DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have been keeping track of all the monuments at the Veterans Memorial Park since 2003.

I have also made a database in Microsoft Excel with all the veterans on all of the monuments, from one to 25, the latest one as of May 25, 2013. The database is interactive and as you click on the monument column alongside the name, the actual photo of that particular monument will appear.

I also have photos of all the other monuments at the park as well. There are almost 5,200 names inscribed on these monuments, including three Medal of Honor winners and their biographies.

I charge $20 for the CD. — 782-1725, [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots often gets requests from people looking for veterans. You might want to post your database information online, where people from all over the country can find it.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: On Sunday, June 2, alumni of St. Mary’s Parochial School will be attending a first ever reunion.

As a member of the St. Mary’s Class of 1961 I have an interest in things historical and the reunion has stirred up that interest in the local scene. Is there general access to your archival library to track down all and any information on the school and its history as possibly reported in the Sun Journal and earlier renditions of the paper?

For instance, I can’t recall just when the school closed, certainly before 1977 when I returned to Lewiston. Also I wonder what happened to school records, stored somewheres or even discarded maybe.

It’s a shame that such a slice of Lewiston history may be forgotten. Thank you for any assistance. — J.A.L. via email

ANSWER: The Sun Journal does not provide access to its records, but there is a nearly complete set of old editions at the Lewiston Public Library on microfiche.

Also, thanks to Google, most of the old papers are now also available online. 

If it was after 1988, try http://tinyurl.com/mmblsow

Before 1988, you can check out the Daily Sun at http://tinyurl.com/334ehgd or the Evening Journal at http://tinyurl.com/2v2uu7x.

Printing from the archive is not easy, see “Google archive printing possible, not easy”; http://tinyurl.com/3ufnme3.

You might also want to check at the Androscoggin Historical Society (784-0586) or the Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine (753-6545). Both are excellent sources of historical images and information about Lewiston-Auburn.

Finally, Sun Spots is sure that readers will also flood her in box with memories of the school.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The St. Dom’s Classs of 1983 is planning its 30th reunion for Saturday, Aug. 10. We are having difficulty tracking down a few classmates and are hoping someone will read this request and help us locate them.

They are Diane Hall (unsure of a married name), Cheryl (Labbe) Botts, Phyllis (Hamel) Dubois, Carole (Bergeron) Spaiches/Murphy, Annette (Chicoine) Edgington, Joline (St. Pierre) Hendershot and Robert Roy.

If a family member or friend knows how to contact them, please email me at [email protected] Or you can find us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sdrhs83reunion.

We are also planning to have a car wash on Saturday, June 8, at the Irving station on Main Street in Lewiston from 12 to 3 p.m. We are looking for classmates to volunteer their time for this event. This fundraiser will hopefully help to defray some of the costs of the reunion.

If you are interested in helping out or if you are a business owner from our graduating class and would like to give a tax-free monetary or item donation, please contact me. — Ann (Chouinard) Brown, [email protected]

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