Dear Sun Spots: Does anyone know where I can get the yellow flag for the top of my mailbox? It goes up when the mail is put in the box, so I know the mail has come. I’ve had mine over 20 years and it broke. Call 778-9711. – Sue, Farmington.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, contact Mahvelous Mailboxes and More, N89 W16750 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051-2852, 888-675-6245. They have a few different mail alert flags, including the yellow flag you described. Someone is available to help from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit www.mahvelousmailboxes.com to see pictures of the flags.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m looking for information on a hockey picture I have. It has a Lewiston Sun Journal stamp on the back. It is of a K of C hockey team, Lewiston, possibly from late 1930s or early 1940s.


There are at least five PEI Islanders on the team, and I’m hoping to get some information on this team, what league it was in, etc. These five guys also played for the Denver, Colo. Canadians in 1936. I would really appreciate any help from your citizens. Thank you. – Gloria Large, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada.

Dear Sun Spots: First I wish to thank all the faithful readers of Sun Spots, I have recently put in two requests for items because of an increasing disability, and I have received what I asked for the very day that it ran.

I have a very big request, and I know that someone from Sun Spots will be willing to help me out. I need a stair chair, and they are much too costly for me to purchase with what I make on disability. The stair chair that I am referring to is a chair that rides up and down a rail that is installed on the wall, thereby making it much easier for me to climb the stairs that I need to climb to get into my home.

Please, if anyone has one that is not being used, please call me, I am in very great need for this. Call 576-1661. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Could you please tell me how to get in touch with Habitat for Humanity? We really enjoy this helpful column and suggestions for thrifty meals. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.


Answer: Sun Spots located the following contact information for local Habitat for Humanity offices. Androscoggin HFH, P.O. Box 3041, Auburn, ME 04212-3041, 786-2598; Southern Kennebec Co. HFH, 14 Huntington Hill Rd., Litchfield, ME 04350, 622-5820; Waterville Area HFH, P.O. Box 1972, Waterville, ME 04903-1972, 873-5156; and 7 Rivers Maine, Inc., HFH, 108 Centre St., Bath, ME 04530, 386-5081.

Dear Sun Spots: In response to more needs, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice is offering classes this spring for compassionate people to be trained as hospice volunteers and bereavement volunteers.

Hospice volunteers help support terminally ill patients and their families at home, in long-term care facilities and at the AHCH Hospice House in Auburn. A 3½ day, 27-hour hospice course will be held in Lewiston beginning June 8.

Bereavement volunteers offer companionship to someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. A 15-hour bereavement course will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning June 11.

Volunteers are valued members of the hospice and bereavement teams and are matched with patients or clients in or near their communities. We ask for a time commitment of two to four hours each week. Classes will be held in Lewiston at our Strawberry Avenue location. For more information, please contact volunteer services at 777-7740 or 1-800-482-7412. – Nancy Greene, volunteer coordinator.


Dear Sun Spots: You really do an excellent job at helping many. Now I have a question. I have not seen any write-up about the 2009 gold dollars. For me, it was a good history lesson. I don’t even know who is coming out and when.

You were excellent with the silver quarters. Now I understand they have the D.C. one, but when? – No Name, Auburn.

Answer:
According to the United States Mint, distribution of the commemorative quarter-dollar honoring the District of Columbia began on Jan. 26. The coin features an image of musician Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington with the inscription “Justice For All,” the district’s official motto.

The quarter was designed by the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.

Five other quarters will be released this year to honor the five U.S. territories: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. According to the Mint, the coins will be put into circulation in approximately two-month intervals throughout the year.

Dear Sun Spots: I have misplaced the phone number of the hairdresser you listed in Sun Spots awhile ago. I live at the housing for the elderly, and I would like her to come to my apartment to do my hair. I would appreciate it if you could give me her phone number. Many thanks to Sun Spots. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: We spoke with Maralee Knight, and she is willing to travel in the Lewiston/Auburn area to provide hair care. Readers in need of this service may contact her at 689-4689 to make arrangements.

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