Dear Sun Spots: I enjoy reading your suggestions every morning. I have something to share with you and readers if you like to save money. And who doesn’t? Well, start sorting the wax paper inside of cereal boxes. I cut some up for when I make hamburger patties. Also, the bread spoils faster in plastic bags. So I put my bread in there and it doesn’t moisten like the plastic does. I also put my hamburger and hot dog buns in them. They keep fresher much longer, and lunch meat and cheese also. Plastic is for the birds. Try these and you’ll see. Also, when you come home from the grocery store with potatoes in plastic bags. You should remove them and place them in paper bags so the moisture doesn’t spoil them. – R.A.F., Jay.

Sun Spots would like to thank this kind reader for these helpful tips and hopes other readers will be able to benefit from them also.

Dear Sun Spots: I have quite a few houseplants to give to anyone who is willing to pick them up. Some are quite large. If interested, e-mail me at [email protected] – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: What happened to Vivian Bean, co-news anchor at 5 p.m. on Channel 13? We really like her and haven’t seen her for a while. – No Name, No Town.

Sun Spots spoke with Vivian Bean who says she is now anchoring the morning “Daybreak” program, which airs from 4:55 a.m. to 7 a.m. Bean says Kim Block has returned to the 5 to 5:30 p.m. news program.

You may also be interested in noting that Bean is a native Mainer, growing up in Brunswick. She majored in journalism and communications at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. Before becoming an on-air reporter on News 13, she was an assignment editor, setting up interviews and sending crews out on their way. She has also worked as a reporter in Bangor, broadcasting live daily for NBC affiliate WLBZ Channel 2’s early morning news show.

Dear Sun Spots: Enjoy your column and it’s been helpful in the past.

I have several bundles of Down East magazines (complete sets for 1998, 2000 and 2002; partial for 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, also November and December only for 1995). I would be glad to give them to someone. I also have bundles of Readers Digest to give away. Anyone interested may call me at (207) 784-7232.

I also need help in finding a shampoo similar to Avon’s Advance Techniques for Gray or Blonde hair. My distributor and contact on the Internet with Avon advises me this is no longer available. Thank you for your help. – B.A., No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like a contact for an Amway distributor in the area. – No Name, No Town.

Try calling (207)364-4609, leaving a message with your name and phone number and the Amway dealer will be happy to fill your order. You should also call (207) 375-4458 or e-mail [email protected] for ordering Amway products. In addition, try Rodney Kuhl (207) 364-4621 and Ron Poulin at (207) 786-2565.

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