DEAR SUN SPOTS: One of my most favorite things I've loved about Christmas ever since I was a child was to pull out my Christmas stocking and wait for Christmas day to find all of the neat little gifts. Not only that, I had a special personalized knitted Christmas stocking with my first name on it that my grandmother made with a picture of a Snowman on it.
In 2005, I married my husband and became Mrs. Snowman (yes, seriously!). Last year, I gave birth to our daughter and tried frantically to find someone who would knit a similar stocking with her first name and a picture of a snowman, but I had no luck. I was hoping Sun Spots may be able to connect me with someone who still does this, as I would love to give one to my little Snow baby for Christmas. Can you please help? My number is 345-3275. — Mrs. Snowman, Mechanic Falls
DEAR SUN SPOTS: When is the new "Moo" milk supposed to be in the supermarkets? I intend to buy it in support of our Maine dairy farmers! — E. Lord, Vienna
ANSWER: There is no date on their Web site, www.moomilkco.com, just a promise that the milk will be in stores soon. They are asking visitors to the site to a take a survey.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Women's Club of Greene, with the help of local Girl Scouts, is sponsoring its first annual used toys, clothing, books, boots and shoe exchange at Greene Central School on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Parents are encouraged to donate outgrown items that are clean and gently used, and in turn, they may select items more appropriate for their children's needs. All items may be dropped off at G.C.S. during the week of Dec. 14 through the 18. Parents will be given a certificate that entitles them to come to the school on the 19th to select replacement items. Parents are encouraged to take only the number of items they have originally donated.
Please seize this opportunity to promote the recycling of items your family no longer needs. This is an event that will allow you to help your neighbors as well as your own family in this tough economy. For more information, please call Pam at 946-2340. — Brenda, Greene
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to contact Kelly Ripa from the show Live with Regis & Kelly. Could you please give me her address? Thank you. — Your daily fan, Jeanne David, Auburn
ANSWER: You can write to Kelly Ripa, Live With Regis & Kelly, 7 Lincoln Square, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10023.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: We are looking for the addresses of members of the Stephens High School Class of 1970, which is planning a 40th class reunion, and we need your assistance. If you are a classmate or a relative of a Stephens High School Class of 1970, please contact Jo-Ann Anastasio-Plourde at 441-1749 with an address or mail it to Jo-Ann Plourde, 11511 113th St., Unit 9C, Largo, FL 33778. — Nancy, No Town
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for ideas as to where someone with just a small disability income could go to get a vehicle with low monthly payments. He just needs a reliable car for doctor appointments and grocery shopping. Please call 786-2366. Thank you. — No Name, Auburn
ANSWER: Sun Spots recommends that you be very careful buying a used car. You will likely get a number of calls from people trying to sell you a "great" car that will turn out to need extensive and costly repairs. Automobiles are very expensive to run and maintain. While taking a taxi might seem even more expensive, it may not be. Add up all the costs of buying a car, oil and gas, repairs, insurance and digging it out after a snowstorm and compare that to the cost of two or three taxi rides a week before you buy.
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