Dear Sun Spots: I am from the Rumford area and a beginner at growing orchids. I have a friend who has grown them for several years now. We were wondering if there are any other orchid growers around this vicinity who might want to do a monthly get-together to share their experiences, ideas and love of these beautiful plants. If so, please contact Chris at 364-3391. – No Name, No Town.

Many thanks to Richard Morin of Woodsprite Orchids, 43 Depot Road, New Gloucester,, who had a wonderful wealth of information. You can reach Richard and Woodsprite Orchids at 688-4284 or via e-mail at [email protected]

Morin says you and other orchid enthusiasts might consider the following orchid societies here in Maine for assistance:

• The Maine Orchid Society, which meets in Gorham at St. Ann’s Church every second Monday of the month. They are also located online at

• Eastern Maine Orchid Society. Contact person is Denis Roessiger, 326-9211. They meet the second Saturday, monthly, except in July and August. Morin believes the meeting place is probably near Bangor, but you ought to contact Roessiger for more details.

Dear Sun Spots: I have a piano studio here in Lewiston and have students ranging from 8 to 60 years old. Most recently, two of my students saw a movie on DVD called “Battle of the Brave.” The music and voice makes us feel it is Celine Dion. I went on the Internet but am unable to find what I am searching for, namely the title of the song. If I could find it, I feel I could teach this lovely piece to my advanced students. Any assistance would be most appreciated. Thank you. – B.M.D., Lewiston.

The movie is also known as Nouvelle France. You are correct about the singer being Celine Dion. The final song on the soundtrack, Ma Nouvelle France, is sung by Dion. The composers were Luc Plamondon and Patrick Doyle. After much searching, Sun Spots did locate a song and piano book called “On ne change pas,” online at, which appears to be located in France. The book is listed at $38.10. You might check it out online to note the listing of contents. Sun Spots did not locate this song on sheet music, just contained in the book above. The reference number is BEUSO231; publisher is Paul Beuscher. Check out the Web site for online or postal ordering.

Dear Sun Spots: I’ve lost my recipe for butterscotch pie. It was to make the pie from scratch, an old-fashioned one. Thanks if you could please find one like that. – E. Blais, No Town.

You might consider the following recipe that looks like the one you’re seeking:

Butterscotch Pie, recipe from St.Anne’s Parish in Caribou

1 cup brown sugar, 4 tablespoons cornstarch, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 cups milk, warmed, 2 egg yolks, beaten, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 pie crust, baked.

Topping Ingredients: 2 egg whites, beaten stiff, 1 pinch salt, 4 tablespoons powdered sugar.

Method: In top of double boiler, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk. Stir and keep stirring until it thickens. Add egg yolks, keep on cooking, stirring until it thickens. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla; keep on stirring, pour into cooked pie crust. Combine the topping ingredients to make the meringue and spread over filling and bake in 400 degree oven for 5 minutes or until brown.

Dear Sun Spots: We have recently lost one of our beloved dogs and the remaining one is very lonely without his buddy. We are looking for a medium to large size, younger dog but not a puppy for a playmate for ours. Free or reasonable to our good home. If you can help, please contact us at 786-8078 or 786-4007. – Sue Cutting, Auburn.

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