Dear Sun Spots, I read an article in the Sun Journal sometime in June about the Big Indian on Route 1 in South Freeport, Maine getting a face-lift (being repainted). I have searched for information on this statue and have not been able to find anything. Could you find this information or get an address or telephone number where I could write or call for it? Thank You. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: The job of repainting the “Big Indian” in Freeport, Maine was completed two weeks ago. The colors used are similar to those used back in the 1960s. Its last painting was about 30 or so years ago. The site of the “Indian” was originally Casco Bay Trading Post and Winter People has since restored the landmark back to what it “used to be.” Dale Bouton, one of the owners of Winter People, said the painter was a local Yarmouth man, Bill Dexter who took a week to complete the job, using royal blue, yellow, red and buckskin for the freshening up. Bouton says the statute stands about 50 or so feet.

The Big Freeport Indian (BFI) resides at 125 Rt. One South and is owned by Winter People Inc. The “Big Indian” is made of wood and fiberglass and has been a landmark at the entrance of Freeport Maine for over 40 years.

Dear Sun Spots: Would anyone please have the recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal No Bake Cookies (Cook on the stove top).

I enjoy Sun Spots so much. – Ruthy in South Paris.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, perhaps you and your family will enjoy the following Ingredients: 4 ounces butter or margarine, 1/2 cup milk, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 3 to 4 tablespoons peanut butter, optional, 3 cups oats, quick or old-fashioned, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Method: Place chocolate chips, peanut butter (if used), oats, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Combine the margarine, milk, and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute. Combine the hot mixture with the oatmeal and chocolate chip mixture; stir well. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for a round avocado casserole dish, with or without a cover, with flowers on the side or reversed white with avocado flowers. This dish was popular in the 60s. I will pay a reasonable price. Please contact me at (207) 784-4106. – No Name, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: Is there any place that recycles or reuses the flats or containers from seedlings and plants? It seems like a waste to send the containers to the dump. Thanks. – A Peru reader.

Answer: Sun Spots is not aware of any, but other readers out there may be willing to share their tips with you or may be interested in taking some of these off your hands for their own use.

Dear Sun Spots: Could you please tell me what the toll-free number is to inquire about my state income tax? – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots contacted the revenue services (via 626-8475) and was told there is no toll-free number. However, the customer service clerk who answered took your information and planned to call you himself. We hope you will get the answers you seek.

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