December 2, 2012

Tracks aplenty on the Eastern Trail

The trail is humming with energy and events -- and it's not done growing.

By Deirdre Fleming
Staff Writer

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Chilly weather notwithstanding, a moonlight hike led by the Eastern Trail Alliance attracts several dozen hikers who quietly move on the path behind Kennebunk Elementary School to enjoy the woods, wildlife and night sky.

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Joe Yuhas (no hat), former University of New England science professor, lectures to more than 40 hikers on the moonlight hike.

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Groups that staged events include the Northern York County YMCA, the Saco Bay Rotary Club and SMMC.

And this past spring, a group of interested citizens started a fundraising campaign to provide bicycles for kids for the Saco Parks and Recreation Department. The bridge over Route 1 in Saco made the trail more of a destination for the department, enabling youth to explore it.

"One of our themes last summer was to get people outside more. Having the Eastern Trail in our backyard obviously accomplishes that. So we made it a destination during our summer camp. With bikes, we could stretch that further than before," said Kevin Lombard, the parks and recreation program director.

So far, $3,000 has been donated to purchase 15 bicycles for the department, and Lombard believes another 10 bikes will follow before next summer to give the summer camp the potential for some great rides.

The trail is humming with energy and events on its newly connected sections, but it's not done growing.

"I'm looking down the road. I'm working behind the scenes, plotting and scheming," Andrews said with a smile.

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Silhouetted hikers don’t really feel they’re in the dark while following their leader on a nocturnal walk along the Eastern Trail.

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Jeremy Gray of Saco walks the trail with his children, 5-year-old Kayleigh and 6-year-old Faegan.

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