DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a lady in a red coat, pushing a youngster in a large red-and-yellow pedal cart, whose brown dog attacked me and my West Highland terrier while on our lawn at 32 Colonial Way in Auburn early in the afternoon on Friday, March 14.

I had to lay on top of my little dog to keep her from being bitten further. I’m 78 years of age, and after the dog was called off I couldn’t get up until a neighbor finally came by to help me. Then I rushed my dog over to the Lewiston Veterinary Hospital, where she was treated.

My dog suffered lacerations, and we are concerned about whether the dog that attacked had an up-to-date rabies vaccination. There is also a veterinarian’s bill that needs to be addressed.

I have contacted the local animal control officer, but nothing can be done without proper identification. The lady must be from this area around Edgewood condos. — Tom Rock, 207-330-4792, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Please, more of Eileen Adams’ stories about Finny the goose! We all love that column, but it doesn’t seem to appear often enough.

The news coverage has been wonderful, and the paper delivery excellent, even with all the ice in my driveway. Thanks. — Karen Clary, [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots also enjoys the goose columns and knows that Eileen loves writing about her feathered friends, but she must await their adventures to have something to say. Eileen also writes the gardening column, which should be returning with spring, assuming it ever arrives.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We changed over to Daylight Saving Time on March 7. Who is responsible for this? I believe it was Sen. Ed Markey from Massachusetts. No one really gains an hour from it. — D.M.B., Berlin, N.H.

ANSWER: The concept of Daylight Saving Time has been around since before 1900 but was widely adopted worldwide during the energy crisis of the 1970s. The idea is that people use more electricity (and thus light) in the evening after they return home from work more than they need it early in the morning.

According to Wikipedia, Markey was one of those who introduced legislation to extend DST by another four weeks starting in 2007. President George W. Bush agreed and signed.

The argument over whether there really are benefits continues. Wikipedia offers an extensive breakdown of the pros and cons.

Sun Spots thinks it benefits Maine, which is on the far eastern edge of the Eastern Time Zone. In a Maine summer without DST, instead of the sun setting at 8:27 p.m. on June 21, it would set at 7:27, and the sun would rise at 3:55 a.m. (with skies lightening in advance of sunrise) instead of 4:55 a.m. Sun Spots thinks most Mainers would hotly object if someone tried to take away their DST.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for all the good reading. I enjoy your column, and it is the first part of the paper I read. I am writing today to see if any of your readers may have a family tent, four-person or larger, they are no longer using and may be looking to get rid of.

We got a chance last year to try camping in Rangeley as part of the Maine first-time campers program. The kids really had a good time and would like to be able to go again, but we do need to find some camping things first.

I thought that with spring around the corner maybe some people are cleaning out and may also have some other camping supplies no longer needed.

We would be willing to pay a reasonable price. We have checked Uncle Henry’s but have not had any luck with finding anything at a good price. Thank you. — Marie Theriault, 207-336-3688, [email protected]

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