Dear Sun Spots: Once again, the West Auburn School Historical Society is gearing up for its annual yard sale. The sale will be held at the schoolhouse on the corner of West Auburn Road and Boothby Street on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tables are available for $10 each and may be reserved by calling Dick Keene at (207) 783-6210.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale. There will be chances to win 100 gallons of oil from Webber Oil, a concrete garden bench from American Concrete Industries and a $100 certificate from The Fishery.

Come join us on Aug. 9 to socialize, tour one of the last remaining schoolhouses in the area and sell/buy some treasures. – June Spear, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: You have an excellent column and I have found useful information and recipes.

A couple of years ago, I think, you ran an address to eliminate junk mail. I have misplaced my copy and lately have been receiving more than my share of it. Would you please run the address again so that I may eliminate my problem with junk mail? Thanking you in advance. – J.P., Auburn.

Answer:
You need to put your request in writing to be removed from promotional mailing lists.

Consumers can ask the companies with which they do business not to make their names available to other marketers. Individual consumers will still receive mail from companies they know, but this reduces other related mail offers.

Consumers can also send their name and address to the Direct Marketing Association, Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008. Names remain on the free mailing list name-removal service for five years. Because the lists are reviewed quarterly, it may take three to six months to notice a reduction in the delivery of direct mail pieces.

The Mail Preference Service deletes the consumer’s name from the national mailing lists, including catalogs, magazine subscription notices, major nonprofit group solicitations, credit card offers, sweepstakes and other national mail.

The Mail Preference doesn’t affect local advertisers. If consumers do not want local advertisements, they may contact those companies directly.

Dear Sun Spots: Thanks for all the information you provide. Could you please find out if S&H Green Stamps, Gold Bond, Plaid and Top Value stamp booklets can still be redeemed and, if so, any information on how to redeem them along with their addresses. Thanks again. – Paul R. Beauparlant, Lewiston.

Answer:
Sun Spots was able to locate information on how to redeem your S&H Green Stamps online at www.greenpoints.com. According to the Web site, S&H no longer has any redemption centers. However you can redeem your points for items in their online catalog. If you do not have access to a computer, check your local library for Internet access. In addition you can write to them at Customer Care, S&H Greenpoints, P.O. Box 407060, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33340, or call them at (800) 435-5674 (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-8 p.m.).

Unfortunately, Sun Spots did not locate any information on the other portion of your request. Perhaps readers familiar with these groups could provide you with additional information.

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