DEAR SUN SPOTS: Does anyone who knows French have a fish chowder recipe with an ingredient that sounds like “quiole” or “quieule?”
My father-in-law said his mother’s way of making fish chowder included this important ingredient. Is it French for the type of fish, maybe? Thank you. — No Name via email
ANSWER: Sun Spots got nothing through a Google search. Readers?
DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Lewiston High School photography program is in need of working 35-mm film cameras. Donations can be dropped off at the LHS main offce for the photography department.
I also want to thank our wonderful community for all the past photographic donations that have helped us continue this wonderful hands-on program for our students.
Questions can be emailed to me. Thank you. — Sarah Stocker, email@example.com
DEAR SUN SPOTS: We are involved in Special Olympics and are looking for basketballs and a portable basketball system to practice to be able to take part in future tournaments. Any help would be greatly appreciated. — Emma R. Foundation LLC, firstname.lastname@example.org, 562-8098
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have a large quantity of beautiful home-knitted articles, including hats, double-knit hats, scarves, mittens, children’s sweater-and-hat sets, and sets for an 18-inch doll. I would like to put them in a consignment shop or sell them as one lot. Thank you. — Constance via email
ANSWER: In her Rolodex, Sun Spots has Maine Vintage & Consignment at 18 Main St., Lisbon Falls, www.mainevintageconsignment.com, 353-2216. If other stores are willing, please write to the column.
Another option is to use eBay or etsy.com (the website for crafters and artists to sell their products), which have lower commission fees and more potential buyers. Of course, you may have trouble selling them as one lot that way, and you will need to manage collecting the money through PayPal and ship the merchandise.
You cannot sell items through this column, which is why Sun Spots withheld your email address.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to try my hand at wood carving. I’m looking for used wood carving tools. If anyone has a set and no longer uses it, I would be interested in purchasing the set at a reasonable price.
I’m not looking to carve large art pieces. This is more for carving 9 by 12 pieces of art.
I am also in the need of the sharpening stone used to sharpen the tools and any books related to this type of art. Thank you. — Anita Poulin, 782-5118, email@example.com
ANSWER: Thise items might be available on eBay and etsy.com, too.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a metal frame with curved glass popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s for family pictures. If anyone has one they would be willing to sell, please call 364-4378 and leave your name and phone number. — Millicent, Mexico
ANSWER: You might try calling Orphan Annie’s in Auburn (96 Court St., 782-0638), which sells all things antique, to see if it has any.
Also, the owner, Danny, asked Sun Spots to inform G. Nadeau of Lewiston, who was looking for lace hankies (Jan. 3), that he has hundreds of them.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have a few extra presidential dollar coins (Dec. 24 and Jan. 3, 7 letters) from 2007-2011 that I will share with anyone who needs them. Thanks again for your helpful column. — Fran Sawtelle, firstname.lastname@example.org, 645 2838
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