Dear Sun Spots: I graduated from Mid-State College. It has since closed and I am looking at going back to school. I need to know if it is possible to obtain my records from there and if so how? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. – No Name, Wilton.

Answer: According to the state of Maine’s Web site, when a Maine post-secondary school or college closes, the Maine Department of Education seeks to acquire the academic records of the closed institution so that they will be preserved. They do not have the records from all closed schools, but they do have Mid-State College transcripts. There is a $3 fee per copy, checks payable to Treasurer, State of Maine. To request a transcript, mail your payment to Transcript Request, Maine Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0023.

You can also contact MDOE by e-mail. Send requests for transcripts, or questions about obtaining them, to [email protected] Please put the word “Transcript” in the subject line of your e-mail. Please be advised that MDOE will not mail any transcript until your payment received.

In your requests, please include the name of the closed school, your full name, any other name you might have used while attending the school, the years you attended, your date of birth and Social Security number, your address at the time you attended the school, and your current contact information, address, telephone and e-mail if available.

For additional information, you can visit the state Web site at

Dear Sun Spots: Attention residents of Thompson Lake: a wooden raft has floated to the front of our property. If your raft is missing, please call 998-2767. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: The Phillips Historical Society has a need for a 35 mm microfilm reader/viewer. Our existing machine is not repairable and we have historical newspapers on film that we would like to make available for our visitors. If anyone has a working machine they would be willing to part with, please contact Denny at 639-3111. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: The Meadowview Seniors are organizing a day trip to Hollywood Slots in Bangor for Friday, Nov. 21. Anyone interested in going, please send your check made out to Meadowview Seniors and send it to Bert Dutil, 23 Spofford St., Apt. 454, Lewiston, ME 04240. We will be leaving at 7 a.m. from Meadowview Parking lot. For more information contact Bert at 786-2305. – Bert Dutil, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: My granddaughter is expecting her third child in November. The oldest will be just turning 3. She is in need of a stroller for three if anyone no longer needs theirs or will sell for a reasonable price. Can be picked up within a reasonable distance from Lewiston. Many thanks and thanks for a great column. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Cote’s Sewing & Fabric Center would like to thank all the Sunspots readers who answered our plea. Because of you, we once again have an ample supply of fleece and yarn and we encourage all sewers and knitters to stop by our store and get some to make “Mittens for Kids.” On Dec. 5 and 6, we will be delivering your donations to WCSH and the Salvation Army as part of their Coats and Toys for Kids campaign. With the high cost of fuel, the need is greater than ever. Because of your generous support, together we can keep our Maine children warm. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Sincerely, – Lisa Cote-Blake, Cote’s Sewing & Fabric Center, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: The Rumford Eagles will be having a craft fair in the bingo hall on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you are a crafter/vendor and are interested in renting a space please call 357-3103 for more info. Thank you. – Marcie Surette, president, Rumford Eagles.

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