Dear Sun Spots: I am truly grateful to Sun Spots for unknowingly introducing me to a member of the Red Hat Society. My Queen’s name is Auntie “M” introduced to me by Queen “Tinkerbelle” from Brunswick, also a fan of your column. Auntie “M” is a true Red Hatter in every aspect of the name. She has taught me what great fun it is to wear those fabulous hats. As the saying goes in the society, “Live, love, laugh.” Many thanks. – Princess Morning Glory of the Emerald City Wildflowers, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I hope you can finally help me become a part of the wild and colorful group I have heard of for many years. For the past several years I have been trying to locate a chapter of the Red Hatters in the Auburn area. I have gone online several times, seen charters, all seem to not be accepting members if even still a group. The one group that did return my request was a very elderly group from a women’s nursing home that only meets to discuss books weekly over tea. They suggested I was too young for the group. I am only 46, and wanted to be as they refer to it as Pink Ladies in waiting. I am very active, fun loving and have friends who may also be interested in a group. Can you help me find a group? On another topic, I am trying to locate help in a low interest home improvement/winterizing loan. I have read that the government is sponsoring them but have yet to gain any further information. I have never received government help but as a single person trying to keep a home this winter I am going to need help with my very old drafty home. Oil assistance may also be needed. I hate to ask for help but otherwise I may lose what I have worked so hard to hang onto. Thank You. – No Name, Auburn.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, please contact the Sun Spots column for information on locating a Red Hat Society chapter in Auburn.

The Sun Journal published an article in December 2007 regarding programs available through the City of Auburn for Auburn residents. Hal Barter, Auburn’s Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Community Development Department notes that the programs still exist, however there is a waiting list until around October. He suggests checking out the Web site, www.auburnmaine.org or feel free to call and he would happy to assist you, (207) 333-6601 extension 1332. The programs he can assist you with are for Auburn residents only.

Dear Sun Spots: Do you know where anyone can find a Franklin Delano Roosevelt statue standing about 14-16 inches tall turning some kind of wheel? – No Name, Livermore Falls.

Answer: The only item similar to what you described is a clock, which is a statue of FDR turning a ship’s wheel. Inside the center of the wheel is a clock. This clock was given as gifts to people who made donations at a fund raiser for Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential campaign in the 1930s. The one we located could be purchased on eBay for $80. As this is an old collectible, perhaps you could contact Orphan Annie’s in Auburn to see if they might be able to help you locate one. Contact the store at 782-0638.

Dear Sun Spots: This is a huge thank you to all those thoughtful people who donated yarn to me, for the Paris school children for scarves this coming winter. I do need the people who were in Mechanic Falls and Minot to please write again. Your letters were misplaced. Thank you once again and keep that yarn coming! Sincerely, – Charlotte Parker, South Paris.

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