DEAR SUN SPOTS: Regarding the offer of the electric typewriter in the Feb. 13 Sun Spots, we would gladly accept it. The church is First Assembly of God in Lewiston. Our number is 207-786-2636. We are open 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays to Fridays. If the person who has the typewriter will please call so we can make arrangements, we would so appreciate it!

— Nancy, Lewiston

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I hope one of your readers can help me. I’m researching the history of Knowlton’s Soda Spring Water Co. in South Strong (just north of Farmington) during the later 1800s and early 1900s. The water shipped was loaded on the train and taken to sporting camps in Rangeley and northern Franklin County. They shipped to the Boston market by transferring to Standard Gauge in Farmington. I would like to get a photo of the building and would be happy to pay for it. Thank you. Your column is great. I wouldn’t miss it.

— Priscilla, Farmington

ANSWER: Perhaps a reader has a photo to share, but here are some resources for locating historical images and information if you want to do more digging on your own. Remember, local libraries are always a treasure trove of information and I’ve found librarians to always be very helpful!

You may also want to contact the University of Maine at Farmington (207-778-7000) and speak with a research librarian there or someone in the history department.

Other places to research the information you’re looking for include: The Maine Memory Network at; the Strong Historical Society at 79 Main St., P.O. Box 133, 04983; or the Phillips Historical Society ( at [email protected] The Farmington Historical Society’s address is P.O. Box 575, 04938.

Brown Library at Maine Historical Society in Portland (, is an amazing place to do research. You can contact them at [email protected] or 207-774-1822. On the website, there are several images of the town of Strong’s buildings that are available for purchase. Good luck with your search!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Here are two questions for you: What will happen to the lot where the Hudson buses used to be parked? Also, a while ago there was an article in the Sun Journal that stated a business would be going into the old Hannaford building on Sabattus Street. What’s happening with that?

— No name, no town

ANSWER: According to Lincoln Jeffers, Economic and Community Development director, planning is underway to build youth soccer fields and pickle ball courts on the old Hudson Bus site in the next few years. Before the work can go forward, however, there is a combined sewer overflow mitigation storage project being built on the abutting land this summer. Work will begin on the playing fields when that project is completed.

In answer to your second question, a 16-pump gas station/convenience store will go into the former Cottle’s (Hannaford) lot at the corner of East and Sabattus streets.

By the way, I want to thank everyone who works for the municipalities of the Sun Journal readership area. Everyone is always so responsive and pleasant when Mrs. Sun Spots calls with a question. It makes my job so much easier and fun!

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