Also the Canton Parks and Trails committee will hold its annual perennial plant sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Canton Heritage Garden on Rt. 108. This is your opportunity to buy healthy, reasonably priced, locally grown perennial plants (and some houseplants) while supporting the maintenance of the Town Heritage Garden and trails. This year’s event will also feature a beautiful handmade quilt raffle, a 50/50 raffle, and a yard sale. The committee is looking for people to rent space at the sale at $20 per 10’x10′ space. The committee also seeks plant donations.

For more information about these two events, call Jolene at 207-597-2168 or email Carolyn at [email protected] (by May 15 for rental).

Read more about Canton, Maine here and here

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The reunion committee for the Edward Little High School class of 1945 is planning a 70th-year reunion on June 13, 2015. Invitations with place and time will be mailed to those classmates for whom we have an address.

Classmates please pass this information along to other classmates who may live away and not read this column. We are lacking current addresses for many and would appreciate help in obtaining any that you might have.

Please reply to Pauline B. Thorpe at 207-721-0129; [email protected]; or 1 Linscott Way, Brunswick, ME 04011. Other committee members are Beverly Bean Strout and Dr. W. Wayne Crites, Jr., who also may be contacted.

We are looking forward to a great reunion. — Pauline B. Thorpe, Brunswick.

Read about the 60th-year reunion from 2005 here:

DEAR SUN SPOTS: “Sweet Auburn, loveliest village on the plain,” a song written by Goldsmith, was the basis for the name of Lewiston’s sister city. This is the second town in Androscoggin County whose name derives from a song. The other, as you recall, was “Poland.”

Did I mention in my last letter how Mechanic Falls got its name? According to my sources its current name was due to the number of businesses located in the town in the mid-1800s — paper mills, shoe shops, brick yards, tool works, corn packing and canned goods factories, carriage building shops, as well as many other industries.

Prior to that, the town incorporated in 1893 and went by other names. One of the earliest known names was “Jerico.” This name came about when a physician, Dr. Tewksbury from Hebron (now Oxford), had to follow a logging road on a dark and stormy night to reach a patient.

Mechanic Falls’ popular name before it was incorporated was “Bog Falls.” Between the time it was known as “Jerico” and the time it was known as “Bog Falls” it was also called “Groggy Harbor.” This was due to the large quantity of grog sold there. — Sincerely, Sheila Giffin.

Read about the history of Auburn, Maine here:

Visit Mechanic Falls’ Facebook page here:

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