Dear Sun Spots: Where would one be able to buy cinnamon oats and honey balance energy bars by the box around the Lewiston/Auburn area? I’m seeking some that are inexpensive, or also any good Web site that is not high in price. I’d also like to be able to order from a site that provides shipping and takes money orders online.

Secondly, where would one be able to join a chestnut tree club in Maine that is online that are not high in price, takes money orders online and gives you seeds that help save the American chestnut trees. Thanks. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, you might consider contacting Axis Health Food store at 250 Center St., Auburn, ME 04210, 782-3348. Please note that while they carry different flavors than those you are seeking, they should be able to special order what you need. They are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Regarding your second questions, contact the Maine Tree Club, an educational project of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Maine Forest Service and the Pine Tree Arboretum. According to their Web site,, the club is a statewide effort organized by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the purpose of educating individuals (youth and adults) to appreciate the value of trees in Maine. For a free informational brochure, phone the Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine only) or 780-4207 or e-mail [email protected]

Another option for you would be for you to contact the Maine chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation at Maine Chapter ME-TACF, Maine Chapter News, Glen Rea, ME-TACF president, via phone at 945-6945, e-mail [email protected] or post at 231 Buck St., Bangor, ME 04401. You can also locate them on their Web site, for more details such as saving the chestnut tree, at

Dear Sun Spots: This is in response to the Sun Spots column writer who was looking for guitar lessons (Sun Spots inquiry Jan. 9, 2007): My husband is a talented guitar player, former member of a very popular local band and has taught many to play guitar with great success. He would be interested in speaking with the person looking for lessons. Lessons may be scheduled evenings at our place or theirs and rate can be discussed. He can be reached via phone at 645-3116 or via mail at P.O. Box 139, Wilton, ME 04294.

Dear Sun Spots: I saw your request for someone looking to sell a 1934 Singer machine. Let me see if I can shed some help on this.

Back in that era, through the early 1970s, almost every household had a sewing machine so even in 1934 Singer was making over 1 million machines per year. As a result there isn’t much antique value. However the cabinet that they are set in may have some value, depending on where it is in original condition and how fancy it is. There were many styles of cabinets, some much better than others, and condition means everything. The sewing machine itself may only be worth $35 in good running condition. Trying to find a buyer is another thing. The exception to this is the Singer Featherweight Model 221. These machines were made from 1936 into the mid-’60s and bring anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the condition and attachments that come with them. Cote Brothers does buy and sell the Featherweights but not the regular machine, although we do take them in trade. A great outlet for the regular machines is a charity such as a church group or a child that wants to learn. These were basic machines and easy to learn. – Ron Cote, Cote Brothers, Auburn.

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