DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Lewiston High School Class of 1952 is set to hold its 70th reunion at Marco’s Italian Restaurant at 32 Mollison Way in Lewiston. The gathering is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Reservations are required. Call Jerry LaPlante at 207-782-1209 or Terry Samson at 207-241-0950 before Sept. 15 to reserve a place.

Everyone pays for his or her own meal, but there is no other charge. We hope to have a good turnout.—Theresa, no town

ANSWER: Just to let everyone in charge of class reunions know, I will run these announcements a couple of times as room in the column allows. We want to be sure no stone is unturned in getting the word out that classmates are gathering. Congratulations to all those in the class of ’52.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: On July 14, when the letter about the lost baseball cap appeared in Sun Spots, the owner of the cap called me that morning. I asked him if he wanted me to get the hat for him, but he declined, saying he wanted to go to the next bean supper Saturday, July 30, to get his cap in person. He sounded enthusiastic and we will see him then. Thank you for all your help.—Annette, no town

ANSWER: I am happy I was able to help you locate him. If anyone has any doubts about this, just write in next time you lose track of a person, place or thing.

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: What happened to News 8 Steve Bottari? I’ve noticed that Jon Chrisos took his place.—No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: According to Steve’s professional profile, he moved over to WMUR in New Hampshire in May 2022 as a weeknight anchor and reporter after serving at Hearst Television sister-station WMTW in Portland, where he was an anchor. Steve moderated headline-making political debates in Maine’s U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races, and also frequently anchored from the field on the scene of breaking news, from manhunts to presidential visits.

His reporting with chief photojournalist Arthur Villator on the threat of climate change to Maine’s lobster industry was honored with a 2021 regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

Like many people in the business, Steve has moved around quite a bit. Prior to coming to Maine, Steve was an anchor and reporter at KOCO, Hearst Television’s Oklahoma City, Oklahoma station. He began his career as a morning anchor at WCAX in Burlington, VT.

Steve has said he is thrilled to be back in New Hampshire, covering the stories of the place where he grew up. Originally from Chelmsford, Mass., he graduated from Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua.

You might also like to know he earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and communications from Fairfield University, where he was the valedictorian, and a master’s degrees in journalism at Syracuse University. Steve is also an Eagle Scout.

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Native Mainer Jon Chrisos returned to Channel 8 as an evening anchor after a year’s absence to “explore the business community.” News professionals often do that, too, sometimes returning to the news desk with a fresh perspective and innovative ways to communicate the news to their audience.

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