DEAR SUN SPOTS: I want to thank you for all you do for us. You gave me information that was especially helpful when I wanted to know how to have a name put on a monument at the Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston.

My man was a proud Marine in the war and now I can go every day to this very well-kept park. He died eight years ago and would be happy to be remembered in this way. — Jean, Auburn

ANSWER: I’m so glad that you were able to participate in this wonderful way to honor your service member. This is accessible to any friends and family of a service member past or present, who has connections to our great state of Maine.

The Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street in Lewiston is an inspirational testament to people who have served or are serving within all branches of the United States military. 

Through the efforts of L&A Veterans Council Chairman Jerry Dewitt, other council members and volunteers involved in accomplishing this feat of honoring our veterans, this beautiful park was established and continues to grow as more memorial stones and benches are placed.

 Readers can learn more about taking part by adding their veteran’s name to a memorial stone. To complete an application with a service member’s information contact Jerry DeWitt at 576-0376 or emailing him at [email protected]. You can also go to https://www.lewistonmaine.gov/687/Veterans-Memorial-Park. There is more information about the park and an email form on that site.

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Also, go to the cities’ websites at www.lewistonmaine.gov  or www.auburnmaine.gov. Type Veterans Memorial Park into the search bar on the right and the information will pop up.

Those eligible must be presently serving, retired, or deceased, and honorably discharged from one of the branches of the United States military, including the Reserves or National Guard, Merchant Marine and other branches. A copy of any DD214, 215, 217-MC , WD AGO 53-55, or a photo in uniform must be attached to the application. The engraving fee is $35. The gesture of signing up a veteran to have his or her name engraved on a monument would be a meaningful holiday gift for a veteran and/or their family member.

Contact Jerry DeWitt for information.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have two lead crystal bedside lamps from the 1940s that have recently stopped working. Do you know of anyone in the Farmington/Lewiston area who would be able to fix them? I would even go to Portland. Thanks so much! — Robin, Wilton

ANSWER: It looks like you need to take a little trip but I believe it will be worth it. The Lamp Repair Shop in South Portland at 105 Ocean St. is highly recommended. You can peruse some examples of the high-quality workmanship and creativity here: https://www.facebook.com/lamprepairshop/ and here: https://www.lamprepairshop.com/. To contact the shop, email [email protected] or call 799-9159. Lamps can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Lamplighter Lamp Repair in Gardiner at 113 Brunswick Ave. is another option. http://www.lamplighterlamprepair.com/. Call 588-7775.

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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