Cemetery Flags, School Buses, Mexican Oregano, Toilet Paper


DEAR SUN SPOTS: The citizens of Lisbon Falls will notice that the veterans’ American flags were removed from the Hillside Cemetery, Sept. 1. American Legion Post 66 does this every year. The flags will be returned for display prior to Memorial Day. Post 66 provides this service to maintain serviceable American flags on the gravesites of our beloved veterans, and out of the deep respect we have for Old Glory. Thank you to all who have helped with this endeavor. — Russ, no town

ANSWER: And thank you, Post 66 for keeping this tradition going!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Where have all the Lewiston school buses been hiding since the Bartlett garage disappeared? — No name, no town

ANSWER: A quick call to Lewiston Public School’s transportation department and voila, here’s your answer: the school buses are housed in a shiny new terminal on Goddard Road. I wish all questions were this easy.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Are Mexican oregano seeds or plantings available locally? — No name, no town

ANSWER: I touched base with several nurseries in the area but did not track down anyone who sells this particular herb, lippia graveolens, also known as desert oregano. A familiar herb in Mexico and Central America, this small shrub with tubular white flowers is also native to the southwestern U.S. Completely separate from Mediterranean oregano, Mexican or desert oregano, is a whole separate species and is a member of the Verbenaceae plant family, while traditional oregano is a member of the mint family.

After many phone calls, I was led to a resource for you by Kennebec Flower Farm in Bowdoinham. I confirmed that you can get hardy plants delivered to you from an Ontario, Canada nursery, Richter’s Herbs. Their contact information is www.richters.com, 1-800-668-4372. They have a beautiful catalog and an email form. They ship throughout the U.S. You’ll want to have a conversation with them about whether this herb is winter-hardy or needs to be brought inside, like you would a rosemary plant. One source says the plant is typically propagated by cuttings rather than seed. That could be why the seed is hard to come by. If anyone knows of a local source, please write in.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Is there any brand of toilet paper that still has perforations for tearing? — No name, Waterford

ANSWER: Well, I have never looked at toilet paper quite so closely as I have since this question arrived in my inbox. All the brands I studied at the store are most surely perforated. Charmin, Scot, Angel Soft, you name it. I have come across some in a restroom that wasn’t perforated, but that’s rare. I did giggle about this because I had to be wearing my glasses to see those teeny-tiny dotted lines!

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