Dear Sun Spots: Thank you for all the help you have given us in letting people know about our hospice volunteer classes. The people we have recruited as volunteers are absolutely wonderful! And many of them tell us that they learned about the classes by reading Sun Spots. Is it possible to help us again?

Our needs for hospice and bereavement volunteers have increased so tremendously that we are offering three more 27-hour classes this spring. They will be held in Lewiston, South Paris and Wilton.

In Lewiston, a 27-hour hospice volunteer training course will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning April 4 and ending May 2.

In Wilton, a training course for bereavement volunteers will begin on Thursday evening, April 27. Meeting two times each week, the course will provide 15 hours of basic training for all bereavement volunteers and will guide people in providing one-on-one bereavement support. An additional 12 hours will follow for those interested in co-facilitating grief support groups.

In South Paris, a 27-hour hospice volunteer training course will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, beginning on May 23 and ending June 20.

Hospice Volunteers help support terminally ill patients and their families at home, in long-term care facilities, and at the new AHCH Hospice House in Auburn. Bereavement volunteers provide special support to family members or caregivers in the year after the death of a hospice patient. Volunteers are valued members of a team and are matched with patients in or near their communities. We ask for a time commitment of two to four hours each week.

For more information, please contact Volunteer Services at 777-7740 or (800) 482-7412. Thanks very much. – Nancy Greene, volunteer coordinator, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice.

Dear Sun Spots: I need a favorite pair of boots repaired so I would appreciate it if you could find out if there is a shoe repair shop in any of the following areas. Lewiston/Auburn; Norway; Rumford; North Conway or Berlin area. My phone number is 824-3107. Thanks, I hope you can help. – Jim Lowe, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, try:

Obie’s Shoe Repair, 289 Lisbon St., Lewiston, 784-8164; Shoe Renu, 14 Maine St. (in Fort Andross), Brunswick, 725-8557; Tom Finn Shoe Repair, 165 Water St., Augusta, 623-8491; and, Morin’s Shoe Store, 171 Main St., Berlin, N.H., (603) 752-4810.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m looking for those simple wooden coat hangers that everyone’s grandmother use to crochet covers around years ago. If anyone has some, I’d be happy to pick them up. Please call Carol at 224-7094. Thank you and thank you Sun Spots. – Carol, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Where would one be able to find old questions from Sun Spots that have already been printed? There was someone recently who wrote in asking about bottles in Hallowell but I didn’t save the column. Thanks for the help. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: They are posted online at You will need to search the Web site archives and include several keywords for your search.

Dear Sun Spots: In response to the lady looking for baby slings: I make these for about $15 to $20, depending on what you want for material. You can please call me at 778-2237 or e-mail me at [email protected] – Becky in Temple.

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