Dear Sun Spots: I have written to Sun Spots before and was pleased for the information I have received. I would like to know if anyone has any used mannequins they would be willing to part with. Every Halloween I build a graveyard for all the neighborhood kids. I enjoy doing this and have done it for many years now. I do not want to spend a lot of money for this. I usually stuff my own dummies but I’m trying to locate someone for information. I would appreciate your help. If anyone knows where I can purchase some for a cheap price, I would pick them up if that would be a problem. I can be reached in the evenings after 6 p.m. Please call David at (207) 345-3357. Thank you for your help. – David, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: You have helped me in the past and I hope you can again.

I would like to have the words to the Maine song, made popular by Rudy Vallee many years ago. I think it was called “The Maine Stein Song.” I love to read Sun Spots every day. Thank you. – C.F., Lewiston.

Answer: According to www.umaine.edu/stein.htm, the original version of “The Maine Stein Song,” with words by Lincoln Colcord, music by E.A. Fenstad and arranged by Rudy Vallee go:

Fill the steins to dear old Maine.

Shout till the rafters ring!

Stand and drink a toast once again!

Let every loyal Maine man sing.

Drink to all the happy hours,

Drink to the careless days.

Drink to Maine, our Alma Mater,

The college of our hearts always.

To the trees, to the sky,

To the Spring in its glorious happiness;

To the youth, to the fire,

To the life that is moving and calling us!

To the Gods, to the Fates,

To the rulers of men and their destinies;

To the lips, to the eyes,

To the girls who will love us some day.

Oh, fill the steins to dear old Maine.

Shout till the rafters ring!

Stand and drink a toast once again!

Let every loyal Maine man sing.

Then drink to all the happy hours,

Drink to the careless days.

Drink to Maine, our Alma Mater,

The college of our hearts always.

Dear Sun Spots: I wrote some time ago to ask you for information regarding the 1949 World Series baseball games. You promptly answered my request and I carefully put the information away. Now I cannot find it.

Again, I am turning to you for help.

Can you please give me the information again? I would like to know the dates of the games, the names of the teams, results etc. I believe the game took place in early October. Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Also, can you please tell me the correct salutation to use in writing business letters?

Sun Spots is of great help to many, many readers of the Sun Journal. It is definitely one of the very best parts of the paper.

Answer:
Your question was answered in a 2001 column thus:

A spokesperson at Major League Baseball, public relations department, 245 Park Ave., New York, NY 10167 (212) 931-7800, said the New York Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers on Oct. 5 through Oct. 9, 1949. The days involved were Wednesday through Sunday. The Yankees took the series in five games (4-1).

Regarding your second query, Sun Spots checked several Web sites, many of which state the type of salutation depends on your relationship with the recipient. They recommend you address your letter to a specific person, such as Dear Mr. or Ms. Smith.

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