Dear Sun Spots Readers: The Senior Companion Program is looking for several caring people, in the Lewiston/Auburn area, who would like to make a difference in the lives of the homebound elderly.

If you are 60 years of age or older and on a fixed income you may be eligible to become a senior companion.

Companions provide friendly visiting and respite for caregivers.

The program is sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and is partnered with SeniorsPlus and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice. Companions receive a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement and other benefits. Please call Anna Saar at 1-800-287-1482 for more information. Thank you for caring. – Anna Saar, South Paris.

Dear Sun Spots: What has happened to Shannon Moss? She hasn’t been on the 10 p.m. news for a long time. – M.L.P., No Town.

According to, Moss has been part of the News Center team since 1999 and anchors News Center at 10 on Maine’s WB, and co-anchors News Center at 11 with Pat Callaghan. Sun Spots learned from Charlene Belanger at Channel 6 that Moss is out on maternity leave. “We are very much looking forward to having her come back to work,” Belanger wrote. In addition, Belanger forwarded your message to Moss, in case she might be able to respond.

Dear Sun Spots: I wanted to thank you for your help. I received calls about the mixer and Nancy and husband wanted to buy me a new one. I had called the toll-free number and got nowhere. Mrs. Dotty Smith left a message on my answering machine that she had a hand mixer for me. Thanks again to all of you. It is greatly appreciated.

Now, I have some yarn, two bags if anyone can use it. I can be reached at 353-2532. – Glenys M., Lisbon Falls.

Glenys, it was readers who assisted you here. How wonderful to see you were successful in your search.

Regarding your yarn, you might consider contacting:

Catholic Charities Maine’s Seek Elderly Alone, Renew Courage and Hope (SEARCH) program which needs four-ply yarn in all colors and in good condition for hats, mittens, baby things, lap robes and other warm items, which are given to the needy of all ages in Androscoggin County. For more information or pickup call 784-0157 and ask for SEARCH. They are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• C. Park of South Paris who had requested yarn donations in the Oct. 27 column. Park is making scarves for schoolchildren this winter and does it year round. She can be reached at P.O. Box 363, South Paris, ME 04281-0363.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like the address of “Dancing with the Stars.” – Velma Adams, Auburn.

Answer: “
Dancing with the Stars” is the American version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced in America by BBC Worldwide. Conrad Green is executive producer, Izzie Pick is co-executive producer. Alex Rudzinski directs. Matilda Zoltowski is supervising producer of performance shows, Rob Wade is supervising producer of the results shows.

According to, you should check out the question and answers section on their Web site. For those not answered at the site, contact the Audience Relations department at ABC, Inc. 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521-4551, 818-460-7477. To send fan letters to your favorite stars, write Dancing With the Stars, C/O CBS Television City, 7800 Beverly Blvd. Bungalow #25, L.A., CA 90036.

Dear Sun Spots: In response to the person who enjoys pickled beets year round: If you don’t want to make your own, you can get them year round from Berts’ Awesome Stuff. We are a local business ( P.O. Box and have many fans who enjoy our pickled beets and other products. You may order through our Web site at or call 784-2568. We also are at a variety of craft fairs throughout the holiday season and our products can be sampled there, these are listed on our Web site. – Chriss, president Berts’ Awesome Stuff, Auburn.

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