Dear Sun Spots: If you attended school in Norway’s Upper Primary School (now the Matolcsy Arts Center at 480 Main St.) or at any of the other Norway one-room schoolhouses and you have fond memories of something most folks under 50 have no idea about, then the organizers of the Upper Primary School Reunion want to hear from you.

Former students of Norway’s Upper Primary School are joining forces with Western Maine Art Group, which owns and operates the Matolcsy Arts Center (The MAC), to host a special event centered around the MAC’s previous life and the influence it had on individuals and the community. Organizers are planning on holding a two-day event, Oct. 24 and 25, which will include a memory night, a public supper and a fun scavenger hunt to all of Norway’s one-room schoolhouses.

The first step in planning this event is to seek pictures and any other memorabilia like lunch trays, and boxes, old text books or memory books, photographs, or cherished school projects tucked away in closets and attics. These items will be used to build a display and exhibit and will be used for research into the building’s long history. Organizers plan to build the first ever comprehensive alumni list and will be encouraging former students to write down their favorite memories and stories from attending school at the Upper Primary to share with the public.

If your folks or Great Aunt Harriett attended school there, they would like to know that as well. Since the Upper Primary School was built in 1866, it’s a good bet that early alumni won’t be able to participate except through their descendants.

In 1925, Norway had 11 operating one room schools, many of which are gone today. So while the primary focus of this event will be the Upper Primary, which is now the MAC, organizers would like to gather pictures, stories, and other memorabilia from all of Norway’s one-room schools, and make this a celebration of this wonderful segment of Norway’s history. For more information contact the WMAG at 207-739-6161 or the Upper Primary Reunion Committee at 6 Maple St., Norway, ME 04268 or e-mail [email protected] – Aranka K. Matolcsy, executive director, WMAG.

Dear Sun Spots: You have helped me in the past and I’m sure you will be able to help me again. My 6-year-old grandchild Lydia is a super fan of Hannah Montana’s, she has a poster on one of her bedroom walls and a few other items. If you could please provide information on where I could obtain a picture autograph, this is something she will never forget and would make her a happy little girl. Thank you much. – Ginny, No Town.


Answer: You can request one by writing to: Hannah Montana, c/o It’s a Laugh Productions Inc., 2800 West Sunset Blvd., Bldg. 11 Suite 201, Hollywood, CA 90028. Be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope. You should be prepared to wait up to three or four months for your response. There are also many to choose from at www.eBay.com for around $10, which includes shipping.

Dear Sun Spots: I am writing to you for my friend Lawrence. I work with him at Poland Springs resort, he works there part-time to make ends meet. Recently he was robbed and they stole his chain saw and his weed whacker. He is an elderly man who does not have much, he desperately needs his saw to cut wood for the winter. If anyone has a saw to donate or could help him out it would be greatly appreciated. I don’t have a number to reach him at only his work place at Poland Springs. I can be reached at 345-3172. Thanks so much I hope you can help. – Jeanne, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m hoping someone who gets the “Traditions” catalog will be willing to help me. I need just the picture in it of a puppy in a little red wagon. Thanks! – Barbara, Minot.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, a customer service representative at Traditions may be able to send you a copy of the catalog you are seeking. Contact them 1-800-777-0327, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., pacific time, Monday through Friday.

Dear Sun Spots: I want to tell the person who bought two cream colored curtain rods that I forgot to give them the brackets that go with them. I have them here if they want them. They were bought at my garage sale held the weekend of Aug. 21, 22 and 23. Please call me at 782-8314. Thank you. – Pauline, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: The United Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking donations of DVD’s to be sent to our troops serving overseas. The current American Red Cross liaison serving in Iraq is an active member of the United Valley Chapter in Lewiston and he has contacted United Valley in hopes of gathering DVD’s for the soldiers who are in military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you are interested in donating new or gently used DVD’s, you may drop them off at our local Red Cross office at 1180 Lisbon Street, Lewiston. Nothing above an ‘R’ rating will be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 207-795-4004 ext 301. Thank you. – Laurie Levine, Director, American Red Cross, United Valley.

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