DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have noticed the time and temperature displays are not functioning on several branches of Androscoggin Bank. Is this a permanent change? — No name, no town

ANSWER: Unfortunately, Androscoggin Bank has had issues with getting the appropriate replacement parts for the digital displays you’re concerned about and that we’ve all taken for granted over the years.

As you probably know, this is happening with so many of the parts and pieces we’ve depended upon and taken for granted. Know that these materials have been ordered and the time and temperature will be displayed again once the parts are received. This is all just another “sign of the times,” but certainly not permanent.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Why hasn’t Renys opened a store in the Lewiston-Auburn area? Topsham and Gardiner are closest, but for the second most populous area in Maine; it seems like a lost opportunity.

Also regarding Renys, who are the two people in the television ads? Are they employees, or part of the Renys family? — No name, no town

ANSWER: I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to John Reny, president of the company. He assured me that Renys, a Maine institution, is considering opening a store in the Lewiston-Auburn area and is looking for the right opportunity, location, property and price. The Reny family wants to make this happen, and it will at the perfect time. Look at all the Reny family has done so far. There are 17 stores across the state.

Adam Reny, vice president, oversees new locations for the stores, and he is half of the twosome in the commercials you mention. The other half is Melissa Palmer-Karas, one of Renys senior buyers. John told me that the pair don’t write a script, they just take an idea and “wing it.” Can you tell they like their jobs?

Until Renys opens a store in L/A, take that drive into Topsham, Farmington, Windham, Saco, Portland, Gardiner, Bath, Damariscotta, Belfast, Dexter, Pittsfield, Ellsworth, Madison, Wells, Bridgton, Camden, or Dexter. Each Renys has its own “je ne sais quoi.” Savor them all.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Last year we had just moved to Buckfield. After reading a Sun Spots letter from Pam offering her chair caning services, I wrote down her number. Two weeks ago, I finally called her.

Pam was terrific. I had my own splints and asked her if she would help me re-seat a family treasure. Pam lives just over the hills from me and in four hours she taught me and helped me redo the chair.

She taught me enough so that I could finish the project at home. The chair looks great and has a place of honor on the front porch again.

Sun Spots is a valuable service here in the Maine woods. We love it. — Lorraine, Buckfield

ANSWER: You made my day, Lorraine. And I’m sure Pam is pleased, too. I learn something every day from my Sun Spots readers. Not only that, you all beam your shared knowledge and your kindness on the world through this column. I’m so happy to be part of it.

For those of you who need a chair seat caned or want to learn, Pam’s contact information is 740-5495 or you can email her at [email protected].

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