Dear Sun Spots: I am hoping some of your readers can help our school out. Turner Elementary School is trying to raise money for a new playground. We are collecting empty inkjet cartridges, empty laser cartridges, old/used cell phones and laptops. If any readers have any they would like to donate, please phone me at 225-2682 or 754-8170, and I can make arrangements to pick them up. Also, we are still doing our boxtops4education program. If anyone has any they would like to send me, they can be mailed to Laurie Labbe, 5 Brookfield Estates, Turner, ME 04282. – Laurie Labbe, Turner.

Dear Sun Spots: I live in Poland, where we have the opportunity to recycle cardboard, newspaper, tin cans, glass and No. 2 plastic milk containers. I notice, however, that we end up having to throw out many items which are not readily biodegradable or which might release unhealthy fumes when incinerated. Items such as meat trays or plastic bottles for detergent, shampoo, liquid soap and more. Could readers please respond with ideas and suggestions on how to dispose of these items in an environmentally appropriate manner? Thank you very much for any assistance. – Kathryn in Poland.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m looking for a red socks stepping stone. Is there a store in the area that still has them? Thanks. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Is there any one who does bottle shows that would be willing to do a show of old bottles for a history group in Leeds. Thanks. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I have a child’s rocking chair that had a round, flat, oval reed with wicker ribs for the seat and back. Is there anyone who can put a new seat and back in this type of chair? I can be reached at (207) 562-7305. – C. Beedy, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, try calling or visiting one of the following: Chair Doctor, Route 1, Turner, (207) 225-2293; Bix Furniture and Strippers, 357 Main St., Auburn, (207) 783-3459; nor Morin the Painter, 195 Turner St., Auburn, (207) 782-7511.

Dear Sun Spots: How would one be able to get in contact with the Boy Scouts groups around the Lewiston and Auburn area to help with a community project? Thanks. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: According to the Boy Scouts of America Pine Tree Council’s Web site, Boy Scouts in the counties of Androscoggin and Oxford counties, which include the communities of Lewiston, Auburn, Norway, Paris and Bethel, are served by the Boy Scouts of America Pine Tree Council’s Abnaki District. District leadership is led by District Chairman Mark Adams, (207) 784-4161.

In addition, Scouts in the counties of Kennebec, Franklin and Somerset, which include the communities of Augusta, Waterville, Farmington and Jackman, are served by the K-Valley District. District leadership is led by District Chairman Charlie Matthews, (207) 453-6944. For more information, contact the Boy Scouts of America Pine Tree Council, 131 Johnson Road, Portland, (207) 797-5252 or visit their Web site at The Pine Tree Council Web site has links to your local Boy Scout district.

• Readers responding to No Name’s inquiry in Wednesday’s column, seeking members of the Winthrop High School class of 1966 should note the following students have been located: Howard Cooke, Harry Currier, Larry Gray, Pat McGlamery, June Piper Bell, Michael Towle, Sally Towle Dawson, Evelyn Tully Unangst and Lindsay Wells.

• The reader seeking a Type II Diabetes Support Group: might like to contact the Maine Center for Diabetes, MMC – Scarborough at 885-7710. A support group meets every first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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