Dear Sun Spots: I have often wondered why all the streets leading from Lisbon Street were named after trees. They are Ash, Pine, Chestnut, Cedar, Spruce, Birch, Maple. Someone must have been responsible for this, and I thought maybe Sun Spots would know. – Jackie, Lewiston.

Doug Hodgkin, author of “Frontier to Industrial City: Lewiston Town Politics” includes the following information about these streets on pages 69 and 70 in his book. “In 1855, the town adopted segments of Lincoln, Lisbon, Park, Pine, Bates, Ash, and High Streets. In 1859, the town added segments of Birch, Spruce, Chestnut, Walnut, Blake, and Jones (now Spring) Streets; East Avenue (from Lisbon Street to Pleasant Street); and all of Franklin (now Middle) Street, but rejected Maple Street. In 1862 came segments of Maple, Birch, Blake, Knox, Pine, and Pierce Streets.

Philadelphia and other cities named their streets after plants, including trees. John Straw, the civil engineer who laid out the streets, public places, and mill sites for the Franklin Co. is credited with bringing this fashion to Lewiston.”

Dear Sun Spots: I have three questions, and I wonder if you’ll print them all. What happened to Jim’s Carpet on Lisbon Street? Why aren’t all the gripes that are sent in not published?

On any homemade custard recipes, it says to boil the milk, but doesn’t that spoil the milk? – Wondering, Lewiston.

It seems that Jim’s Carpets has closed. A sign on the door of the business read “Closed, very sick, sorry will not re-open.” Unfortunately, we have no further information.

In response to your second question, all the gripes submitted to the b section of the Sun Journal will be published; keep in mind that there may be a backlog from time to time.

If you would like to send one in, mail it to Sun Journal, Attn: b section, P.O. Box 4400, Lewiston, ME 04243-4400.

Lastly, a spokesperson from the Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council, said that she wasn’t able to find any information that indicated boiling milk would cause it to spoil.

She also notes that milk sold in the grocery store, while not boiled, is heated to high temperatures during pasteurization without causing spoilage.

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