Dear Sun Spots: I have a question about travel insurance. My sister and I like to take bus tours that average between $200 to 300. We are both senior citizens. I used to be able to buy insurance on the fares-only at a reasonable price. Do you know of any insurance company that insures the fare only? – C.M.A., Lewiston.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots contacted several bus lines to find an answer to your question. Maine Line Tours in South Portland kindly provided a brochure of the insurer they use. You may want to contact Travelex Insurance Services, P.O. Box 641070, Omaha, NE 68164-7070, at 800-228-9792 or via their Web site at to see if they offer this service.

* Tuesday’s column should have noted that the two flu clinics being held Oct. 27 and 30 are organized by the Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice and are covered by Medicare. Without medicare the cost is $20. Other clinics being offered by the agency are: Bridgton Community Center, Depot Street, Bridgton Oct. 28 from 9-11 a.m.; Wilton American Legion Hall, 350 Maine Street, Wilton Oct. 29 9-11 a.m. Stephens Memorial Hospital Building (across from Amatos), 59 Winter Street, Norway Oct. 30 9-11 a.m. and Mexico Recreation Center, Parker Street, Mexico Oct. 31 from 2-4 p.m. For more information please call the Flu Clinic Information Line at 800-482-7412, ext: 1518. The clinic being held Nov. 2 at the Auburn Mall is part of the Central Maine Medical Center Exposition and costs $10.

Dear Sun Spots: Thank you for being there to help us out. We all appreciate your efforts. I am trying to give my daughter-in-law my lifetime membership to Bally’s Health Club since we moved here nine years ago and there is only one club in Portland, which is too far for me to travel three times a week. I have called their club services numerous times to get information on how to do this. The information should have been on its way to me since Sept. 3rd. I still didn’t receive anything from them. The number I call is 800-237-2494, which is always too busy so you hold for half an hour at a time. Do you think you could get through to them for me? I have had no success with them. I know it costs $100 to transfer the papers, but I can’t do it unless they send me the form. Please help. – Lucy Cyr, Mechanic Falls.

Sun Spots spoke with Sarah Mathew at Bally Total Fitness, (772) 864-6822, who says paperwork was sent to you. They are more than willing to overnight it to you but need you to provide an address so they can do so. Sun Spots has provided the address you gave in your e-mail, and they have promised to take care of it for you. There is a $100 fee but Mathew assures Sun Spots this membership is transferable and you’ll be all set once you fill out the paperwork.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for photos of Lewiston businesses from the ’50s and ’60s that no longer exist or have moved. If Sun Spots or any readers can help me it would be greatly appreciated. The photos will be copied and returned unharmed. They are:

Peck’s (preferably at Christmastime)

Woolworth’s (views from Lisbon Street and Park Street)

Sparks (now Oak Park)

Kresge’s (views from Lisbon Street and Park Street)

W.T. Grants (downtown and Northwood Park locations)

JJ Newbury’s

Purity Restaurant (now Zimmies)

Frank’s Store for Men (205 Main St.)

JCPenney/Sears Roebuck building (now DHS on Main Street)

Original Greyhound Bus Terminal and barbershop on Main Street

Mammoth Mart (now Mardens)

Victor News and surrounding buildings on Ash Street (now the Municipal Parking Lot)

Columbia Supermarket

First National Supermarket

Traveler’s Taxi and surrounding buildings that were torn down to build Country Kitchen

Barber school on Lisbon Street

Also any other interesting shots of Lisbon Street and Main Street during the 1960s would be useful. I can be reached Wednesday through Friday at (207) 783-4450. Thank you. – Joe Loubier, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots would recommend you try contacting the Androscoggin Historical Society to see if they may have some of these photographs in their archives and would be willing to share them with you. They can be reached at (207) 784-0586 and are open Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

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