Dear Sun Spots: Why are people allowed to place their trash at curbside before 4 p.m.? It’s not a pretty sight on College Street, returning home from Sunday morning services. Please keep up the good work. – No Name, Lewiston.

Answer: According to the Public Works Department and the city ordinance (Section 62.13, subsection B), residents cannot leave garbage out curbside earlier than 6 p.m. the day preceding collection and no later than 7 a.m. the day of pickup. The code enforcement officer enforces the city ordinances, and you may want to contact that department with your concerns. They can be reached at (207) 784-2951.

Dear Sun Spots: I am knitting a lot, much more than before, and I buy lots of yarn. But I am a senior citizen and don’t have lots of extra money to spend. I’d appreciate any assistance with donations of yarn. I am looking for 4-ply, good, usable yarn. Please call me at (207) 743-9431 or write to me at 666 High St., South Paris, ME 04281.

Please let your readers know that I am deeply grateful for the help with directions and donated yarn in the past. I am knitting slippers for children in hospitals, nursing home residents, day care centers and community organizations such as schools. I could sure use some help with any yarn. I appreciate the help, as do those who are using these slippers. – Pauline Nadeau, South Paris.

Dear Sun Spots: On July 1 and 2, “Days of Our Lives” was not on because of tennis. For two weeks in August, it also was not televised because of the Olympics. I missed a lot. The Olympics should be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Perhaps there are other readers out there who may have taped these soap operas and might be willing to share them with you for a reasonable cost.

Dear Sun Spots: Ten local tennis players from the Lewiston Recreation Department’s summer tennis program, ages 12-14, are planning a trip to compete in the national tennis meet in Delaware on Columbus Day weekend.

Anyone wishing to donate bottles to help fund the children’s trip may call Nancy at (207) 783-0541 to arrange a convenient time for bottle pickup. Monetary donations will also be appreciated. If interested, please call for mailing details.

These players competed for USA team tennis, won the state championship in Portland in early August and went on to Connecticut to win the New England championship. The Lewiston team is proud to represent Maine in this national event, and thanks you for your support. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: The Edward Little High School Alumni Association is interested in accumulating all the old ELHS yearbooks (Oracles) to create a loan library database for those alumni who call and inquire about historical information, or need one of their class if they have misplaced their own. Please call Diane Freve at (207) 224-7348, Wanda Foss Kimbrough at (207) 783-7451 or Nancy Arnold Davenport at (207) 783-8952. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to write to first lady Laura Bush. I enjoyed her speech during the Republican Convention and would like to contact her to get a copy. Thanks for any help. – No Name, Lewiston.

Answer: In addition to writing to her, you might be interested in noting that the speech is posted online at the White House’s Web site at You can write to her at: First Lady Laura Bush, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.

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