Dear Sun Spots Readers: Would you like to help make a lasting difference in the lives of those in your community? Then perhaps you might consider volunteering in your community. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice is in need of people who want to volunteer a few hours a week in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties.

Become involved as:

• a grocery volunteer to pick up and deliver groceries to housebound patients;

• a visiting volunteer to provide companionship and support to patients recovering from illness or injury; or

• as a transportation volunteer to take patients to medical appointments or other needs.

We believe if you have a desire to volunteer, we can find a position to fit your schedule. Please contact us about our volunteer opportunities. You’ll be helping to support patients and their families.

A 2½-hour training session is provided at no cost for the above positions. For more information, phone 777-7740 or 1-800-482-7412, ext. 1289 for Polly Robinson, ext. 1286 for Kathy Smith. – Polly Robinson, recruiter for volunteer services Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice.

Dear Sun Spots: Oh where, oh where could that woman be? The one who made those nice biscuits. My mother bought them at the green church in Mexico. They were packaged three in one baggie and four in the other one. She stated those biscuits were yum, yum food. If it is possible, she could send me the recipe (if it is not secretly handed down in the family). You could always write it down and still keep it a secret. You can mail it to Darlene Anderson, P.O. Box 203, Mexico, ME 04257. I’d be ever so grateful. – D. Anderson, Mexico.

Dear Sun Spots: You have helped me in the past, and I hope you can help me again.

I’m collecting a second set of Noah’s Ark figurines by Wade for another grandchild. They are found in boxes of Red Rose tea. The series has been discontinued. I have four duplicates of the female zebra in a resting position. I wish to trade them for Noah and wife or either male or female elephant or either male or female rhino or ram or ewe, lion or lioness, or rooster or hen, or gander.

Anyone who wishes to trade the above for a female zebra, please call Pat at 933-2013. Thank you in advance for your help. – Patricia B, North Monmouth.

Dear Sun Spots: I just love Barbara Mandrell. Could you please tell me what she is doing now? She just seemed to drop right out of sight. Thank you. – D. Pulsifer, Auburn.

She still appears to be a busy lady. You may have just missed hearing about what she’s been up to. The two-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year presented at the 40th annual CMA awards in October. She will also be featured in a spring issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

In the meantime, according to a recent article posted online at Great American Country,, a mere nine years after her retirement, Mandrell is still regarded as the ultimate entertainer. She won “virtually every award imaginable in her 38-year career.” An hour-long session with Lorianne Crook at Ryman Auditorium will feature her best stage memories and career highlights on GAC TV. Showings will be Nov. 22 and 23, and Dec. 30. For more details, check out the Web site. You might also contact your cable provider to see if they might be able to help you access this station.

Mandrell’s final performance was on Oct. 23, 1997. A posting on her Web site,, notes retirement is a wonderful time of her life. She is “so very happy and satisfied with the day-to-day challenges that being a homemaker sends (her) way.” An interview online at, notes she can spend 10 hours a day gardening. She also likes crafting such as mosaics, completing a big birdbath in about two weeks. She also does faux painting and regular painting. And loves doing silly girlie things such as using special ribbon and hot glue silk flowers and things on a gift package.

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