Dear Sun Spots: A while back there was a story in the Sun Journal about where dogs can be taken for washing in Auburn. Could Sun Spots please print that information again? – No Name, No Town.

The business you are seeking is Lynne’s Dog Grooming and Self-Service Dog Wash, 209 South Main St., 782-3925. The story was published in the Sun Journal on April 4. The new do-it-yourself service is offered by groomer Lynne Howe-Cote. Clients who want to wash their own pets can use a waist-high tub, specialty shampoos, dryers, conditioners and more.

In addition, you might also be interested in Jeff Ekstrand’s new pet grooming service, Paws in Motion, at 72 Marston Hill Road in West Auburn. Ekstrand offers the use of his space and equipment for those customers who would prefer to do their own pet grooming. Those customers have the option of bringing their own preferred supplies or using products at the site. Business hours are flexible. For further information, phone 784-3676.

Dear Sun Spots: I have several questions I hope you and readers can assist with.

I hope you can help me find a place for my monitor. I have a 12-or-13 inch computer monitor, Magnavox, that worked well with a personal computer. If someone could use it in the Lewiston or Auburn area, I’ll gladly drop it off.

And lastly, I grew up in Auburn and have always wondered why it is OK to use gas motor boats on Lake Auburn, but swimming is not considered safe in a drinking water source. Is canoeing allowed on Lake Auburn? Kayaking? Thanks for your help. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, contact Diane Doe, director of the SHARE center program in Auburn, at 795-0972, to ensure somebody will be on site to accept your donations. The center is located on Academy Street in Auburn, in the Great Falls Performing Arts Center. You may enter on the Academy Street side. They are open 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to noon the first and second Saturdays of each month.

If you have no success in the immediate area, you might also consider “Computers for Schools and Libraries.” Contact the Maine Correctional Center, P.O. Box 260, South Windham, ME 04082-0260 (893-7000 and ask for Darrell Lee) for information and instructions regarding the donation of your old computer. In addition, consider contacting Ruth’s Reusable Resources at U.S. Route 1, Bessey School, Scarborough, ME 04074, 883-8407. Their school year hours are Wednesdays noon to 6 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays noon to 5 p.m. and the first and second Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.

Those who have items to give away – or need things – might want to sign up for a Yahoo Freecycle group at There is a group for the L-A region.

As for your questions about Lake Auburn, according to the Auburn Water District and Lewiston Water Division 2005 water quality report, the lake has been the sole source of public water since 1887. When full, Lake Auburn holds approximately 26 billion gallons of water and covers an area of 2, 290 acres. It has been protected as a public drinking water source for over 100 years.

And finally, according to the frequently asked questions posted online at its Web site,, all body contact with the water in Lake Auburn is restricted, including domestic animals such as dogs, horses, cows, etc. Even your hands are prohibited from touching the water. The fines are up to $2,500 for each violation. Certain boats are allowed in the unrestricted areas of Lake Auburn. But restricted areas are off limits to all boats, including nonmotorized sailboats, catamarans, most kayaks, personal watercraft and any boat with sleeping quarters. If in doubt, Sun Spots would recommend you contact the water districts. Contact Auburn Water District, Lewiston Water Division at 784-6469.

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