Dear Sun Spots: In response to more needs, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice is offering classes this fall in the Lewiston, Rumford and Farmington areas for compassionate people to be trained as hospice volunteers.

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. We have scheduled three 27-hour hospice volunteer courses as follows: In Lewiston, classes will be held Monday and Thursday evenings from Sept. 25 to Oct. 23. In Rumford, classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from Oct. 14 to Nov. 13. In Farmington, classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from Oct. 14 to Nov. 13.

Volunteers are valued members of the hospice team and are matched with patients in or near their communities. We ask for a time commitment of 2 to 4 hours each week. For more information, please contact Volunteer Services at 777-7740 or 1-800-482-7412. Sincerely yours. – Nancy Greene, AHCH volunteer coordinator.


Dear Sun Spots: I would like to know if there is a business that sells mobile home parts within a 50 mile radius. – No Name, Auburn.

Answer: Contact Parts and Pieces, 515 Main St., Route 26 in Oxford, one mile south of Oxford Plains Speedway. They have a large selection of mobile and manufactured home replacements parts. If they don’t have it in store, they’ll be happy to order it for you. They’ll also tell you how to install the parts. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Dear Sun Spots: Help! I read awhile back that Campbell Brown had a baby girl and recently I saw an article where she had a baby boy. Which is right? – B.L.P., No Town.

Answer:
On Dec. 18, 2007, Brown gave birth to a son, Eli James Senor. Father is Daniel Samuel Senor, a Republican consultant who regularly appears on Fox News. As a member of the CNN news team, she anchors “Campbell Brown: Election Center,” the network’s daily examination of news from the campaign trail.

According to her biography on CNN.com, Brown previously worked with NBC News for 11 years as co-anchor of Weekend Today. She also served as the main substitute anchor for Brian Williams and a primary correspondent for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and the weekday Today show. For NBC, she provided award-winning reporting on Hurricane Katrina and covered the last two presidential elections and the death of Pope John Paul II. Brown made several trips to Iraq to report on the Iraqi elections, abuses at Abu Ghraib prison and the trial of Saddam Hussein. She also traveled to Gaza and the West Bank to cover events in the Middle East.

Dear Sun Spots: This is in response to No Name, No Town (Sun Spots inquiry, Tuesday, Aug. 26), with the gas can fill problem. I solved that problem years ago by using a gas can pump. I don’t know who sells those locally, but I get mine from Overton’s in Greenville, N.C. These pumps work very well and do not spill. They can also be used to drain small engine tanks for service. I went one step further by using a deep 5-gallon plastic gas can, then adding a standard automotive type fuel filter at bottom of pump. This is item #32416 and sells for $16.99. Well worth the price. It can be found at www.overtons.com. – Dick, No Town.

Answer: You can also order the “Han-D-Pump” through Overton’s customer service department, 1-800-334-6541, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday. According to the product description, the pump attaches to most metal or plastic container openings for transferring liquids without dangerous spills. It fits any equipment opening as small as ¾-inch diameter. Product includes one-hand pump assembly, nozzle with safety cap, nozzle hanger, 4-foot transfer hose and two adapter caps with gaskets.

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