DEAR SUN SPOTS: Maine Kairos Prison Ministry Volunteers will hold an informational meeting from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the East Auburn Baptist Church. We are in the planning stages of getting ready for our Kairos #36 four-day retreat at the Maine State Prison from Oct. 11-14. If you are interested in finding out more about the Kairos Prison Ministry and would like to become a volunteer, please come to this meeting. — No name, Wilton

ANSWER: Kairos Prison Ministry is an international layperson ministry. Its mission is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youths, and assist them in becoming loving, productive citizens.

Kairos volunteers are from all walks of life and represent the Christian faith worldwide. Attorneys, judges and clergy are also involved.

All Kairos activities are funded by donations. It is a nonprofit organization. To donate, send checks made payable to Kairos of Maine, P.O. Box 578, Auburn, ME 04210. More information can be found at

DEAR SUNSPOTS: You have been so helpful, which is very much appreciated by all the veterans in the area. This note is to let your many readers know that we are accepting applications to have veterans’ names on our Monument No. 31, which will be unveiled  at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, in Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street in Lewiston. The ceremonies will take part after the parade through the Twin Cities.

Anyone in the area who would like to have a relative or a friend’s name inscribed on Monument No. 31 can contact me at 782-1725, or at for an application, which can be returned via email or regular mail. Applications can also be downloaded from the city of Lewiston’s website at


The only prerequisite we require is that the veteran was either born in Maine, lived in Maine, or has family connections in Maine. We also require proof of service. This proof can be a copy of a DD214 or Honorable Discharge, a photo of the veteran in uniform, or an obituary stating that the person had served in the military. Another source is the cemetery where they are buried. Sometimes there is a military plaque or on the gravestone or monument it states that the person served in the military.

Anyone who has served in any branch of the service, living or dead,  on active duty or retired is eligible. National Guard or Reservists, and Merchant Marines are also eligible to have their names on our monuments.

Having a veteran’s name inscribed on our monuments in our beautiful Veterans Memorial Park by the Great Falls in Lewiston is a wonderful gift from family members or friends. — Normand, vice chairman LA Veterans Council, Lewiston.

ANSWER: I agree, Norm. This is a wonderful and touching gift to give that commemorates the lives of our veterans. Thank you for all the time and work you have put into this project. The park is beautiful. Readers, if you haven’t been to visit the park yet, please make time to go. You will be blessed.

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