Dear Sun Spots: The local and national foster grandparent program is encouraging seniors over 60 to volunteer. A tax-free stipend and mileage costs are earned for this work with kids in your area. Positions are in schools and other child care agencies. There are some income limitations and 15 to 20 hours a week is necessary. For local information, call Steve in the afternoons at 783-6833. – Steve Drane, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Where would I find out how old my 10 cent Red Cloud postage stamp is? – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
You might consider contacting Maurice A. Storck Co. at 651 Forest Ave., in Portland 800-734-7271 to see if they can assist you in determining the age of your stamp.

Dear Sun Spots: Would any of your readers have a young, small- to medium-sized dog/puppy they are willing to give to an older gentleman living in a first- floor apartment?

He is looking for companionship, has an enclosed backyard and is able to walk the dog every day and give it lots of loving attention. A small budget is available to pay for such a dog if need be. Thank you. We can be reached at 783-2956. – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
Have you and the older gentleman considered checking with the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, which has a senior adoption program, half cost for adoptions.

They are located at 3312 Hotel Road, Auburn, ME 04210, 783-2311. They are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can also find them online at www.gahumane.org. Seniors wishing to participate in the program should be at least 65 years old. They are also only eligible to adopt those animals 5 years old and up, spayed and neutered.

Dear Sun Spots: Newscaster Brian Williams recently spoke about the drug coumadin. I didn’t get it all. Is it possible to find out what he said about it? Keep up the good work. Thank you. – C.W., Auburn.

Answer:
You might consider contacting the television station for a transcript of the show, which aired Oct. 26, 2006. You should include the following link which identifies the article Sun Spots believes you are referring to, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14785552. You can reach the station via e-mail at [email protected], or via regular post at NBC News, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10112. Just note the air date and the URL link of the show to assist them in locating a transcript. Otherwise, you can always print out a copy of the article online.

The site notes that vitamin K-rich foods such as deep green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, asparagus, and red leaf lettuce, enhance the properties of blood thinners, such as coumadin. Blood thinners prevent clots from forming. Vitamin K foods can conflict with dosages.

In addition, Sun Spots would urge you to also talk about this with your primary-care doctor, who should be able to advise you on what precautions you should take if you have been prescribed this medication.

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