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Spring breaking out on the Eastern Trail
Eastern Trail Alliance E-News June 2018

Can we top all of the exciting events we had in May?

Annual Meeting at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre

Annual Meeting – Vinegar Hill Music Theatre – May 16th

2nd Annual John Andrews 5K image of runners

2nd Annual John Andrews 5K – 110 runners - $17,500 raised!

Snowy Egret 5K – Memorial Day 2018 image

Snowy Egret 5K – Memorial Day 2018 - hosted by Maine Audubon – close to 200 runners!  Partial proceeds support Eastern Trail! 

Eastern Trail Was Featured on Bill Green’s Maine!


Eastern Trail Was Featured on Bill Green’s Maine!

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 Time is running out image 

If you’ve done the 5k’s – try the 10k and help support the Close the Gap campaign.
Our last fundraising event this season for CTG – help us make it a record-breaking one!
Sign up online here, or in person at MEND Health’s offices 605 Route 1, Suite G, Scarborough 207-289-6005
Sunday, July 1, 2018 8: 00 AM
Peterson Sports Complex • 135 Old Blue Point Road Scarborough
$25 until June 30th, $30 on the day of the event….

Events on the Eastern Trail 

So many events, so little space …..
MEND Health Expo and 10K – June 30 (Expo) July 1 (10K)
Loop and Lunch Bike Rides
Full Moon Walks
Festivals in OOB, Wells, North Berwick & Arundel
Eastern Trail Day at Funtown Splashtown USA
Guided Nature Rides by Fun n Sun - go here for more info 
Please visit our Trail Events page here 

Maine Lighthouse Ride
2018 Maine Lighthouse Ride Jersey

15th Annual Maine Lighthouse Ride is almost 65% full!!!!

Don’t miss out on this great annual event, the largest fundraiser for the Eastern Trail!
Rates increase after 7/31/18
Maybe the 2018 Jersey will entice you to register….
Please join us either as a rider or a volunteer….

Eager Volunteer 

We are in need of volunteers for many, many events this summer….
Families, Friends, Youth Groups, HS Reunion Groups, Church Groups, Choirs, etc….
Please contact Jen at for more information

Welcome our summer intern, Elizabeth Victor!
our summer intern, Elizabeth Victor!
Elizabeth is a senior at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Recreation Management and Policy and minoring in Business Administration. “I am interested in all aspects of event planning, and enjoying learning and gaining valuable experience at the Eastern Trail Alliance.”
Believe us, we are enjoying having you on the team as well!!!!


Executive Director Comments re Annual Meeting

Carole Brush, ETA Executive Director

 Our speaker this year, Dave Read, Vice President of Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA and Board member of the East Coast Greenway “wowed” us with his presentation on the “Health and Economic Benefits of Trails”. Dave gave us some amazing stats on how trail systems are proving to be a natural way to fight the alarming rise of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. In addition to the health benefits, these trail systems provide strong economic benefits to the communities - increasing real estate values, tourism, drawing in more and more retirees and families.
Further discussion focused on our successful Close the Gap campaign. This new, collaborative model is the “path” for future trail expansion. In addition to federal, state and municipal support, grants, fundraising, personal and local company donations are the way we will put more trail miles on the ground. Our Blaze the Trail South will follow this approach as we move forward taking the trail from Kennebunk through the Berwicks.

Woodsy tick habitat  
YUP, it’s summer time in Maine and there is no doubt that ticks are creepy….Please remember to remain on the trail to avoid ticks and poison ivy.  It’s all part of Mother Nature and it’s our job to coexist in harmony…

Dog depositing clean up bag in the trash bin 
Speaking of coexisting

The number 1 complaint we are receiving within our Trail Survey is the lack of owner’s responsibility to clean up after their pets….PLEASE remember to bring a bag with you on the trail, and carry it back out with you when you have completed your trail visit. Thank you.

image of beautiful forest trail scene 

“The Earth has its music for those who will listen”
George Santayana

Close the Gap Campaign
(n) Being part of a group
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.

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