Dear Sun Spots: I learned the “State of Maine Song” in 1942, my senior year at Mexico
High School. The bands would enjoy it, with the cymbals and drums. It
would uplift the returning troops. It is a shame that more residents do
not know the song. — Anthony Martin, Dixfield.
Answer:
Sun Spots read the lyrics you sent and located the official
lyrics to the “State of Maine Song” on the state’s Web site.
Words and music for the song were written by Roger Vinton Snow.
You
might also be interested in the history of the song, provided by the Business and Professional Women of Maine, the organization responsible for introducing the bill in the Legislature to make it the official state song.
The Maine Publicity Bureau had a contest to select an official state
song in 1931. The contest ran for three months and 116 songs were submitted
by people all over the United States. Four songs were chosen from the 116 and a
judging committee and radio audiences selected the winner from a
broadcast of the songs on Sunday, Nov. 5, 1931.
The “State of Maine
Song” was adopted at the March 1937 session of the state legislature.
The official lyrics are as follows:
Grand State of Maine,
proudly we sing
To tell your glories to the land,
To shout your praises till the echoes ring.
Should fate unkind
send us to roam,
The scent of the fragrant pines,
the tang of the salty sea
Will call us home.

Chorus
Oh, Pine Tree State,
Your woods, fields and hills,
Your lakes, streams and rock bound coast
Will ever fill our hearts with thrills,
And tho’ we seek far and wide
Our search will be in vain,
To find a fairer spot on earth
Than Maine! Maine! Maine!
Dear Sun Spots: I would like to thank everyone who helped make the Oxford County Republican yard sale on June 13 a huge success. A special thank you goes to all who donated goods for the sale and a very, very special thank you to George and Thelma Hooper for making their picture perfect farm in Bryant Pond available for the event.
The weather leading up to and immediately following the yard sale was questionable, but that didn’t dampen the spirit of the volunteers who helped sort, price, set up and sell all of the great “stuff” that was donated. I deeply appreciate the time and effort put into the event by Pilar Bates, Loretta Mikols, George and Thelma Hooper, Lally Faulkner, Lynn Hamper, Paula Smith, Bill Seames, Judy Bennett, Norm and Joan Putnam, Ruth Feeney, and Arlan and Ellie Jodrey. If I have forgotten anyone please accept my apology and know that I am equally grateful for your help.
Of course, I would be remiss if I did not thank everyone who stopped by to purchase some of the great items we had to sell. Due to your support and generosity we are planning to make the yard sale an annual event. — Harry Faulkner, chairman, Oxford County Republican Committee.
Dear Sun Spots: I am writing with an appeal to anyone with information regarding my daughter’s bicycle which was stolen from a Lake Street home in Auburn on Friday afternoon, June 26. This green and black Torker mountain bike was a recent birthday gift, and she misses it very much. I am offering a reward. Call Mike at 786-4780, home or 783-3393, work. — Mike Duff, Auburn.
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