DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Lewiston Senior Center at the Lewiston Armory is now open. Starting Nov. 10, on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon, we will be playing and teaching Mahjong. We will have tables for anyone that already knows how to play and just needs other people to play the game. We will also be teaching anyone who would like to learn how to play. You do not have to be a resident of Lewiston to participate and it is free! So come on over, bring a friend, and learn how to play a new game or just have a great place to play if you already know the game. Please contact me at 344-8485 with any questions. — Pat, no town

ANSWER: I hope some Sun Spots readers will join in the fun!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m looking ahead and would like to know if any stores or businesses will be hosting Santa this holiday season for picture-taking. — Hollis, no town

ANSWER: Good question! If there are any businesses or nonprofits participating in this holiday tradition, please let us know and I will get the word out!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In the past, Sun Spots readers have asked about a place where they can take their sewing machines. I wanted to update our customers and everyone else who is looking for sewing machine repair.

While it appeared Cote Bros. Sewing Machines closed a couple of years ago, it was just the home sewing machines division that was discontinued. Since then, I have been working steadily on industrial sewing machine selling and servicing throughout Maine. Lisa and I have finally decided to fully retire and enjoy our new camp in the County, along with some of our hobbies, and spend more time with family. The good news is I have been training and mentoring Jim Morrison at Western Maine Machines at 43 Exchange St. in Rumford ([email protected], [email protected], 507-1257).


Western Maine Machines is a full Brother dealer along with Elna home sewing machines. He will also be able to get Juki, Consew, Highlead, Stitchline and several other industrial brands. He is the go-to person for all parts, needles and supplies. I have hooked him up with all my vendors and resources and will continue to work with Jim so you can expect the same customer service we have offered since 1956. Jim is very personable and will go out of his way to ensure your machine is back up and running.

Let’s not forget his wife, Debbie, who runs the store and does alterations as well.

Western Maine Machines also sells and services vacuums including central vacs which Jim installs.

I hope Jim and his wife, Deb, have as much success as we have had over the years. My wife, Lisa, and I will miss all our customers and friends we have made over the years, but we leave you in good hands. — Ron, Cote Bros. Sewing Machines, Turner

ANSWER: I’m glad you can retire and enjoy the fruits of your labors. Sun Spots often receives inquiries regarding both sewing machine repair and parts, and alterations, so this is good information to have. Thank you for updating us. Into the Rolodex it goes!

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