Dear Sun Spots: Just about this time last year a lady was looking for someone to make memory bears. I responded to that request and would like to add my name to your data bank. I handcraft “Remember Me” bears, using fabric from clothing from a loved one, either living or passed on. I have crafted bears from pajamas to wedding gowns. These make wonderful gifts for the holidays and provide the giver and receiver with fond memories of that special person. Anyone interested may call me at 998-2547 after 6 p.m. or anytime on weekends. – Rose Dubay, Poland.

Dear Sun Spots: You have helped me and lots of others before and I really hope you can again. I have two questions. I bought a Panasonic Lumix camera and have misplaced all instructions. I would really like to have some. I don’t have a computer so it would have to be by letter or phone. Also, I have made quite a few hats, mittens and scarves and would like to donate them in the Paris, Norway area for Christmas. I have seen some ladies names appear in Sun Spots but misplaced those. Keep up the good work Sun Spots. – Barbara Yeaton, West Paris.

Answer: To order an operating instruction manual for your camera contact Panasonic at 1-800-211-7262, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST. There is a fee to send you the manual, which will be determined when you supply them with the model number.

Also, in addition to responses from readers, contact Charlotte Parker, P.O. Box 363, South Paris, ME 04281; she knits scarves for Paris school children. We have received yarn requests from the West Paris Keep ‘Em Warm group who make items for Christmas for Kids, homeless teens, and any others needing warm wearables for the winter. Call Sylvia McCann, 674-2114. Also, consider contacting Gerri Price at Christmas for Kids, 744-9157 and Jean Delameter at Christmas for Teens, 539-4587. Both programs are located in Oxford Hills and applications are available at Community Concepts in South Paris, and donations are also accepted at Rightstart, P.O. Box 726, Norway, ME 04268.

Dear Sun Spots: Can you please tell me who still buys fur coats and how I could contact them, or they can contact me at 778-3232. I have one in excellent condition. Thank you. – No Name, Farmington.

Sun Spots is not aware of anyone who purchases fur coats, only businesses that store, clean and repair them. Hopefully a reader will be able to assist you.

Dear Sun Spots: Lewiston High School Class of 1988 will have its 20th class reunion on Saturday, Nov. 29, at Martindale in Auburn. For more information, please contact Rachel Champagne Ross at 998-7119 or Lisa Lagasse Kurtz at 784-2449. – Rachel, New Gloucester.

Dear Sun Spots: Plans are under way for our annual Christmas in Avon craft sale. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Avon Community Hall. Gently used/nearly new items are being sought for our Christmas Past table. Local crafters and artisans are invited to join us to sell their wares. Tables may be rented for $15 or space reserved (you bring your own table) for $10. All proceeds will benefit the Avon Fundraisers. For additional information, to reserve table/space or to request pickup of donated items, please call Joyce Potter at 639-5811 or Cindy Dixon at 639-4408. Thank you. – Joyce, Phillips.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for wool sweaters, wool fabrics, and fleece to recycle and use to sew mittens. If you have any of these to give away and live near me in Livermore Falls (within 20 miles) please give me a call at 897-3696 and I will be happy to pick it up! Thanks in advance. – Wendy M., Livermore Falls.

Dear Sun Spots: In response to a reader’s earlier inquiry about T’ai Chi classes in Lewiston, they are available through the Wellness Center at CMMC Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. You can call the Wellness Center to register at 795-0111. Classes are taught by Betsey Foster, MPH, who has studied T’ai Chi for 20 years and taught for 15. Her focus is on the health benefits of T’ai Chi. – Betsey Foster, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for some prerecorded music reel to reel tapes. If anyone has some to sell please let me know. Thank you. – Jim, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: I have been reading about the lady with the bad odor in her drain. I had the same problem. I find that just old vinegar did the job. – ORE, No Town.

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