Bradbury Mountain State Park family, pet friendly

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: How much does it cost to spend the day at Bradbury Mountain? Can you camp there? What about bringing your dog? — Katy, Greene

ANSWER: This park in Pownal is open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset and is a family favorite for hiking, biking and camping. A day pass for an adult Maine resident is $3, a nonresident pass is $4.50 and a senior nonresident pass is $1.50. Maine residents 65 and older can use the park for free. A pass for children 5 to 11 years old is $1 and children under 5 are free. You can find more fee information at maine.gov/dacf/parks/…/park_day_use_fees.shtml.

To camp overnight, the charge per night is $10 for residents and $18 for nonresidents. All camping fees are subject to Maine’s 8 percent Lodging Tax. For more information and for reservations, go to campwithme.com/.

Dogs are allowed in the park, campgrounds and on trails, provided they’re on a leash, restrained and cleaned up after. Even horses are allowed on designated trails as long as you clean up after them!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Progress Center is seeking fabric and other sewing supplies for the community support program sewing group. Individuals who attend The Progress Center use the fabrics to make comfort items like caps and seat belt cushions for the Cancer Resource Center in Norway. Clean, smoke-free items can be brought to 35 Cottage St. in Norway, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Thank you for your support! — Miranda, Norway

ANSWER: If you have any questions about The Progress Center, go its website at progresscentermaine.org or call Miranda at 743-8049 ext. 266.

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: There’s a flagpole with a tattered American flag on the south side of the Vietnam Veterans Bridge as you cross from Auburn into Lewiston. I think the condition of the flag is a disgrace and should be replaced. If it can’t be replaced, at least this flag should be removed. — No name, Auburn

ANSWER: I suggest you call the city clerk’s offices in Lewiston at 513-3124 and Auburn at 333-6600. These people are extremely helpful and perhaps can tell you who is responsible for the care of the flags.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: It’s so helpful when you print song lyrics. I love it! My mother used to sing a song all the time that started out with the words, “Kiss me once then kiss me twice.” Can you help me with the rest of the lyrics? — No name, no town

ANSWER: Now that brings me back! “It’s Been a Long, Long Time,” written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, is a favorite of mine, too. I have sung it to all my children and grandchildren dozens of times. This was a No. 1 song on the Billboard charts in 1945 and Harry James, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Perry Como, Tom Jones and even Elvis Presley are some of the artists who have recorded it. It goes like this:

“Kiss me once and kiss me twice/Then kiss me once again/It’s been a long, long time./Haven’t felt like this, my dear/Since can’t remember when/It’s been a long, long time./You’ll never know how many dreams I’ve dreamed about you/Or just how empty they all seemed without you/So kiss me once, then kiss me twice/Then kiss me once again./It’s been a long, long time.”

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