Dear Sun Spots: I have enclosed an article that was recently sent to me. My picture was on the side, and on the back was this story about the royal family of Norway and their escape in 1940, after Hitler invaded their country. President Roosevelt invited them to this country. As a recipient of these pictures that I hold dear, I felt it might be of interest to the descendants of the royal family. My problem is that I don’t know what to do. I looked up the Norwegian Embassy online and ended up confused. Perhaps you could please direct me so that I can ensure this gets into the proper hands. – Pauline Belisle, No Town.

You might consider contacting the consulate based in Massachusetts at Honorary Consul Terje Korsnes, Royal Norwegian Consulate, 253 Summer St., 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02210, phone 617-423 2515 or via e-mail at [email protected] In addition, try contacting the Royal Norwegian Consulate General at 825 Third Ave., 38th floor, New York, NY 10022, phone 212-421-7333, or via e-mail at [email protected] You can also locate them online at

Dear Sun Spots: The holiday season is a good time to save stamps, especially foreign and U.S. commemorative stamps. You might even have an old stamp album collecting dust. The stamps are used to help the poor in Cameroon. The paper around the canceled stamp should be left alone. Thanks to all of you who support this project. Merry Christmas to all!

Please mail your stamps, again leaving a border around the canceled stamps, to Sr. Gilberte Boisvert, 209 Lawrence St., Ste. Claire, Methuen, MA 01844. – Sr. Gilberte Boisvert, Methuen, Mass.

Dear Sun Spots: I love Sun Spots. Please tell me what is a good solution for cleaning silver and gold jewelry. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots located the following cleaners online at www. and you might want to try them:

Famous jewelry cleaner ingredients: 1 ounce lump of borax, 1 pint water, ½ ounce washing soda, 2½ ounces liquid ammonia, ½ ounce finely shaved Castile soap. Method: Mix borax, washing soda, Castile soap and water and boil in an enameled pot until all the ingredients are dissolved. When partially cooled, stir in liquid ammonia and add enough water to make two quarts.

Place jewelry in this mixture. Brush well. Rinse in very hot water and dry carefully.

Gentle Silver Polish Ingredients & Method: ¼ cup mashed, pureed banana skins, 1 tablespoon baking soda. Mix well to make a paste. Apply to silver, rub, then buff dry.

Dear Sun Spots: Attention Scout leaders!

We have the following items to give away: two pairs of Scout shorts, size 38; 1 pair of long pants, size 40; three short-sleeved shirts, size large. Also, I have a Merit Badge book, books on kayaking and canoeing and more. T-shirts, extra large with emblems of various scout camps. I can be reached at 783-3935. Please ask of Bob or Sylvia. – Sylvia Latulippe, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I appreciate your column as much as everyone else does!

With regard to the inquiry about an American buffet restaurant in the area: The former Rail Station Restaurant in Mechanic Falls has been purchased by someone associated with the big American buffet restaurant in Portland and will be opening soon. A sign has gone up at the restaurant identifying it as Roscoe’s Rockin’ Railroad Buffet.

I don’t have any specific details except that it will offer a regular menu as well and should be open for the holidays.

It sounds as though, once again, the beautiful building which is a piece of Mechanic Falls’ history, will play host to a great chef cooking up great food! For many years both Lewiston and Norway had good American buffet restaurants, well, Mechanic Falls will have one now – halfway between the two. – No Name, Mechanic Falls.

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