Dear Sun Spots: In the March 21 edition you responded to me about getting a credit from Portion Pals on my credit card for the next billing cycle. I still have not received that credit on my statement. They had double billed my card for $21.93 once on Feb. 2 and the other on Feb. 16. Do you know if there is a phone number for me to call them to get this corrected? Thank you very much. – Gail Pelletier, No Town.

Sun Spots corresponded with the Portion Pals customer service department through e-mail, [email protected] They were prompt in responding, and we e-mailed them again with your concerns. At the time of publication, we have not received a response, but located the following mailing address for the company: P.O. Box 508, Port Washington, NY 11050.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to thank Collette Monuments and especially Bruce Collette for the work that they have done for us recently. On the Tuesday before Mother’s Day it was discovered that someone had vandalized my daughter gravestone.

I spoke to Bruce, and he immediately sent someone up to take pictures of the damage. I called my insurance company on Tuesday, and they asked for Bruce to fax a quote to them. He did it that day. On Thursday I received, in the mail, a copy of the quote and also a check from my insurance company.

I called Bruce Collette on Friday to tell him I had the check and said how I wished I had seen the damage earlier so we could have had a new stone put in for Mother’s Day, but I knew that would be impossible since it was already noon on the Friday before Mother’s Day, and it usually takes about six weeks to get a stone finished.

I paid Collette Monuments Friday and was driving by on Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m., and to my surprise a Collette Monument truck was parked in front of my daughter’s stone. I drove in, and they had already put in the new stone and were loading the damaged one onto their truck.

I cannot thank Bruce and Collette Monuments enough for getting that new stone in for Mother’s Day for me and the whole family. You guys are worth a million. You have given me the best Mother’s Day gift ever. I just wanted to say thank-you for all the hard work you did to get this all done in a matter of four days from the first phone call to the finished product and installation.

You have gone above and beyond the call of duty. I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart and recommend that if anyone has to buy a gravestone for a loved one, I would highly recommend Collette Monuments to do the job. They stand behind their work. Even though this was not their fault, they still came through for this family. Love to all the people who work for Collette Monuments. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I am a single mother of two and am currently going to school to become a middle school teacher. I was recently awarded a scholarship but was disappointed to find out that it could only be used for tuition and books.

I am really struggling to make ends meet while I am in school. I take out the maximum amount of student loans each semester, but it still isn’t enough to get by. I’m afraid I will lose my house before I can finish school. Could you please tell me if there are any local scholarships that can be used for travel and living expenses while attending school? – Simone, West Paris.

Consider contacting the Maine Community Foundation for information on scholarships that you qualify for. Visit to do a scholarship search, or call 877-700-6800 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and someone will be able to assist you. You may also want to contact the school you graduated high school from, your local Elks Lodge or American Legion to see if they offer any scholarships.

Dear Sun Spots: Thank you for your very helpful and interesting column. You often find the words to songs. I am hoping you can find the words to “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window.” – No Name, No Town.

The song was written by Bob Merrill in 1952 and recorded by Patti Page that same year. Sun Spots located the following lyrics on various Web sites:


How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)

The one with the waggley tail

How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)

I do hope that doggie’s for sale

I must take a trip to California

And leave my poor sweetheart alone

If he has a dog, he won’t be lonesome

And the doggie will have a good home


I read in the paper there are robbers (roof! roof!)

With flashlights that shine in the dark

My love needs a doggie to protect him

And scare them away with one bark

I don’t want a bunny or a kitty

I don’t want a parrot that talks

I don’t want a bowl of little fishies

He can’t take a goldfish for a walk


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