Dear Sun Spots: The Lewiston High School Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Team will host their annual alumni game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Saturday, Dec. 23, beginning at 11 a.m. Alumni interested in participating in the game should contact Carrie Lacasse at 783-9539. – Carrie Lacasse, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for a plastic teddy bear container that once held Stauffer’s Animal Crackers. I am willing to pay for it. Please call 240-2773.

I am also looking for someone who can repair a porcelain or ceramic doll. I have called a lot of shops, nobody does it. Can you please help me? – No Name, Lewiston.


Answer: In addition to responses from readers you might consider checking out the Stauffer company’s Web site, which lists a 1½-pound plastic bear container with crackers at $3.49. You can check it out online at www.stauffers.net. Additionally, you can contact the company through e-mail at [email protected] The company can also be reached via phone at 717-843-9016, toll free at 800-673-2473; fax at 717-843-0592. They can also be mailed at Stauffer Biscuit Co. Inc., Belmont and 6th Avenue, York, PA 17405-1426.

Regarding your second question on doll repair, consider contacting Fay Mercier, Dixfield, 562-4549; Delores Blanchard, Auburn, 782-4853; the Dover Doll Clinic, Dover, N.H., at 603-742-6818; or The Doll Connection in Portsmouth, N.H., at 603-431-5030.

Dear Sun Spots: This letter is in response to No Name from Rumford who says they are besieged with sweepstakes and being asked to send money to claim prizes. These are scams, and anyone who receives these should quickly throw them away. Federal law says that any honest business conducting a sweepstakes must allow anyone to enter without making any kind of purchase or payment. I am an avid sweepstaker and have won many very nice prizes, just for the cost of a stamp to mail my entry in. If No Name in Rumford or anyone else would like more info about sweeptaking, they can join my online group, free of charge, at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/twincitywinners/. Cheers. – Larry Paquette, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: My shed and cellar have mice. I heard that peppermint oil will distract them from entering. Do you know if peppermint oil will work? Thanks. – Sue, Lewiston.

Answer:
Perhaps other readers who’ve used this remedy might be willing to share their success stories with you. In the meantime, Sun Spots did locate several sites that offered the above tip. Among them, www.mrsfixit.com who notes: Mice stay far away from mint. If you know where a mouse has entered the house, saturate a rag with peppermint oil and stuff it in the opening. Another option is to mix three tablespoons of peppermint soap in a spray bottle with 12 to 16 ounces of water and spritz it around openings and pipes. As a bonus, ants hate peppermint, too, so you can take care of two pests with one squirt! You might also consider planting mint near entrances and borders, this is another good way to keep those little critters away.

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