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Winter on the Eastern Trail
Eastern Trail Alliance E-News January 2019

2019 promises to be yet another exciting year for the Eastern Trail Alliance and the Eastern Trail Management District


With the momentum we are experiencing, we began to look at the Eastern Trail (ETA) and the Eastern Trail Management District (ETMD) to see how we could work in tandem for outreach, grants, donors, and events


The result?     

 Introducing Eastern Trail’s “Dream Team”

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Carole Brush will remain the ETMD’s Executive Director, and will also remain with the ETA as the newly created position, “Trail Development Director.”


Nancy Borg has been promoted to ETA’s Executive Director


Jen Steele – Skillings will remain ETA’s Event Coordinator


Larry Glantz will remain as the Web Coordinator.


And we welcome, Jennie Landrigan as our new Office Manager!


Please take a few minutes to get to know us better by visiting

So, what IS the difference between the ETA and the ETMD anyway?


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The ETA is the “cheerleader” group - started back in 1999 when John Andrews and a few others got together and said, “We need more walking and cycling trails in southern Maine.” They found the perfect linear park, the old Eastern Railroad bed, stretching from South Portland to Kittery and started a small, but mighty group of advocates.


As they went town-to-town gathering momentum and seeking funding, they quickly realized they would have greater success with the municipalities backing them – thus the Eastern Trail Management District was formed the following year.


Today, the ETA is still the “cheerleader” group, made up of over 500 individual and corporate members. They host a multitude of events, spread the word and drum up the energy and funds to keep the trail growing mile by mile. The ETA Board is made up of individuals of varied backgrounds – all enthusiastic trail supporters.


The ETMD is still the entity that is responsible for securing funding, constructing and maintaining the trail. Their Board is made up of three representatives from the ETA plus a member from each of the participating municipalities along the trail. Together, the ETA & ETMD work hand in hand to continue to add funding and miles to this wonderful resource.

Trail Updates


The “Close the Gap” project is underway and looking to break ground in the fall of 2019.
Like many projects, what happens behind the scenes is what makes them cost effective and well planned. The Town of Scarborough is managing the final design stage now and while it is moving along well, can take 12 months or more to complete. So while there's great progress, unfortunately nothing visible.
Scarborough anticipates advertising for construction in 2019 barring any regulatory holdups.
We thank the over 500 individuals plus corporations, foundations and our governmental support for making this project even possible.

The “Blazing the Trail South” project is already gaining strength! At the end of 2018, we secured funding to move forward with the surveys from Kennebunk through Wells and seek funding for the preliminary design of this section. The energy created from these projects will "pave the way" for increased interest to move forward with the remaining sections of off-road sections in the Berwicks, Saco and Biddeford and continue to seek an off road route from the Berwicks south to Kittery.

Our 2019 Annual Appeal brought in $15K for the Blazing the Trail South Project!


In addition to our Annual Appeal donations, we have also received these wonderful donations for the Blazing the Trail South Project:


$30,000 from Greg and Kelly Caiazzo

$20,000 from the Craig Family Charitable Trust

$10,000 from the Davis Conservation Foundation

$10,000 from the Horizon Foundation

$5,000 from the Narragansett Number One Foundation

$3,000 from the Maine Community Foundation/Fund for Land Conservation

$2,000 from the Maine Community Foundation/Belayer Fund

Office Facelift


We would like to thank our wonderful team who spent a Saturday putting new carpeting down in our office – Thank you – Charles Borg, Bob Hamblen, Carole Brush and Nancy Borg.

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Save the Date!



Saturday, April 6, 20192nd Annual Taste of the Town Gala

Camp Ketcha – Scarborough

Saturday, May 18, 20193rd Annual John R Andrews 5K Run/Walk

O’Reilly’s Restaurant - Scarborough

Saturday, September 7, 2019 – 16th Annual Maine Lighthouse Ride

Southern Maine Community College – South Portland

Date to be determined – 2nd Annual MEND 10K

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Full Moon Walks have been suspended until the Spring


Please follow us on Facebook for any impromptu walks this winter!
But in the meantime….enjoy this month’s Full Moon, lunar eclipse.

Carol Brush 

Carole Brush, we thank and salute you for the 10 years as our Executive Director! Your endless energy, knowledge and dedication to the Eastern Trail have resulted in many miles added to the trail and many project underway!
Carole oversaw both the 6.2 mile Kennebunk/Arundel/Biddeford project, and the 4.37 mile OOB-Saco project. As a key player in the 1.6 mile So Portland-Scarborough “Close the Gap” campaign, she is now working tirelessly on the Kennebunk-Wells 11+ mile extension.
Carole will continue her role as Executive Director of the Eastern Trail Management District (ETMD). In her role as "Trail Development Director" she will be focused on ET funding and expansion on campaigns such as "Blazing the Trail South" from Kennebunk through the Berwicks, and "Over the River" to connect the off-road trail sections in Biddeford and Saco.
Carole is a Registered Maine Guide who shares her passion for wild, natural places through hikes and retreats, teaches Yoga, Pilates, and mindfulness, and enjoys sunset and moonrise with fellow trail-goers during monthly full moon walks at Scarborough Marsh ET.
Carole, Thank you!

Thanks to Douglas Curtis for this lovely picture of the bridge on the Scarborough Marsh
Close the Gap Campaign
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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. Lots of information about events and opportunities to enjoy, promote and help build the trail.

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