staff Writer

Andrew Burnell works on a bike at the Community Bicycle Center on Hill Street in BiddefordAndrew Burnell works on a bike at the Community Bicycle Center on Hill Street in Biddeford. The program has served more than 1,100 kids since it started eight years ago. Its new location will accommodate more participants and expanded programming. John Patriquin/Staff Photographer BIDDEFORD — Students and volunteers were just starting to trickle into the Community Bicycle Center to work on their bikes after school, but already the workshop felt cramped.

With four bikes on racks and kids and volunteers moving back and forth to pick out tools, there was little room for Andy Greif to thread his way through the room.

“We’ve got so much jammed into this small space,” said Greif, executive director of the nonprofit drop-in workshop for Biddeford area youths. “We’re always in each other’s space.”

That problem is about to be eliminated as the unusual and popular program moves from a donated workshop to a building with four times as much space to work on and store bicycles and six acres adjacent to a large city park – lots of room for kids to ride. This week Greif expects to complete the purchase of the 4,200-square-foot building at 45 Granite St. for $249,900.


Section of Eastern Trail will be dedicated to Mary's Walk

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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Kayla J. Collins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.


Parking sought near trail access point

By Alex Acquisto,Staff Writer - February 28, 2014

ARUNDEL — The board of selectmen, on Monday night, decided to move forward with plans to install five gravel parking spaces at the Eastern Trail access point on Limerick Road.

The zoning ordinance that pertains to Limerick Road prohibits parking at the Eastern Trail access point. Residents will have to vote in a special town meeting to change the road ordinance before construction can begin.

“The construction of the parking spaces isn’t really the issue as much as the changing the ordinance that would legally change the right to park there,” said Town Planner Tad Redway.


Arundel adds parking spots for Eastern Trail

By Jennifer Galipeau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - February 27, 2014

ARUNDEL — The town of Arundel will be adding some parking spaces along the Limerick Road portion of the Eastern Trail.

Public Works Director Roger Taschereau, presented the request to the Board of Selectmen at its Feb. 24 meeting.

Currently, two parking spots are designated for handicap drop-offs and there are no designated parking spaces available along Limerick Road for individuals to gain access to the Eastern Trail. The closest parking available is at the town hall and fire station, almost 1/4 of a mile away from the trail's entry.


Old Orchard Beach will expand local hiking trail system

A Project Canopy grant will allow for trail improvements on two town-owned parcels of land.

By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Staff Writer

[Editor's note: This will be a great addition, with a new trail system and parking right off the Eastern Trail. The Eastern Trail Alliance and the Eastern Trail Maintenance District both submitted letters of support that accompanied the Project Canopy grant request.]

Old Orchard Beach will develop two town-owned areas as community-managed forests with a grant from the state’s community forestry program.

The $8,000 grant from Project Canopy, the state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s community forestry program, will allow the town’s Conservation Commission to expand a trail system and extend access to natural recreation areas.

Milliken Mill Woods, a 51-acre parcel on Portland Avenue, was given to the town 14 years ago by Janice Milliken Andrews to be used for low-impact bicycling and hiking. The second parcel, about 17 acres, is across the street from Milliken Mill Woods.


Moonlight walks on Eastern Trail offered by guides

By DINA MENDROS, Staff Writer.  Journal Tribune, Sunday, February 2, 2014

moonlight1A bridge on the Eastern Trail is shown in this recent photo. Walks along the trail are being offered at night, when participants can go with a guide and maybe see some wildlife.BIDDEFORD — Nature enthusiast John Andrews said he’s been leading moonlight walks along various nature trails for 40 years or more.

“I just go around looking at what’s beautiful, and teach people where to say ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh,’” he said.

More recently, Andrews has been leading walks along the Eastern Trail, a 65-mile section of the East Coast Greenway that connects Kittery to Casco Bay in South Portland.

Andrews, who has led the moonlight walks along the Scarborough section of the trail, said he enjoys “helping people enjoy the Eastern Trail and become aware it’s there.”

Former biology teacher Joe Yuhas is another trail enthusiast who leads moonlight treks on the trail. He meets up with fellow walkers at the parking lot behind Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and travels south for an approximately three-mile round trip.


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