Dear Sun Spots: I am a disabled veteran who served during operation Iraqi Freedom. I am currently working at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Togus. However, I have been out of work since Oct. 11, 2006, due to one of my service-connected disabilities. By the time this will be printed, I will already have had my surgery. I am facing a long road of recovery for at least six weeks, maybe more. I would very much like information on places in the Lewiston and Auburn areas that help veterans with emergency needs.

Though I work for Togus, I am unfamiliar with certain organizations in the community. Thank you. – Jeffrey Grover, Greene.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots spoke with Lorraine Thibault at the Veterans Center, 29 Westminster St., Lewiston, 783-0068. They are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., sometimes open a little later on Wednesdays. Please call to chat with them.

Not knowing all of your details and not being able to contact you, Sun Spots was a little in the dark about what type of emergency assistance you needed. However, Thibault notes that if you were in the military and had your surgery done at the VA Hospital, you should be able to receive a disability claim or some sort of income while you are recuperating. She recommends you contact Steve Hurd or Lorna Hatch in the Volunteer Department up in Togus. Alternatively, you might also contact Thibault or the team leader Roy Driver at Veterans Services for assistance in determining what types of benefits or resources might be available to you.

Peggy, No Town, featured in Wednesday’s column and looking for a dog for your granddaughter: Please contact the column either via e-mail at [email protected] or by calling Reader Representative Mari Maxwell at the Sun Journal, 689-2857.

Dear Sun Spots: I was a graduate of Jordan Junior High, class of 1950. Mr. Monahan was principal at the time, and a class picture was taken. I would like to see if anyone from that class would share a decent copy with me for genealogy purposes. My maiden name was Doris Dussault. I may be reached at 603-752-4526, or write to Doris Dussault Treamet, 132 Clark St., Berlin, NH 03570. – Doris Dussault Treamet, Berlin, N.H.

Dear Sun Spots: I am responding to No Name, Lewiston, who was featured in the Jan. 29 column:

We have a terrific knitting book for mittens and gloves in several styles from size 2 through adult. It sells for $4.50. We may be reached at 562-8816 daytime or you can visit us at Log Cabin Craftworks, 31 Main St., which is Route 2, in Dixfield. We are open Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We would also be happy to research your poinsettia pattern. – Norine at Log Cabin Craftworks, Dixfield.

Dear Sun Spots: After rearranging my living room furniture, I have indentations where some pieces of furniture were previously placed. How do I get rid of these marks and make the carpet look nice again? – No Name, Rumford.

In addition to responses from readers, according to, these tips might help. Place the damp cloth over the dents and place iron on for a few seconds and check. Keep the cloth damp. This may take several minutes. Another is to place an ice cube in each of the indentations – when the ice has melted, the indentation will be gone.

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