Dear Sun Spots: Many thanks to all those readers who responded so generously to our request for yarn. We are hopeful you’ll be able to assist us again.

We will be holding a jelly-making workshop Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Rural Community Action Ministry office in Leeds. We are calling on any Sun Spots readers for their help. You’ve always come through in the past, and we’re hopeful you will do so again.


We are looking for donations of 60 8-ounce canning jars and 60 lids, bunches of grapes, six 5-pound bags of sugar and cheesecloth. Please contact me if you would like to make a donation. I can be reached at 81 Church Hill Road, Leeds, ME 04263, 524-5095. Thank you for your help. Your generosity will make this wish a reality.

I run a hunger prevention program at RCAM, a private nonprofit organization that provides services to residents in 13 rural towns in Androscoggin, Kennebec and Oxford counties by reaching out to them and assisting them to help themselves. Some of our clients are elderly and have to choose between food and medicine; often medicine wins out. We also have clients that are disabled and several families with children. We teach and assist people to grow and preserve their own food (vegetables). At the end of the growing season we provide canning and freezing workshops so our clients can have food throughout the winter. I thought it would be nice to provide a jelly-making workshop for our clients this year, in addition to the regular workshops that we offer. Our program supplies everything needed to garden and can. The clients provide veggies from their gardens.

For more information on our jelly-making workshop and other RCAM programs, please contact Wanda Braithwaite-Baril, gardening program coordinator, RCAM, 81 Church Hill Road, Leeds, ME 04263, 524-5095. – Wanda Braithwaite-Baril, Leeds.

Dear Sun Spots: Thank you for printing my letter pertaining to a Smith Corona Coronamatic 2500 typewriter. I called the number you suggested, but this gentleman was not willing to ship it to me. I’m hoping I’ll hear from someone locally this time. Again, thanks for publishing my letter. I can be reached via mail at 15 Piper Road, Scarborough, ME 04074. – Ruth Wiles, Scarborough.


Answer: Column readers may recall Ruth’s previous letter looking for a typewriter. If anyone locally has a Smith Corona Coronamatic 2500 typewriter that they’d be willing to donate to her, please contact Wiles at the above address.

Dear Sun Spots: I need your help and I’ve had good luck in the past. I’m looking for a braid holder that holds a braid when braiding a rug. It clamps onto a table, and after you start a braid you place the braid in this holder and it holds the braid firm. As your braid gets longer, you just keep pushing it away from you. Then you can braid toward you. The one I have like it is a square ‘u’ and doesn’t work well. Maybe someone has an older one. I would be interested purchasing it. I can be reached at 345-4021. – No Name, No Town.

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