Dear Sun Spots: Is there a place for Auburn residents to take grass
clippings instead of having to throw them in the trash? We do not have
the space for a compost pile and feel they could be used by someone in
the community, rather than simply thrown away. Thanks. — Steve, Auburn.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, the University of Maine
Cooperative Extension suggests simply leaving the clippings on your
lawn to decompose and return nitrogen to the soil. They explain that
grass clippings are a natural way to fertilize your lawn. As worms and
microorganisms break down the grass clippings, nitrogen and other
essential plant nutrients will be slowly released and become available
to the plants.

They note that if you do decide to collect your clippings, the best thing to do is compost them.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking to donate a Wurlitzer
organ to
either a church group or perhaps a retirement/nursing facility that might be interested. Since I no longer play it, I would like for someone to have it
to enjoy. It is in excellent condition, as I had it repaired last
winter. It is a double keyboard, full pedal board, model 4500. It is a
transistor style, as opposed to the computerized ones that are newer
and has the tab setup with many great sounds. If interested, please
call 666-3427 and leave a message. Thank you. — Lorraine, Bowdoinham.  

Dear Sun Spots: Turner Elementary School is now collecting Campbell
Soup Labels to help raise money for our school. If you have any you
would like to donate please mail them to Laurie Labbe, 5 Brookfield
Est., Turner, Maine 04282. — Laurie Labbe, Turner. 

Dear Sun Spots: I’m looking for crochet hooks and knitting needles. If
you have any pattern books on knitting or crocheting for newborn to 6-months-old, I would really appreciate your help. My phone number is 946-5541.
— No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m writing to thank the gentleman who found a
lady’s watch while at a garage sale off Helen Street last Saturday. He
was kind enough to leave the watch at the lady’s house. The watch was
left to me by my mom who passed away a few years ago. It means a lot to
me to know that they are still many honest people around. I’m very
grateful to that person. Thank you again. — P.T., Lewiston. 

Dear Sun Spots: Love your daily Sun Spots! For the person interested in
purchasing Alfred Dunner brand, although they do not offer a catalog,
Pueblo Traders, P.O. Box 281, Jessup, PA 18434-0281, issues a catalog
with Alfred Dunner and other famous brands. — No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: We were lucky last time, hope we can do it again. My
wife is looking for another vintage nurse’s cape for a project. If you
have one put away from way back, that is the one she needs. Please call
782-7864 and ask for Dot or Maurice. — No Name, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: We are a local nonprofit agency that works with adults
with developmental disabilities. Most of the individuals who we work
with have very limited resources, and buying equipment to compete is
impossible. We have recently started a Special Olympics team and have
several individuals who would like to do snowshoeing this winter. We
were wondering if any of your readers might have some snowshoes kicking
around that they might like to donate. I may be reached at (207)
754-8581. Thank you for your help. — Mary, Lewiston.
 

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