Reader stitching together Japan address


Dear Sun Spots: Thank you so much for your most helpful and informative service. We are now in need of an address for the Necchi Sewing Machine Co. or a company that could provide us with a manual to a Necchi sewing machine, made in Japan.

Your help with this would be greatly appreciated. – F.S., Rumford.

Contact their U.S. distributor, Allyn International, at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204, 800-525-9987 or online at You will find several manuals listed online and can order them via the Web site. Alternatively, you might consider contacting the company’s Maine dealer, Sew & Save Inc., 69 Foster St., Ellsworth, ME 04605, 667-5475 to see if they might have one on hand or might be able to order one for you.

Dear Sun Spots: Would Sun Spots inquire as to when the Village Inn restaurant in Auburn plans to reopen after the fire? We miss that restaurant. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

Unfortunately, Sun Spots has not received a return call to her inquiry. However, according to a June 16 article, owner Normand Vallee says the restaurant is unsure where they’re going as of yet. But they are enthusiastic about coming back, as are those who call to see if the restaurant is coming back.

“All we want to do is get going and get our customers back in there,” he was quoted as saying.

The Village Inn has been an Auburn staple for 43 years. Vallee took over the old Eddy’s Diner in 1964. With his sons, he operates a second Village Inn in Old Orchard Beach.

The blaze has been ruled accidental, and private insurance adjusters have taken the ice machine and are testing it to see if it caused the April 25 blaze.

Dear Sun Spots: The University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension is seeking paid volunteers to visit seniors as part of our Senior Companion Program.

Volunteers must be 60 or older, have a limited income, and be interested in helping the homebound in Franklin and Somerset counties.

For those who are eligible, there is a tax-free stipend, holiday pay, vacation and sick time as well as mileage reimbursement. This is also a wonderful opportunity to help others, especially those isolated.

FMI, please call the UMCE’s Somerset Office at 474-9622 or 1-800-287-1495 TDD: 1-800-287-8957.

Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should please contact Gene Tobey to discuss their needs at least 10 days in advance. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: How would one be able to contact or write to Freddie Boath on the Mummy Returns movie? – No Name, No Town.

Unfortunately Sun Spots has not located an address for him and hopes readers will be able to assist you here.

Dear Sun Spots: I had a barn sale on Pleasant Street in Lisbon Falls on June 30. I need to try and find the person who purchased one of my tents as I have the missing fly and poles that go with it. Please contact me, Mary, at 615-6910. – No Name, Durham.

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