Dear Sun Spots: I am writing on behalf of my 8-year-old daughter, Emily Beaulieu, whom I’m sure readers may be familiar with.

Emily created “Emily’s Wish” more than a year ago by giving up her birthday and future birthday gifts to raise toys for kids who are victims of house fires. Last year she raised 928 toys. Her goal this year is 1,500!

I am writing because Emily needs help. We need a kind, very kind, lawyer to step up and be of service to her and work for Emily’s Wish by offering advice.

We need a lawyer willing to donate his/her time. Emily also needs storage space donated to help house all the toys she will be collecting.

We would be so grateful! Please phone us at 713-6114 or e-mail us at [email protected] if you can help donate to this wonderful cause. – Lisa, Emily and the Beaulieu family, Litchfield.

Dear Sun Spots: I recently purchased a water cooler for my home. Now I am trying to decide what brand of water to use. I would like to use a Maine company, but I don’t know which to choose from.

Can you list any businesses that sell five-gallon bottles of water from Maine water sources that we can pick up from?

I know that Home Depot and Lowe’s sell five-gallon bottles, but it isn’t water from a Maine source. I would rather support a Maine company rather than a national chain.

If there aren’t any, is there a Maine company that we can get delivery from just when we need it, rather than having a set contract? We are not sure how much water we will consume, so I hate to start off by signing up for a set amount of bottles. Thank you for any information that you can provide. – J.F., Auburn.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, you might consider contacting the following companies to see if they might be able to answer your questions for you:

Poland Spring Water Co., regarding home and office delivery at 800-759-9549.

Staff are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crystal Springs Water Co., P.O. Box 1450, Auburn, ME 04211-1450 or via phone at 782-1521 or 800-439-9283.

Summit Spring Water Inc., P.O. Box 480, Harrison, ME 04040, or by phone at 800-225-7267. You can also reach them online at www.summitspring.com.

You can fill water bottles at coin-operated dispensers at many Hannaford stores. They also sell bottles in both three- and five-gallon sizes.

Dear Sun Spots: Where would one be able to locate used rototillers in the Lewiston-Auburn area? Or perhaps from an online company? Do you know where I might find a good pen pal site or company that I can use to chat with people from different countries? Also, does anyone know where I could find a bottle company called Somoar Carbonating Co. in Lewiston? Or has anyone heard of the company? – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
Regarding your first question about rototillers, you might consider checking the rental service stores in the yellow pages of your local phone book.

There are several rental companies advertised, and you should be able to discuss your needs and requirements with any one of them. You might also check with your local transfer station.

Residents often discard equipment that could still be useful for someone who is handy with repairs.

Regarding a pen pal site, you might consider www.mylanguageexchange.com, or www.ipfs.org to get your started.

And, lastly, Sun Spots located a Looking Back column from March 2003 that noted the following:

100 Years Ago, 1903 Some excitement was caused at the Auburn Water Springs yesterday when Milton Tarr of Somoar Carbonating Co. of Bates Street, Lewiston, went after water. The horses broke away and left Mr. Tarr in a snowdrift, but with the help of a young man all was soon made right.

You might also like to try contacting Michael Lord at the Androscoggin Historical Society, 2 Turner St., Auburn, 784-0586. It is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

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