Sanders holding state of the union contest
BURLINGTON (AP) -- Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is hosting his third State of the Union essay contest for the state’s high school students.
Sanders says the contest is meant to engage students on the major issues facing the country.
He says he hopes the contest will provide an opportunity for students to explore current issues in depth, and will help develop their critical thinking about some of the problems facing the nation.
A panel of Vermont high school teachers will judge the essays.
The deadline for submitting entries is Jan. 8.
N.H. firearms deer hunting season ends
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The season for hunting deer in New Hampshire with a firearm has come to a close, but archery season remains open for one more week.
The firearms season ended Sunday at sundown.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say it’s been the best deer hunt in five years. Checkpoints on Nov. 25 reported 3 percent more deer killed than in 2011 as of late November.
Archery hunting for deer and turkey runs through Dec. 15.
Pheasant season continues through the end of December.
Fish and Game officials released 13,000 pheasants into the wild throughout the state prior to the start of the hunt.
LL Bean amused by ‘Your LL Bean Boyfriend’
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- L.L. Bean is amused by a Maine woman’s social media dubbed "Your LL Bean Boyfriend."
The "Your LL Bean Boyfriend" Tumblr site includes screen shots of Bean’s handsome male models along with Maine-centric captions concocted by Liz Pride of Cape Elizabeth.
It’s gone viral, with thousands sharing it via Twitter and Facebook.
Since she’s from Maine, she says the outdoorsy, rugged men in flannel represent her ideal catch.
Bean spokeswoman Carolyn Beem says the "Boyfriend" site has not gone unnoticed at headquarters in Freeport. She told the Portland Press Herald that it’s a "load of fun."
Invasive moths spread in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- An invasive moth that can damage hardwood and fruit trees has been spreading in Maine.
State officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for winter moths, which have spread into Maine from southern New England, where they have caused widespread damage.
The moth was first detected along the Maine coast in 2006 and has been spotted in the past year in Harpswell and Vinalhaven.
State officials have reported 13 sightings of moths in Cape Elizabeth, as well as scattered reports from Scarborough, South Portland, Portland, Falmouth, Woolwich, Westport Island and Brunswick.
Residents are being asked to keep an eye out for the moths, which are likely to be flying in swarms this time of year, and capture some specimens if they can.
Erosion threatens historic Vineyard lighthouse
AQUINNAH, Mass. (AP) -- Advocates for a historic lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard are calling for urgent action by the federal government to protect the structure from plunging nearly 130 feet into the ocean below because of relentless cliff erosion.
The 51-foot Gay Head Light tower is about 50 feet from the edge of the cliffs. A contractor says at least a 40-foot perimeter is needed to safely remove it for relocation. The cliffs are losing about 1 to 2 feet a year to erosion.
The 1856 tower is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum leases the lighthouse from the Coast Guard and is asking the federal government to transfer ownership of the structure to a public entity so the relocation project can proceed.