Dear Sun Spots: Could you please let me know where there will be some soup kitchens in the Lewiston-Auburn area as I would like to get some friends together to work there on Christmas Day (weather permitting). – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, contact:

Hope Haven Gospel Mission, 209 Lincoln St., Lewiston, (207) 783-6086. They are looking for drivers to volunteer to drop off meals for shut-ins and those unable to travel. Free meals will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and meals for diabetics are also available. Meals being delivered must be reserved by Dec. 24 by calling their number.

Calvin Dube at the Trinity Jubilee Center could do with about two to three volunteers to assist. You can call (207) 777-1863 to see if he needs any help this season. Calvin says oftentimes volunteers call as early as October to sign up to help.

The Slamma restaurant, 67 Mill St., Auburn will be offering free Christmas Day meals from 1 to 3 p.m. You can reach them at (207) 784-4436, Josh, a cook there, says you can also get a take-home meal (for readers who are interested in a free Christmas meal). Owners Nick or Tory could also find someone to help deliver, if need be. The Slamma will take any help they can get on this day to help serve up meals.

Dear Sun Spots: The Children’s Room at the Lewiston Public Library is holding an Adopt a Book program in December and January. For $15, a new children’s book can be “adopted.” A nameplate is placed in the book, and the donation goes into the children’s book budget. If you’d like to participate, please contact the Children’s Room or David Moorehead at (207) 784-0135, extension 4. – David Moorehead, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I have lived in Wilton for the past 13 years, and I have noticed a dramatic increase in traffic between Farmington and Wilton on routes 2 and 4.

I have several questions regarding public transportation access between adjoining towns in Franklin County. Why are there no public buses traveling between Livermore Falls and Farmington?

Has there ever been any public transportation, other than Western Maine Community Action, and if so why did it stop? What steps would one take to begin to take action to support public transportation? – Luanne W., Wilton.

Answer: Reporter Donna Perry says there was bus transportation until about 1976 in Farmington. It was no longer feasible after that. There is only one taxi in the Farmington area. Liability insurance is too expensive. There have been several meetings on bus transportation from Lewiston to Carrabassett Valley. It’s an issue that people are trying to address. Perry recommends that you contact Town Manager Alan Gove at (207) 897-2016 to discuss this.

In addition, you may want to contact the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments and the Maine Department of Transportation to discuss this. You can reach AVCOG at (207) 778-0863 and DOT can be reached at Child Street, 16 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0016, (207) 624-3000.

Dear Sun Spots: My daughter has an upright piano to give to anyone who will pick it up. It is in good condition, but must be picked up in Portland. Please call Jackie at (207) 783-1654. – Jackie Bouchard, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: We would like to thank all your readers who sent us their favorite recipes to be included in our Minot School Cookbook celebrating our 50 years.

Our cookbook is available for $5 by contacting Mrs. Janice Rawson at Minot School, 23 Shaw Hill Road, Minot, (207) 346-6471 or through any eighth-grader. – Tori Hricko, Jennie Dubuc, Alicia Dube, eighth-grade Students.

Dear Sun Spots: Sun Spots has been so helpful to me in the past so I would like to say thank you. I would like to inform your readers that I am available this year to shovel snow. I can either clear sidewalks or driveways for a reasonable price. If you are interested please call Don at (207) 784-8401. – Don Castonguay, Lewiston.

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