DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am a Bates graduate and wondering if you can tell me about The Blue Goose Tavern on Sabattus Street. This bar is legendary among students and alums, and I want to know how far back the beloved Goose goes.—No name, no town

ANSWER: Well, believe it or not, The Blue Goose opened for business in 1933. I cannot imagine how many people have passed through those doors. If the walls could talk. …

Let’s do this: If you have a story to tell about “The Goose,” send it to Sun Spots, unless of course, you promised that “what happened at The Goose stays at The Goose.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I recently moved here from Florida. During the long COVID-19 hibernation, I realized I wanted to be near family, so here I am.

My pleasure in Florida was playing mahjong. To be honest, I do not know where to look to find other players. Can you please help me?—Carol, Lewiston

ANSWER: Welcome to Maine. The Lewiston Senior Center at the Lewiston Armory offers mahjong from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.

It has tables for those who know how to play and needs other people to join in. It also teaches those who want to learn the game.

You do not have to be a resident of Lewiston to participate and it is free. Please contact the center at 207-344-8485 for information or if you have any questions.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for all your research and for your Rolodex! You are a true treasure.

Within the past four months you listed a furniture repair business. If I remember correctly they were skilled in veneer restoration. I cut the column out, put it in a logical place, and now, of course, I can’t find it!—Nancy, no town

ANSWER: In the Rolodex I have Morin’s Fine Furniture at 25 Beech St. in Lewiston (morinsfinefurniture.com.) Call 207-782-7511 or email at [email protected]. I also have Bix Furniture Stripping & Refinishing in Auburn (https://www.libertybellfurniture.com/, 207-783-3459).

East Point Conservation Studio is in Brunswick at Fort Andross. The number is 207-721-0088.

Another option is Liberty Bell Furniture Repair & Upholstery in Windham. You can contact them at 207-344-5924 or [email protected]. It has more information on its website: https://www.libertybellfurniture.com/

DEAR SUN SPOTS: A couple months ago, I sent in an email to the column asking if there is anyone out there who knows how to repair a knitted cardigan/shawl. The item needs darning or mending. It is a knitted black garment made from a cotton and viscose blend yarn and has a few small holes. Is there anyone who can do this type of work?—Andrea, Lewiston

ANSWER: Andrea’s original request was in the Sept. 16 Sun Spots. I’m hoping a reader with these skills will respond and we’ll get you two matched up.

Andrea, you may also want to reach out to a yarn shop in the area or Joann’s at the Auburn Plaza (783-1066) to see if they know of anyone.

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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