Dear Sun Spots: While cleaning out drawers, I came upon a 1991 war bond issued to my husband. It is a $50 war bond, and my husband is deceased. How can I cash it in? It is a shame to waste it. I know that your wonderful column would give me the answer. Thank you so much. – Margaret, No Town.

Answer: Many thanks to Becky Davis-Allen, area administrative leader at the Bangor Savings Bank Farmington branch, who helped Sun Spots with your inquiry. Based on your letter, she recommends you to stop by your local bank for assistance. She explained that there are additional factors the bank needs to be aware of, such as if the savings bond has a co-owner or beneficiary listed on it. Since the bond was issued to your husband, you may need to fill out paperwork to redeem the bond. The bond, along with the necessary paperwork, also may be sent to the Treasury Department for redemption. Someone should be able to sit with you and help you fill out the necessary paperwork specific to your situation.

Also, visit, a Web site managed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Bureau of the Public Debt. There is a wealth of information about redeeming and buying savings bonds.

Dear Sun Spots: Can’t say enough about the great service you provide. If someone was interested in moving into Meadowview Housing complex how would they go about it? I have an old Atari game if anyone is interested. You pick up, free. 225-3545, evenings. – B.G., Turner.

Answer: For information on Meadowview, located off of Sabattus Street, contact the Lewiston Housing Authority at 783-1423. They are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They’d be happy to send you an application; there is a waiting list at present, which you will be placed on after filling out the application.

Dear Sun Spots: I enjoy your column and often reply to others’ wants. Now, I need help. Does anyone remember the song “Lucia”? I think it was about the Isle of Lucia. Thank you. – No Name, Lewiston

Sun Spots was unable to find a reference to songs about the Isle of Lucia. Perhaps a reader will provide more information.

For No Name in Mechanic Falls (Thursday, Oct. 9) regarding her problem with odor in her kitchen sink – she did not mention if she also had a disposal. If so, I just received a copy of “Cook’s Country” and in their “kitchen shortcuts and useful tips” someone said she cleaned her disposal with a few ice cubes, runs the disposal which will break up any food clinging to the blades, therefore getting rid of lingering odors. Sure hope it helps. Continue the good work. – Rose, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: As the holiday season draws near, it is time to think of the people facing problems who won’t be able to provide a warm holiday season for their families. The Cottrell-Taylor Christmas Basket Committee is accepting donations for needy families in Monmouth. The donations may be money, toys, hats, mittens, canned goods and vegetables. We are not accepting used clothing. Following are things we could use for teenagers: books, jewelry, perfume, toilet articles, games, compact disks, stationary and school supplies.

Money donations may be mailed directly to Charlene Cunliffe, 292 Academy Road, Monmouth, ME 04259 or Henry L. Cottrell School, 169 Academy Road, Monmouth, ME 04259. Other donations may be left at the school office.

If possible, the committee would like contributions on or before Dec. 1. Your anticipated help is very much appreciated. Your donation will make the holidays happier for a lot of people. – Cottrell-Taylor Christmas Basket Committee, Monmouth.

Dear Sun Spots: Regarding the lady, Hazel, in Livermore Falls (Sun Spots inquiry, Tuesday, Oct. 14). I have a dual electric blanket control I’d give away. I don’t have a brand name on it. I don’t know for sure if the controls work or if it’s the electric blanket itself stopped working. If Hazel is willing to pick them up and try them on her blanket it’s up to her. I don’t need them. I live in Auburn. – S.B., Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: There will be a craft fair at Legion Post 24 in Rumford on Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will provide 8 foot tables for $10 or $5 if crafter/vendor donates an item for our raffle. The rental fee must be received by Oct. 24. Call 369-0205 or 665-2688 for more information. Thank you. – Gayle Bean, Bryant Pond.

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