Dear Sun Spots: My parents had a gift shop on Lisbon Street in Lewiston called Basselet’s Gift Shop back in the ’50s and ’60s, I think. If any of your readers would have any items with the gift shop logo on it, like the gift boxes, etc., would you please call me. I can be reached at (207) 782-3836. Thank you. – Guy Basselet, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, you might want to check out the following editions on microfiche at the Lewiston Public Library’s reference section. They are Aug. 16, 1958, page 16, an article on Donald J. Dutil who announced the purchase of the gift shop and Nov. 19, 1962, page 24, noting former gift shop operator Emilio H. Basselet appearing in You’ve Seen Him Around.

Dear Sun Spots: Thank you for helping me locate the Wurlitzer jukebox repairman. He called me the same day the ad appeared in Sun Spots. His name is Paul and telephone is (207) 364-4309. Now I am trying to locate Wagon Works in the Readfield-Fayette area. I wish he could call me regarding horse buggies. He works on them. Please call me at (207) 375-9901. – No Name, Sabattus.

Answer: A Google and telephone search did not locate this company, and perhaps there are other readers out there familiar with this gentleman and his business and would be willing to contact you regarding this. In the meantime, Dave Fowler of Chrysalis Acres, 399 Pownal Road, Freeport, does build two- and four-wheel horse buggies. He also does repairs but Sun Spots is not clear from the Web site whether he could repair your item. Sun Spots would recommend you call him at (207) 865-0047 to discuss your needs.

In addition, you and other carriage enthusiasts may be interested in the Maine Carriage Days being held all day on Oct. 2 at Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, ME 04097 or via e-mail at [email protected] Spectators and competitors are welcome to this 27th Maine Carriage Days carriage driving competition. The Carriage Museum will be open and refreshments available. You can also check out their Web site at www.skylinefarm.org.

Dear Sun Spots: On Oct. 31, 2003, I mailed a check to the Maine Times. The check was for $47.95. I received one issue and then in December, they announced they were going out of business. I have received no refund. Can you please help? – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots provided the following answer from Larry Sargent of Poland to those seeking refunds from the Maine Times in the May 20, 2004 column:

Persons looking for refunds from the out-of-business Maine Times can contact Robin at the law office of Michael Pearce in Portland at 822-9900 to be added to the list. Sargent says he is one of hundreds on the list.

Dear Sun Spots: The Lewiston Emblem Club 528 will hold its annual yard sale Sept. 24-25. We hold this fund-raiser each year in an effort to raise money to support our scholarship programs and food baskets for the needy, as well as our support of numerous charitable organizations such as the Abused Women’s Advocacy Program.

We are currently seeking donations for the yard sale. If you have items that you would like to donate, please contact Emblem Club President Kathleen Cotterly at (207) 998-2282 or past president Sonia Woodrum at (207) 375-8839. – Kathleen Cotterly, Lewiston.

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