Lions Club to help accident victim

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Dear Sun Spots: The Waterford/Stoneham Lions Club is new, and we have donated funds to area organizations such as the Stoneham Rescue Service and Camp Susan Curtis. That is predictably what Lions’ Clubs do. However, this time we are sponsoring an event for something truly special – and magical.

Several weeks ago a young man in our community had his life altered forever by a fall on a building site. He is now, to the best of my knowledge, paralyzed from the waist down. He is 26 years old. Even if people in the Oxford area don’t know him, I’m sure they’ll discover a common acquaintance almost immediately. No one needs to be reminded of how quickly happiness and hope can shift to their exact opposites.

We are seeking crafters and buyers to rent tables and purchase wares. Our fundraiser will be held Saturday, July 28, at the Waterford Municipal Building on Route 35, otherwise known as Waterford Road, in Waterford, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are available to rent for $10. We are looking for whatever items readers would be willing to donate, however, we will not be taking any clothing. We’d be happy to travel reasonable distances to pick up larger items. For more information please call me, Lucia Owen, at 928-2062 or Pat Wright at 824-4246.

We appreciate the generosity people have already shown and thank you all in advance for helping us to help one of our own in need. – Lucia Owen, Waterford/Stoneham Lions Club, Stoneham.


Dear Sun Spots: I have some ball-point pen marks on a leather bag. Is there a way to get them out? Thanks for any assistance. – Frances C. Miller Lewiston

Answer: Sun Spots has checked with several possible sources who all concur that removing the pen mark will most likely mar the leather finish. Perhaps there are readers who have some tips they might be willing to share with you.

Sun Spots also checked in with Tom Finn Shoe Repair at 623-8491, Water Street, Augusta. Sad to say they note that taking out the mark may also take the finish off the bag. They are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with shoe repair, they can mend your luggage, dye your leather shoes, fix leather jackets, replace zippers in pocket books and more. Call the shop for more details.

And lastly, you and others seeking assistance with leather repair and more might also consider contacting Paul’s Shoe Shop, which is happy to also offer mail order repair in addition to regular repairs. For shipping instructions and more contact them at 22 Cumberland St., Westbrook, ME 04092, e-mail cobblerinacan@yahoo.com, 854-4338. They are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Shoe Renu on Maine Street (Fort Andross) in Brunswick, 725-8557, is another option. They are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also repair leather coats and replace zippers, as well as repair shoes and regular footwear.

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