DEAR SUN SPOTS: In a recent online article in the Sun Journal I read about the Veterans Memorial. My wife, Muriel Peck (nee LeBel), was only 20 years of age when she volunteered for the WAVES in World War II (1942). It was noted by the Navy recruiter in Lewiston that he was the first woman to volunteer for duty in the WAVES.

How do I get her name engraved on the Veterans Memorial? She was a member of Women’s Post 188 of the American Legion and a charter member of the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. She is living at present in Virginia. Thank you. — John H. Peck, U.S. Navy (retired)

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to know how I could get my husband’s name on the veterans’ wall. His name is Leslie A. Hood. He served from 1942-1946. He passed away about six years ago. Thanks a lot. — Rita Hood, Auburn

ANSWER: Paul Bernard, chairman of the Lewiston-Auburn Veteran’s Council told Sun Spots that any veteran who has been honorably discharged can have their name engraved on the memorial, regardless of where they live. To obtain an application, write to Bernard at 451 Lower St., Turner, ME 04282, e-mail [email protected] or call 225-3285. The veteran does not need to be deceased to be included.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m trying to find someone in Lewiston-Auburn who does alterations at a reasonable cost. It’s a great service to the community that this column does. — No Name, Lewiston

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Where can I have a zipper put on a leather jacket and how much would it cost? — No Name, Lewiston

ANSWER: Sun Spots came across two seamstresses, although there are undoubtedly more in the region. If you are one of them, Sun Spots will be glad to include your information in a future column.

Chez Dorea, 277 Lisbon St., Lewiston, open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dorea said she might be able to install a zipper; it depends on the kind of leather.

Cecile Giguere, 1048 Sabattus St., Lot 28, 784-3028. Cecile says she has done leather jacket zippers before.

As for the cost of the leather zipper, it will depend on the difficulty of the task, so they will need to see your jacket. 

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Rumford Performing Arts Committee is presenting a Christmas play on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Rumford Falls Auditorium. Doors will be open at 6 p.m.

Thea Dunn and her performers will be putting on a Christmas play, and the Holy Savior Choir will be gracing us with a medley of Christmas carols. There will be a community tree that will be raffled off at intermission.

The cost is $3 for adults. Children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be free. — Jim Rinaldo, Rumford

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Women’s Club of Greene is in need of cash donations to help fund the new toys, clothing and gift certificates needed in order to accommodate the 33 families and four seniors who are depending on them to help provide Christmas this year.

If you would like more information on this long-standing program, please call Brenda at 946-5750. Checks may be made out to the Women’s Club of Greene and sent to Brenda Theriault, P.O. Box 152, Greene, ME 04236. Thank You for your continued support of this much-needed program. — Brenda, Greene

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have done my Farrington genealogy and now hopefully can find pictures (or copies of them) to go with the names. I am looking for Edward and Martha (Browne) of New Hampshire; Stephen and Apphia (Bradley) of New Hampshire; John and Betsy/Betty (Stevens) of Fryeburg; John and Nancy (Royce) of Fryeburg; Southwell and Amanda (Miller), she of Brownfield; James and Anna (Bassett), he was a doctor and practiced in Denmark; and Seymour and Anna (Bassett) of Lovell or Fryeburg. I hope someone can help me. I would be so grateful. I can be reached at 928-2339. — Lois (Farrington) Niemi, Stoneham

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