Dear Sun Spots: I am 10 and home-schooled. I am starting a gardening project. I was hoping that some of your readers would be willing to share some flowers or shrubs with me. I am willing to go and help dig them up. Please call Jordan at 998-3416. Thank you. – Jordan Choiniere, Poland.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots wonders if you’ve tried contacting your local University of Maine Cooperative Extension office. Contact them by calling one of the following: Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls, ME 04252-1505, 353-5550 or (800) 287-1458, or e-mail [email protected]; Franklin County, 147 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, ME 04938-6403, 778-4650 or (800) 287-1478, or e-mail [email protected]; Oxford County, 9 Olson Road, South Paris, 743-6329 or (800) 287-1482, or e-mail [email protected] For other Maine counties: visit the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Web site at or call any of the extension offices above and they will provide you with your county’s extension telephone number. You might also like to check out their Web site regarding their 4-H Club and other opportunities. In the meantime, Sun Spots would also encourage you to gain what gardening tips you can from gardening columnist Jody Goodwin. Goodwin’s column returns this Sunday.

Dear Sun Spots: I am trying to locate a place or person who repairs sewing machines. Anywhere in the Lewiston, South Paris areas. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, contact:

Cote Brothers, 730 Center St., Auburn, 782-5922. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They service all makes, models, years and also offer trade-ins.

Fabric Inn, 413 Wilton Road, Farmington, 778-4288. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They also service all makes, models, years and accept trade-ins.

• Sun Spots would like to thank Yvette Audet of Lewiston, who kindly provided the following Mother’s Day wish for all you mothers out there:

Mis for the million things you gave me,

Omeans only that you’re growing old,

Tis for the tears you shed to save me,

His for your heart of purest gold.

Eis for your eyes with love light shining,

Rmeans right, and right you’ll always be.

Put them all together, they spell


a word that means the world to me.

Don’t forget your mother, grandmother, favorite aunt or lonely neighbor this Mother’s Day!

Dear Sun Spots: I have a set of dishes, a service for six which includes six plates, cups, saucers, creamer and sugar bowl. On the back it notes Memory Lane. I also have quite a few pieces of cut glass, and I wondered if either had any value.

In addition, is there any place that sells sweat shirts with raglan sleeves? I am also looking for a crib for our great-grandson. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, contact Dan Poulin at Orphan Annie’s about your delph and glass. In addition, you might check with him to see if he might have a crib among his collection. He can be reached at 96 Court St., Auburn, 782-0638, and is always ready to help readers with those difficult-to-find items and more.

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