DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am the city electrician  for Auburn. The Auburn Electrical Division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the traffic signals in Auburn.

Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments assists both Auburn and Lewiston with timing issues, but they do not make repairs at the intersections.

When citizens have traffic signal issues they should contact 911 non-emergency line to advise the appropriate city and the issue at hand. Both electrical divisions in L-A respond by direction from 911.

I responded as soon as I was advised of the issue. The signals were not having any delay. This problem most likely was an intermittent issue.

I did find a stuck pedestrian button that may have slowed the traffic down at some point and that was repaired.

Hope this information was helpful.


— Charlie DeAngelis

ANSWER: Very helpful. Thank you very much.

DeAngelis was responding to a recent inquiry questioning the timing delay at the traffic light near Rolly’s Diner in New Auburn.

For future reference, in case anyone notices a similar problem anywhere in the city, the nonemergency number for the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office is 753-2500, press 8.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Webb River Snowmobile Club of Carthage would like to give a big thank you to the landowners who allowed us to use their land for our snowmobile trails.

We had a great winter for snowmobiling. Your willingness to share the beauty of your property and wildlife is one of the greatest assets that a snowmobile club can have and is appreciated by everyone who travels these trails.


DEAR SUN SPOTS: Recently I have become aware of two people in my area who are in need of hearing aids, but cannot afford them.

Unfortunately hearing aids are not usually covered by health insurance. Both of these people are middle-aged, hard workers, but with relatively low incomes. I also am aware that many older people are in need as well.

As a hearing aid user, myself, I know how life-enhancing it is to be able to hear, and that it is essential in many work situations. If any of your readers can direct me to any help for these individuals, I would be very grateful.

Please contact me at or 665-2132.

— Diane York

ANSWER: That’s a lovely gesture. How about it readers? Can we help Diane gift these hearing aids to someone in need?


DEAR SUN SPOTS: We are planning a four-family yard sale during June 22-24 (weather permitting) in Turner. My question is: after the sale is over are there any people or organizations that would want to come pick up all of the leftover items?

— Mary, Turner

ANSWER: There are a number of groups that are willing to pick up unsold yard sale items, so how about it readers? Anyone in the Turner area that might be able to help Mary?

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