Dear Sun Spots: The American Cancer Society desperately needs more volunteer drivers in the Lewiston/Auburn areas.

Our program, the Road to Recovery service program, provides transportation for cancer patients to attend their treatments and return home again. Transportation is provided according to the needs and available resources in the community. Here’s where column readers come in: If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, please contact Bonnie Bickford at the American Cancer Society office via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 800-464-3102, ext. 3729, and she will send you an application.

Your local American Cancer Society office provides a simple training program and the opportunity to meet with fellow volunteers throughout the year. Volunteers are given gas cards to help with fuel expenses. Volunteers must have their own vehicle, a good driving record and the desire to help a cancer patient get to their radiation, chemotherapy or doctor’s appointments.

Won’t you please phone today to offer rides to cancer patients? Thanks for your help. – Bonnie Bickford, Topsham.


Dear Sun Spots: A small nonprofit nursing home providing services for disabled adults in Lewiston is looking for an office desk. We have had excellent luck in the past asking our community for support so we are asking our generous community members again for help.

We need a desk, either wood or metal. The desk will need to be in good condition, have drawers for files and a large work surface. It will get a lot of good use and we are hopeful that someone has one that they would like to see put to good use. Anyone interested may please contact Jennifer Staggs at 786-0482 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All inquiries are appreciated and we enjoy meeting the people in our community. – Jennifer Staggs, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: When I moved to this community 45 years ago, I recall seeing a derelict building at East Avenue and Sabattus Street, which I assume was a blue Sunoco gas station in its better days. This downtrodden structure still sits on what surely must be a prime piece of real estate. Every time I pass by I wonder if there is an interesting story here. Something like a feud, like the Hatfields and the McCoys, perhaps or maybe a spite thing for someone who just doesn’t need the money. Who knows? – Loren Feledmar, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I have been a faithful reader of your column for a few years now. I think it is terrific, with all the help and support you give to our community!

Now comes the time I need your help.

Being on winter vacation from school, my two teen daughters, my wife and I were sitting around talking. We want to make quilts and donate them to area hospitals for ill children, preemies to teens. Well, I loaded my wife and kids into the car, and we went to our local store and bought a sewing machine and some fabric and trimmings to make a couple of quilts.

Now, I’m wondering if anyone has any clean fabric, batting, cotton stuffing, and buttons and thread that they no longer have a need for? I will gladly make arrangements to pick up, or refund postage upon request. I may be reached at 357-7514 or via e-mail at [email protected]

This is a family project and has special meaning to my family. Any help from friends and neighbors will be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much and good health to you and yours! – M. Bachelder, Rumford.

Answer:
How wonderful! It sounds like it will be fulfilling task for you and your family. In addition to responses from readers, you might consider checking out The Fabric and Craft Supply Fair at the High Street Congregational Church, 106 Pleasant St., Auburn, on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Table rentals will be $15 each. This sale is for the fabric and craft supplies, not the finished product. Please bring your items to the church between March 19 and April 6. FMI or to rent a table, phone Judy McKinney at 753-0367.

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