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A Reminder About Leash Laws that Apply on the Eastern Trail in the Scarborough Marsh Area

We want to remind trail users in the Scarborough Marsh areas of the leash laws that apply between April 1 and October 1. The policy is expressed on signs that are posted in that area:

"For the purposes of protecting important wildlife habitat, all dogs must be leashed on this portion of the Eastern Trail and marsh between Pine Point Road and Black Point Road"

"If you have questions about this, please contact the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 358 Shaker Road, Gray, Maine 04039, (207) 657-2345 ext. 110"

LD 193 – A Bond to Fund Backlogged Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

Communities across Maine are increasingly mindful of the enormous benefit of planning more pedestrian and bike spaces like the Eastern Trail, even as deep cuts have been made to federal funding for such projects. This has left the state with a backlog of projects waiting for planning and/or construction funds. A bill being considered by the Maine Legislature, LD 193, would help to clear the backlog, which can only help everyone who values greater pedestrian and bike access, as we hope you do. Our friends at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine have assembled some info about the bill, and reminders about the positive impact these projects have on their communities. Please follow this link to learn how you can let our state leaders know that you support funding these important projects.

Kittery Trading Post’s Round-Up Benefits Eastern Trail Alliance

John Andrews Receiving Kittery Trading Post's Round Up Donation

In January Derek Sturtevant, Chairman of Kittery Trading Post’s Round-Up Committee, called the ETA office to report that his committee had voted to donate $1,000 to ETA. Carole asked Jim Bucar and John Andrews to contact Sturtevant to visit Kittery Trading Post to receive the donation.

They learned that Round-Up is a program that encourages customers to round-up their check-out amount to the next highest dollar amount with funds to be donated to non-profits whose goals are aligned with Kittery Trading Post’s core values. Each quarter, the company rounds up those funds to the next round thousand dollars.

Sturtevant, who is Specialty Sports Divisional Manager, chairs the employee committee that allocates the generated funds. ETA President Bob Hamblen, who is Saco’s City Planner, is proud of the recognition achieved by ETA that resulted in this contribution.

The Maine Lighthouse Ride Gets More National Attention!!

The MLR was included in a recent list of the 12 best upcoming rides of 2015 across the country. The list is put out by Active.com, the national leader in online event registration for races and cycling events.

"This must-do ride...is sold out every year. The 100-mile century route tours nine lighthouses and includes a quick jaunt through Old Orchard Beach and the quaint village of Kennebunkport, the summer home to George Bush."

This is the third year in a row! Active.com also gave the same steller recognition to the MLR both last year as well as in 2013.

ET’s 2014 Economic Impact Study

Breaking news! An economic impact study and survey conducted along portions of the off-road ET during the summer of 2014 has just been published and is now available for reading. Go here for some insight into the economic benefit of the trail to its host communities.

Giveback Tuesday - Consider a Donation to Help the Eastern Trail

OK, Giveback Tuesday has passed, but we ask you to still consider giving back - donating to a good cause. Please consider a donation of money (tax-deductible!) or time (sign up aas a volunteer!) to the Eastern Trail Alliance.  If the trail has become an important part of your life, consider helping to expand and improve the trail. Contact us for more information. Thanks, and have a great holiday season!!

Video: Eastern Trail in Three Minutes

Check out this cool video - Time-lapse video of a ride on Eastern Trail from Cascade Road in Old Orchard Beach, Maine to the Nonesuch River on the Scarborough/South Portland border.. View it on our Videos page

Maine Lighthouse Ride a great success!!

We had a wonderful Maine Lighthouse Ride this past Saturday, September 6. Over 1000 riders came out the enjoy the trail and to help support the Eastern Trail Alliance. Thanks so much to all the riders, the many volunteers, and also to the trail users who shared the trail that day. will be very busy in many areas. Funds raised by the ride will be used to continue our efforts to build and to promote the Eastern Trail in southern Maine.

Pictures of the 2014 ride can be viewed here - all pictures by Jim Bucar, our fantastic and long-standing volunteer photographer!

USGC "Tom's Run" Memorial Relay on the Eastern Trail

Recently we heard news of this year's running of Tom's Run, a 200 mile relay that memorializes the life of Chief Warrant Officer Tom Brooks, a Coast Guardsman who inspired those around him in his fight against ALS.

We're so pleased that this small, heartfelt memorial event was made easier by the use of the Eastern Trail. Many thanks to these members of the Coast Guard for sharing the following words and photos with us:

See full story and pictures here

Deirdre Fleming: Eastern Trail on the road to further expansion

Great article in the Maine Sunday Telegram/Press Herald.  Key Quote: "Andrews and his band of bicyclists have proven relentless. And this summer they’re not slowing as they fan out across this trail that now covers 20.7 miles to conduct an economic-impact study to help build support to expand the trail to Wells, South Berwick, Eliot and Kittery." - click here to read the article

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