It is in excellent shape. I just don’t play it any more as I play mostly piano in church.

My phone number is 207-388-3041 and I live in Sumner. Call for details if interested. Thank you. — Mary S.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We were on the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and witnessed a van that had gone off the side of the road and was resting on the side of the mountain. Do any of your readers happen to have a picture of the van? We were unable to stop and take a picture and would love to have one. Any one that has one can send it to [email protected] Thankyou.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I want to thank the readers for their generosity to Turner Elementary School and Tripp Middle School for sending their Box Tops for Education. We will be starting the new school year soon. If you have any Box Tops or Campbell Soup Labels that you would like to donate to our school please mail them to me at Laurie Labbe, 5 Brookfield Est., Turner, Maine 04282.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15 in the morning on August 6, 1945, what time would that have been in Maine? Were we using Daylight Savings time that year? — Melanie via email.

ANSWER: The sources I have found while researching this answer report the atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan at 8:16:02 a.m. Aug. 6, 1945. That is Hiroshima time which is 13 hours ahead of our time making it 7:16 p.m. Aug. 5, 1945 in Maine at the time of the bomb. As reported on, “During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted year-round Daylight Saving Time, called “War Time,” from Feb. 9, 1942 to Sept. 30, 1945.”

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you know when John McCaffery’s book about the Owl’s Head plane crash will be coming out? I was working at Penobscot Bay Medical Center that night and I remember it well. — Nina via email.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: A year ago I wrote and asked for help to establish a new program called, “Comfort Quilts,” for the patietns’ use at St. mary’s Hospital Oncology Infusion Center. I am writing to thank Sun Spots, St. mary’s Development Office, the quilters and long-arm people who offered to put the quilts together along with the nurses and doctors who helped get this program on its way.

We have had over 70 lap-size quilts donated in many colors and designs and the patients, and the nurses who attend them during their infusions, have remarked on how popular they are and how they help create a more uplifting atmosphere.

This is an ongoing program and if there are more people interested in helping this program, they can contact me, Patience Johnson, at [email protected] or 207-212-7400 or the St. Mary’s Development Office, 272 Sabattus St., Lewiston, ME 04240 or 207-777-8828. Thank you. — Patience Johnson.

ANSWER: From all published accounts, John McCafferty (there are several spellings of his last name but this one seems to be correct) has publicly stated that he wants to write a book about the plane crash, but he has not stated when he will write it.

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