Dear Sun Spots: This letter is written with the hope that lots of people, particularly those in the South Paris area and surrounding towns, will send cards to someone who works for other people’s enjoyment.

If anyone who has listened to, danced to and enjoyed the music of the Richard Felt Band or knows him through the Grange, could now send a get-well card, humorous or otherwise, it would be great. Richard Felt was rather seriously injured recently in an accident with a hay baler and is unable to be out and about as he’s used to doing. It will probably be several weeks before he is able to be out and about. Some cards, good wishes and prayers would help cheer him up. You can write to him at: 180 Felt Road, Bryant Pond, ME 04219.

A benefit supper will be held for him Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Locke Mills Legion Hall, Gore Road, Locke Mills. Music will follow and all are welcome. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: We hope Sun Spots readers will indeed respond to this heartfelt request. Donations will be accepted at the door for the benefit supper. Sun Spots will include the suggested donation amount in a future column when it has been determined.

Dear Sun Spots: I am a volunteer for the Literacy Volunteers of Androscoggin. My time spent with nonreaders or low-level readers is an ongoing gift to me. I love what I do.

We are in need of a used, apartment-size refrigerator in good working condition. The refrigerator we are using now is not adequate for our many students and tutors.

Your donation of an apartment-size refrigerator will be greatly appreciated by our volunteers and students.

Please call Tahlia Hope at (207) 753-1772 or Siggi at (207) 784-5886. – Sigrid Fields, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: It just occurred to me that Patriot’s Day is now on Sept. 11 instead of April 19. When and why was it changed?

As defined in the 1969 The World Book Encyclopedia: “Patriot’s Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord, fought on April 19, 1775. The battle between the British troops and American patriots began the Revolutionary War in America. It is a legal holiday in Maine and Massachusetts. The people of Boston celebrate it with a 26-mile marathon race.”

What does Sun Spots or other readers know about this? – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots would like to thank you as some of us here in the newsroom also pondered upon this.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots has searched all around and this appears to be the answer:

President George Bush proclaimed Sept. 11 as Patriot Day, commemorating those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and it became a day of national observance Dec. 18, 2001.

The third Monday in Maine and Massachusetts is celebrated as Patriots’ Day, and commemorates The Battle of Lexington and Concord fought in 1775, signaling the war for independence.

So, it appears to be the difference of an “s” and each commemorating different things. Perhaps a new name would have suited this better and provided less confusion for Americans and others.

• Charles MacDonald, please contact the column regarding your inquiry on Commander Poulsson.

Dear Sun Spots: Calvary Christian Academy, located in Turner, is looking to purchase high school desks and chairs for students in grades 7 to 12. Please contact Mary @ 225-3665. – Mary Crane, Turner.

Dear Sun Spots: After driving through Peru and Mexico, Maine, I decided to compile a list of countries and foreign cities that have a Maine counterpart, even though the pronunciation may be different. Currently, I have a list of 11 countries and 43 towns/cities. I would like to compare my list with another’s. I can be reached at P.O. Box 60, Weld, Maine 04285. Thank you. – Rand Stowell, Weld.

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