Dear Sun Spots: I’m hoping you can help me.

I’d like to get involved with a community choral group but have had no luck finding any. Could you please point me in the right direction. – Kaity, Lewiston.

In addition to responses from readers, try contacting the Androscoggin Chorale led by Peter Frewen. However, you should note that auditions for the chorale were held Aug. 28 and the group may not be holding any more until the spring season. For more details, try contacting them in the care of the Maine Music Society (207) 782-1403.

You may also be interested in the Mollyockett Chorus under the direction of Pat Fleck. The Mollyockett Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers who enjoy performing barbershop harmony. The chorus has been performing for audiences throughout the Oxford Hills and Central Maine communities since becoming chartered in 1996. Members come from Auburn, Bethel, Bridgton, Bryant Pond, Casco, Harrison, Lewiston, Lovell, Norway, Otisfield, Paris, Poland, South Paris, Stoneham, Rumford and Waterford. Chorus rehearsals are every Tuesday night at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints on Skeetfield Road in Oxford, just off Route 26. For more information, contact Alda Reynolds at 782-2672, Pat Fleck at 647-5005 or Margo Tuttle at 583-4369.

In addition, interested singers can try:

Royal River Chorus of Sweet Adelines (207) 846-4331; Choir for Higher (985-3319-days; 985-5877-evenings, ask for Debra Hickling); Maine Gay Men’s Chorus (871-6560, work number, ask for Tom Ryan, president); Renaissance and Voices (774-8243, extension 18, ask for Harold Stover);

There are two community groups in the Portland area according to USM Chamber Singers conductor Robert Russell: The Chorale Arts Society at (207) 828-0043 and the Portland Community Chorus, which can be contacted through director Judith Quimby at (207) 780-4141 extension: 5265.

Dear Sun Spots: This fall, the Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice will offer opportunities for volunteers to make a difference in the lives of patients who are recovering from an illness, as well as help those at the end of their lives.

We need volunteers throughout Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties as:

• Hospice volunteers to visit and support terminally ill patients and their caregivers. Our need for volunteers has grown tremendously because we now offer hospice both at home and in long-term care facilities.

• Grocery volunteers to pick up and deliver groceries.

• Visiting volunteers to provide companionship and assist homebound patients recovering from an illness.

• Transportation volunteers to provide rides for medical appointments and other needs.

Training is provided for all positions. Classes for hospice volunteers will be held this fall in Farmington and early next year in Lewiston. Training is provided individually for other volunteers. Volunteers spend two to five hours per week and are matched with patients near their home. They do not do hands-on care.

For more information, please contact Nancy Greene, volunteer coordinator at (207) 777-7740, or at 800-482-7412. – Nancy Greene, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to know the mailing address for Jasco Uniforms. They are a mail-order nurses’ uniform company. Thank you. – Judy Berube, Lewiston.

Contact them at Jasco Uniform Co., 700 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061, at 1-800-222-4445 or online at

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