Dear Sun Spots: Would some kind and caring people out there be willing to help a good cause?

Hope Haven Gospel Mission in Lewiston sure could do with a helping hand for a worthy cause. We need:

• toys and diapers (of all sizes) for infants and children;

• bunk beds for the men’s and family shelter;

• Ziploc bags of all sizes, and sandwich bags;

• Styrofoam plates and cups, paper towels, toilet paper;

• 30-gallon garbage bags;

• warm blankets, twin size sheets, towels, wash cloths, (second-hand is fine but please, in good condition); and

• shampoos, soaps and toothpaste.

Hope Haven is a homeless shelter, not just for men, but for women with children. It is at 209 Lincoln St. and may be reached at 783-6086. Thank you all so much. Our residents will sure appreciate your kindness. It’ll make for a nice, cozy winter. We are open five days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Barbara Harris, Minot.

Dear Sun Spots: I understand there was recent inquiry looking for information about the American Chestnut.

The American Chestnut Foundation ( has undertaken an effort to breed blight-resistant chestnut trees. Its Web site has considerable information about the program. Individuals may become members for a modest fee and receive a monthly newsletter. The address is P.O. Box 4044, Bennington, VT 05201, 802-447-0110.

For information about tree related questions, another source of information is the Lewiston-Auburn Community Forestry Board, a volunteer board made up of appointed volunteers. We have held workshops, received grants to plant trees in Lewiston-Auburn, held an annual Arbor Day event, and have qualified Lewiston and Auburn as “Tree City, USA.”

Doug Beck at the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department may be reached at 786-2829 for details on meetings, which are held the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. alternating between Lewiston and Auburn City halls. – David Griswold, chairman, LACFB, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: About a month ago I read where there was a bus that leaves from Lewiston and heads to Bangor Casino but didn’t save the advertisement. Could you please give me the information on that? Thanks for all the help you give us. – A Faithful Friend, No Town.

Consider contacting Jerome’s Tours whose 2007 lineup includes the Hollywood Slots in Bangor. Trips are scheduled for Feb. 28, April 28, May 23, June 30, Aug. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 21. Cost is $20 per person, plus bonuses. Please contact Jerome Desmarais FMI at 782-8316. You may also reach Jean Doyon, 94 Randall Road, Lewiston, 784-5264 who has trips planned to Mohegan Sun Resort Casino at Foxwoods, Horizon Edge Casino Boat Trip as well as J&D Casino Trips, also at Foxwoods.

Dear Sun Spots: I am writing to thank you for all your previous help concerning my problems with Blair. My order for two fleece jackets were on back order for a considerable length of time. But I have now received one and am wondering about the delay with the second one. – C.B., No Town.

Hopefully by now you’ve received your second jacket. If not, consider calling Blair to discuss your account/back order with them. You may reach them online at or via post at 220 Hickory St.,, Warren, PA 16366, 800-821-5744.

Dear Sun Spots: I recently submitted a request for used greeting cards, birthday, Christmas and more and had offered to pay for postage for any I received. I received so many, I no longer need any more cards. However, I’d like to alert those readers who responded to my request to please call me if you’re not going to cash the checks I sent for postage. Alternatively, if you’ve torn the check up, please call me to let me know as I’m unable to balance my checkbook until I hear from you. I can be reached at 778-6780. Thanks to all those who responded. – Barbara Titcomb, No Town.

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