DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Fayette Historical Society is looking for information on the Fayette Hoboes baseball team, 1948-50. Any information, stories, pictures, articles or newspaper write-ups would be appreciated. — Roger Bruce Williams, 121 Williams Drive, Farmington, ME 04938, 207-778-3882

ANSWER: A Google search turned up a story on the Lewiston Daily Sun archive for April 15, 1950 (http://tinyurl.com/ckts48z) about a game against Readfield.

Hopefully readers will be able to offer more.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to the March 28 query, when I was a child 50 years ago, we would often see Nick the White Russian out walking in South Paris or Norway. My dad would always stop to offer him a ride; sometimes he would accept.

Nick spoke with a heavy Russian accent and was always dressed from head to toe in white. Even in the heat of summer he wore big white mittens. He was a very nice, polite man, despite the fact he was often treated badly by others because of his strange appearance.

My dad told me Nick couldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight because of a medical condition. I suspect he suffered from lupus or some such illness. The last time I remember seeing Nick was in the 1970s, and I suspect he has long since passed away. — No Name via email

DEAR SUN SPOTS: A.L. of Lisbon Falls asked about an elderly Russian gentleman who was one of the kindest, respectful and happy persons I remember from my childhood in the 1960s and ’70s.

My father would always give him rides, whichever way he was walking — Norway to South Paris or South Paris to Norway — even stopping in the road if he had to.

I was always excited when he got in the car because he was different. He spoke with great intelligence and wisdom. I thought he was a guardian angel.

His thick, white, hand-knit outfit kept him warm in winter and cool in summer and protected him from the sun. From what I remember, he was burned in a chemical attack during World War I.

His name was Nicholas. His real human friends called him Nick. Till this day I still think of him as St. Nick. Like Nick I was treated differently, because I was fat. Even today it still continues. 

That’s OK. I’ve always known my real friends. See you some day, Nick. Your friend. — David Day, Noway

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to the White Russian question, I remember as a child going to our family camp on Mirror Pond in Oxford. He lived off Route 26 toward Hogan and Whitney ponds in a small house with no electricity or running water. The myth was that his skin was burned.

Can you help me find a sunscreen or sunblock that is green in color, not eco green? — No Name, Lewiston

ANSWER: Sun Spots found Zinka colored sunblock, which comes in both neon green and army green. She’s not sure where you could buy it locally, but it is available from Amazon.com, which you can call at 800-201-7575, for $5.21 plus shipping.

Amazon also carries Alba Botanica Hawaiian natural sunscreen with green tea, which looks like it might be green, but Sun Spots can’t be sure. This lotion is also more expensive. It runs from $8.59 to $24 at Amazon.

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