Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for someone who knits. Specifically, I am looking for someone who can knit a Christmas stocking, following the pattern of one that I already have. Please call me at (719) 576-0001 evenings, remember there is a two- hour time difference! Or e-mail me at [email protected] Thank you for any help. – Kathy Barker, Colorado Springs.

Dear Sun Spots: The Lewiston Public Library is looking for donations of Goosebumps paperbacks in excellent condition. Please call David at (207) 784-0135 extension 4. – David M., Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: Santa’s Helpers need hats and mittens!

Several of us that are attending a class at the UMA site in Rumford/Mexico are collecting hats and mittens for our group project. We are looking for new or used items in good condition. We are also looking for donations of yarn. If you have a donation or know someone who does, please call Melissa Strout at (207) 597-2976. If no answer please leave a message. Thank you. – Melissa Strout, Canton.

Dear Sun Spots: Where can I find legitimate companies that allow people to assemble products at home for money? – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, Designs by Lucinda, 475 Riverside Industrial Parkway, Portland, 04107, 1-800-799-6116, is one option. According to their Web site, Designs By Lucinda concepts, designs and manufactures whimsical, one-of-a-kind lapel pins that are available for purchase by nonprofits, which in turn sell the pins in their communities to raise funds for such causes as homelessness, breast cancer, literacy, children’s services, domestic violence, Alzheimer’s disease and YWCAs, as well as YMCAs. You will perhaps see these pins for sale in some local libraries, for instance.

Sun Spots spoke with Art Director Gary Cooper who says the company is not currently looking for help, having just completed four consecutive weeks of training sessions. Cooper recommends you keep your eyes open for advertisements in local weekend papers as well as online at

Jessica Perkins, director of marketing at Lucinda’s, reiterates Cooper’s message. In fact, Perkins says Lucinda’s is coming upon its busy season and because people’s lives and situations change, there may be openings sooner than anticipated. She recommends you send your resume in for possible future openings.

Dear Sun Spots: Santa Comes to Poland needs your help. We are in need of hats and mittens to hand out to the kids on Christmas Eve. We are also looking for some donated crafts for our craft table for our annual Christmas fair. Santa is also accepting donations of gifts to be given out by himself on Christmas Eve from his sleigh. Please contact Penny (207) 998-2325 or Larry (207) 998-4058. – Larry Foster, East Poland.

Dear Sun Spots: Someone in the Sun Spots column wanted a complete copy of the poem “Face on the Barroom Floor.” I find I have such a copy if the reader is still interested. I can be reached at (207) 786-4539. – No Name, Auburn.

Gerry Belanger of Lewiston requested this item in the Aug. 31, 2002, column and may want to make note of your offer.

Dear Sun Spots: Would one of your readers have a copy of “Rise Defiant” by D. L. Carey? I have not been able to find a copy anywhere in the Twin Cities area. Mr. Paperback can order one for $14.95, which I cannot afford. I’d love to have the book but am unable to pay a lot for it. Thank you for your help. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, you may want to call: Melissa or Payson Sawyer at Pepperall Books in Lewiston, (207) 344-6900.

You may also want to contact Artios Books, which may also be able to special order it for you through their book locating service. You can reach them at 180 Turner St., Auburn, (207) 786-4007. They are open six days a week. Just ask for Sue or Walter.

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