Dear Sun Spots: The Sexual Assault Crisis Center will offer spring training for hot line volunteers starting in March.

We are currently seeking interested women and men who would like to make a difference in the lives of victims of sexual violence. Volunteers are needed to listen and provide support, information and referrals to hot-line callers.

The deadline for completing the application process is March 17.

Training provides insight and information in the areas of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual assault and the challenges faced by survivors and their supporters. Volunteers are taught the various options and resources available for survivors of all ages in our community and learn crisis intervention and advocacy skills through training and role-play scenarios, with emphasis placed on the importance of self-care.

SACC advocates carry a pager during their hot-line shifts, allowing them to be on call from their homes. During a shift, a volunteer may provide telephone support, support or accompaniment through medical exams, or advocacy with law-enforcement personnel and court accompaniment.

Volunteer advocates must be over the age of 18, empathetic and reliable. No experience is necessary. A new training session is scheduled to begin in March. To learn more about becoming a SACC advocate, contact Sarah at the SACC office at 784-5272, ext. 104. – Sarah Wood, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: Would you know of a company in the Lewiston-Auburn area that makes tinted windows for houses? Thank for your help regarding this. – Lisa Rancourt, Sabattus.

Answer: Sun Spots called three big-box home improvement stores in the area – Sears, Home Depot and Lowes, all of which sell and install a type of glass window called Low E2, which is available in different levels and colors of tint. Depending on the thickness of the coating and position of the window, Low E2 glass reflects infrared heat from inside the room to help reduce energy loss during cold months or reflects or absorbs infrared heat from the outside to help reduce solar gain and cooling costs during warm months.

Try calling one of the following home improvement stores: Sears, Home Improvement Department, 20 East Ave., Lewiston, (800)749-7499, has Low E2 glass with UV-ray protection; Home Depot, 149 Mount Auburn Ave., Auburn, 777-0042, offers tinted Low E2 glass in bronze, gray and green tints, with free quotes; Lowes Home Improvement, 650 Turner St., Auburn, 514-2300, has Low E2 windows in a light tint and offers free estimates. You can also try calling any window-replacement dealer in the area. They may be able to custom order exactly what you are looking for.

Dear Sun Spots: To all those ladies out there who wanted a curtain store around here, there is great news. A new store has opened up in Bridgton on Route 302. They have every color, size and design you can imagine. You’ll have a hard time choosing because there are so many. They are very good quality. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots checked in with the store, Fresh Start Interiors, which may be reached through owner Lisa Blasi at 647-8216. They are open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.The store is closed Sunday and Monday, but service is available by appointment. It is located on Route 302, right across from the elementary school and just up from the Black Horse Tavern.

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