DEAR SUN SPOTS: I found a jacket on Center Street in Auburn on the roadside by Kentucky Fried Chicken. This is a black jacket with a hood. It’s a large size and has an Avalanche label. In one of the pockets there is some jewelry. Is there anyone out there who can help return this jacket to its owner? My contact number is 312-9699. — Richard, Lewiston

ANSWER: Thank you for the very good description of the jacket and for your contact information. You filled in all the blanks. Let us know what happens.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Regarding the Jun 8 Sun Spots about Target opening, my understanding is that the company will have access to renovate and occupy the space starting in July. I hope they can get construction crews in there and be open for the Christmas season! — Rick, Auburn

ANSWER: That is the plan, with the goal of opening for Black Friday.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Who can I contact to find out what stone my son’s name is on at the Veterans’ Park? The memorial is such a beautiful tribute. I found several family members’ names, but didn’t find my son’s name. I believe I had done all the paperwork correctly and paid the fee to have his name on a stone, but there are so many stones that it’s difficult to find the name if you don’t know the stone number.

Thank you, Sun Spots, for all you do. Your referrals are so appreciated. We love your column and hope you do this forever. — Carol, Lewiston

ANSWER: First of all, thank you for your kind words, Carol. I love writing Sun Spots and hope I can do it “forever.”

If you haven’t done so already, contact Norm Cote at 782-1725 or [email protected]. He is the council treasurer and can check to make sure your application and fee was received.

If you very recently submitted your application to honor your son, the engraving of the stone with his name on it may still be in progress. This new memorial stone will be unveiled on the 4th of July.

There is an online database of all the names on the stones at the much-loved Veterans Memorial Park: https://www.lewistonmaine.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5354/VETERANS-PARK-STONE-NAME-LISTING?bidId=

You are right, there are many, many names of veterans on the stones and I’m very pleased that this project has been such a success and that Maine veterans have been honored in such a meaningful way. Sun Spots receives so many requests and comments on this subject.

If you want to review the online database, it has all the names that have been engraved on the stones so far in alphabetical order by last name. The branch of service, conflict the veteran was involved in, the stone number, and the type of emblem at the top of each stone is also included. It really is a comprehensive list.

Also, a while ago, a helpful Sun Spots reader named Joseph wrote in to say that he had the database as well as photos of all the memorial stones and benches. His email is [email protected].

This is all made possible by the Lewiston & Auburn Veterans Council and the City of Lewiston.

This column is for you, our readers. It is for your questions and comments. There are only two rules: You must write to the column and sign your name. We won’t use it if you ask us not to. Please include your phone number. Letters will not be returned or answered by mail, and telephone calls will not be accepted. Your letters will appear as quickly as space allows. Address them to Sun Spots, P.O. Box 4400, Lewiston, ME 04243-4400. Inquiries can also be emailed to [email protected].


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