Volunteer Opportunity, Blue Flag Mystery Solved, Kindness


DEAR SUN SPOTS: The friends and members of the Second Congregational Church, UCC, Main Street, Norway, are almost ready for their 18th annual Tent-N-Treasures Yard Sale. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The sale will happen, rain or shine, under 10 tents that will fill the entire church parking lot. Setup will begin Tuesday evening and will last late into Friday night, Aug. 25. The church is looking for volunteers to help during the day on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 24-25. Please call the office to volunteer at 743-2290. The revenue from the yard sale will be used to support the many missions of the Second Congregational Church.

—Kate, Norway

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In reference to the mystery of the blue flag, that’s MY blue flag you’re talking about. I didn’t see the original post on Aug. 2. It’s black and white with a blue stripe and is to honor police officers. My father, a longtime Auburn police officer, passed away from pancreatic cancer in April and the flag has flown in my yard since shortly after.

My dad was the most courageous man out there and he fought hard! The brotherhood of law enforcement officers extends to their families as well. I’m so very thankful for the Auburn Police Department and all the support they have given my family. This flag represents my father, but a little piece of it is for ALL the police officers out there who put their lives on the line every single day. Thanks!

— Jen, no town

ANSWER: I thought this was the answer and now have confirmation. The mystery of the blue flag has been solved, thanks to the Sun Spots community! I’d also like to take this time to thank Jen’s dad and all police officers for their service. They all put their lives on the line every single day and make great sacrifices to keep us safe.

This is the information Jen shared: “The meaning of the Thin Blue Line Flag: The blue represents the officer and the courage they find deep inside when faced with insurmountable odds. The black background was designed as a constant reminder of our fallen brother and sister officers. The line is what police officers protect, the barrier between anarchy and a civilized society, between order and chaos, between respect for decency and lawlessness. Together they symbolize the camaraderie law enforcement officers all share, a brotherhood like none other.”

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The other day my husband and I went to the Gridiron and a couple of nice people treated us to lunch. I don’t know who they were, but maybe they read Sun Spots (it’s the thing to do) and I thank them. Also, thank you, Sun Spots, for your great contribution to the paper.

— Dyann, no town

ANSWER: These little rays of sunshine make me so happy and I love to hear about them! Thank you for sharing, Dyann.

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Jen’s Thin Blue Line Flag Honors Police Officers