Dear Sun Spots: Cafe Bon-Bon on Main Street in downtown Lewiston will soon be reopening. We are looking for artists and photographers who would like to display their work on the walls of the cafe. We are also looking for musicians who would like to play old-time jazz and swing one night a week. Interested parties please phone Joe at 576-2727. Thank you. – Joe Loubier, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I have the material cut out for a maternity jumper to give away to anyone who would like it. It’s a bluish gray, tweedy color, size 18. I also have a printer to recycle. I bought a Lexmark Z22, and it only worked for a short period of time. I replaced it with a Lenmark Z23, and it worked very well for five years. It now makes a noise as if something is rubbing when the ink cartridge is moving across the printer. I think the necessary part could be taken from the Z22, but I lack the skill to do it. If you think you can do it, call me and I’d be glad to recycle these to you rather than junk them. I may be reached at 782-0463. Please ask for Lou. – Louise Pare, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: The Mexico Historical Society needs help in searching for some old-time green pull-down shades for our museum windows at 3 Oxford St. The lengths for all shades are 60 inches. The amounts we need are: two of 22 and ½ inch wide, eight of 30 ½ inch wide and eight of 43 inches wide (some of these can be cut if necessary) for a total of 18 shades. They can be new, good or used condition. Help of any kind would be greatly appreciated. We are closed for the winter months, but you can leave a message at 364-4496, e-mail us at [email protected], or deliver the shades to the Mexico town office. Thank you very much. – Irene Hutchinson, president, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Here is the recipe for chili from the ‘older’ Betty Crocker cookbook that Kathy Peters from Sumner requested:

Ingredients: 1 pound hamburger, 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup), 2 cloves garlic, crushed, 1 16 oz. can whole tomatoes, 2 medium stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup), 2-3 tablespoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon red pepper sauce (optional), 1 15 oz. can kidney beans, drained. Method: Cook and stir hamburger, onion and garlic in 3 quart saucepan until hamburger is light brown; drain. Stir in tomatoes (with liquid), celery, chili powder, salt, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and pepper sauce. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1 hour.

Stir in beans. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered until hot, about 15 minutes. For thicker chili, continue simmering, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency. Five servings of about 1 cup each. – No Name, No Town.

* Betty Crocker Chili Recipe: Thank you to all those dedicated readers who’ve sent in this recipe. Please note that Sun Spots has received many duplicates and is all set on this recipe. Many thanks to you all for your dedication in helping a fellow reader.

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