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Winter on the Eastern Trail
Eastern Trail Alliance E-News February 2017
February Eastern Trail E-News
Uh oh, the football season is over, NOW what are we going to do??? Turn off that television, whatever device you are attached to, and get out on the Eastern Trail!!!! After last weekend’s snow dump, the sky is the limit for outdoor fun! Post pictures on our Facebook Page!!!!

TWO Snow Moon Walks brought out the heartiest of souls!!!!!

Last Friday, the temperatures were in the single digits, but the moon was full and we had 16 people brave the cold and take in the beautiful evening.

February Full Moon Walk
Won’t you join us next month????
March 12 – 7PM (Daylight Savings Begins!) Choose a location –
Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford, or
Pine Point Road, Scarborough at Eastern Trail crossing – at the Scarborough Marsh!
Please check our activity calendar closer to the date!

What's the SKINNY on Fat Bikes?????

Fat Bikes for the Eastern Trail

ETA Trustee Joe Yuhas shared with us some of his observations:
“While out on the trail during the GMOW Afternoon Walk we saw some interesting tracks left by other trail users. The most obvious non-human tracks were those left by a group of turkeys. There were also signs of a least one cross-country skier, a couple of mountain bikes and one fat bike. It was the first time I’ve seen a fat bike track in the snow, but there was no mistaking it. Fat bikes are essentially mountain bikes fitted with extra wide tires which make them well suited for riding in snow and sand. A day earlier when I was out scouting the trail I saw a bike in the distance coming toward me and as it got closer I recognized it as a fat bike. I learned that the rider, from W. Kennebunk, had been riding the KAB section of the trail over the last few days. He said his round trip was about 16 miles and he was very enthusiastic about his fat bike, saying it was very stable and easy to handle in the snow and a great deal of fun to ride.
Apparently fat bikes are a becoming more common all over our state.”

ETA Trustee Bryan Gallant totally agrees!
“The flat profile of the trail and canopy coverage provided by the trees makes the Eastern Trail ideal for exploring by fat bike. Ideal fat biking conditions are fresh light snow on a hard and smooth surface. While fat biking can be done in almost any conditions, when the snow is wet even on flat terrain it can be an arduous task.”

Community Matters More - Vote for the Eastern Trail!

Community Matters More Voting 2017

Vote Here!

A total of 40 grants will be awarded, including the organizations listed on the ballot and to the top 8 write-in vote recipients (at least one write-in per region). The top two vote-getting organizations in each region, including write-ins, will each receive $5,000. The remaining 24 organizations will each receive $1,000.

Take a look at the amazing organizations listed on this important Community Matters Grant Program. Please click on the link above, and under YORK County, please write in "Eastern Trail Alliance". Hopefully next year we will be included in the listing, but in the meantime……

Voting is limited to Maine Residents only.

Thank you!

Interested in supporting the Eastern Trail, meeting new people, and feeling satisfied after a job well done?

Maybe you have a friend who may be interested. We are looking for a Part time Volunteer Coordinator for the Maine Lighthouse Ride. Psst – you’ll even be paid!

More information here
. Please have them contact us at

Close the Gap Campaign Extended into 2017!!!!

We're getting there - only $600,000 needed to complete the matching fund requirements for this $3.8million project!
Our Executive Director, Carole Brush, walked to the Gap with the Scarborough Leader’s Melanie Sochan to discuss this important project.
Close the Gap Campaign extended into 2017!

Please continue to spread the word. Thank you for your support! With your help, we can Close the Gap!


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ….Albert Einstein
Close the Gap Campaign
Check out the ETA Website, and also our Facebook page for more information on the above stories, upcoming events, trail history, and to learn much more about what is going on to build, promote and enjoy the Eastern Trail!!
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There is no doubt the Eastern Trail is a wonderful resource in all our lives – but we need your support. Becoming a member of the ETA not only supports this vision, but also helps with the construction of future miles, maintenance, safety, and enjoyment for generations to come.
For the price of a good meal, or a family going to a movie, your membership can help us achieve our goal of 65 miles of off road trail.

Please join the Eastern Trail Alliance.

Check out the always-improving look and content of our website. We recently added a mobile site for your smart phone. Lots of information about events and opportunities to enjoy, promote and help build the trail.

Join us on Facebook!
Help us drum up more support of the Eastern Trail by joining our group and sharing our story with your friends!

"We can tie this country together with threads of green that everywhere grant us access to the natural world"
- Presidential Commission 1987

"A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult, than all the medicine and psychology in the world."
- Dr. Paul Dudley White

"Walking is man’s best medicine."
- Hippocrates

“Patience, Persistence & Politeness”
- Craig Della Penna’s secret to successful trail creation

PO Box 250, Saco, ME, 04072