Dear Sun Spots: I would be interested in finding out when several craft shows are starting. There was a craft show that was held at the Lewiston Armory, I missed that last year and would be interested in when that show would be here this year. Thank you for all that you do, you have helped me with answers to many questions, even when I didn’t ask it, someone else did. Thanks again. – No Name, No Town.

For a listing of Maine craft shows coming up, Sun Spots suggests visiting the following Web sites: or Also, keep an eye on the Sun Spots column as well as calendar listings of events in several of your local papers; most groups advertise in both places.

If you do not have Internet access, contact Lois Taylor of New England Craft Fairs, 946-7079. You can also reach her via e-mail at [email protected]

The 27th Annual Christmas Craft Show will be coming to the Lewiston National Guard Armory Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16. Hours for both days are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dear Sun Spots: I have several dozen Encyclopedia Americana books dating from the mid-1950s. I am looking for an individual or an agency that would like to have them. Pick them up and they are yours. – No Name, Dixfield.

Dear Sun Spots: I am in need of an exercise bike for a large size person. I hope someone can help. I can pick up the bike. I don’t have much money so free would be great. Call 786-7058. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: The Bear Investors Stock Club, LLC is a central-Maine ladies’ investment group who jointly contribute to and manage an investment portfolio for the education and shared benefit of the group. Are there other investment groups in the Lewiston/Auburn area? We would like to network with other investment clubs to share ideas and educational opportunities. We also invite responses from individuals interested in more information regarding investment clubs. Inquiries can be made to [email protected] or to Sheri at 783-1099. – The Bear Investors, Auburn, Maine.

Dear Sun Spots: My grandson is coming to visit. He has discovered two series of books, “The Happy Hollisters” and “The Bobssey Twins.” Of course these books are no longer in print, so I am hoping that your readers could help me locate some used books with these titles. I am not looking for collectors quality, but just some books for him to read and enjoy while he is with me. I would be interested in hearing from folks who have some of these books or who might know where I could find them. Call 966-2480. Thank you very much. – Velma, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, contact Artios Books, 180 Turner St., Auburn, 786-4007. After a quick search, they were able to come up with about seven of the “Bobssey Twins” books and one of the “Happy Hollister” books.

Dear Sun Spots: In the not too distant past, you ran an article containing a Web site that you could use to get your name off magazine mailing lists. Could you please provide that information again? Thank you. – Bob, Auburn.

Answer: The following tip appeared in the Aug. 21 column and came from an anonymous reader: If any of your readers are interested in reducing the amount of unsolicited mail, you can eliminate unwanted catalogues you receive. The Web site is It’s very effective.

Dear Sun Spots: Recently the Greene Fire Department and its auxiliary sponsored a spaghetti supper and raffle to benefit longtime firefighter Larry Langlais. Larry is battling pancreatic cancer and he very much appreciated the generosity of his friends, neighbors, fellow firefighters and strangers alike as it has been shown to him and his family over the last few months. Approximately $3,775 was raised by the supper and raffle. This money will support the many trips Larry and his family will make to Boston in the upcoming months. The Greene firefighters, their auxiliary members, Larry and his family wish to say “thank you” to all those individuals and businesses that helped to make these fundraisers such a huge success. Please continue to help by keeping Larry in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you. – Brenda Theriault, Greene Fire Department Liaison.

This column is for you, our readers. It is for your questions and comments. There are only two rules: You must write to the column and sign your name (we won’t use it if you ask us not to). Letters will not be returned or answered by mail, and telephone calls will not be accepted. Your letters will appear as quickly as space allows. Address them to Sun Spots, P.O. Box 4400, Lewiston, ME 04243-4400. Inquiries can also be posted at in the Advice section under Opinion on the left-hand corner of your computer screen. In addition, you can e-mail your inquiries to [email protected]

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login first for digital access. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.