Dear Sun Spots: Last spring I enrolled at the high school for a crocheting class that was to last eight weeks. I went for three weeks and then the instructor said that the class was all over. Who gets the money I paid?

I would also like anyone who can read patterns and crochet to please call me. My number is 782-9845. – C.M. No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots had the pleasure of chatting with Eva Giles of the Lewiston Adult Education offices who notes they offer both three-week and eight-week programs. Is it possible you had actually signed up for a three-week course, believing you’d signed for an eight-week one? Giles said the only time fees are nonrefundable is if the participant does not let the office know of their unhappiness within the first week of classes. The fees cover the instructor’s pay and other costs associated with preparing a brochure, staff and more at the center.

Giles said she would be happy to chat with you. You may reach her at 156 East Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240, 795-4141. You can also go online to

Dear Sun Spots: On Dec. 13 a person was inquiring about buying cast iron pots to cook with over a camp fire. I have several such items. If they are interested, I may be reached at 665-2915. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I attend Thomas College and am on the Student Senate. We are currently collecting aluminum can tabs and bottle return slips (from Hannaford and Shaw’s) to raise money to help ill children. If anyone has any aluminum can tabs that they would be willing to donate to help this effort please mail them to Thomas College Student Senate, c/o Kari Grant, 180 West River Road, Waterville, ME 04901 or drop them off at Grant’s Bakery on 525 Sabattus St. in Lewiston. Thank you in advance for your help. – Kari Grant, Waterville.

Dear Sun Spots: I have a 1966 Barbie by Mattel with many outfits, boots, shoes, along with camping accessories. I also have an 1968 Ken doll. Is there anyone in the area who might tell me what these might be worth? Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, you might be interested in noting that according to, the Barbie Collector Magazine will hit newsstands next year. The Mattel and Jones Publishing Inc. collaboration will be released in February 2007 at the International Toy Fair in New York. It will be a quarterly publication and is targeted to avid and loyal Barbie doll collectors. The first issue will hit newsstands in April 2007. The publication will include features on contemporary Barbie Collector dolls and Barbie playline dolls, as well as extensive coverage of Vintage and Mod era dolls and collectibles. The magazine will also include much access to Mattel “behind the scenes,” as well as coverage of the collector community doll clubs, doll shows and more. With a new fashion-inspired format, the publication will highlight beautiful photography with ample collecting and fashion inspiration. The publication will work with respected writers and contributors within the collecting community.

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