Dear Sun Spots: I live in the neighborhood of the beautiful old Victorian House on Fairview Avenue in Auburn as described in the Jan. 24 Sun Spots column.

It is known as The Jones House and the Joneses lived there with their seven children many years ago. The children grew up and moved away.

Bob and Annette Jones have since passed away. It has been vacant for many years. A Mr. Theberge and another gentleman bought the property, razed the big, old Italianate styled barn, as it was sadly deteriorating and on the verge of falling down.

They renovated the house, inside and out. It is now quite the showplace, sitting on the crest of the hill. It is for sale and an Open House was held recently which drew a lot of interested people. – Rachel Morin, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: One of your readers, Daisy, was looking for a copy of “Quand le Soleil Dit Bonjour Aux Montagnes.”

I don’t have the recording, but I do have a copy of the sheet music (with both French and English words) which I would be willing to give her. I can be contacted via e-mail at [email protected], or by telephone at 782-5457. – Roland, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Thanks for the information about the dish towels. We purchased some from the Goodman Wiper and Paper Co. in Auburn and they are great – very absorbent.

Now, I hope you can help with another problem. I have a crystal decanter that I put some red wine in and the bottom is stained. I can’t seem to get the stain out and would like to display the decanter.

Thanks again for providing such a great service to Sun Journal readers. – Frances C. Miller, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers who may be willing to share some of their tips with you, Sun Spots recalls a tip that might assist you here.

Consider using one or two of the tablets used for denture cleaning or steeping overnight.

The cleansing action should leave your decanter bright and shiny after an overnight steeping. In the meantime, you might also try to remove the stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet by filling it with water and dropping in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, (from

Dear Sun Spots: My sister passed away, and brother-in-law was left with two new Singer knitting machines and ribbers. Yup, you guessed it. He doesn’t knit.

Does anyone know of a company or of anyone looking to purchase one? If so, please contact Bob at 784-8036. – Alice Smith, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: In response to No name in Lewiston featured in the Jan. 29 column: Please contact me. I have all mitten sizes, using 4-double point knitting needles, size 4. They range from newborn to adult men.

I may be reached via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 778-2237. You can also write to me at P. O. Box 535 Temple, ME 04984. I can send these to you by mail or e-mail. Thanks. – Becky, No Town.

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