DEAR SUN SPOTS: The community served by Rumford Hospital is in need of medical equipment in good working condition. Many people in our community are coming into the Rumford Hospital without insurance and are unable to pay for equipment that they need for safe discharges to their homes. The Rumford American Legion is willing to pick up, store and redistribute this equipment to people in need within our community. Equipment needs are: walkers, rollator walkers, canes, hemi-walkers, crutches, hospital beds, commodes, tub benches or tub seats, raised toilet seats, bed railings and wheelchairs.

If you would like to donate any of the above equipment, you can drop it off at the American Legion, 184 Congress St., Rumford. If you are unable to drop off the equipment you can call Holly Rivard or Louise Arsenault at Rumford Hospital Physical Therapy, 207-369-1099, to make arrangements for pick-up.

— Holly, Rumford

ANSWER: What a wonderful thing the Rumford American Legion is doing! I commend you all on the way you are going about serving those in need in your community.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: For readers who want to know more about WCOU or the Couture family, University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American Collection has some material. We’re at the Lewiston-Auburn campus at 51 Westminster St. You can reach me directly at 207-753-6546. Thank you very much/merci beaucoup!

— Maureen, no town

ANSWER: I think you’ll be getting some calls, Maureen. Apparently, that Sun Journal story published on Oct. 28 ( has kicked up a lot of great memories. If any of our readers have stories about the old days when WCOU was on the air, we want to hear from you!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: A few days ago after returning from a five-day trip, I stopped at Hannaford in Auburn to pick up a few items before going home. As I started to pay for my purchases, the clerk waved me off, informing me that the very kind gentleman before me had already paid. It took quite a few seconds for me to comprehend it as I was stunned. What a nice, generous thing to do! Mr. Whoever you are, thank you so much and I shall pay it forward. Thank you, Sun Spots, for providing this forum where one can acknowledge such acts of kindness.

— Beverly, no town

ANSWER: As always, it is very much my pleasure to share these heart-warming letters!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: This is for Roger in Auburn who is looking for an old Fairpoint phone book. I have some and can meet him in Lewiston.

— Maxine, no town

DEAR SUN SPOTS, I would have sent Roger my Fairpoint phone book if he’d left a number or address. Can you reach him? Thank you.

— Pauline, Rumford

DEAR SUN SPOTS: To order free phone books, call 1-877-2-GET-DEX. Ask for “Residential White Pages.”

— No name, Jay

ANSWER: These notes are in response to a request from Roger for a Fairpoint phone book with residential addresses in Oct. 30 Sun Spots. When making these types of requests or reaching out to answer the request, it is always very important to allow your contact information to be published so readers can get in touch with one another. Mrs. Sun Spots is not able to personally connect you.

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