Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for an older pressure cooker such as a National or Presto, etc. free if possible. It doesn’t have to work. Please call 777-7113. – Mae, Minot.

Dear Sun Spots: I’d like to know if Falcon Rule wood products is still around. They make yardsticks. – No Name, Durham.

The Falcon company moved to Auburn from Massachusetts in the late 1940s, offering high quality wooden products such as rulers and yardsticks and other school and office products. A few years ago, the company relocated to New Jersey. Now specializing in promotional products, Falcon sells only through authorized promotional products distributors. A representative told Sun Spots that the distributor in our area is Geiger Brothers.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for a homemade recipe for a hand cream made from bees wax. I received a jar for a gift and loved it. If you could help me it would be greatly appreciated. I have looked on the Internet and had no luck. Thank you. – Ruff Hands, Kingfield.

In addition to responses from readers, try one of these hand cream recipes, courtesy of, a Web site that offers beeswax products and recipes.

Hand cream ingredients: 2 ounces beeswax, 1 cup sweet almond oil, 1 cup water, 10 drops essential oil (if desired, for fragrance). Method: Heat beeswax and sweet almond oil until the wax melts. In another container, heat water until warm. Both mixtures should be warm, but not so hot as to be uncomfortable to the touch. Place warm water in a blender. Cover the blender, leaving open the small opening in the cover. With the blender running on high speed, slowly pour in the beeswax-oil mixture in a thin stream. When most of the oil has been added, the mixture should begin to thicken. At this point, add the essential oil. Continue to add oil and blend until the mixture is sufficiently thickened. Turn off the blender. You should have a thick cream. Spoon into salve jars or metal tins.

Rich hand cream ingredients: ¾ cup sweet almond oil, 1/3 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter, 1 teaspoon lanolin, ½ ounce grated beeswax. Method: melt ingredients together over low heat and cool to room temperature. When cool, add 2/3 cup rose water, ½ cup aloe vera gel, 1 to 2 drops rose blend essential oil, 5 drops Vitamin E oil. Whip all ingredients to a smooth consistency. Store in a sterile covered jar.

Dear Sun Spots: Although I have been diligently searching for an apartment for me and my five children, I’m hoping that one of your readers might know of any rentals in the Fairview School district. I’m having to sell my house as I have fibromyalgia and just cannot possibly keep up with the property management and heating fuel prices. I’m hoping to find something with heat and water included in the rental fee. Three of the children attend ELHS and even though I am prepared to move the younger two boys to another school, my preference would be to keep them at Fairview. We do not necessarily need something huge, as a two- or three-bedroom would suffice. My biggest concern is affordability. I may be reached by e-mailing: [email protected] or by calling: 786-9750. Thank you. – Need Roof Over Our Heads, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: I want to thank Sun Spots readers for their help in the past in supporting Turner Elementary School. School has started and we are collecting Box Tops 4 Education to raise money for our school. Our goal this year is $1,500. If any readers have some they would like to donate they may be mailed to me, Laurie Labbe, 5 Brookfield Estates, Turner, ME 04282. Thank you. – Laurie Labbe, Turner.

Dear Sun Spots: The Poland Community School PTA thanks you for all your help. We are in search of crafters for our Craft Fair to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. This fair features only handcrafted items and is very respected. If you would like to sign up please call Michelle Pinkham at 998-4013 for more information. Thank you again. – Mary Wallace, Poland.

Dear Sun Spots: The lady who bought the red jacket at a garage sale on Novella Street may call (207) 782-3998 to pick up the hood. – No Name, Lewiston.

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