Dear Sun Spots: We need volunteers to help us create awareness and the importance of safety equipment and hopefully preventing brain injuries.

We are a group who have survived brain injuries. We feel that by sharing our personal stories we are increasing awareness. We also feel that getting our stories out there will assist in creating an awareness of differences and the need for tolerance. Our goal is to educate by telling our stories from a survivor’s point of view with the hopes of preventing another brain injury. We have made presentations to the Girl Scouts, volunteer trainers at Maine Handicapped Skiing, police officers and children of all ages and would love to do more.

If you are a group interested in learning more about brain injury education and would like to volunteer for presentations, we have openings available.

If you are interested in finding out more about our group and what we do, please contact Deb Hanmer at WestSide Neuro-Rehab at (207) 795-6110. – Deb Hanmer, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Last spring I brought a special comforter to be cleaned at a Norway/Paris dry cleaners. I was tardy in picking it up and when I did, the comforter had been mislabeled and given to the wrong customer. It is not replaceable, and I hope that perhaps it’s in someone’s closet or trunk and will be returned. Thanks for your help. Please call Pat at (207) 743-0505. – Pat S., Norway.

Dear Sun Spots: Are there any financial planners or advisers in the area that can assist a person and who are not out to make a profit or sell their product: Just present sound advice? – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots would encourage you to contact the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Maine at (207)945-4766, or via post at P.O. Box 2695, Bangor, ME 04402-2695 or via e-mail at [email protected] to get a listing of those in your local area and who are with Maine.

Dear Sun Spots: Love your column.

Ah, here we go again. People want to know but keep on saying No Name, No Town. How can anyone help them if they don’t provide a name, phone number or address. The latest is about bamboo or hurdrock which I can get rid of fast. Also use the same method to destroy jerusalem artichokes and horseradish. Another recipe is: 1 gallon 10 percent white vinegar, 1 ounce of orange oil, 1 teaspoon of soap. Method: Mix up in sprayer. Kills weeds in minutes and won’t hurt the soil. It’s good for it.

Next, about the person asking about her crock that someone told her it coudn’t be used and she didn’t know why.

They used crocks to preserve eggs and put sodium silicate in the eggs and this kept them over the winter when the hens stopped laying. Sodium silicate is a salt solution that if you get it on your glasses, it will take the magnification out of your glasses, and if you get it in your eyes, you’ll want to wash your eyes out with water and get to a doctor real fast. If you get it on your shoes, the leather will crack and ruin your shoes.

My name is not Bunky Strickland as my 37 callers have called me. My name is Bunky Norris, and I live in Strickland. If anyone wants to call me I can be reached at (207) 897-4850. – Bunky Norris, Strickland.

Answer: Sun Spots apologizes for the error, Bunky. Unfortunately she does not keep submissions this long and so cannot verify the problem. But one hopes, it has since been fixed. What a wonderful response you received! That’s an amazing number of people affected by bamboo!

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