Dear Sun Spots: My request is urgent. I’m looking for information on Harvey G. Bennett. His parents and family were from this area. His era was 1844-1918. His wife was Sarah Amey. His children were John, Ferdinand, Addie, Jessie M. and Samuel. John’s child F. Harvey is my father and his first wife was Pearl G. Strout. I am looking to find anything about this family as my life expectancy is shorter now. Harvey G. lived with the Ziba Durkee family for a time. Other links were Annie Heath and Abby Swan and an uncle of my dad lived in St. John’s East, Canada. Thank you to all those who are trying to help. Everyone has suggested Sun Spots would be my best avenue for help. – Eleanor Bennett Collins, Bethel.

Answer: We recommend anyone with any information of the people mentioned above to contact the column.

Dear Sun Spots: I want to express my immense gratitude to Milt Simon and the Auburn Community Band for their support of the American Red Cross by presenting us with the opportunity to speak at the band concert on Wednesday, July 2, at Festival Plaza in Auburn. I was thrilled to be able to share with members of the community my pride in what our local American Red Cross of Southern Maine, United Valley Chapter, does to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, from the flooding in Fort Kent this past spring to assistance for single-family fires here in Lewiston-Auburn.

It costs our chapter $515 a day, every day, to assist members of the community with their emergency needs following a disaster and we need to raise that money locally because we are not financially supported either by any government funding or by our national office for these events.

For many years, the Auburn Community Band has provided members of the American Red Cross of Southern Maine – United Valley Disaster Action Team – the chance to circulate through the large crowd of listeners that are present to solicit contributions with American Red Cross emblazoned buckets. The July 2 total contribution of $500 is the largest ever, and there was such a marvelous show of support for what we do from our friends and neighbors. This will help us to provide food, replacement clothing and a hotel stay for some of the many individuals and families that we help every day. Thank you Milt and the other wonderful members of the Auburn Community Band for once again helping us help others! With heartfelt thanks. – Judy Emch, marketing specialist, American Red Cross of Southern Maine – United Valley Chapter.

Dear Sun Spots: Amvet Ladies Auxiliary, Route 100, New Gloucester, will be holding its annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 26, rain or shine. Tables are available for $15. For more information contact Pat Kiley, 926-4232 or Joyce Hamilton, 926-4079 – Pat, New Gloucester.


Dear Sun Spots: The Farmington High School Class of 1963 is planning its 45th reunion on Aug. 9. We would appreciate any assistance in contacting the following people: Joy Meader, Nancy Sommers, Frances Luce Millbench, Robert Starbird Jr., Linda Tobin, Gerine Wilkins. Please call Sharon (Marquis) Blanchard at 645-4015 or Linda (Lake) Dwinal at 778-4460. – L.D., Farmington.

Dear Sun Spots: Following our yard sale of June 28 on Park Avenue in Auburn, I found several letter tiles that go with a Scrabble game. If the lady who bought the game will call me at 782-8415, I will arrange to get them to her. Thank you for all your good work. – Jane, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m looking for four captain kitchen set chairs with low backs. I’d like to know if there’s some place in Lewiston and Auburn that sells those chairs. I would like to have the name, address and telephone number if they sell some. – E.F., Lewiston



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