Dear Sun Spots: Where can one find privy diggers around the Lewiston-Auburn area?

Secondly, what is a good free Web site to view satellite pictures of old basements and abandoned roads and homes? Thanks. – No Name, Lewiston.

Regarding your first question, contact John and Rhonda’s Privy Digging in Livermore Falls at 897-6580.

As for your second question, Sun Spots located a Web site listing posted online at www.

That should be able to help you in your search. It includes both low-cost and free satellite photos.

Dear Sun Spots: It is my understanding that some time ago you printed the name of a contractor who buys older homes, fixes them up and resells them. Could you please provide me with contact information for this individual or company? Thank you. – Doris Parenteau, No Town.

Sun Spots has not located this particular item but wonders if perhaps you might be referring to the Rebuilding Together Lewiston/Auburn organization?

If you are a homeowner in the Auburn-Lewiston area, are unable to keep up with the repairs that are required to keep a home safe and warm and have limited resources to provide but would like to have these services, you might be interested in contacting this group.

They are seeking families whose financial hardship, age and/or disability means they are unable to do the work themselves.

A group of skilled and unskilled volunteers work alongside able-bodied members of the recipient’s family and complete the repairs at no cost to the homeowner.

The work is conducted on one weekend in April and the agency usually accepts six to 10 houses for projects.

This year’s Rebuilding Day will be April 21, and typically starts at 7 a.m., and closes around 3 p.m. Lunch and drinks are provided. They rely on unskilled labor and like to work with Bates College’s Volunteer Day.

The type of work includes installing handicap ramps, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors and bathroom grab bars, as well as painting interiors and exteriors, spring cleanup, sealing leaky windows and doors and more.

Interested homeowners fill out an application and send it to the address on the top of the application. Also, they must send along a copy of their federal W-2 form or another document that indicates their financial status.

The deadline is March 31; however, they will make exceptions if needed. The board reviews the applications, selects a house leader to determine the work to be completed on the home and then makes a final decision on the houses to be worked on.

The homeowner will then be advised. Applications may be found in Lewiston City Hall, Auburn City Hall, Community Concepts or local churches.

Dear Sun Spots: I have contact with a large sugar house in Vermont, and they have maple cream, also known as maple butter or spread. I have order forms on hand, and if Mike Roberge is interested, he may call me. This spread is excellent. I may be reached at 782-6443. – Irene Coady, Auburn.

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