Dear Sun Spots: Back last April there was a report of a vehicle accident on Route 126 in Wales that resulted in the death of Diane Heald. The driver of the other vehicle was said to have run a stop sign. I have yet to see what, if any, charges came of this. Did I miss a story in the Sun Journal? How does anyone find out how a matter like this stands? – A long-time Sun Spots Fan, Litchfield.

Answer: Sun Spots spoke with a representative at the Clerk of Courts for Androscoggin County who said if charges were filed, the information is available to the public. The information, however, is not given out over the phone and anything that is confidential will not be released. Visit the office at 2 Turner St., Auburn or send your request in writing to the Clerk of Courts, PO Box 3660, Auburn, ME 04210. There is no fee if you are requesting information for one name.

Dear Sun Spots: On behalf of the Anderson/Staples Post #112 Legionnaire Joe Bernard and Red Cross Regional Donor Chairman Paul Hanagan, we would like to thank the citizens who responded to the vital need for blood over the holiday season.


The American Legion has pledged its service and commitment to the Red Cross to help in providing blood drives for the people of Maine.

Post #112 would also like to recognize the leadership and innovation of the Red Cross in transfusion and medical research for over 50 years. The many community volunteers throughout the state have aided many of these achievements.

The American Legion would also thank the local sponsors who help with the blood drives in the Oxford Hills area. We are grateful for your support as we continue to carry out our mission to help those in need. We look forward to working with our donors and the Red Cross in the future. – Joe Bernard, Oxford.


Dear Sun Spots: I’m looking for vintage (1960s to 1970s) plumbing memorabilia from any Lewiston/Auburn plumbing supply house or any private plumbing contractors. This may include, but is not limited to, names such as Hall & Knight, Lewiston Supply or Carmen Thompson. Items such as calendars, letterheads, invoice or statement paper and memo pads are all acceptable. Anything with a company logo from a private contractor would be considered. Thank you, please call 754-7135. – No Name, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I want to thank Sun Spots readers for their help in the past in supporting Turner Elementary School. We are collecting box tops and our goal is $1,500. Our last submission for the school year is February 28. If any readers have some they would like to donate they can be mailed to me, Laurie Labbe, 5 Brookfield Est., Turner, Maine 04282. Thank you. – Laurie Labbe, Turner.

Dear Sun Spots: One day you had Leo Baillargeon’s recipes for meat pies in Sun Spots of his mom’s and his wife’s mom. I believe it was shortly before Thanksgiving. Is it possible to print those recipes again in Sun Spots? – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
The following recipes appeared in the Nov. 18 Sun Spots column. You can also access them through a keyword search on our Web site, www.sunjournal.com, using the “Search and Back Issues” tool, found on the left side of the page.

Recipe No. 1

Ingredients: 1 to 1½ pounds of ground pork; 1 large onion, minced; 1 teaspoon salt; 1 teaspoon black pepper; 1 teaspoon of sage; 2 cups mashed potatoes; 1 cup water; 1 package pie crusts.

Method: Place pork, spices, water and onion in large pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, at medium high heat until meat is all browned. While pork is cooking, boil potatoes and mash. Once pork is cooked, add mashed potatoes and mix thoroughly. If there is still liquid, add more potatoes to absorb all liquid. Prepare pie crust per package instructions. Place one crust in 9-inch pie plate. Spoon meat and potato mixture into crust and then cover with the top crust. Pinch the edges of upper and lower crusts together and using a sharp knife, cut several steam vents in top crust. Place in preheated 450-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Recipe No. 2

Ingredients: ¾ pound ground beef; ¾ pound pork; 1 large onion, minced; 1 teaspoon salt; 1 teaspoon black pepper; 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon; ¼ teaspoon ground cloves; ¼ teaspoon allspice; 2 cups mashed potatoes; 1 cup water; 1 package pie crusts.

Method: Place beef, pork, spices, onion and water in large pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, at medium high heat until meat is all browned. Add mashed potatoes and mix thoroughly. Lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Mixture should be nice and thick, so you may have to drain some grease or water from it.

While the mixture simmers, prepare pie crust per package instructions. Place one crust in 9-in pie plate. Spoon meat and potato mixture into crust and then cover with the top crust. Pinch the edges of upper and lower crusts together and, using a sharp knife, cut several steam vents in top crust. Place in preheated 450-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

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