Sun Spots

Tips for stopping telemarketers

DEAR SUN SPOTS: This is in response to the person having trouble with unwanted calls (July 4). There are phones on the market that will block unwanted calls after the first call. I purchased one that will block as many as 60 different numbers, and it works fine. — Dorothy Bouchles, cbouchle...

Cemetery needs to be set right

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Our small cemetery association in West Sumner is in dire need of someone we could hire to upright stones and repair them. Due to the low interest rates we now receive for perpetual care, we have to rely on fundraisers and the caring individuals who donate to these fundraise...

OHHS '79 seeking many classmates

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Oxford Hills High School Class of 1979 will be cruising the night away on the Songo River Queen from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. We could use your help in obtaining addresses for the following classmates. We prefer email addresses, but if you don't have one, pleas...

Old license plates can be valuable

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You are so helpful. Maybe this will be an easy one for you. We have a Maine license plate dated 1948; it’s black and orange and made out of brass. Do you know if these are rare or not? I found it in a building we are going to demolish. Thanks for information you can dig up. ...

Small restrooms, disabilities collide

DEAR  SUN SPOTS: I read you every day. I'd like to ask for your help about the bathrooms in stores and restaurants. The doors are very heavy, and some bathrooms very small. Both my dad and grandmother have to use walkers, and it's hard to push those doors open when they are that ...

Squirrel torture should be reported

DEAR SUN SPOTS: There is a fellow in the neighborhood who hates squirrels. In an effort to get rid of them, he has set up multiple Havahart traps on his property to catch them. While these traps are designed to be humane, instead of removing a squirrel from the trap once it is caught, he i...

Disposing of old cement difficult

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I recently removed a cracked concrete walkway from my yard. Now I am having trouble disposing of it. I called the Auburn Highway Department, and they suggested MMWAC and a local construction company. MMWAC charges by the ton. I would rather not pay a ton to dispose of it, a...

Rum-running, moonshine memories wanted

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Your readers have been most helpful in providing me with information over the past few weeks. I have just one more request (for now). The Franco-American Collection at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College would be interested in hearing from anyone who can talk to us about the proh...

Officials warn $7,000 'grant' is scam

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In one week recently I received two phone calls. The first said they had a package containing a check for $2,700 made out to me. It boiled down that I had to pay a small insurance payment to get it. The second call was from a woman with a heavy accent, who said the governme...

Wood furniture refinishing, repairs sought

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you have a list of people who repair wooden chairs? I have some kitchen table chairs that need regluing. I'm think of the Oxford-Norway-South Pair area but would be willing to go further. I read your column daily. You are a wonderful resource for lots of people. &md...