Dear Sun Spots: I have been looking everywhere to find a collector’s map or album for inserting the new quarters from each state as they come out. I’ve had no luck. I’m sure that if they are still available, you will find them. Thank you so much for whatever help you can give me. – J.L.B., Lewiston.

Answer:
As you know, the Maine state quarter was recently released, and Sun Spots has been hoping to find one soon.

According to the U.S. Mint’s online catalogue, you can purchase a 5-Coin Collector’s Box, or a proof quarters set version, which is custom-designed to hold the 50 state quarters proof sets for all 10 years of the program. It costs $10.95. For more information, check out the Web site at www.catalog.usmint.gov or call (800) 872-6468.

You may also want to check out www.jpscorner.com (coin collecting supplies), which has a lovely U.S. map for inserting the quarters state-by-state and also an album.

Dear Sun Spots: I read your column all the time, and I like it very much. I have been looking for a nail hardener called LaSalle No. 10 and can’t find it. I used to buy it at CVS. It was good for my nails, and they would never break with this polish.

Also, the grocery stores don’t make sugar-free pastries for diabetic people. I go everywhere looking for that. They have a few cookies, sometimes pie, but the same things all the time. – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, you may want to try and locate Sally Hansen nail varnish. Sun Spots has had a lot of success with it. That can usually be found at CVS also. Perhaps other readers also have their favorites that they’d like to share with you.

In addition, Sun Spots spoke with Pam Grant at Grant’s Bakery, 525 Sabattus St., Lewiston, (207) 783-2226. She says they carry sugar-free apple and raspberry squares; dietetic applesauce cookies; apple, raspberry and blueberry fruit pies; and white and chocolate square cakes. They are open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sun Spots also spoke with Joan Pelletier, owner of Just Joan’s, who says she’s been meaning to start carrying such goodies. She says you could contact her to special order any sugar-free product. She can be reached at Just Joan’s, 36 Lisbon St., Lewiston, (207) 782-9635.

Sun Spots also hopes you and your family enjoy the following diabetic recipe located online at www.diabeticgourmet.com. Key Lime Pie. Ingredients, for filling: 1 packet Knox unflavored gelatin, 3 tablespoons lime juice, ½ cup boiling water, 9 1-gram packets Equal (aspartame, sugar substitute). For crust: One 9-inch graham cracker crust, lime zest, thin lime slices, 1 cup evaporated skim milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, juice of 1½ limes, 2 drops green food coloring. Method: Sprinkle gelatin over lime juice and let it stand for 1 minute. Add boiling water and sweetener to gelatin mixture, and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Refrigerate about 45 minutes or until slightly thickened. Combine milk and vanilla and freeze 30 minutes. Remove milk mixture from freezer and whip at high speed until stiff. Stir lime juice and food coloring into whipped milk. (Save remaining ½ lime for garnish.) Slowly blend gelatin mixture into whipped milk. Spoon pie filling into crust. Chill until firm. Garnish with lime zest and lime slices. Cut into 8 even portions and serve 1 portion per serving. Calories: 111 protein: 4 g cholesterol: 14 mg fat: 5 g carbohydrates: 14 g exchanges: 1 bread and 1 fat.

Dear Sun Spots: I have a collection of old newspapers, New York Times, Boston Post and Lewiston Sun Journal from 1917 and 1918 – the end of World War I. I wonder who would be interested in them? Any ideas? Call me at (207) 783-0829. – Richard Rau, Auburn.

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