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Thought you would like to know what Maine is up to.  I'm sure they would
welcome any Vermont participants in their activities.

George
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From: BCM <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 11:23 PM
Subject: Rail Trail Projects etc.


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>Advocating bicycling safety, education, and access in Maine, the Bicycle
>Coalition of Maine is working to make Maine accessible and safe for all
>residents and visitors so they may comfortably and responsibly bicycle.
>The BCM also promotes bicycling for transportation, health, recreation,
>and fun to enhance our communities, environment, and economy.
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>
>Just In case the suspense from the last message still has you gripped....
>Chris Bales of Saco won the BOB Coz Trailer (why that was incomplete is
>beyond me!)
>
>One last quick reminder about the BCM PLANNING RETREAT this Saturday in
>Hallowell.  Join BCM Board Members, Advisory Board Members, and other BCM
>Members as we prioritize and plot our goals and actions for 2000.  We are
>meeting on October 23rd from 9-1 at the Maple Hill Farm B&B in Hallowell.
> Afterwards, there will be a bikeride. Contact Jeff at 288-3028 or
>[log in to unmask] by Friday morning to get directions and preparatory
>materials or feel free to just show up if you know where it is.
>
>This week we are doing more training workshops for the Regional
>Transportation Advisory Bike Subcommittees (Cumberland & York counties
>was done Monday night, Hancock and Washington counties happened Wednesday
>and Thursday we are doing Aroostook County).  We still need several
>bicyclists for Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, & Kennebec Counties to
>help identify, prioritize, and recommend which roads most need paved
>shoulders.  If you can help serve on these regional committees from now
>till early next summer, please contact John Balicki at MDOT at
>[log in to unmask]
>
>Progress on a couple big rail trail projects is being made and some
>important meetings are coming up.  Next week there will be a critical
>meeting to break the stalemate on the KENNEBEC RIVER RAIL TRAIL - lots of
>bicyclist support is essential.  If you would like to help support this
>important rail with trail project from Gardiner to Augusta, please
>contact Mark Ishkanian for details on the October 26th meeting (7pm,
>Hallowell City Hall).  Mark can be reached at [log in to unmask]
>
>The MDOT and its consultants (Wilbur Smith & Assoc., DeWan & Assoc. &
>Woodlot Alternatives) are currently conducting a mile-by-mile engineering
>evaluation of the proposed EASTERN TRAIL. THEY WANT YOUR INPUT.  After a
>short presentation of their current thinking about the ET on November
>4th, they would like to know what you think. The meeting will be
>Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 PM in Room 300 of the Kennebunk Town Hall, One
>Summer St. (jct of Rt. 1 and Rt.35).  Contact John Andrews at
>[log in to unmask] for more info.
>
>On November 16th, there will be a public presentation on the study just
>completed on the proposed DOWNEAST TRAIL from Brewer to Calais.  This
>will be in the Ellsworth City Hall at 7pm on the 16th.
>
>This weekend I'm starting to compile info for the Fall issue of MAINE
>CYCLIST.  If you have any stories, articles of interest, photos, drawings
>etc to share, please contact me in the BCM office at 288-3028 or
>[log in to unmask]
>
>Finally there is a really fun BIKE RACE happening in two weeks in
>Freeport - the 2nd Annual Great Osprey Race with classes for all age
>groups!  Info is below.
>
>See yaz!
>
>Jeff
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>Saturday, October 23, 9-1 BCM Planning Retreat!  Maple Hill Farm B&B in
>Hallowell.  Contact Jeff by Friday Morning to get more info and
>directions. 288-3028 or [log in to unmask]
>
>Tuesday, October 26, 7 pm Kennebec River Rail Trail Annual Meeting,
>Hallowell City Hall Auditorium.  Contact [log in to unmask]
>
>Thursday, November 4, 7 pm  Kennebunk Town Hall: MDOT's First Meeting
>seeking public comment on the Eastern Trail (S.Portland -> Berwick ->
>Kittery)
>contact John Andrews at [log in to unmask]
>
>Saturday, November 6, 10 am 2nd Annual Great Osprey Bike Race starting
>from Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport.  Mixed course of tar & gravel with
>4.6 or 13.9 mile courses to choose from. $15 entry fee for adults, $10
>fro ages under 17, includes world famous Great Osprey Bike Race T-shirt
>for registrations received by Oct. 30th.  Contact Freeport Community
>Education at 865-6171 for info.
>
>
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>Please pass along BCM e-mail updates to help spread the word.  Also
>encourage other bicyclists you know to join the BCM if they haven't done
>so already.  If you have comments or submissions for the BCM e-mail
>updates or wish to stop receiving them, please contact us at
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>
>Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director
>Bicycle Coalition of Maine
>P.O. Box 5275
>Augusta, ME 04332
>(207) 288-3028
>[log in to unmask]
>http://www.BikeMaine.org/
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