Dear Sun Spots: Here I am again in search of something and who but Sun Spots comes to mind? It’s the first thing I look for in the morning paper. A few years ago someone gave me a gadget to sharpen knives called: Jiff-V-Sharp Knife Sharpener. It’s a thing with a comfort grip, safety handle, it fits in a drawer and has long-lasting carbide steel sharpeners. I have the cardboard from it. I don’t think it was expensive, mine is worn out. Would love to find another one. I do not have access to the Internet and I wonder if anyone has ever heard of one? My telephone number is 782-1602. Thank you so much again. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots located this item at Western Tool Supply in Portland, 429 Warren Ave., 797-6852, and Augusta, 246 Western Ave., 621-4110, in addition to many different Web sites. We suggest calling the stores ahead of time to check their stock, but if you won’t be traveling to those areas, call It has the “Smith’s Sharpener JIFF-S Jiff ‘V’ Sharp Knife & Scissors Sharpener” for $6.35.

When ordering, refer to the brand name “Smith’s Sharpener” and model “JIFF-S.” A customer service representative can be reached at (951) 588-0882 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday (PST).

Dear Sun Spots: I am trying to find some Hallmark Christmas ornaments, the series is called “Mary’s Angels.” We are in need of number one (1) , two (2) and number five (5). This would finish my wife’s collection. If anyone has any of these and would like to sell them, I am willing to pay a fair price and postage if needed. My phone number is 353-6491 and ask for Roger. My e-mail address is: [email protected] Thank you. – Roger, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Thanks so much for your great column and I hope that I am able to help the person in the Dec. 29 column requesting the fruitcake recipe from CMP. I have several of their cookbooks and I believe that I may have the recipe they are looking for. Rather than risk an error on copying this recipe, if they would like to call me, I would gladly send them a photocopy of the recipe. Call 946-5152. – C.F., Greene.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to have a pattern for a deer on a man’s sweater. I had one but can’t seem to find it. I would be willing to pay for a copy. Thank you in advance. My address is P.O. Box 97, East Poland, ME 04230. – No Name, East Poland.

Dear Sun Spots: In response to No Name, No Town inquiring of sources for “Lisbon: Images of America,” the Lisbon Historical Society has copies on hand for resale. Contact Dot Smith, secretary, at 353-8510, or e-mail Bill Barr, treasurer, at: [email protected] – Bill Barr, treasurer, Lisbon Historical Society.

Dear Sun Spots: There was a question about composting during the winter in the Dec. 27 Sun Spots. Another idea is to have a worm box and have the worms eat the compost material. Two sources of information: a book with step-by-step directions – “Worms Eat my Garbage” by Mary Applehof and a Maine worm supplier at This Web site provides details about setting up a worm bin and purchasing a bin, worms, etc. – No Name, No Town.

Sun Spots thanks you for the helpful information. We visited the Web site and read about “vermisomposting,” which is a type of composting that uses worms to convert organic waste into fertile soil. This can be done indoors so it is a great (and inexpensive) way for our reader to continue composting throughout the winter. Sun Spots also suggests checking your local public library for copies of the book; we were able to access a copy through interlibrary loan.

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