Dear Sun Spots: Practically everyone reads wonderful Sun Spots. So, I’m hoping a certain woman will.

She was at my yard sale in Mechanic Falls on Sunday, July 25. She accidentally took a tin off my house steps that wasn’t for sale.

It was a small, round, rather ornate tin that had a slot punched in the cover to make a bank. Inside were two little turtles made of polished shells and wrapped in newspaper. The tin was mine and the turtles were for my 7-year-old granddaughter who loves all of nature, but toads and turtles especially.

If the lady had paid me for them, as she had her other purchases, I would have told her they were not for sale. However, she went to the blonde woman to pay, guessed at 20 cents for the tin, not realizing it wasn’t for sale.

Please call me. I’ll gladly come and pick it up and refund your money. The tin holds sentimental value for me, and I really want to give the turtles I’ve found to my granddaughter. Both things really, really mean a lot to me. Thank you for your consideration. I can be reached at (207) 345-3473. – Nina, Mechanic Falls.

Dear Sun Spots: I hope a reader can help me. I’m looking for coffee packs that go in a percolator on a gas stove. It has to have a hole in the center. I would appreciate the help. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I read your column every day and love it. Keep up the great work.

I am looking for a Mary Maxim graph pattern for a small moose for a child’s sweater, size 2-10. I make several sweaters a year but cannot find a moose pattern small enough for the back or front of a child’s sweater. If anyone has one out there, I would certainly appreciate it. Many thanks for all the help. I can be reached at Marston’s Country Crafts, 296 Munson Road, Wilton, ME 04294, (207) 645-2906. – Lu Ann Marston, Wilton.

Dear Sun Spots: Could you please tell me where a local citizen could sign a petition to get Ralph Nader on the ballot in Maine?

Thank you for any help you may be able to provide. – Robert Beauchesne, Lewiston.

Answer: You might want to check out for more details or contact Kevin Zeese for more details at (202) 265-4000 or via e-mail at [email protected] You can also sign a petition online at

Dear Sun Spots: I’ve been researching my family tree and am looking for someone who might have known or is related to Alice G. Curran Fuller who resided in Lewiston. She last resided in the Marcotte Home and passed away Jan. 13, 1930. The obit said she had many cousins. I’m wondering if there is any reader who can help me? I can be reached at (207) 732-5542. – Cherry, Howland.

• To the reader who called in noting ice cream parlor proprietor and Bates College graduate George Ross had died in the ’40s, rather than 1936 as noted in the July 20 column: You are correct. Sun Spots has learned George A. Ross died June 22, 1943.

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