Maine Goodies has Web site, catalog

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Dear Sun Spots: Where is the best place to buy Maine products online? – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Does Sun Spots have the place for you! She has used this site several times and finds it easy to use as well. From balsam-scented pillows to preserves to weather sticks and books, Maine Goodies bring Maine to out-of-state family and friends. Check out Maine Goodies, P.O. Box 288, Albion, Maine 04910, 437-2052, toll free at 1(866) 385-6238 or via e-mail at info@mainegoodies.com. Owner George Stone notes the company was founded in 2001 and launched its Web site on April 15 that year. Now, five years later, it published its first catalog of Maine Goodies, which includes best selling and new items, among them, Moxie T-shirts for the kids and adults. Check them out online where you’ll get a better idea of the products, including photographs. They can be reached online at www.mainegoodies.com.

In addition, you might like to also check out the L.L. Bean Web site at www.llbean.com, (800) 441-5713, (207) 552-3080 or via mail at L.L.Bean Inc. Freeport, ME 04033-0001. Another option is Lou McNally’s Web site, which was mentioned in this column April 17, www.livingmaine.com, LivingMaine.com, Box 9715-141, Portland, ME 04104, 879-9279. Leave a message if they’re not right there, and they’ll get right back to you. Fax contact is 871-8834, or via e-mail is information@livingmaine.com.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to hear from someone who has multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome. People here where I live say there is no such thing because if “they can’t smell it doesn’t exist.” You know, if Ma or Pa never had it and so on. So they spray extra aerosol sprays and scents saying “she will get used to it.” Will you please correct them? – Anna M. Smith, Farmington.

Answer: Unfortunately, Sun Spots is not a doctor but does tend to have allergies to certain sprays and scents as I’m sure others do. She would encourage you to contact the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation based here in Maine. The foundation engages in scientific, charitable, and educational activities on behalf of people with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), a condition involving a wide range of symptoms triggered by exposure to many everyday chemicals like perfume, diesel exhaust, fresh paint, and pesticides. You will note chemical sensitivity information on those involved with rescue efforts in New York following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Contact the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation at 3 Larrabee Farm Road, Brunswick, ME 04011, 725-8570, or via e-mail at info@chemicalsensitivityfoundation.org.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m hoping Sun Spots can please help me. I have a cigarette burn on my truck seat and was wondering if there is a place in the Lewiston-Auburn area that can repair the damage. I also have another question: I have some grade-school pictures I would like to have made up but I can’t find anyone to do it. These pictures are 30 years old or older. Is there a place in the Lewiston-Auburn area that could do it? Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Regarding your first question contact:

• Norm’s Auto Tops, Route 9, Sabattus, 375-4563. They are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Clarence Latham, Route 202, Greene, 946-5377. Call Clarence to discuss your needs. If he’s not available, please leave a message on the machine.

And lastly, you don’t specify what you mean by “made up.” If you are referring to having copies made and are perhaps missing the negatives, Sun Spots knows new negatives can be made and copies available for family and friends. You might want to try this by checking in with your local photography store.

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