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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.


Cyclist Stages Comeback at 2013 MLR

[Note: This article appeared in the Late Fall 2013 Newsletter. The full newsletter can be viewed in this pdf document]

No doubt most athletic fundraisers have their hidden stories of triumph over adversity, of difficult goals quietly reached. Certainly, those of us who plan and run the Maine Lighthouse Ride have heard or overheard a few of these stories over the years. We are grateful to be able to share one such story with you. Patrick Joyce, who rode the century in the 2013 MLR, found himself facing surgery that might have discouraged others from riding again. Patrick had another plan. Here, in his words, is his story:

"I had ridden in the MLR in 2012 and 2011, but my story is a about how the 2013 ride became so important to me."


Event Organizers Having a Field Day on the ET

By Scott Marcoux

[Note: This article appeared in the Late Fall 2013 Newsletter. The full newsletter can be viewed in this pdf document]

The Eastern Trail began with a simple idea: to create a green transportation route for non-motorized travel through southern Maine. But for the growing number of activity groups and organizations now using the trail for a variety of events, the trail’s off-road sections are now, in themselves, also a regular destination.

Once again in 2013, the number of fundraising events hosted on at least part of the ET grew, totaling 15 this year. Returning events from last year included Southern Maine Medical’s BeHealthy 5K, the Rev3 Triathlon in Old Orchard Beach, and the Snowy Egret 5K Run/Walk. Events new to the trail in 2013 included The Maine Walk, Run or Roll Against Bullying, the Connor Chretien Memorial Scholarship Walk ‘n Roll, and the Walk to Cure Diabetes.


Another link in Eastern Trail identified

The Scarborough Leader, by Michael Kelley Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH — A scenic route connecting the Piscataqua River and Casco Bay is one step closer to being completed.

Last week Scarborough Town Planner Dan Bacon and representatives from the Eastern Trail Alliance unveiled a preliminary plan to extend the Eastern Trail in Scarborough to the Wainwright Recreation Complex, the beginning of South Portland’s Greenbelt Walkway.

The Greenbelt Walkway is a 5.7-mile trail that runs from the Scarborough/South Portland town line to Portland Breakwater Lighthouse in Bug Light Park. The Eastern Trail starts near Route 103 in Kittery and ends at the Nonesuch River in Scarborough.


Plans for new Maine Turnpike exit, Eastern Trail link, still lack funding

The Forecaster, Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

SCARBOROUGH — Steps to improve highway transportation and off-road recreation were taken last week by town officials, but the end results could be years away.

On Nov. 6, councilors unanimously endorsed a preliminary report justifying a new Maine Turnpike exit near mile 40, at the Saco-Scarborough boundary.

Two days before that, Town Planner Dan Bacon hosted a public meeting outlining a proposed connection for the Eastern Trail, from the east bank of the Nonesuch River to the South Portland Greenbelt at the Wainwright Athletic Fields.

[Note: Details about the discussion of the turnpike study are not shown here - read the full online story for these details.]

Eastern Trail

The DOT also funded the $150,000 study on how to complete about a mile of the Eastern Trail, a project that would require at least two bridges and carry a preliminary estimated cost of $3 million to $3.5 million.

"It is incredibly complex ... but a very high priority for the town and the region," Bacon said.


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