Safe Voices needed for phone calls

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: Safe Voices will be hosting a helpline training beginning March 1. We are looking for individuals who are interested in participating in the training.

Many times our 24-hour free and confidential helpline is the first point of contact clients have with our agency.

Volunteers are training on all of the services Safe Voices offers and are prepared to answer calls that come in on our helpline.

After the training is completed, volunteers are able to set their own schedule and work from home.

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If you are interested in participating in the training or have any questions, please contact me. — Kim Preble, kpreble@safevoices.org, 207-795-6744

ANSWER: An excellent cause, and volunteering from home makes it easy.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for dairy butter to sell at my store. I would prefer that it be made with unpasteurized cream. I was told there was someone in the Sabattus area who is making it. If anyone knows where I could get some, please call or email me. — Joni, slatbake2001@yahoo.com, 207-966-3643

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The email address for my recent post about organ music in Sun Spots was correct (Feb. 11, 19), and I received several requests so the music is spoken for. I will have more music available later on, and I will put another note in Sun Spots when that happens. The telephone number you published in the paper is not correct. — Judy Kuhn, judkuhn@yahoo.com

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read the letter concerning what happens to the sand swept off the roads with interest.

Here’s what I do with it. I sweep the street and sidewalk in front of my house. Then I take that and run it through an old screen over an empty barrel so that the fine particles of sand and salt fall through.

I keep that for use in my own driveway and entryway the following year and throw the rest of the detritus away.

This year I can’t wait for spring to refill my almost-empty container. I’ve used more in two months than I have in the last three or four years. — Pauline, Rumford-

ANSWER: Sun Spots likes the idea and will try it herself. Following is a letter from someone who could have used some of that recycled sand on her driveway, but when she got stuck was helped out by a city employee.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The majority of your letters have been requests for fundraisers or questions that require research on your part. This is a letter of praise about a very good Samaritan.

A few days ago driving up our sloping driveway, my car’s front wheels spun on the hard-packed snow. I tried a couple of times and then decided to back down and give it another try. Well, I do not back up as I did in my youth and succeeded in backing into the railing, hooking the left taillight onto a post.

As I got out of the vehicle to examine the situation, a city snowplow came down the street. The good driver rolled down his window and acknowledged that I needed sand. He then brought shovels of sand up the driveway and scattered it in front of the tires, and lo and behold I drove up the driveway without any problem, but managed to damage that taillight.

This driver helped my husband and I push the taillight back into position and offered to give us a pail of sand for future use.

This man is Walter Reynolds, an employee of the Auburn Public Works, who is very considerate, polite and respectful of us who are pushing the big eight-oh. Kudos for sure. — D. Bowyer, Auburn

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