Dear Sun Spots: I am hoping to contact someone in the community who worked for the Manufacturers National Bank on Ash Street in Lewiston in the 1950s when they commissioned the murals for the walls of the new building, and who might have firsthand knowledge of the agreement between the bank and the artist.

I am working with Androscoggin Historical Society on a book to celebrate the county’s 150th birthday next year. We want to use a photo of a mural in the building for our book – but there is a legal question concerning copyright that we have not been able to answer. We do have the beautiful booklet that the bank produced about the murals, but it doesn’t answer all our questions. Please call Nancy at (207) 783-7189 ([email protected]) or Mr. Lord at the Historical Society (207) 784-0586 ([email protected]). – Nancy Lecompte, Lewiston.


Dear Sun Spots: If space allows, I will greatly appreciate the answers to the following three questions:

One: The words to Jesus and Mama will always love me. This I know.

Two: Is there an address or phone number for the Lifetime TV network where I might be able to obtain a copy of a particular movie that aired Sept. 28 on “Lifetime Sunday”?

Three: Can you please provide information such as names, addresses, phone numbers and requirements of any foundations or grants that may be available to first-time or would-be writers? – No Name, Strong.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots was unable to the find the lyrics to the song and perhaps readers may be able to assist here.

Unfortunately, according to Lifetime Television’s Web site (www.lifetimetv.com/lrw/index.html), original movies that aired on Lifetime Television, special programs, as well as acquired movies and television series, are purchased to air exclusively on their network. Lifetime is not authorized to sell or distribute such programming. Perhaps if you have the name of the movie there may be another way to find a copy of it.

Regarding your question on grants: You may want to contact the Maine Arts Commission about grants for writers. One you may be interested in is the Martin Dibner Fellowship for Maine Writers, which has a May deadline and awards grants of between $500 and $1,000. For more details, contact Jean Warren ([email protected]) or Carl Little ([email protected]) in the Maine Community Foundation’s Ellsworth Office by phone toll-free at (877) 700-6800.

You can also reach them via the Web site at www.mainecf.org/html/grants/available/martin.html. Attendance at writing workshops is the primary purpose for support, and secondarily for assistance with living expenses while finishing a writing project. Recipients will be selected in order of the following priorities: quality of prior work, stage of development as a writer and financial need. In even years, the award go to writers of fiction and in odd years to writers of poetry.

Sun Spots would also encourage you to contact Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, 1326 Washington St., Bath, Maine 04530, (207) 386-1400 or via e-mail at [email protected] You can also locate them online at www.mainewriters.org/. You may also want to do a Google search and see what it pulls up for you. In addition, Sun Spots would recommend you start subscribing to Poets & Writers magazine, which is a wonderful writer’s resource. They frequently list national and statewide grants, fellowships and awards for writers with varying guidelines and criteria. You can reach their Subscription Services Department at Poets & Writers Magazine, P.O. Box 543, Mount Morris, IL 61054, (815) 734-1123 or via their Web site at www.pw.org.

You may also be interested in clicking on www.pw.org/links_pages/, which will give you several options, among them, conferences and residencies, grants and awards, literary magazines, national organizations, regional organizations, small presses, writing programs and young writers resources.

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