What happened to the Birdman sandwich?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: What ever happened to the One Stop gas station and convenience store at 151 Court St. in Auburn? It is now a park. Who owned it and when and why did it close?

When I was a student at Bates College back in the late 1980s, the One Stop Truck would be double-parked on Frye Street on Wednesday nights and we would buy either a Birdman sandwich at $3 or a personal pizza for $2. The One Stop truck was a white pickup truck with a heated storage box in the bed. It had the name “One Stop” written within an octagon-shaped sign on the truck.

The reason I am asking is this is our Class of 1991’s 30th reunion, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot return to campus. Some of us were wondering what happened to the Birdman sandwich and One Stop.—Chip, no town

ANSWER: What a great question. Those were the days, weren’t they? I am reaching out to all my readers to help me answer this question. I especially want to hear from those Bates alumni and former customers who patronized One Stop on the regular. Let’s hear all the stories.

Who is going to be first to get this conversation under way? You never know. You might see an answer from an old classmate or friend and reconnect. Hit me with those responses.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Some of us from the Edward Little High School Class of 1956 are wondering if Tabers is going to have a schedule in the newspaper this year for the different classes to meet for mini reunions. The yearly gatherings were always enjoyable.—Betty, Lewiston

ANSWER: Isn’t it wonderful to say, “Let’s meet at Tabers!” You can find an events calendar online at tabersgolf.com. Located at 470 Lake Shore Drive. The telephone number is 207-784-2521, if you need more information. The restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the driving range is open 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week. If you have never been to play miniature golf and/or have a burger and fries followed by ice cream, I want to know why.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Many of us are wondering if there will be any Native American powwows in Maine this summer. We have checked event calendars online without much success. Due to COVID-19, few were held last year and we missed them. Thank you for your devotion to your readers.—No name, Rumford

ANSWER: If you have not found any information online yet, chances are the event planners are waiting another year. A good way to receive notifications is to subscribe with your email address to calendar.powwows.com so you will stay up to date. On this site, there are also listings of past pow wows with contact information so you can get in touch with tribes and organizations.

Readers, if you know any details regarding upcoming powwows, please share.

I also want to encourage Sun Spotters to attend an event when they happen again. Taking part in a powwow is a wonderful experience.

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