DEAR SUN SPOTS: When I read the Sept. 19 Sun Spots about the grandparent scam, I could totally relate. When I got a call about 7:30 a.m. one day a couple years ago, it seemed so real. The person calling sounded exactly like my grandson. He said, “Grandma? I hate to ask you, but I need your help!” The person was very upset and in a shaky voice explained he had gone to a concert with friends the night before and they got stopped on I-95 for “driving erratically.” The police searched the vehicle and “found my friend’s drugs under the seat.” He added, “I had no idea he had anything.” It did sound believable. He said he needed $1,600 for bail and “this is just between us — please don’t tell Mom and Dad.”

I was so upset and asked him if I could have five minutes to compose myself. I said, “Call me back, OK?” He said, “Of course,” and hung up. I quickly called my grandson’s mother and she said, “He didn’t go to any concert last night, he was here with us and just left for school.” She continued to reassure me that he was fine.

When the person called back, he said he had an attorney with him for me to talk to. I told him I was calling the police and he hung up immediately. — Leona, no town

ANSWER: I’m so sorry this happened to you. What a way to start your day! You were smart to take that five-minute break and check on your grandson’s whereabouts. Good thinking!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Broadview Memorial Cemetery Association will meet Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. at the cemetery at 379 East Ave. in Lewiston. Please bring your chair and dress accordingly. All lot owners are kindly invited to attend. If you have any questions, please contact me at 783-6839. — Joe, Lewiston

ANSWER: I hope you have good weather for your meeting and a big turnout. Caring for our cemeteries and having them look well-kept is a way to honor our loved ones. This takes time, commitment and effort. We appreciate you, Joe, and everyone else who is involved in this.


DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Lisbon Falls Church of the Nazarene at 184 Main St. in Lisbon Falls will celebrate the fall season with a Ladies’ Tea on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m.

All ladies over the age of 11 are invited to join us for lunch, door prizes and a short program detailing Operation Christmas Child. The speaker will discuss how to fill a box,  where they are sent, and who receives them.

The traditional tea will be brewed in China tea pots and served in English China tea cups. It should be a fun and enjoyable time. If you have any questions, please call 353-2572. We hope to see you there. — Laural, no town

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Sumner Scholarship Committee is hosting a silent auction in November and welcomes contributions. For more information, contact Lee Berry at 388-2181.—Beth, no town

ANSWER: A silent auction is a great way to raise money and there are so many ways you can contribute. A themed basket full of goodies, gift certificates, gas and grocery cards, crafts, artwork and services are all popular items. Think outside the box!

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