DEAR SUN SPOTS: Auburn-based Boy Scout Troop 121 will again be picking up Christmas trees in the cities of Lewiston and Auburn. While both of these cities provide locations for free tree disposal, they no longer collect the trees at curbside.
For a minimum donation of $5, the Scouts will pick up Christmas trees on the weekend of Jan. 10 and 11. Trees should be placed curbside the morning of Jan. 10.
To make a pick-up request, send your donation to Troop 121, United Methodist Church, 439 Park Ave., Auburn, ME 04210. The troop, in turn, will send you a tag to place on your tree when you place it curbside.
For more information, call 783-0790. — Don Malpass, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEAR SUN SPOTS: In 1992 BJ’s in Auburn sold a winter carnival decoration. It had an ice rink with skaters, trees, Ferris wheel, carousel and two gazebos. My mom and dad gave me one the last Christmas he was alive.
I dropped something on one of the carousels this week and broke it beyond repair. My grandson has loved watching this every Christmas, and I would love to give it to him with no missing pieces.
The only address I can find is for replacement lights. It is for Winter Wonderland light posts.
I am hoping someone has one sitting around that they don’t use any more. I am willing to buy the whole thing.
Thank you so very much for your help. — email@example.com, 207-539-2929
ANSWER: Sun Spots searched eBay for “Winter Wonderland carousel” and got a result, although she has no idea if it matches yours.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Recently there was a picture in the Sun Journal of the Department 56 Christmas village owned by the LaFontaines in Auburn. I have that same ski village, but it needs repairs. I am wondering if the LaFontaines or any else knows of someone who can fix it. — Nancy Stanley, 207-782-7870
ANSWER: Sun Spots looked up the photos to see if she could tell what they are made of. She’s not sure, but she guesses ceramics for much of it. Ceramics are difficult to repair and Sun Spots has only one potential source for that service in her Rolodex: Patty Doucette at 783-6709.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Some time ago, someone inquired about a clock he had that came from the Maine Central Railroad Union Station on Bates Street in Lewiston. I believe that clock was over the station master’s office in the lobby.
As a young watchmaker (1941-1943) at Wills & Hicks Jewelry Store, 94 Court St. in Auburn, I used to go to Union Station to get the correct time at the station master’s clock, as it was controlled by telegraph for accuracy.
The Sun Journal had notice of the passing of Bill Pellman. He and I were in the Class of 1941 at Lewiston High School.
Also, I would like to let the person who wanted to purchase my house on Jan’s Boulevard in Lewiston that it is now for sale, if he is still interested. I no longer have his name or contact information.
If I can be of any help with information of the past in the Lewiston-Auburn region please give me a call. I was a Boy Scout at the time of the flood in 1936, when the South Bridge was washed out, and during the hurricanes of 1938. I am also a veteran of World War II in Europe.
I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. — Harry W. Dixon Jr., 17 Chandler St., Skowhegan, ME 04976, 207-474-6171
ANSWER: Sun Spots hopes you are able to keep up with the Sun Journal in your new home. She often has history questions. The more responses the merrier!
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Is there anyone in the Turner-Auburn area who sells fresh eggs? — Cindy, firstname.lastname@example.org
ANSWER: There are undoubtedly some. Readers, can you help?
DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to the person looking for the soda Pibb, Chipotle restaurants have it in their fountain soda machines. They have locations in Augusta, Westbrook and South Portland. Hope that helps! — Megan Parks, email@example.com
ANSWER: Thanks so much for writing!
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