Dear Sun Spots: I lost the address to Papa Dash. Could you please put it in the paper again? – Sally Wentworth, Lisbon Falls.

Answer: As noted in the Sept. 9 column:

Although this item is discontinued, the company still makes it and sells it by the caseful (minimum) to customers requesting it. There are 12 bottles to a case and the check or money order covers the shipping and handling involved. You need to mail a check or money order for $24 made out to Alberto Culver, 2525 Armitage Ave., Melrose Park, IL 60160, marking it to the attention of consumer relations department.

In the meantime, you might like to try the following substitute found online at

Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Seasoning Substitute. Ingredients: ½ cup crushed dried minced onion flakes, 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons crushed dried vegetable flakes, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 tablespoons dried orange peel, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon dried marjoram, 1 teaspoon dried mustard, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried savory, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon celery seed, ½ teaspoon unsweetened lemonade drink mix, ¼ teaspoon crushed dried rosemary. Method: Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Store the spice blend in a covered container or a sealed shaker bottle. Makes about 1 1/3 cups.

The Mrs. Dash Web site also contains several recipes that you and your family may enjoy. You can reach them at

Dear Sun Spots: I read Sun Spots every day and enjoy it. Now I need help.

I have to wear support therapy, firm toning knee highs. I used to buy them at Sears. Now the only one they have is extra firm, which I can’t wear. I would like to know if Sears in Brunswick or Portland carries them?

Is there someone who can transfer cassettes on CD in the Lewiston and Auburn vicinities?

I sure appreciate the work and information that you give. Thank you. – E.A., Lewiston.

Answer: Regarding your question on support knee highs, Sun Spots contacted Sears in South Portland, 828-9200, but was unable to talk with a live person. Hopefully you will have more success. In the meantime, Sun Spots checked with Sears at Cooks Corner, Brunswick, (207) 798-6051. They do carry firm toning, Nice Touch support therapy knee highs so it’s more than likely the South Portland store does also.

Regarding your question on transferring cassettes to CD, perhaps other readers familiar with this process know of someone.

Dear Sun Spots: I read your column every day, and enjoy the recipes and helpful information. Now I need help.

I used to receive a magazine Collections Etc. Everything in the magazine was $14.95 and I ordered several things, outfits, which were really nice. I no longer get the magazine and would like to. Any help would be appreciated. – Alice Brown, Leeds.

Answer: Contact Collections Etc. Customer Service/E-Commerce, P.O. Box 5198, Des Plaines, IL 60017-5198, (620) 584-8000, or check them out online at

Dear Sun Spots: We have just downsized to a smaller home and don’t have room for all of our books. We have college textbooks, novels and more, all in good condition. They are free for the taking. Please contact M. Rodger, Durham, (207) 353-8024. – M. Roger, Durham.

Dear Sun Spots: The YWCA of Central Maine is looking for crafters to participate in their third annual “Let It Snow” Craft & Gift fair Saturday Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their East Avenue facility. Table rental fees are $20 each, or two for $35. Set-up will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 6. Light breakfast, coffee items will be available for participants and a luncheon will also be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, please call PJ Mottram at the YWCA 795-4050 or e-mail at [email protected] – No Name, Lewiston.

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