Dear Sun Spots: I am concerned about the long line of traffic after 3 p.m. on Main Street in Lewiston from the bridge up toward Marden’s. This is getting ridiculous. I was just wondering if the city of Lewiston is able to do anything about this. Also, I wonder if they have stopped making Snow’s fish chowder in the can; I can’t find it in any stores. I am a big fan of Elvis, just wondering how many records he has sold in his lifetime. I think he holds the record. I realize he is still selling them today. Also, are there any Elvis fan clubs in the area? Thank you for any information you can find. – Dick Higgins, Hartford.

Answer: Sun Spots spoke with Lewiston Deputy City Administrator Phil Nadeau, who agrees that this area is a problem and notes that about 24,000 cars pass through this area a day.

The good news is that the Maine Department of Transportation has engineered a project to help alleviate the traffic problem. Its plans include extending the five lanes of traffic from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge to the area of Strawberry Avenue. From there, to around the area of Montello Street, they plan to create a middle turning lane.

While the project is planned, it is now a matter of funding it. The price of asphalt has delayed some projects that are highly dependent on state transportation money. So, it is possible that it could take a few years to begin the project.

Nadeau also notes there may be a possibility of other improvements on the same stretch of Main Street after the initial project is complete, such as installing a traffic light at the intersection of Main Street and Strawberry Avenue. Once the first part of the project is complete, they may come back and revisit the intersection concerns. If you have additional concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact Nadeau at 513-3121, ext. 3201.

In response to your request about Snow’s fish chowder, the product is still available and Sun Spots recently purchased Snow’s brand chowder at Hannaford on Spring Street, Auburn. If you don’t see it at your regular grocery store, you can always ask the manager about ordering it for you.

According to the official Elvis Presley Web site,, it is estimated that Elvis has sold more than 1 billion records worldwide, more than anyone else in the history of the record business. It is estimated that 60 percent of these sales have been in the United States and 40 percent in other countries. Although not all of Elvis’ record sales have been documented, the 1 billion figure is a good estimate by those who know the most about Elvis. The True Fans For Elvis Fan Club in Maine is one of 350 official Elvis fan clubs worldwide. It is currently accepting new members; send a letter to club President Dot Gonyea, 62 Lowell St., South Portland, ME 04106 with your request to join. Be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply.

Dear Sun Spots: On Tuesday November 11, the L & A Veterans Council will present their annual musical tribute to Veterans, at the Lewiston Armory, Central Ave. in Lewiston at 10 a.m, all free. Program includes Pass In Review by all color guard and honor guards, military, veterans, fraternal and youth organizations. Singing will be done by Denny Breau, the Just Us Entertainers and the mix choir of Lewiston and Edward Little High Schools. Also, both bands from the high schools will be performing. Now is the time for the people to honor all Veterans for what they have done in keeping us free. Also in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Veterans Park they will be unveiling the 16th stone with 216 names on it. Please support all members of the military and all the veterans on this special day, attend these two event to thank them. – Bert Dutil, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: Amvet Ladies Auxiliary will be holding its annual Harvest Supper from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Amvet Hall, Route 100, New Gloucester. The menu consists of baked ham, squash, potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage, turnip, rolls and gingerbread with cream. The price is $8 for adults and $3 for kids. – Pat Kiley, New Gloucester.

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