DEAR SUN SPOTS: First, does the Lyons Club still collect old prescription glasses? The place I used to drop them off at no longer collects them, and they did not know who might.

Second, back around 2002 or 2003, my daughter and her friends were part of a group who were helping to build a trail network in Auburn. They were even interviewed by Channel 6. I think this may have eventually become L/A Trails, but I’m not sure what has become of the trail network. — No Name via email

ANSWER: Sun Spots checked with Maryann, her Lions Club contact. She said there are collection boxes at Hannaford Stores and VIP Eyes at 120 Center St. (site near Gippers).

As for your second question, Sun Spots found a link at androscogginlandtrust.org/programs/la-trails/ that explained the origins of the trails and how they stand now:

“L/A Trails was initially developed as a course project for the L/A Civic Leadership Institute in 2001. … In 2007 L/A Trails merged with Androscoggin Land Trust, which shares the goal of developing the most comprehensive, accessible and well-used trail system of any Maine community, ultimately creating a connected Greenway linking L/A with other communities in Maine and New England.”

Without more information Sun Spots can’t be sure which trail your daughter worked on. You could try googling your daughter’s name at WCSH6.com to see if that would provide the old video and a clue.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for information on a 401K that I had back in the 1980s through Bates Mill. I have moved several times and lost any paperwork that I had, so tracking it down has been very difficult.

If you, or someone out there, has any information on how to get in touch with the proper people, I would really appreciate hearing about it. Thanks for any help you can give me. — Jim, 375-4487

ANSWER: There is a federal government agency, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (www.pbgc.gov), which regulates all pensions. It offers tips on how to find a lost pension at http://tinyurl.com/62mf972. 

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I was wondering when you printed birth announcements. I filled out the paper at St.Mary’s, but I never heard back on when I could expect it to be printed.

I had my daughter, Alivia Rose Landry, on Nov. 18. I was hoping someone could help me so I don’t miss it!! Thank you. I really appreciate it! — Jessica Belanger, [email protected]

ANSWER: Congrats on your baby!

As for the notice, you will probably have to wait a bit. Periodically the hospitals send over those forms, which are then typed and published as space permits. There is no schedule, so you’ll just have to keep your eyes peeled. 

You can also search at sunjournal.com, which will give you the date of publication as well. You can purchase old or additional copies of the Sun Journal at the customer service desk.

You can find customer service at 104 Park St. in Lewiston, 207-784-5411 or 800-482-0753. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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