Orchid lover seeks specialty greenhouse

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m like all the others who read your column every day. You’ve answered my questions in the past, and now I have another one.

I love orchids, and my two plants seem to love my tiny apartment. One has been with me for over five years and has never stopped blooming — doesn’t even take a rest!

I was told that there is a greenhouse in New Gloucester where orchids are a specialty. Would you be able to find out where it is located, its telephone number, etc? I will head in that direction as soon as I hear from you! Thank you. — P.D., South Paris

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ANSWER: An online search turned up Woodsprite Orchids in New Gloucester. You can read more about them and their mission to provide these special flowers to fellow fans at www.woodspriteorchids.com. Or you can visit them at 43 Depot Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260-5035, 688-4284.

You might also enjoy reading about a fictional orchid lover. Author Rex Stout wrote dozens of stories about genius detective Nero Wolfe, who lives in a New York brownstone with a greenhouse full of orchids on the top floor. Many of the books take place in the 1950s and offer an interesting view of life in New York during that era.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Is Sharon Rose on Channel 6 still married to Chris Rose? Neither is wearing a wedding ring anymore. Thank you. — J.M., Lewiston

ANSWER: Sun Spots did not find any mention of a divorce online. She emailed WCSH but received no response.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Senior Companion Program is looking for caring people in the Wilton-Farmington, Lewiston-Auburn, South Paris and Rumford-Mexico areas.

Senior companions spend 15 to 20 hours a week making the day a little brighter for homebound and isolated elderly people. Companions receive a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement and other benefits.

The program is sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and partners with Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Clover Health Care and SeniorsPlus.

If you are 55 years of age and meet the income guidelines, you may be eligible to become a senior companion. For more information, please call me at 743-6329 or 1-800-287-1482. Thank you for caring. — Anna Saar, anna.saar.@maine.edu

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Families in Crisis Task Force will hold a huge yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, in the Thrifty Gift Shop parking lot, 659 Park St., South Paris (3 miles north of the Market Square rotary on Route 26).

There will be lots of new items, furniture, clothing of all sizes, toys, collectibles and household items, all priced to sell.

Volunteers are needed from 5 a.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday. For these days, please call Peggy at 357-7072.

All money raised will support the food pantry. Rain dates are May 27 and May 28. — Pamela DeCoteau, program coordinator

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The second annual Mechanic Falls before- and after-school community yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Buy the Fire on Route 26 in Oxford.

Multi-family event will have clothing, shoes, toys, household items. Something for everyone!

Limited spaces available for the public. Please call Rain at 513-2759 to reserve your 10- by 10-foot space for $20. — Kelley-Sue, mcfallsBASP@gmail.com

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