Dear Sun Spots: There are several members of this community who are members of the 94th M.P Company, serving in Iraq. Their families could use support of carpenter work, mechanical work and wood for winter heat, as well as other support. If you can help, please contact Rose Henry at (207) 786-6740 (the family support person for those deployed troops). Thank you for all your help. – Rose Henry, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Would someone have the address of Mason shoes for men and women’s shoes? I lost the catalog and address. – No Name, No Town.

Contact them at (800) 893-8508 or by mail at B.A. Mason, 1st Ave., Chippewa Falls, WI 54774-8000. This company carries more than 500 styles in sizes 4 to 20 and widths AAAA to EEEEEE. Readers seeking unusual sizes or widths might want to take note of this company.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like the lyrics to the song “Michelle Ma Belle.” Also, where could I find it in a music store? I’m not sure what to look for, or where. It dates back to 1990 or earlier.

I have a granddaughter named Michelle and I would like to give her the recording for Christmas. – No Name, No Town.

According to, it is said that songs become standards when they sound as if they have been around forever the first time you hear them. This song by Paul McCartney, like his ballad “Yesterday,” is one of those songs. McCartney got the inspiration for this song from seeing French art students at a party, dressed in berets and sporting beards. Paul wrote the song while sitting with Jane Asher on her sofa.

Originally, he hadn’t come up with the girl’s name, using lines like “goodnight, sweetheart,” and “hello, my dear,” which later became “Michelle, ma belle.” As Paul could not speak French properly, he asked Jan Vaughan, the wife of an old friend, to help him out. She came up with the name Michelle, and John Lennon thought of placing the words, “I love you,” in the song. It was recorded Nov. 3, 1965.

Sun Spots hopes you and your granddaughter even get to sing this together. In the meantime, any record store ought to have some Beatles records or compact discs. They are, after all, a classic:

Michelle, ma belle, These are words that go together well, My Michelle

Michelle, ma belle, Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble, tres bien ensemble

I love you, I love you, I love you, that’s all I want to say

Until I find a way, I will say the only words I know you’ll understand

Michelle, ma belle, Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble, tres bien ensemble

I need to, I need to, I need to, I need to make you see

Oh, what you mean to me, Until I do I’m hoping you will know what I mean, I love you

I want you, I want you, I want you, I think you know by now

I’ll get to you some how, Until I do I’m telling you so you’ll understand

Michelle, ma belle, Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble, tres bien ensemble

And I will say the only words I know that you’ll understand, My Michelle

Dear Sun Spots: I wonder if anyone by chance has copied the Aug. 4 “Days of Our Lives” program. Our granddaughter has a small part in it, and we would like to have a copy of the VCR tape if possible. We would pay for any charges you may have. Please call Fern Fournier, (207) 784-7787. – Fern Fournier, Lewiston.

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