Dear Sun Spots: Longley School is hoping readers will join us in getting our gift baskets ready for our fourth annual Chili/Chowder Challenge on April 4 at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Restaurants are just about all signed up, Chef Dan Caron and the Lewiston Regional Tech Center’s Culinary Program students are geared up and ready, Longley School staff have planned and organized, and here’s hoping column readers and others in the community have their taste buds at attention.

To help make the night a success we’re also continuing to prepare our raffle gift baskets. Anyone in the community who’d like to provide donated items for our baskets can do so by calling the Longley School at 795-4120. In the past, we’ve received gift certificates, mugs, wines, T-shirts and more and we’d be happy to add any of your items to the raffles. This is a wonderful opportunity for area businesses and service providers to get their names in the spotlight while helping out a great cause – the Longley School here in Lewiston. All restaurants and donors are recognized on the evening’s program and on a poster as guests enter the function room.

Tickets may be purchased at the Green Ladle, Rolly’s Diner, DaVinci’s Eatery, Fast Breaks Restaurant, Sun Journal customer service department in Lewiston, Longley School, Youly’s Family Restaurant and most restaurants that compete at the chili chowder challenge. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on April 4. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

We look forward to a wonderful evening of community with our friends and neighbors and of course, a wonderful taste testing evening that promises to bring much gastronomic pleasure to all. Bring your spoons and your appetites. – No Name, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: We are three ladies who were given gift certificates from Korn Haus Keller in the past year.

We are wondering when will Mr. Comeau honor these certificates? We are waiting patiently for Mr. Comeau to rectify this problem. – No Name, Lewiston.

You are not alone among column readers No Name and Sun Spots has heard from several readers looking for reimbursement. Unfortunately, Sun Spots has not been able to receive an updated response from Fern Comeau at any of the usual phone numbers. All of them appear to be disconnected and no further information available. You and others experiencing the same problem might consider contacting the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Office, which is your first step in attempting to get reimbursed. There are a number of ways you can file a consumer complaint or ask consumer questions. You can write to them at Attorney General’s Consumer Information and Mediation Service, 6 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333 or via phone between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at 626-8849.

Dear Sun Spots: Casco High School is looking for one more teacher, Carolyn Keene. Thank you for any assistance you can give. I did receive information on all of the other teachers and would like to thank column readers for all their help. Anyone who has contact information for Carolyn Keene may call Sally Wentworth at 353-4082. – Sally Wentworth, Lisbon Falls.

Dear Sun Spots: This is in response to N. Farrar in Dixfield, who was asking for the 1998 Family Circle magazine with the “Purr-fect” afghan. I was going through my knitting magazine stash yesterday and found what I think is the same pattern in their 2001 Knitting Magazine. It’s blocks of different cats, paws, etc and has the same name. I live in Virginia and enjoy Sun Spots on-line. Your reader can contact me at Marylyn Sidle, 15902 Fox Chase Lane, Culpeper, VA 22701. – Marylyn Sidle, Culpeper, Virgnia.

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