Dear Sun Spots: The Lewiston Public Library is seeking suggestions from local residents on new languages they would most like to learn.

We recently acquired an online language learning program called Rosetta Stone, which allows any LPL cardholder to be individually tutored, free of charge, via any computer that is connected to the Internet, either at the library or at home. We currently have three languages available for study through this program: English, French and Spanish.

However, the library has just received a generous private donation which it is very excited about. These funds will assist us in adding a fourth language option, and we are inviting the community’s input to help direct this choice.

The languages most actively under consideration are German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Hebrew, with many other possibilities listed on the Rosetta Stone Web site at www.rosettastone.com. Anyone wishing to submit a preference for any of the language options is encouraged to contact us either via e-mail at [email protected], or phone at 784-0135, ext. 210, or by visiting the library at 200 Lisbon St. in downtown Lewiston. Any staff member of our reference department cannot only record your suggestion but will also guide you on how to make use of the current Rosetta Stone language learning offerings. We welcome any and all responses. Looking forward to hearing from Sun Spots column readers and Lewiston Public Library cardholders. – Rick Speer, director, Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston.


Dear Sun Spots: A reader in the April 12 Sun Spots column was looking for the Mary Jane candies that used to be popular. There is a store on Route 1 in Kittery that has Mary Jane’s and every other kind of candy imaginable, including lots of varieties from “way back when.” The store is called Yummies. The phone number is 1-877-498-6643 and the Web site is www.yummies.com. Hope this helps. – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
Sun Spots appreciates this tip and has heard of this store from a co-worker who is a great fan of Australian licorice and has provided Sun Spots with many a sweet treat. Yummies is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. From I-95 take Exit 3 North (Route 1) one mile to Yummies on the right. You might consider browsing their Memory Lane for wonderful candies you may recall from your childhood. In addition, they do also carry maple syrup spread for those interested in Maine-themed items.

Sun Spots also spoke with Mike, manager at Roy’s Foodland, which also carries Mary Jane candies. You might also like to check out Roy’s for some of those hard-to-find candies. Mike says they’ve got NECCO wafers, Good ‘N Plenty, Dots, Sky Bars, Black Jack gum, Mint Juleps and more. Roy’s Foodland is located at 70 Broad St., Auburn, phone 783-8471. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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