DEAR SUN SPOTS: For those of us of an older generation, years ago Lewiston had a weekly French newspaper called Le Messager.My mom loved it and subscribed. While attending Catholic schools in Lewiston, half of the day our lessons were in French. Having always been a newspaper lover, I read Le Messager for the practice of reading French.I remember Louis-Philip Gagne was editor and he was much loved here in Lewiston. I am wondering when the paper was discontinued and if there were other editors after Gagne. I can only imagine the lack of readership as members of that generation passed away. — No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: Le Messager was a French language newspaper that served the Franco American community in Lewiston from 1880 to 1966.

I wasn’t able to find out if there were other editors after Gagne and I’m hoping someone is Sun Spots Land will know and share the information.

Meanwhile, the Maine State Library has recently launched a project it hopes will preserve historic French language newspapers that used to be published across the state and is asking the public for help locating them. There was a spot about this on Channel 8 WMTW in January.

If anyone has old French newspapers, you can either donate or loan them to the Maine State Library in Augusta. Call 287-5608 or go to to access the online email form.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Mexico Congregational Church (Green Church) will hold a public supper Saturday, March 18, at 5 p.m. The boiled dinner includes ham, veggies and pie for $12 per plate. — No name, Mexico


ANSWER: This dinner was postponed earlier in the month because of weather. I hope this weekend is clear sailing for you folks and for everyone else!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m a former nurse and want to get this information out to my fellow nurses. I received a notice on “official” letterhead, supposedly from Nurses Service Organization (NSO), a company that provides liability insurance to nurses and other health care professionals. The notice is for “emergency care” if you get sick or injured while traveling anywhere away from home, including outside the United States, for an annual rate of “only” $129.
When I called NSO to verify if they sent this, they couldn’t find this type of insurance in their system. However, they do provide several other types of insurance plans.When it sounds too good to be true, it’s best to beware. — No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: I agree. It only takes a few minutes to contact the organization to confirm any details.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I sent an ad about selling a car but haven’t seen it in Sun Spots. What happened? — Roy, no town

ANSWER: Sun Spots is not for selling and purchasing items. You need to call the classisfied advertising department for that service (784-5411). There has been a rash of these requests lately and I do answer everyone’s emails to let them know how to proceed.

I want to add that if you want to hire an employee, that also goes to classifieds. If you are looking for volunteers, however, this is the right place to let readers know!

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