Dear Sun Spots: About a month of so ago, a lady asked for religious articles to send to Haiti. I cut out her telephone number, but either misplaced it or threw it away. I have some she is welcome to have if she is still interested. – No Name, No Town.

The following information appeared in the Aug. 1, 2006, column, and Sun Spots has confirmed this writer still needs items for Mother Teresa’s Mission and would be happy to accept yours and those of any other readers would be willing to donate for this cause.

Dear Sun Spots: To the lady who has religious items to dispose of: If they’re in good condition, I would gladly accept them. I gather items for Mother Teresa’s Mission in Haiti, and those items could be put to good use. Please call me if you’re interested. We could make arrangements to meet in Lewiston somewhere, as I have often done in the past for donations. My phone number is 364-3816. Thank you, Sun Spots. I really enjoy your column. – O. P., Mexico.

Dear Sun Spots: Besides Griswold what is the other cast-iron fry pan that antique dealers look for? Thanks in advance. – Rose in Mexico.

According to, The Book of Griswold & Wagner, referred to as the ‘blue book’ by collectors, is described as being the most complete, accurate, and widely used reference on cast-iron and aluminum cookware and is coveted by collectors. It’s described as an encyclopedic guide detailing durable cast-iron antiques, including cornstick pans, griddles, Dutch ovens, gem pans, coffee grinders and roasters, trivets, molds, broilers, teapots, and much more. There are comprehensive histories of the manufacturers Griswold, Wagner, Sidney Hollow Ware, Favorite, and Wapak, as well as patent lists for meticulous researchers. This is an essential reference for anyone wishing to invest in these timeless treasures. You might consider checking out this book. It appears the above manufacturers may be among the list of those cast-iron fry pans that antique dealers might be looking for.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to hear from any of your readers who may have purchased and have been using a Harmon pellet stove or pellet stove insert. I would like to know if they are pleased with their purchase, and what they like (or dislike) about it. They may reach me by e-mail at [email protected], or by calling me at 783-1868 after 5 p.m. Thank you. – No Name, Auburn.

In addition to responses from readers, you might consider checking Consumer Reports to see if there are any reports out on this particular stove.

Dear Sun Spots: Does anyone in Lewiston-Auburn carry Estee Lauder products? If not, where is the closest place to purchase them? Thank you very much for your help. – No Name, Lewiston.

In addition to responses from readers, unfortunately Sun Spots did not locate any in the Lewiston-Auburn area. However, both the Maine Mall and Kittery Outlet carry products by this company. Contact Macy’s at the Maine Mall at 945-3200, (open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), or The Cosmetics Company, at the Kittery Outlet at 438-9275, (open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). In addition, you might also check out the company online at

Dear Sun Spots: I have a good supply of rug yarn that I can’t use. If anyone would like it, they can come and get it. If I am not at home, it’s in the breezeway. I’m at 127 Montello St., Lewiston. – C. Mennealy, Lewiston.

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