Dear Sun Spots: I visited the Salvation Army store in Lewiston this week. I was appalled at the condition of the store. The floor was filthy. Debris was all over the dressing room floor. If the floor has been swept or washed in the past six months I would be surprised. Who can be contacted to complain about this? Thank you. – No Name, Lewiston.

Answer:
Sun Spots spoke with the administrator of the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers, Capt. Mark Unrhu, who oversees the thrift stores in Southern Maine and into New Hampshire. He believes the reason for the condition of the store is that they are just beginning major renovations of the Main Street location. The parking lot has been paved and soon to be striped. Next, before the winter weather comes in, they will be installing “bar-a-way” gates and painting the outside of the building. After that has been completed, new tile will be laid and the inside repainted. Capt. Unrhu is hoping for an early spring grand reopening.

He also noted that there should be comment cards on the counter of the store for customers to fill out. He always welcomes comments. Should you wish to speak with him further, his office number is 878-8555, ext. 301. They’re opening a new store in Raymond, so he will be in and out of the office until Oct. 2.

Sun Spots reminds all our readers that the organization relies on donations of clothes and other items. Donations have slowed down during the past months; if you have anything to give, it may be dropped off at the store at 720 Main St., Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: A gigantic Harvest Fair/Craft Fair is planned by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish at Sacred Heart Church in Auburn from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

The day will include typical church fair tables, tables rented by local businesses, artisans and crafters. There will be a café, a teen area where Guitar Hero competitions will take place. The children’s corner will have face painting, and opportunities to make crafts, etc. A magician will be available for the day, and clowns will add to the festivities.

Numerous raffles will take place throughout the day as well as a large raffle which will have advance ticket sales, in addition to having raffle tickets available at the door. The large raffle will have a first prize of $1,000 cash, a second prize of $350 cash/certificate prize for oil and a third prize of a wheelbarrow full of food, with 10 additional drawings. There will also be a Chinese auction where you can pick the articles you wish to take chances on and drop your raffle tickets into the baskets in front of your choice item. Our day will culminate with a sumptuous harvest dinner of turkey, all the fixings and homemade pie, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Although we have been able to contract for several table rentals by word of mouth, could someone inform me if there is a Web site or other means to get a list of local crafters? We would like to get contact information for them.

Our fair will be held in the school building, so we have almost unlimited space for craft tables. Should anyone desire to contact us for a table, they may do so by contacting Derek Laliberte at 754-7719. Thank you. – Lorraine Cote, Auburn.


Answer: Visit United Maine Craftsmen’s Web site, www.mainecraftsmen.org for a list of their members or call (207) 621-2818. You’ll find contact information along with the types of crafts each member sells.

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