Dear Sun Spots: I am asking for the help and donations of any shoe store businesses and manufacturers of new shoes or out-of-stock shoes for all ages, all shoe sizes from baby to adult.

As a community service project for Make a Difference Day being held Oct. 28, the theme of Putting Our Best Foot Forward is one of gratitude and servitude for the miracle of our feet. The goal is to have local churches voluntarily participate in a foot washing and present each person with a new pair of socks and shoes, especially those families and children underserved in rural Maine.

If anyone can please make any kind of new socks, new shoes, donations, or help with the foot washing, please call M. Sequoia at 364-7400.

Thank you for your kindness in helping to Make a Difference in the lives of others. – Mitzi Sequoia, Rumford.


Dear Sun Spots: This might be a long shot, but I thought I’d give it a try. I collect Pocket Dragon figurines and find myself with a duplicate “Pizza Pizza” from the 2004 collection. I would like to trade it with someone who may have an extra Dragon that I am missing. You can reach me at 754-0105 or e-mail [email protected] Thanks in advance! – Terri Ashton, Sabattus.

Dear Sun Spots: To the people in Jay who have skunks digging holes in their lawn: A simple solution is set a Have a Heart trap on their lawn with bait, a chicken leg or something else. When you catch the skunk, put a rag or some sort of cover over the trap that will keep the skunk from urinating. Then take the trap off into the woods, away from home, several miles and let it loose. You can rent the trap or borrow one. It always worked for me. – Leo Richard, Leeds.

Dear Sun Spots: I was wondering if there are any stores around Farmington or the Lewiston/Auburn area who sell electric woks. They’re made by West Bend. If not, could you please find me an address to see about ordering one. – M.S., Wilton.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, have you considered contacting West Bend? You can reach them at West Bend Housewares, P.O. Box 2780, 2845 Wingate Street, West Bend, WI 53095-2780, 262-334-6949, they are also online at www.westbend.com.

Sun Spots also spoke with Butch at the Farmington Farmers Union True Value Hardware, 244 Front St., Farmington, 207-778-4520. Butch says they only have one brand that they could order for you. It is black and is a 6-quart wok. You should contact him to discuss your wok needs.

Once you have your wok in hand you might enjoy the following recipe posted on West Bend’s Web site:

Stir-Fried Chicken and vegetables, makes four servings. Ingredients and Method: ½ cup cold water, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, ½ teaspoon peeled and finely minced fresh gingerroot, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons peanut oil, 1 medium onion, peeled, halved and sliced, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 whole chicken breast split, skinned, boned and cut in ¾-inch pieces, 1 green pepper, cored, seeded and cut in thin 1½-inch long strips, 2 tomatoes, cored and each cut in 6 wedges. Mix water, cornstarch, gingerroot and soy sauce. Set aside. Heat oil in uncovered wok at 375°F. Add onion and garlic. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Add chicken and green pepper and stir-fry 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and stir-fry for 1 minute. Stir cornstarch mixture, add to wok, cook until sauce thickens. Serve immediately.

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