Dear Sun Spots: I’m wondering if any readers know of places where we can go to line dance? I recently went to a singles club but, according to their bylaws, line dancing is not allowed. I would appreciate any information from the column or readers. – No Name, Auburn.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, you might like to check out the following:

• Temple Shalom, 74 Bradman St., Auburn, offers a program for adults with or without previous dance experience, from beginner to intermediate level line dancing is held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. every Tuesday for $4 each visit. This class will continue until June and start up again in the fall. No partner is needed. The program is open to the public. For more information, call the temple office at 786-4201.

• Club Texas, 150 Center St., Auburn, (207) 784-7785, also offers line dancing. According to the club’s voice mail, it is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Dear Sun Spots: In response to Christine Peterson’s query concerning the availability of singing lessons in the Mechanic Falls area: the Mollyockett Chorus, Sweet Adelines International, will be offering free singing lessons in March for women who love to sing. The chorus rehearses Tuesday evenings at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Skeetfield Road in Oxford. Guests are welcome. For additional information, please phone Pat Jillson, chapter president, evenings and weekends, at (207) 539-4211. – Pat Jillson, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: This is a bit more in-depth information to Sue’s question of how snow was removed before the invention of motor vehicles and snowplows.

The snow was not removed and was like “white gold” that was used as a valuable asset in the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. As an example, the twin villages of Norway and South Paris at that time had five mills and factories all converting raw wood into what is called today value-added finished products. This wood all had to come from the woodlots of the then-existing small farms of these Oxford Hills, of which there are many. It should be noted that the population of this area was greater in 1840 than it was 100 years later. It would not have been practical to haul heavy loads of logs and boltwood over the roads in summer on wagons, so mills built up their inventories in wintertime when the wood could be brought in on sleds. These sleds could be ironed up to be as rugged as need be to carry these heavy loads, and they would slide over the snow and ice quite easily on a packed surface. To make this surface, huge snow rollers were used. These were made up of two large cylinders. – Arrell Linnell, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: This is in response to an inquiry from your Dec. 1, 2005, edition.

I hope you and other readers enjoy this pie. There isn’t a soul I’ve met that doesn’t think this is the best recipe they’ve ever tasted as far as sweet potato pies go. I am a native of Maine but reside in Georgia. I married my husband almost 17 years ago, and he is a native of Louisiana. The recipe came to me through a wonderful recipe book given to us by my husband’s grandmother entitled “Louisiana Sampler.” The recipe following was sent into the cookbook by Florence Letlow of Arcadia, La. She gets all the credit as it is fabulous. Enjoy! – Lynda Howard, Hogansville, Ga.

Sweet potato pie. Ingredients: 2½ cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes’ 1½ cups sugar; 1 stick margarine, melted; 2 eggs, beaten; 1 teaspoon cinnamon; ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice; ½ teaspoon nutmeg; 1 teaspoon vanilla; 1/3 cup milk; 1 unbaked pie shell. Method: Mix together and pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. I leave my pie in for all of one hour. Adjust for your elevation. Makes a large 9-inch pie.

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