Dear Sun Spots: I have a small tray with a picture of a signpost, somewhere in Maine.

It lists: Norway 14 miles; Paris 15 miles; Denmark 23 miles; also Naples, Sweden, Poland, Mexico, Peru and China each with mileage. I would like to know where this signpost is located, if it is still there. – P.J., Wilton.

An observant co-worker spotted this query and was able to provide the following answer to this reader:

The signpost is in Albany Township at the intersection of Routes 35 and 5. The Web site has a photo and a poem about the sign. The Web page says the sign is in the town of Lynchville, however, Lynchville is a village in Albany Township, not a town. The Web site also included this charming “Travelogue” by Walter L. Colburn, which Sun Spots hopes you enjoy:

We journeyed to VIENNA, to PARIS and WALES,

to NORWAY and to DENMARK, by auto and by rails,

To EGYPT and to SMYRNA, on to CHINA and PERU,

to SWEDEN and to POLAND, explored them through and through.

We traveled on to NAPLES, to LISBON and to ROME,

To DRESDEN and to ATHENS, and there we felt quite at home.

We stopped at BELFAST, at CALAIS and at YORK,

at ARGYLE and at LIMERICK to hear the natives talk.

We hiked away to MILO, PALERMO, and MADRID.

to COREA and to GILEAD, by big forests hid.


to CARTHAGE and to CORNISH, all famed for noble deeds.

Then back by way of MEXICO, in sunshine and rain and throughout

the entire journey, NEVER LEFT THE STATE OF MAINE.

Dear Sun Spots: We own a granite birdbath, which is very shallow. Would anyone know where we could bring it in to have it deepened? Keep up the good work. – L.B. Rumford.

Dear Sun Spots: In reference to R.E.D., inquiring on July 26 for Robert Wood pictures: I have two beautiful pictures for sale. I can be reached at (207) 783-8439. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I’ve enjoyed your column for some time and now would appreciate any help you could give me on two requests.

The first is finding the words to a poem I had framed in my house that was destroyed by fire 20 years ago. It was called “You Have To Believe.” I don’t recall the author. Two of the verses are enclosed.

The second request is for a 1942 Lawrence High School in Fairfield and possibly the 1943 and 1941 also. Thanks for a great column. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots found the following online at

Believe in happiness

You have to believe in happiness,

Or, happiness never comes.

I know that the bird chirps nonetheless,

When all that he finds is crumbs.

You have to believe that winds will blow,

Believe in the grass, the days of snow;

Ah, that’s the reason the bird can sing:

On his darkest days, he believes in spring.

You have to believe in happiness,

It isn’t an outward thing:

The spring never makes the song, I guess,

As much as the song makes the spring.

Aye, man’s heart could find content,

If it saw joy on the road it went,

The joy ahead when it had to grieve,

For the joy is there – but you have to BELIEVE. (ANONYMOUS)

Dear Sun Spots: We recently remodeled our kitchen and would like to donate our old appliances to a charitable organization. Does anyone know of an organization who would like an under-counter dishwasher, countertop stove, and wall oven? All of the appliances are in good working order. Thanks for your help. – D.D., Lewiston.

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