Red Light played by school children

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Dear Sun Spots: You have helped me so much in the past, and now I need some more information for a survey of games we played during World War II. I remember living with an aunt on Valley Street in Auburn and playing One, Two, Three, Red Light and Kick The Can. But I can’t remember how we played the games.

Also, I’d like to know if 1941 was the last year they had an Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn? Thank you so much. – Pauline Belisle, Springfield, Mo.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots located the following rules for the game you refer to. It appears this is typically played by elementary school children. For this game, players stand in a straight line about 50 feet from the person who is “it.” “It” turns his back and says “green light,” counts to 10, and says “red light” and then turns around. Meanwhile the players have moved as far forward as possible. Whomever he/she sees moving when they turn around must return to the starting place. The first person to pass “it” wins.

According to www.childparent.about.com, Kick the Can is played in darkness and with a large coffee can. Directions: Place coffee can in a large open area to be home base. “It” counts to 50 while the other kids hide. When “it” sees a child, he/she calls that child’s name. They both race to the can, and try to kick it first. If “it” kicks the can, the hider is caught and placed in “prison” on the porch. If the hider kicks the can, she and all players in prison are free, and “it” must count again.

Regarding your second question the Easter Egg Roll continues to be held. According to historians, it is believed that Dolley Madison first suggested the idea of a public egg roll. Others tell stories of informal egg-rolling parties at the White House that date back to President Lincoln’s day. There have been times the roll was canceled because of inclement weather or in times of war. At these times, www.whitehouse.gov/eater/history notes that the roll is simply held at another location. The longest hiatus was the one you recalled during World War II which was followed by a White House renovation. President Eisenhower reintroduced the roll in 1953.

In addition you might be interested in noting that local artists created the decorated eggs, which represent each state and the District of Columbia. The 2006 Easter Egg Collection continued a tradition that began in 1994. Each state sends a decorated egg to the White House for display. The collection is coordinated by the American Egg Board. Maine’s entry was submitted by Jackman artist Julie Dubay.

For more on the history of the White House Egg Roll check out www.whitehouse.gov/easter/history.html.

Dear Sun Spots: I am a disabled handicapped person. I live in Lewiston, and I read Sun Spots daily. In reference to the article April 21, handicapped persons are exempt from any and all parking meter fares, providing they are displaying handicapped plates, or placards issued by the Secretary of State’s office. And if the vehicle is so equipped with such, they are entitled to park at twice the legal posted time limit as well. – Bruce Wotton, Lewiston.

Answer: Doug Dunbar, deputy secretary of State has kindly confirmed Bruce Wotton’s update. Dunbar also notes that these are referenced twice in Maine law. Section 521: 12 Parking at Meters; and also referenced in Title 30A Section 3009: C4.

For more information you and other readers interested in this can try the following links:

http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/29-A/title29-Asec521.html (See Section 12)

http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/30-A/title30-Asec3009.html (See Section 1, subsection C, 4)

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