DEAR SUN SPOTS: Could you please find out for me the words to a song a lady sang at our Relay For Life get-together on June 13 at Oxford Hills High School.

I had never heard it before, and it was so sad. Some of the words to it are: “Please don’t go. I need more time to make a few more memories” or something like that.

Also, who is the original singer? Thank you. — Judy Lebroke, Norway

ANSWER: There are dozens, if not hundreds, of songs, with the words “don’t go” and “I need more time,” as Sun Spots found from her searches. Surely someone from Relay For Life will pass on the name of the song, then Sun Spots can print the full lyrics for you. 

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to know if someone knows the words to a story my mom told me when I was a little girl.

It starts out like this:” One winter’s night the moon shone bright two foxes went out to pray.” That is all I remember, but there is more to it. It is a good childhood memory of my sweet mother. — Joanne Valliere, [email protected]

ANSWER: Someone else asked the same question in Book Chat at books.google.com, which says it’s from a poem called “The Greedy Fox,” published anonymously in “Cummock’s School Speaker” by Jansen, McClurg and Co. of Chicago. You recalled the opening words a bit wrong.

“On a winter’s night,

As the moon shone bright,

Two foxes went out for prey.”

Prey makes a bit more sense, especially when it comes to foxes. One of those varmints has gotten five of Sun Spots’ chickens and guinea hens, and she doubts it said any prayers before chowing down.

Sun Spots could not find the full text online, but Google says the book is available at both Amazon and Abe books. You might also check with Artios used books (180 Turner St. in Auburn, 786-4007).

Memorizing poems for recitation was very common in the early 1900s, which is when this book was published. Sun Spots’ grandmother taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in rural West Virginia in the 1920s and could recite many poems. In fact, older readers may be able to recite this one as well.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I volunteer delivering Meals on Wheels, and there is a gentleman on the route in need of a wheelchair. We have called a couple agencies to no avail. 

I was wondering if there is anyone who has a wheelchair that is no longer needed and would donate it to this gentleman. I am willing to pick it up and deliver it to him. Thanks for your help. — Carmen Hall, Lewiston, 207-330-0905

ANSWER: How nice of you to deliver meals and help this man!

Have you tried Gaarad Dees, Global Home Care Services, 145 Lisbon St., Suite 503, Lewiston, 207-376-3060. Sun Spots has referred several readers who have equipment to donate to him.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to recent questions and letters regarding the Bubiers and potato trains (May 15, June 10, 18, and July 8), this story was in Discover Maine 1996, on page 36, under the title “Boobytown” by Kenneth Smith.

It tells the story of people by the names of Bubier, Niles and others who were gathered up from the poor farm and sent to the Rangeley area with no means of support to fend for themselves as best they could. Later, some of them were given a sack of potatoes as assistance.

I have this issue, but copying is restricted to permission given in writing, but if Charlotte would call me at 743-2587, we can arrange a meeting so she could read this article. — Gertrude “Trudy” Whitman, Norway

ANSWER: Either the story is quite remarkable or you have an extraordinary memory to recall something you read nearly 20 years ago!

You are right about permission in the sense that Sun Spots could not publish the story, but you could make a photocopy and give it to Charlotte without the copyright police getting upset, as you have no profit to gain from doing so and it is unlikely that back issues that old are available for sale.

Sun Spots checked the Minerva library system, which says that issue is at the Camden Public Library History Center (55 Main St., 207-236-3440) and the Maine Historical Society (489 Congress St., Portland, 207-774-1822). Call to check first, though.

Thank you for writing and setting the story straight.

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