DEAR SUN SPOTS: My son goes to Bates College and his uncle was telling him about the mythical Birdman Sandwich. We looked it up and found your column. My brother-in-law, Andy made it for my son recently as he visited him in Massachusetts on his way back to Bates. Andy decided to make a video demonstrating how the Birdman Sandwich is put together. — Robin, New Canaan, CT

ANSWER: On May 17, 2021, a question about the One Stop Convenience Store that used to be at 151 Court St. and the white pickup truck that sold pizza and sandwiches out of a hot box in the back was published in Sun Spots. The original question asked was, “What ever happened to the store?”

Bates alum Andy Mallio is the uncle referred to above and did indeed do a stellar job showing us exactly how the Birdman is made. I couldn’t believe this is his first YouTube video production. I was impressed! Kudos to Andy and his camera person. I hope these two will be inspired to make more cooking videos.

I know I was certainly inspired to make the Birdman after watching. Who knew a white bun smeared with Miracle Whip and topped with a breaded chicken patty, sliced turkey, tomato, onion, and lettuce could look so tempting?

Furthermore, a Bates College grad (’88) named Darius reported to Sun Spots on May 21 that another alum, Rich Rittenger (’87), revived the sandwich at his tavern, The Lakehouse, at 157 Main St. in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. According to Darius, Rich has fought off more than one attempt by his chef to remove the item from the menu. We can’t let that happen!

The website for the restaurant is You can call the tavern at (603) 746-1800 for reservations. It’s open every day but Tuesday Hours are noon to 9 p.m.


Readers, if you went to Bates during the era of the Birdman (late ‘80s to early ’90s) and want to add any more to the story of the Birdman, please write in. And if you know exactly why and when the One Stop Convenience Store was closed, please solve that riddle for us!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Troop 121 would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Christmas tree recycling fundraiser our most successful ever. Our troop picked up 184 trees in Lewiston and Auburn. We were also able to transfer trees to RMT Farms for their goats. A big thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston-Auburn, as well as past scouts and parents who provided invaluable assistance the day of the pickup. We look forward to being able to provide this service to our community again next year! — Donald, no town

ANSWER: I am so happy that the scouts were able to take those delicious Christmas trees to the goats. I consider that to be superb — an act of recycling at its finest. Good job!

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