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For Immediate Release

Date: 04/12/11

Governor Signs Bill Naming Hiking Trail for Fallen Marine from Aroostook County

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage today signed into law a measure to name a public hiking trail in honor of a Presque Isle native who was killed in Iraq in 2006.

The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Alexander Willette (R-Mapleton), directs the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands, to designate a summit trail on Haystack Mountain in Castle Hill the Dustin J. Libby Trail. The House and Senate passed the bill late last month.

"I'm grateful to the Legislature for passing the bill in overwhelming fashion and to the governor for signing it so quickly," said Rep. Willette. "It is difficult when we lose one of our own, but now Corporal Libby will live on in the hearts of those hikers going to the top of Haystack Mountain."

Corporal Libby, of Castle Hill, was 22 when he fell in action while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned as a squad leader to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Corporal Libby, born in Presque Isle, was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq at the time of his death. He had previously served in the country in 2004. Between his two Iraq tours, Corporal Libby was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Rep. Willette's bill, LD 92, was cosponsored by seven other Republican legislators from Aroostook County. They are: Sen. Roger Sherman, of Houlton; Rep. Bernard Ayotte, of Caswell; Rep. Tyler Clark, of Easton; Rep. Peter Edgecomb, of Caribou; Rep. Joyce Fitzpatrick, of Houlton; Rep. Ricky Long, of Sherman; and Rep. Michael Willette, of Presque Isle.

Haystack Mountain, a Castle Hill landmark, is about 10 miles west of Presque Isle. The elevation is 1,142 feet. Hikers reach the summit after a moderate climb of about one-third of a mile. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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