For No Name, Livermore Falls, inquiring about a Franklin Delano Roosevelt statue (Saturday, July 26), please contact the column for more information.

Dear Sun Spots: I wonder if you can help me. I have a gift certificate for Mr. Sea Lobster Pound at 1184 Sabattus Road but it’s always closed when I go. I tried the telephone number but get a message that it was opened July 4 and 5 but no other information. I know you have helped a lot of people and hope you can help me. Also I have a certificate for Vallee family’s restaurant (Village Inn in Auburn). Anything new on its reopening? Thank you for whatever help you can give me. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Attempts to reach someone at Mr. Sea Lobster Pound were also unsuccessful. Perhaps readers with information about the restaurant will contact the column. Sun Spots noticed an “open” flag outside the building on Saturday, but did not get a chance to go inside.

On a good note, we recently spoke with Belinda Vallee, who gave us some new information on the progress of the Village Inn restaurant.

You’ll be happy to hear that they are close to breaking ground. They’ve run into a lot of roadblocks, but have maintained an active presence in the local community in the past year. She assures us they will definitely be back. A lot of demolition has been done inside, which will allow for a new look in the entryway. They are also working on the outside grounds. She reminded Sun Spots that gift certificates that were purchased before the fire will receive an extra 10 percent of the value when they are redeemed. So be sure to hang on to yours.

Since they are so close to breaking ground, their much-loved chowder won’t be available at this year’s Balloon Festival, but they still will provide and steam the clams for the clam eating contest. Be sure to look for its return at the 2009 Balloon Festival.

Dear Sun Spots: The Lisbon United Methodist Church is holding a public auction to benefit its local outreach ministries, especially the Lisbon Area Christian Outreach program that operates a food pantry and clothing bank for the needy in the local community. Friday, Aug. 1, is a preview from 3 to 5:30 p.m., and the auction is 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Erich Ammarell, of Ammarell Antiques will be conducting the auction at his facility on Route 96 at School Street. in Lisbon Falls (the former Holy Family Church). Items to be auctioned include antiques, good furniture, collectibles and more. Pictures of some of the items are posted on Erich’s Web site:

Contact the church at 353-4982 for items or services to donate. Thank you very much. – Monica McCusker, LUMC Auction Committee, Lisbon Falls.

Dear Sun Spots: My husband has been diagnosed with kidney disease. The dietitian has asked us to get a scale to measure the weight, in ounces, of his prepared food. I would like to know if a Sun Spot reader would have a scale that they are no longer using and would be willing to sell at a reasonable price. It does not have to be a food scale. A postal scale would be fine. Sun Spots is a wonderful column. Thank you for your help. We may be reached at 782-5118. – Anita, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: We had the misfortune of losing several lawn chairs along the way between Canton and Jay on Saturday afternoon, July 19, and would appreciate whoever may have picked them up if they would call 897-2204 so they may be returned to their rightful owner. Thank you. – R.S., Jay.

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