Dear Sun Spots: For those who would like a list of craft fairs in the local area, I have compiled a list over 150 local community craft fairs. Each listed fair has a phone number for a point of contact and the month which the fair is held. Crafters would have to call the number to find out the exact date and price and to request an application. I will be glad to e-mail this list to anyone who has the Microsoft excel program on their computer. It is three full pages long so I cannot mail individual copies. Just send a e-mail to [email protected] and request it. Hope this helps. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Fact has it that Sun Spots readers can almost find most anything, as well as the Sun Spots people. My request at this time would be for any pens that do not write or empty ink pen refills.

I’m willing to pick them up if there are lots of them or pay for shipping as well. Interested people may call me at 897-2772. Hope someone out there can help me. Sincerely. – Raymond Blais, Livermore Falls.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for older people who have married or remarried late in life. With all of us living longer, it seems more marriages will probably occur in senior years. I am researching this for a possible magazine or newspaper article. Thank you. – Sarah, Greene.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to know the address of Antiques Roadshow so I could write to them. – Lucien, Lewiston.

Answer:
You can contact the show through the producer, WGBH. Write to: Antiques Roadshow, WGBH, 125 Western Ave., Boston, MA 02134 or call (617) 300-5400. Also visit the Web site at pbs.org/roadshow for information on appraisers, the travel schedule and much more.

Dear Sun Spots: Your column is great. To the lady looking for extra large heavy duty zip lock bags (Sun Spots inquiry, Saturday, Sept. 27), the “All for a dollar” next to Bed, Bath and Beyond (in Auburn) has a good supply of heavy duty X-large ones, measuring 20½ inches by 17 inches. They are located on the back wall, next to the dairy case. – T.B., Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: We have had the chili at Tim Hortons and it is very good. We were wondering if they would share their recipe. – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
Due to competition from other restaurants, a spokesperson for Tim Hortons says they do not give out recipes or information on ingredients in their recipes. Apparently, the recipe is in high demand and Sun Spots located a “copycat” recipe from Recipezaar.

Tim Hortons style chili, serves 4. Ingredients: 1 pound extra lean ground beef; 1 large onion, minced; 1 teaspoon chili powder; 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans; 1 15-ounce can pork and beans in tomato sauce; 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes; 1 green pepper, diced; 2 tablespoons vinegar; 2 teaspoons garlic powder.

Method: Brown ground beef with the onion and a few shakes of chili powder. Add to either a large pot or crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. If you are cooking on the stove, simmer for a couple of hours, stirring often. If you are cooking in a crock pot, cook on low for 9-10 hours.

Dear Sun Spots: I am a college student working on my thesis paper on how the visual and performing arts affect communities leading to an architectural re-design of the Great Falls Performing Arts Center in Auburn. Where can I access the blueprints or original floorplans of the building? Also, I am looking for the contact information for the L/A Excels program or how to access the research study they conducted in the Lewiston/Auburn area on the call for another performance center. Anyone with information please email [email protected] Thank you! – Interior Design student, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: I know we have residents with Polish roots. I’d like some help learning to pronounce some Polish words. If you think you could help me, please call 795-6060. – Annie, No Town.

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