Dear Sun Spots: Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice would like to thank your readers for the wonderful response we have had for volunteers. However, the need in all areas of support continues to grow. We are offering classes in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties.

We are especially hoping to generate some interest in our grocery, visiting and transportation volunteering positions. It’s a wonderful opportunity to help those seeking company, a ride to and from doctor’s visits or even grocery shopping for our housebound patients. Volunteers and patients alike benefit from this experience.

A 27-hour Hospice Training course will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from May 29 to June 26 in Lewiston. Hospice volunteers help support terminally ill patients and their families at home, in long-term care facilities, and at the AHCH Hospice House in Auburn.

A 15-hour Bereavement Training will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from June 7 to 21, also in Lewiston. Bereavement volunteers provide one-on-one visiting or telephone support to families after the death of a loved one.

For grocery, visiting, and/or transportation volunteers a three-hour training/orientation is required. Volunteers may pick up and deliver groceries to housebound patients, provide companionship to patients recovering from illness, or transport patients to/from medical appointments. Training sessions are scheduled for: Lewiston and Wilton on May 15 at 1 p.m., and Oxford on May 17 at 1 p.m.

Volunteers are valued members of our team and are matched with patients in or near their communities. For more information, please contact Volunteer Services at 777-7740 or 1-800-482-7412. We are looking forward to hearing from potential volunteers, and our patients and their families are truly appreciative. Many thanks to you all for your wonderful volunteer help. – Nancy Greene, volunteer coordinator, No Town.


Dear Sun Spots: When writing my last request, I forgot to include my inquiry. I was inquiring about a repairman for a Westo Cadence 825 adjustable incline treadmill. I may be reached at 966-2224. Thank you. – Walter Babbitt, Hebron.

Dear Sun Spots: Why do they print the age of people who have had accidents in the newspaper? I would think it’s nobody’s business. Also, if a regular person goes on the Oprah, Dr. Phil or other shows, do they get paid?

And lastly, my husband’s T-shirts are very yellow under the arms. I’ve changed deodorants, soaked them etc. but nothing seems to work. Is it just body chemistry? – P.D., Lewiston.

Answer:
The ages and initials, where available, are included to help identify the person. Sometimes people may have the exact same names (it has happened several times) and without including their ages the wrong person could be identified. Regarding your second question, according to www.drphil.com, those either sharing their stories on air, or if asked to the studio to speak face-to-face with Dr. Phil are not paid for suggestions or ideas. Those interested in writing to Dr. Phil may do so by writing to the Dr. Phil Show, 5482 Wilshire Boulevard #1902, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Regarding the Oprah show, it appears they are not paid. However you might consider contacting Harpo Productions Inc., 110 N Carpenter St., Chicago IL 60607-2146, 312-633-1000 to see if you can locate an answer here.

And lastly, Sun Spots wonders how long the shirts are sitting prior to laundering? Are they 100 percent cotton? Or a mix? If cotton, you should be able to bleach them also. However, Sun Spots’ husband, who is a carpenter, oftentimes has the same problems with light shirts. She just reckons they don’t last as long because of heavy wear and tear.

A co-worker notes that she has used Yellow Out, sold at Hannaford and in the laundry detergent aisle. She notes more than one application may be needed. Perhaps readers also have some hints they’d like to share with you.

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