Dear Sun Spots: In response to L.P.B., No Town (Aug. 8 column): My name is Norine Stone, and if you would please send your address and telephone number, or either one, I would be willing to pay attention to you. I can be reached at P.O. Box 104, West Paris, ME 04289-0104. – Norine Stone, West Paris.

Answer: Also, any readers seeking friendships might also consider checking in with your local senior center. Sun Spots noted quite a few events listed online at www.oxfordhillsvisitorcenter. com. For instance, the Senior Social Center has weekly meetings from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays at the First Baptist Church, Paris Hill. It’s for anyone who is retired. There are games, snacks, plus knitting, movies, cribbage, quilting, bingo, scrapbooking, puzzles, Chinese auction, Skip-Bo and more. For information phone Jean at 743-8661 (home) or 743-8675 (work).

In addition, you or other seniors in the Lewiston-Auburn area seeking companionship, may contact: The Lewiston Senior Citizens Office at 784-2926, ext. 207. They frequently have bus trips, events and more. They hold a daily lunch Mondays through Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Sandy at Seniors Plus notes you should please call the dining site at 795-4094 to order your meal (they are made off site) at the Multi-Purpose Center in Lewiston. The senior citizens also have a monthly newsletter that might offer you other alternatives.

Those seniors who are homebound may also contact Catholic Charities’ SEARCH program which has been featured in the column many times. It is located at 15 Westminster St. in Lewiston, has a great program called SEARCH (Seek Elderly Alone, Renew Courage and Hope) where volunteers are assigned to elderly people who enjoy their reassurance calls or home visits. SEARCH also benefits from the work of about 30 volunteers who knit and crochet. For more information, phone 784-0157 and ask for SEARCH. They are open every weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The New Auburn Senior Citizens who frequently hold trips, dinners and more social events that would help you make some connections. They may be reached through Jean at 784-5264.

The First Auburn Senior Citizens, Joyce Pole at 784-3429 or Doris Michael at 782-6962.

You might also contact SeniorsPlus for any leads. Is serves Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties. The phone numbers are 795-4010, 800-427-1241.

Another option is to also check in with local churches. They too often hold senior events, trips and more.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to know if Sun Spots could please find out the address of Chess Review or other periodicals about the chess game. Thank you for the help. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, there appears to be a Chess Review located online at Other than that, you you might also be interested in the Maine Press Association, Web site at

An informal chess class is held from 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays in the cafe area of Barnes and Noble booksellers in the mall across from the Augusta Civic Center. Take Exit 112 from interstate 95.

Also, the British Chess Magazine can be ordered online. Check it out at You can also reach them via mail and phone at BCM/Chess Shop/Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London W1U 7RT, England, phone, 00440-(20) 7486-8222. In addition, if you click on ‘links’ at the top of your computer screen, you will also note several other chess groups, nationally and internationally that might be of interest to you.

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