DEAR SUN SPOTS: In the past, you have been wonderful in providing very good facts and information. Hopefully you will be able to do something for the veterans in Rumford.

A story in the Sun Journal last September said the veterans’ clinic was to be moved to a new location on Route 2 West in Rumford. The project has not moved at all and is at a standstill.

I have talked to our Lewiston representative office and others, and still nothing has been done. Could you look into this and find out what the holdup is and why? You would be doing the veterans a big favor. Thank you. — John Kezal, Rumford

ANSWER: Rumford reporter Eileen Adams recently followed up on this story. Here are some excerpts from her story:

“Plans to move the Rumford Veterans’ Clinic from Franklin Street to the site of a former supermarket in the River Valley Shopping Center on Route 2 have been derailed, and possibly ended.

“Jim Doherty, spokesman for the Togus Veterans Center, said the shopping center’s owner, Federated Realty Five LLC of Boston defaulted on the bid. …

“Keith Waye, chief contractor for the Togus Veterans Administration Medical Center, had said in early January that plans were to move in by March 1.

“Doherty said this week that advertisements will soon go out with specifications for a site to replace the current veterans medical clinic on Franklin Street.

“He said anyone can place a bid, including the current Franklin Street site owner, Estherhill Boat Corp. of New Hampshire, and The Federated Cos., as long as they meet the specifications. …

“In the meantime, medical services will continue to be offered to the hundreds of Rumford area veterans who currently use the clinic.

“Waye had said that the current Franklin Street site is on two levels and lacks sufficient parking. A new site should be on one floor.”

“Doherty estimated that about a year will be needed before a new site is ready for occupancy.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In the recent past, there has been mention of the VA opening a new outpatient clinic in the Lewiston-Auburn area. Does Sun Spots know where and when this will be opening, and if so, how can they be contacted for employment opportunities? Thank you. — No Name, No Town

ANSWER: Sun Spots also spoke to Jim Doherty, Togus spokesman. He said that because of the size and the complexity of the project it is being run completely out of the Washington, D.C., office.

He did say that this new construction project will be on Challenger Drive in Lewiston and that from the time the request for proposal is submitted to when it the facility actually opens will be about 18 months.

Sun Spots suggests that they advertise for employees in the Sun Journal when that time comes.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: There will be a fundraiser for Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends on Friday, July 23, from 8 p.m. to midnight at Pelletier’s Banquet Hall, 711 Webster St., Lewiston.

This event will feature several local bands, including Jarosady, Midlife Krisis and The Blue Khakis, along with DJ Jeremy Graham Ellis.

There will be a $5 cover charge at the door. Come and join the fun and help us save the forgotten ones. — Stan, Lewiston

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