Dear Sun Spots: The Catholic Charities Maine’s SEARCH program needs four-ply yarn in all colors and in good condition. We have about 30 volunteers who knit and crochet hats, mittens, baby things, lap robes and other warm items, which in turn are given to the needy of all ages in Androscoggin County. The yarn is donated to our program and given to the knitters as needed. We would greatly appreciate any yarn Sun Spots readers can spare to donate to us. We would be very happy to pick it up. For more information, phone the office at 784-0157 and ask for SEARCH.

The SEARCH program (Seek Elderly Alone, Renew Courage and Hope) is where volunteers are assigned to elderly people who enjoy their reassuring calls or home visits. We are open every weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. With our deepest gratitude. – Phoebe Lowell, program manager, SEARCH, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: What happened to the Edward Little Class of 1956? This will be their 50th class year. There has been a lot of class reunions but not the Class of 1956. – No Name, No Town.

Sun Spots contacted Jeannine O’Malley, who says the reunion was held Sept. 9, and they were not aware of your address change. She has since received a change of address for you so you should be receiving class news more timely.

Dear Sun Spots: Would you be able to provide information about buying the calendar that would benefit the Gibson family barn that they are trying to restore. It was included in a recent article in the Sun Journal. It sounded interesting. Thank you. – Ellen in Mechanic Falls.

The article you are referring to ran Sept. 5 and was about Ellen Gibson’s effort to save a 200-year-old farm. Gibson received a $10,000 grant from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to restore her barn, but must raise a matching $10,000 by December 2007 as a grant requirement. She has created a calendar using her aunt Jane Porter Gibson’s prints as the images for each month. Underneath every print is one excerpt or more from her great-grandfather’s diary.

Both her aunt and great-grandfather lived at the family farm on Stearns Hill Road, which is where Gibson lives now and where the barn sits that she wants to save.

You can purchase the calendar at Books-N-Things, 430 Main St., Norway, 743-7197, as well as at the Fare Share Market, 443 Main St., Norway, 743-9044.

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