DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to find out if my father’s name has been added to the Veterans Memorial wall in Lewiston. I have been unable to check the wall myself for this information and was wondering if there may be a Web site that lists the names on the wall? My father’s name was Alfred Leclair Jr. from Lewiston, and he served in the Army. Thank you. — Tracy Michaud, Auburn
ANSWER: There is no such Web site, but the records are computerized. You need to talk to Paul Bernard at the L & A Veterans Council. He can see if your father’s name has been added, and if so, tell you which stone it is on and all the details of his service.
Paul also said that they are getting ready to unveil their 19th stone on Memorial Day, and that there are still a couple dozen spaces available if any veterans would like to be included. The veterans do not need to live in Lewiston-Auburn or be deceased to be included.
You can call Paul at 225-3285, write to him at 451 Lower St., Turner, ME 04282 or e-mail [email protected]
DEAR SUN SPOTS: The L & A Veterans Council has named me chairman of the Memorial Day Parade for Lewiston and Auburn, which will be held on Saturday, May 29, starting at 9:30 a.m. My committee is asking all units and organization who wish to participate in the parade to please reply to me at 23 Spofford St., Apt. 454, Lewiston, ME 04240 or by phone at 786-2305.
We are looking for veterans and auxiliaries, musical groups, school cadet units, Scouts, patriotic floats, military vehicles and hardware, other vehicles with signs to indentify what group and high school bands, etc. Also, to start the parade, we would like to have legion riders and others, plus fire department trucks from different cities and towns.
Following the parade, the L & A Veterans Council will lead the Memorial Ceremony at Veterans Park. — Bert Dutil, Lewiston
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Can you tell me where we can take prescription drugs to be disposed of? I read an article regarding not to dispose of such in the trash or down the drain but now don’t remember and also is it a law?
Can you also tell me where I can purchase some houseplants such as lady palm, areca palm, golden pothos and rubber plants. I understand they make for cleaner air in the home. — No Name, Lewiston
ANSWER: The state of Maine (being a very advanced place to live) provides a system for residents to mail in their old drugs for proper disposal. To find out where to pick up envelopes, visit www.safemeddisposal.com. Here are the listings for Androscoggin County: The Medicine Shoppe, 373 Sabattus St., Lewiston, 783-3539; Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice , 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston , 777-7740; New Beginnings Emergency Shelter, 491 Main St., Lewiston, 795-4070; DFD Russell Medical Centers, 180 Church Hill Road, Suite 1, Leeds, 524-3501; DFD Russell Medical Centers, 7 South Main St., Turner , 225-2676; CVS Pharmacy, 8 Union St., Auburn, 784-9101; CVS Pharmacy, 10 East Ave., Lewiston, 783-9134; Seniors Plus, 8 Falcon Road., Lewiston, 1-800-427-1241; and Rite Aid Pharmacy, 315 Main Street, Lewiston, 783-2011. For other questions if you don’t have a computer, you can call 1-866-637-9743.
As for the houseplants, they are fairly common and Sun Spots suspects you could buy them at many garden centers. She checked with Blais Flower and Garden Center (539 Webster St., Lewiston), and they have them there.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a patter or directions for making a rose from dried apples. It appeared in your paper many years ago, and some of your readers may still have it. They can e-mail me at [email protected] or write to 14 Corbin Ave., Gorham, NH 035841. — Brenda
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