Seniors treat kids at d’Youville


DEAR SUN SPOTS: St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston (102 Campus Ave.) will again be offering its popular community trick-or-treating at 6 p.m. Halloween, Oct. 31. This is such a successful event for our elders, who talk of Halloween night for months, and families.

To make this event a success, we need help from the community. Last year we had so many trick-or-treaters that there was a line in the parking lot and we ran out of candy. So we again are in need of candy and volunteers to make this night a success.

The candy buckets are already out in our lobby and nursing stations. We will need:

* Individually wrapped candy donations.

* Volunteers to keep elders’ candy buckets full.

* Volunteers to assist in the lobby.

* Volunteers to bring their own costumes and be characters in our haunted house.

* Volunteers to help set up and take down the event.

If you have any questions or wish to volunteer on Halloween evening, please contact the activity department at 207-777-4203 or 207-777-4252 or email [email protected] Thank you. — Shawn R., resident, d’Youville Pavilion

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you know of free legal advice for senior citizens (wills, living wills)?

Is glue scarce or expensive? These days I need a glue stick or tape to seal all envelopes. I have used three glue sticks. — Jay Woman

ANSWER: For help you can call Legal Services for the Elderly, 800-750-5353. They have five locations, including one in Lewiston at 8 Falcon Road.

For those under age 60 whose incomes qualify them, there is Pine Tree Legal. Their Lewiston office is at 37 Park St., Suite 401, 207-784-1558.

As for the glue supply, Sun Spots knows of no shortage. Perhaps manufacturers are putting less on the envelopes to avoid them sticking when it is humid. Many envelopes now come with a removable strip over the sticky part so that won’t happen.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: When will the winners of the Great Falls Balloon Festival photo contest be announced? — Philip, [email protected]

ANSWER: No one ever responded to Sun Spots’ email query, and she couldn’t find a phone number. She’s been checking the website (, but nothing so far.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: On Route 3 in Belfast, there is a curling building and club. Not too many people know this. My sister lived in that area for more than 35 years and took part locally, as well as traveling to Canada and Massachusetts to participate.

She had a collection of pins, patches and other stuff she gave me. I’d like to donate this to someone who knows the sport. — John Kezal, Rumford, 207-364-7430

ANSWER: If no one takes you up on your offer, here are some other places you might check to see if they would like to have them:

* American Curling History Museum (part of Chicago Curling Club), 555 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062, 847-564-9877

* Turner Curling Museum, 532 5 St. NE, Weyburn, SK, Canada, 306-848-3217

* United States Woman’s Curling Association,; the website contact form was all Sun Spots could find.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to thank the person who wrote in with the idea of wrapping a plastic bag between the banana stems to keep them from ripening too fast. I tried it, and it works.

I like my bananas to be a little firm, so usually just buy two or three at a time. This time I bought six, and the last one was still almost firm six days later. — No Name via email

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I work part time on my own as a photographer and have built my collection of accessories piece by piece over the past couple of years. On Sunday, Oct. 19, my camera bag disappeared. I have no clue as to whether it was taken or misplaced and found.

I do think that I have business cards in the bag, so if someone found it they should be able to reach me, but I have not heard from anyone.

I live in Turner, and it could have been found between Gray Birch Lane, up Route 117 to North Turner, and up the South Road to Livermore.

Please if anyone has found this or knows of someone who may have found it, please let me know. Thank you so much. — Bonita, [email protected], 207-577-3537

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