Dear Sun Spots: The staff at Lutheran Community Services, a 130-year-old nonprofit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness in order for them to live normal and productive lives, is in the process of starting a small costume shop at Center Street in Auburn. The shop will make it possible for our clients to come in during Halloween and find a costume they can wear to the dance we hold in their honor.

We are looking for costumes, accessories (wigs, jewelry, old prom gowns, wedding gowns, etc.) that readers might be willing to donate to our project. Please call Joyce at (207) 783-3446 between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to make arrangements for delivery or pick up. Your help will be greatly appreciated by all. We thank you for your most generous help. – Joyce Dubay, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for a dice/card game called Fill or Bust. It does not seem to be in the stores or online. Thanks for any help. – Ginny Smith, Leeds.

Contact Fill or Bust via e-mail through their Web site at or via e-mail at [email protected] To order Fill or Bust! send a check or money order in the amount of $6.75 for each game (price includes shipping & handling) to: Bowman Games Inc. 2726 Lancaster Drive, Joliet, IL 60433. The Web site also includes directions on how to play the game.

Dear Sun Spots: I have had many clusters of various-size brown mushrooms on my lawn and would like to know what the cause is and how they should be dealt with. Is it better for the grass to pull them out? Any information will be greatly appreciated and many thanks for your great column. – No Name, No Town.

Sun Spots spoke with Linda Clark of the Maine Mycological Association, (207) 772-4014, who says there are not a lot of things that grow in clusters on the lawn. Clark says she needs more information to determine what these could be, but she assures Sun Spots that mushrooms are not harmful to grass or your lawn. In fact, Clark states that some mushrooms growing around tree roots, or stumps are, in fact, helping the tree to grow better. She also says it is difficult to get rid of mushrooms on your lawn. Please feel free to contact her to discuss your clusters. Clark would be happy to chat with you.

You may also be interested in signing up for the association’s newsletter, “Mainly Mushrooms” or in joining the Maine Mycological Association, which meets quarterly and takes field trips to identify edible mushrooms. You can contact Gary Marshall at (207) 878-2060, or by mail at 1808-B Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04103 for the newsletter or to join the association.

Dear Sun Spots: You’ve helped in the past, and I hope you can help again.

I have two old 78 records and would like to know their worth. One is a Decca, by Al Jolson, “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby, With a Dixie Melody” and the other side is “California, Here I Come.”

I also have a Zippo lighter, still in the box, with the guarantee with it. I know they’re a collector’s item but have no idea how much one is worth. I think it’s great how you help so many folks in so many ways. Keep up the good work. We need you. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots would recommend you contact Dan Poulin at Orphan Annie’s, 96 Court St., Auburn, (207) 782-0638.

Also for appraisal and possible sale of your records, contact: Enterprise Records, 613A Congress St., Portland (207) 773-7672; or the Record Connection, 252 Main St., Waterville (207) 873-1798, talk with Bob, they sell records, CDs, books. He’ll be happy to give you an idea.

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