December 14, 2012


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Scott Nash and Nancy Gibson Nash, owners of Nash Box Co., decorate the clock stand in Monument Square on Thursday with equestrian artwork donated by Kathleen Beecher of Peaks Island. The artwork, which changes every few weeks, is meant to call attention to a fundraising effort led by Portland Rotary and the Maine College of Art to replace the clock.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

The Republicans appointed their members earlier this week.

State flag to fly at half-staff to honor Russell Libby

Gov. Paul LePage has ordered that the state flag be flown at half-staff Saturday in remembrance of Russell Libby, the tireless advocate of organic farming.

Libby, 56, died Sunday from cancer. He was executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years. The governor's order directs flags to be flown at half-staff in Libby's hometown of Mount Vernon from sunrise to sunset Saturday.

"Russell Libby has been Maine's small farm and organic farming champion," LePage said in a statement. "His vision has influenced virtually every aspect of our agricultural industry from farm to table. All of us who enjoy Maine's bountiful harvests will remember his contributions and leadership."

Libby was also an official with the Maine Department of Agriculture. His advocacy for organic farming was considered crucial to Congress changing the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 to make it easier for organic farmer to comply with food regulations.

Federal money to help fund drunken-driving crackdown

Maine law enforcement agencies are sharing more than $440,000 in federal funds to keep drunk drivers off the road this holiday season.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety distributed the money this month and launched a program that's being called "DriveSober, Maine!"

The program provides money to 52 Maine law enforcement agencies to pay overtime for patrols at times and locations where drunken driving is most common.

The effort began Dec. 1 and runs through Labor Day, and a special holiday enforcement crackdown begins Friday and runs through New Year's Day.


New terminal operating at Auburn-Lewiston airport

A new terminal is operating at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. The building opened to the public earlier this year, but work on it was only recently completed.

The terminal includes an upgraded passenger lounge, a conference room, a business meeting area, a pilot lounge, a planning area, a renovated restaurant, a new gate and office space for airport administration. The airport averages about 175 takeoffs and landings per day.

The new terminal is 7,000 square feet, about double the size of the previous terminal, built in 1958.

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