Dear Sun Spots: If anyone in the area has extra pumpkins that they would like to donate, we’d love them. The Knights of Columbus Council 106 on East Avenue is having a Halloween dinner dance from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. I will be doing some carving of pumpkins and would need about a dozen of whatever I can get to decorate the hall. If anyone can help, please call me as far in advance as possible so that I can arrange to pick them up and also decorate them prior to the dance. Anyone wanting to donate pumpkins can call the dance committee chairman Leo Baillargeon at 784-0389 and make arrangements to pick them up. A buffet and dancing to Vintage will be provided at $30 a couple. Anyone wanting tickets can also call Leo by Oct. 17. Thank you for your support. And please think of us if you have those extra pumpkins. We are so ready to decorate. – Leo Baillargeon, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I am researching musical performances of Les Cloches De Corneville (The Belles of Normandy) in Lewiston/Auburn and perhaps other places in Maine for a course in Franco-American archival work. I am especially interested in obtaining a copy of the play to read, as well as any information and memorabilia on production places and dates, programs and information about Le Club Musical-Litteraire (1888-1963). Interior photos of music hall and Empire Theater would also be useful. Any help will be appreciated to help preserve this part of Franco-American history. Please call Claire Poulin in Auburn at 782-4762. – Claire Poulin, Auburn.

Answer:
You might consider contacting both the Androscoggin Historical Society as well as the Franco-American Heritage Center. Contact Michael Lord at the historical society Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Rita Dube at the Franco-American Heritage Center 783-1585. You might also consider the Franco-American Heritage Collection at Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston, ME 04240, www.usm.maine.edu/lac/franco or via phone at 753-6545.

Dear Sun Spots: The Lewiston High School Key Club will be raking lawns on Saturday, Nov. 18. Rain date is Nov. 25. We’ll be raking in the Holy Cross Church area of Lewiston. If you are elderly, or just have a hard time raking your lawn, please call 786-8534 and leave your name, address and phone number. We will do our best to help everyone who calls. Donations are welcomed but not required. Thank you. – Amber Ouellette, Key Club president, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m hoping you can please give me some information on the fire at the children’s home in Auburn. I believe it was in the mid-to-late 1940s. If anyone has any information please write to Mary Pulsifer, 461 Station Road, Hebron, ME 04238 or call me at 966-1102. – Mary Pulsifer, Hebron.

Dear Sun Spots: I read your column every day and I look forward to it.

I need help. My beater on a waring hand mixer has broken. The mixer is still working very well. I’m 72 years old and can’t afford a new mixer. I would appreciate any help at all. Thank you very much and keep up the good you do for everyone. – No Name, Lisbon Falls.

Answer:
Sun Spots contacted Conair, which took over Waring, but has been unable to receive a response about this specific inquiry. You could try contacting Conair yourself via their toll free number at 1-800-366-5391.

Brian Burpee of Durham, please contact the Sun Spots regarding your inquiry about stoves.

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