Dear Sun Spots: Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin is looking for area Scrabble fans to participate in our 9th annual Letters for Literacy Scrabble Fest, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at the Hilton Garden Inn Riverwatch in Auburn.

Teams of four players compete against other teams in three 30-minute rounds, using the regular rules of Scrabble. To participate, teams register as professional, social, teen (ages 13 to 17) and youth (ages 10 to 12), then collect pledges for Literacy Volunteers.

The top fundraisers choose from an array of prizes. Door prizes, refreshments and word games during the breaks make it a fun-filled afternoon.

If you are interested, contact Literacy Volunteers for an information packet and to get started on forming a team. Phone 753-1772 or e-mail [email protected] for more details. – Tahlia Hope Chamberlain, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: My 92-year-old aunt and myself wonder why you can buy all kinds of herb and pepper cheese but no one makes sage cheese. Why not? It’s been a favorite, especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons in the past. Right now I’m eating horseradish cheese. Why can’t we get sage? – M.B., No Town.

Sun Spots is not sure why you’ve not located this cheese, as she’s seen it in several places. She did locate the State of Maine Cheese Co., 461 Commercial St,, Rockport, ME 04856, 800-762-8895, [email protected] According to their Web site,, they have cheddar available in mild/medium (Penobscot Cheddar), sharp (Katahdin Cheddar), extra sharp (Old Katahdin Cheddar) and fresh cheddar curd when available. Their Jack comes in both plain and flavored varieties, including Aroostook Jack (plain), Casco Bay Garlic, Kennebec Dill, Sabbathday Lake Garden Vegetable, Saint Croix Black Pepper, Saco Jalapeno, Port City Pesto and Roaring Brook Sage. Their cheese is also available by phone, and they offer custom gift assortments for both individual and corporate gift-giving.

In addition, Sun Spots did locate this cheese at the Hannaford in Westbrook, amongst their international cheeses, and wonders if you might consider contacting your local Hannaford’s deli counter to see if it is something they could special order for you.

Dear Sun Spots: I can’t believe how many people wanted to help when I wrote to Sun Spots. I wrote wanting a puppy for my granddaughter, and everyone was so kind. But the kindest of all were Maggie, who knew someone, and Laura, who had a puppy. They could not care for it, as they had busy lives and were not home much.

She is the cutest puppy you have ever seen! My little granddaughter had such BIG eyes and actually cried when she found out she was getting a puppy for her birthday. I have never seen her so happy! Princess Pheobe Von Trapp (the name picked for the puppy) has been a dream come true for our family.

You do such a great service to the community and all of Maine. Thank you so very much from all of us. We hope Pheobe is with us forever. Much thanks. – Peggy, No Town.

Answer: How wonderful, Peggy! We’re all delighted that you and your grandchild have welcomed Princess Pheobe Von Trapp into your family, and many thanks to those generous readers who were happy to assist. Love the name! May you all have some fun times ahead.

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