Dear Sun Spots: I was wondering if you could find out who the woman is who sits behind the Bruins bench during home games? How did she get such great tickets? We have been watching the Bruins for years, and so far, she has never missed a game! Thanks! – Melissa, Oxford, MA.

Answer: Although the Boston Bruins can’t share any personal information with Sun Spots, a fan relations representative told us that she is a season ticket holder of two seats and she’s had these particular season tickets for more than 10 years now. This season’s tickets were $85 per ticket. For her two seats, the cost is $7,310 for the season! Hopefully, a reader will know more about this fan, just as many readers offered information about the identity of the two Red Sox fans who sit behind home plate at Fenway Park. On another note, it’s wonderful to hear we have a fan in Massachusetts!

Dear Sun Spots: For those of us who may be older, with limited means and no immediate family or friends to count on, I hope you can suggest places for us to spend Christmas and New Years. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
Sun Spots is very grateful to Connie Jones and the staff at SeniorsPlus for locating places where you may spend Christmas with others. Trinity Episcopal Church, 247 Bates St., Lewiston will have a 9 a.m. service and serve an 11 a.m. meal. If you’d like, you may volunteer your time as well as enjoy the meal; call 782-5700 if you are interested in volunteering. Also, Hope Haven Gospel Mission, 209 Lincoln St., Lewiston will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The kind volunteer we spoke with at Hope Haven also noted that if you are unable to leave your home, they will be happy to deliver a meal to you. Contact them by Dec. 23 at 783-6086. Also, on Christmas Eve, the Vineyard Church in Lewiston will have a 5:30 p.m. service with refreshments.

Dear Sun Spots: The Independent Transportation Network, a nonprofit organization based in Westbrook, is conducting a scientific study in the Lewiston-Auburn area and in different communities around the country to learn how the availability of transportation affects the quality of life for older adults and people with visual impairment. Older people throughout the country stand to benefit from the study results, which will be used for improvements and greater access to transportation options later in life.

We are conducting confidential telephone interviews with people age 65 or older who are driving less, are considering driving less, have stopped driving or never drove. We are also interviewing adults whose visual impairment prevents them from driving. Participants will be paid $20 to thank them for their time.

If readers would like to participate or would like to learn more about this study, please contact me directly at our toll-free number 888-828-6570. To learn more about our organization, please visit our Web site at www.ITNAmerica.org. Thank you. – Jackie Vine, Evaluation & Research Manager, Westbrook.


Dear Sun Spots: Is there someone who buys or accepts donations of medical equipment, like a walker and cane? Please call 784-1743. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, contact the Medical Equipment To Go program at St. Mary’s Health Systems, Lewiston. METGO lends out equipment to those in need. Call 755-3030 and leave a message. Someone will return your call to discuss further details. Other types of equipment they need are tub transfer seats and benches.

Dear Sun Spots: I, like a lot of people, enjoy your column tremendously. The holidays are upon us and with the economy the way it is people are having a difficult time.

The best presents we know are from the heart. I am a retired person and, like so many other retirees, am on a fixed income, but I had the best present given to me the other day with no monetary cost involved.

My granddaughter called and came over to spend the morning with me, hauling out the Christmas tree, decorating it, rearranging the living room and spending quality time with me.

I need no wrapped presents under the tree when I have already got mine and the best thing is I have a wonderful memory. So keeping the holidays in mind and the spirit in which it is meant, go decorate a house or tree, offer to shovel, bring home-baked goods or a meal, and see whatever else can be done and then sit and spend time. When you leave, tell them you will be back to put everything away again.

Memories are a wonderful thing, and no one can take them away. Have a wonderful holiday. – Cookie Donovan, Auburn.

Answer:
Sun Spots thanks you for sharing your wonderful memory with us!

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