Dear Sun Spots: My name is Mariah Pfeiffer. I’m a Bates College student, and I’m conducting an oral history of the Androscoggin River. I’m looking for people who could tell me a little bit about the changing landscape of the Androscoggin River over the past 50 years and the towns that surround it, specifically Lewiston, Rumford and Berlin, N.H. I’m interested in talking about the place-making role of the river in the memory of those who have lived or worked along its banks. If you have any stories to tell or memories to share about living in the Androscoggin River Valley, please contact me at 585-727-8139 or by e-mail at [email protected] Thanks! – Mariah Pfeiffer, Lewiston.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots would encourage you to contact Maine Rivers, 3 Wade St., Augusta, ME 04330, 800-287-2345.

Dear Sun Spots: I recently came across a clipping of Sun Spots in which a lady from South Paris requested the enclosed recipe. You did not print this recipe but did provide a couple of recipes from other sources, neither of which was anything like the one she wanted. No doubt she has since found the correct recipe, but I am enclosing it in case she did not. Perhaps you could please find room for it in your column. It is from the “Keep Cooking – The Maine Way” cookbook by Marjorie Standish.

Blueberry flummery

Ingredients: 8 slices of bread, buttered, 1 quart blueberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, whipped topping.

Method: Wash the berries. Place in saucepan. Add sugar and salt. Cook over low heat to simmering point. Cook for 10 minutes. Butter bread generously. Trim crusts. Alternate layers of buttered bread and hot stewed blueberries until all are used, ending with the fruit and juice. Bake for 20 minutes at 350. Chill. Top with whipped cream flavored with nutmeg. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots believes the request you are referring to is the one published in the Feb. 24, 2003, column. Sun Spots did not locate the recipe and, as she often does, opened up the request to readers who were more than happy to assist this writer. Reader Evelyn Ehrenfried of Lewiston kindly offered a copy of the recipe from one of her Marjorie Standish’s cookbooks. Several others responded and also sent in the requested recipe. Readers are a great asset to the column, frequently finding answers, supplying recipes and more to readers who’ve been unsuccessful in locating them through Sun Spots or other means. Sun Spots is very grateful for the teamwork readers continue to add. She loves the wonderful tips, recipes and more they are so willing to submit to others in need of answers. Thank you, dear readers, for your years of service!

Dear Sun Spots: We are holding our yearly benefit lawn sale beginning Aug. 11. This is a unique sale. We take in donations, don’t price them and run the sale for as long as it takes to sell the items. There are no set hours for when it’s open either, which adds to the uniqueness. If I look out my window at 5 a.m. and there’s someone there, I’ll be open. We are located at 196 Phillips Road (also called Route 4) in Strong. The sale typically runs about seven to 10 days. Of course, the more donations we receive the longer we can be open for sales! That’s where readers come in. Once again, we are asking anyone wishing to donate for our sale to please call Mary at 684-2166 or June at 684-3231.

We would also be interested in taking away anyone’s leftover garage sale stuff, too. The monies we raise will go to help the Strong Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new uniforms. And so we don’t forget, we will also be holding a pie sale as part of our fundraising. Again, please call Mary or June for details. Thank you. – Mary White, No Town.

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