Info on Pine Tree Warriors sought

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have been a Lewiston resident for 31 years and hear people talk about being in the Pine Tree Warriors. I was wondering if you would have any information about the organization and know of anyone to contact to learn more. Thank you for your work. — Amy, amymmas@aol.com

ANSWER: There are several mentions of the Warriors online, which offer a few facts, including the following:

The Pine Tree Warriors, formed in 1959, was a senior marching and maneuvering corps based in Lewiston. An independent corps, they competed in the International Drum and Bugle Corps Association, and the New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine A.A. Circuits.

The corps’ colors were Kelly green, gold, and white. They were known as Maine’s Marching Ambassadors.

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Awards included the Maine VFW Championship in 1962 and 1963, and the American Legion State of Maine Championship in 1962.

Sites disagree about when the corps disbanded, some say it was still active at least through 1987, others that it ended in 1980.

Bert Dutil, who is listed as the director, addressed the Androscoggin Historical Society in 2008 on the Warriors. You can see listen to a video of that at http://tinyurl.com/7tlght5. Sun Spots previewed a few minutes of it, and there was sound, albeit a bit muffled, but no video.

Bert is still active in Lewiston veteran and community activities. Sun Spots imagines that as soon as he reads this he will be firing up his computer to share more details.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Has the Sun Journal discontinued the “Looking Back” column? It hasn’t been in for a week. Thanks. — Martha Burnell, burnell@accuweather.com

ANSWER: Looking Back is going strong. Sun Spots checked the paper for the day you wrote your email, and it was there.

The fact that your letter was emailed led Sun Spots to check online, and you are right. None of the columns since Feb. 10 went to the website. Turns out computers cannot be blamed this time. A human failed to set the date properly. Sun Spots has remedied that, and you can now catch up with all those columns.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m a volunteer with Rebuilding Together Lewiston-Auburn and am wondering if you could help us with finding homes to renovate this year.

RTLA is a nonprofit organization supported entirely by contributions of time, labor, material and money. We are dedicated to repairing homes of those who, due to financial hardship, age and/or disability, cannot do the work themselves. Skilled and unskilled volunteers alongside able-bodied members of the recipient’s family and friends complete the repairs at no cost to the homeowner.

The work is conducted on one weekend a year. This year that weekend is May 5.

Applications can be found at Keller Williams Realty, 195 Center St., Auburn. Please see Rachel at the front desk or call her at 783-7300.

RTLA will be accepting house applications until March 15. Volunteers are needed. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rachel. — Todd, RTLA volunteer

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for your extremely helpful column. Now I am hopeful that you will be able to help me.

The Livermore Falls High School Class of 1957 is holding its 55th class reunion on Aug. 18 and has been unable to locate addresses for Richard P. Binette and Carolyn Keith Brewer.

I am hopeful that some of your readers might possibly have some information. — Betty G. Adams, 645-2694, bettyjbobm@yahoo.com

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Edward Little High School Class of 1947 is having its 65th class reunion on July 28 at the Ramada in Lewiston. If you know the whereabouts of the following people, please contact me or Gerry Brushwein at 784-5039: Georgia Champagne, David Littlefield, Charles H. Small Jr., Raymond T. Savage, Yvette Pelletier Byrus, Phyllis Maxwell Alexander, Cleo Nichols George, Ralph Newman Jr., Merle Dutton and Arlene Charron Vachon. Thank you in advance for your help! — Roger Goodwin, 783-1723

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