DEAR SUN SPOTS: We are very interested in taking the canning class for the Turner area you mentioned in your March 14 column. I managed to find the class online, but could not come up with any information for individuals to register for it. If you could provide us with a phone number or local registration site, we would really appreciate it! Will be looking forward to your reply. — No name, Turner.

ANSWER: The class, Preserving the Harvest, will be held at the Adult Learning Center, 486 Turner Center Road in Turner, starting May 3. The phone number is 207-225-1010 or you can email for more information.

It is a hands-on workshop, taught by the UMaine Cooperative Extension that will show you the basic steps for canning and freezing. You will learn recipes, equipment safety and how to check for properly sealed jars.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: To the reader from Peru who was looking for a classic country radio station, they might be interested in 93.5 that bills itself as True Oldies. While they play all genres, on Sunday they devote the day to classic country. — Laurie, no town.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Grand Lodge of Maine Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekah Assembly of Maine have three funds to improve nursing education in our State of Maine.

Applications are available for any high school graduate to apply, as well as any student already in a nursing program in the State of Maine. To qualify for the coming academic year, the student must be a resident of Maine, must attend a college in Maine and must be actively enrolled in a major field of study leading to a degree in nursing. He or she may apply for each award and could win from each fund.


The W. Scott Reid Nurses Scholarship Fund was one man’s dream to have his life’s money keep on giving, remembering the nursing care that his wife received that reflected respect, kindness and comfort. At his death in 1996 he left to the care of the Odd Fellows a sum of money to support a nursing scholarship program to be administrated by three trustees. This fund has delivered 22 to 24 scholarships annually of $20,000 to $25,000 at $1,000 per student approved for the award.

The Ellen Washburn Award was first started with a single thought by Ellen Washburn, a past president of the Rebekah Assembly of Maine. This scholarship program has grown since its inception in 1957 and over the years, with donations and hard work from the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, it was possible last year to grant to 12 students $1,200 each.

Applications for the above are available at the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows IOOF, 80 Caron Lane, Auburn, ME 04210 or online at Call the Grand Secretary, 207-786-3638, if assistance is needed or you have questions.

The Rebekah Assembly Nursing Award is for those enrolled in a Maine school of nursing leading to a registered nurse degree. Second-, third- and fourth-year students may also apply. Applications may be requested from Ms. Joyce Young, 6 Juniper Circle, Gorham, ME 04038. You can call her at 207-839-4723 or email

No applications will be accepted after May 15 of each year.

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