Dear Sun Spots: I have quite a bit of yarn for making mittens, scarves, and other items for the needy at Christmas. Do you have a list of people who knit for this? I would be willing to donate it for this worthy cause. – A Former Knitter, No Town.

Answer:
We hope the following list will help get you started:

• Amy Guimond of the Knittin’ for Kids project in Lewiston (755-9453) is always seeking donated yarn for hats and mittens donated to local school(s). Any clean, worsted weight, acrylic yarn would work well. She also needs 2-ply acrylic, coned yarn for standard gauge knitting machines as one of the volunteers provides mittens and hats made on a knitting machine.

Guimond is also seeking donated yarn in baby colors, both worsted weight and 2-ply weight for a knitting machine for an afghan project for newly baptized infants at her church (Holy Cross). And lastly, if there’s any who’d like to volunteer for the Knittin’ for Kids project, please call Amy.

• Terry in Lewiston likes to keep her almost-97-year-old mother crocheting lap blankets, mittens, socks, and more for needy folks and uses up yarn faster than it can be found. Terry would love any leftover yarn, any color, any quantity, that readers can donate or sell inexpensively, please call 782-0328.

• Catholic Charities Maine, 15 Westminster St. in Lewiston, has a great program called SEARCH (Seek Elderly Alone, Renew Courage and Hope) where wonderful volunteers are assigned to elderly people who enjoy their reassurance calls or home visits. SEARCH also benefits from the work of about 30 volunteers who knit and crochet. The yarn is donated to SEARCH and given to the knitters as needed. For more information, phone the office at 784-0157 and ask for SEARCH. They are open every weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• C. Park of South Paris who had requested yarn donations in the Oct. 27, 2006, column makes scarves for schoolchildren year round. She may be reached at P.O. Box 363, South Paris, ME 04281-0363.

• Karen Flagg, 376 Depot St., Wilton, ME 04292, 645-9861.

• The Meadows Senior Living Center in Greene is looking for yarn also and could do with some knitting needles and patterns for the mittens they make for the needy. They would also love to have some cribbage players come join their Wednesday games at 1:30 p.m. Entry is free. All levels welcome. Prizes and refreshments available. Contact Rebecca Laliberte at 946-3007.

Dear Sun Spots: Can Sun Spots locate a source on the Internet to follow the adventures of Mark Trail, due to its being discontinued? – Fred Stone, Rumford.

Answer:
We hope the following information will assist you and other Mark Trail comics fans. King Features created DailyINK, a new subscription service where you can locate this and other comics. For $15 a year, you get password access to all 70-plus actively syndicated comic strips, updated daily on their first day of release. In addition, the archives of past strips has been expanded. DailyINK displays a full year’s worth of each comic. Some new features include: serialized runs of select vintage comics from yesteryear; a magnifying glass tool that enables you to enlarge the comics for easier viewing and, customizable viewing options. The kingfeatures.com comics archives is no longer available in the format of showing four weeks of archives, beginning two weeks after their first appearance in newspapers. The displayed comics will be changed once a month at the beginning of the month and show just the first week of strips from the previous month. It will no longer be possible to view complete sequences of comics on kingfeatures.com.

Dear Sun Spots: To the reader seeking a used rototiller (Sun Spots inquiry March 5): I have one that I will not be able to use any more because of my health. I would like to sell it. It is a Ford rototiller, rear tine (weight is in the rear), 5 H.P. in good condition with the manual. I can be reached at 782-1722. – No Name, No Town.

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