Dear Sun Spots: I have an electric organ that I would like to donate to a nonprofit charitable group. I may be reached at 743-1914. – No Name, Norway.

Dear Sun Spots: I enjoy reading your column very much, it has several useful tips. In your Dec. 4 column it was mentioned how using peppermint oil would keep mice away.

I was wondering where I could buy peppermint oil. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, you can purchase essential peppermint oil at General Nutrition Center, Auburn Mall, 795-6065; $14.99 for 4 ounces, $4.99 for 1 ounce, and at Mythical Emporium, 376 Main St., Auburn, 783-4843; $3.99 for a half ounce.

Dear Sun Spots: In this day and age of computers, it’s very difficult to find someone in need of old encyclopedia sets.

I know a few senior citizens who are trying to find homes for these beautiful old books. Would anyone know of a place that would be interested in them? I may be reached at 786-7295. – Miche Bourque, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: Your column is important to me at 5 a.m. with my first cup of tea each day.

I enjoy your column and often find names of someone who is looking for exactly the item I am ready to part with.

My request this time has to do with a Penny Sale auction that I do every winter to benefit the Phillips Public Library on Main Street, Phillips. I have received two donated items that are mainly of interest to a select few, and I have not found a way so far of contacting the right people.

The first item is a very old hand quilted youth quilt with a pied piper playing a flute while guiding children down a hill to the castle at the bottom. I’m looking for addresses to quilting groups that might help with restoring the quilt to its original beauty.

The second donated item is a very large loom. One section being 10 feet long and over 40 large pieces, plus many small pieces as in a jack or barn loom. The loom needs to be reassembled.

If anyone knows of a loom society or museum who might be interested in talking with me or coming to look at it I may be contacted at 639-4296. Because of its immense size, if we do not find any responses for reassembling, the lumber might be valuable for anyone who does woodworking.

In the meantime, those readers interested in attending our Penny Sale auction, it’s in its ninth year and runs for two months until the drawing at noon March 4. Library hours are Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and special Sunday auction hours until March 4 are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for auction item viewing. The back door of the library is handicapped accessible. – Winona Davenport, Phillips.

In addition to responses from readers, you might consider contacting the following for assistance with your quilt restoration:

Mystic Maine Quilts, 287 Water St., Gardiner, ME 04345, 582-0312 or via their Web site at

Rocky Mountain Quilts, 130 York St., York Village, ME 03909, 1-800-762-5940 or 363-6800. You may also contact them via e-mail at [email protected] or via their Web site at

You might also consider checking in the the Pine Tree Quilters Guild to see if anyone there might be able to assist you. You may reach them online at or via mail at P.O. Box 5405 Augusta, ME 04332-5405.

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