I want you to know that I clipped out each part of your answer and made copies of them. One set of copies was sent to my brother-in-law in South Carolina. Grandfather Giffin is the only family member in my husband’s family to see active war service. My husband served four years in the Navy in the late ’60s and early ’70s, but never served in a war zone. So when Memorial Day came around a month later, I thought often of Grandfather Giffin and of his noble service. Thank you so much for your help.

And now, I would like to ask if anyone would be interested in old stamps? In cleaning out my basement, I discovered a plastic box full of nearly 6,000 old, used stamps. The stamps range in original value from one cent to $10.75. There are alphabet stamps from ‘A’ through ‘H’ and numeric stamps ‘1’ and ‘2.’ There are stamps from 29 different countries, including Canada, Australia, England and Germany. There are stamps that celebrate holidays, special events and well-known people in art and politics. “Love” is celebrated in several ways and at several prices. They are sorted and bagged.

If they are not suitable for a stamp collector, then they might be useful for a teacher or an artist. If anyone is interested, they may call me at (207) 645-2986. Ask for Sheila. — Sheila, Wilton.

ANSWER: Sun Spots had quite a bit of fun researching your medals. So thank you for sending her such an interesting project. It’s nice to learn about history, but it’s so much more vivid when you can hold an artifact — an actual piece of history — in your hand, turn it over, see where it’s worn and faded, smell the time that has passed. It adds new dimensions to images the mind conjures up as it ponders the past. Cherish those items, and thank you for allowing Sun Spots readers insight into your family’s historical records.

Regarding your stamps, it sounds like an impressive collection. Sun Spots hopes someone will be able to make good use of them.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Regarding your reader from Otisfield who was looking for someone who reupholsters furniture, please add Alan Osborn Upholstery to your list of reupholsterers. Alan is located in Sumner and has served Western Maine and beyond for many years. You can reach him at (207) 388-3177. Thank you. — Rose, Sumner.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Valley View Farm and 4 Season Farm Market in the village of beautiful New Auburn has just received word that the Senior Farm Share program has given us 20 mores shares for the 2016  season. They will be available on a first come, first served basis. You cannot have signed up with another farm to be eligible for these shares. One per person while supplies last. Age and income restrictions do apply. Thank you. — Kathy, Valley View Farm and 4 Season Farm Market, New Auburn.

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