DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am trying to find stores that sell baked bean pots. LL Bean has two listed, but they are too big. I’m looking for whatever the size is for one-pound beans. I just don’t know where to look. Any suggestions? Thank you for a reply — No Name, No Town

There were several places online to buy bean pots, but the one that stood out was the Pot Shop of Boston (, P.O. Box 101, Hanover Station, Boston, MA 02113, 617-523-9210, Fax 617-523-6765, [email protected]). They have a whole bunch of sizes, from four ounces ($4.95 with a minimum purchase) to two gallons ($129.95). They also sell other cooking items. Perhaps readers will know of an L-A store that sells bean pots or have suggestions to offer on the best size.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: For the person looking for a sweater comb,
has one in their catalog of sewing and quilting catalog. It is 2½ by 4
inches and is $12.98. Their phone number is 800-772-2891 or They are a reliable company and have most gadgets for
sewing and quilting. — Charlotte, No Town

ANSWER: In addition to Charlotte’s recommendation, Sun Spots ordered
a sweater comb from Frankenmuth Woolen Mill Sweater Store, 570 South
Main St., Frankenmuth, MI 48734, 989-652-4027,
[email protected] The comb, a little brown half circle,
was $2.95 ($8.25, including shipping). She just received it and removed
the pills from her favorite wool cardigan with ease. You can find it
online at

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Women’s Club of Greene would like to express its sincere appreciation to all the donors and angel shoppers who helped to make our 2009 “Share So Others Will Know You Care” Christmas program for the less-privileged families and seniors in our area a huge success.

Without your continued support, this most-needed program could not fulfill the needs of our recipients and give them a hand up during the difficult holiday season. Due to the generosity of our donors, the club was able to assist 35 families with young children and four seniors in Greene. In addition to that, we were able to provide support for the Abused Women’s Advocacy Program and the Hope Haven Christmas Program.

Every year we worry about being able to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors, and you (our donors) always come through with either a monetary donation or by adopting a family, a child or a senior.

Again, we would like to say thank you for your continued assistance. We hope that you will consider supporting this worthwhile program again during the 2010 holiday season. On behalf of all our recipients and the Women’s Club members, we would like to wish all of our supporters a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year in 2010. — Brenda Theriault, Greene

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you very much for your help with my problem with Xbox 360 and Microsoft. They never did respond to my letter or to a request from the Redmond, Wash., Better Business Bureau.

I intend to gather the necessary paperwork together and get it to the Maine attorney general. I am afraid we may have paid cash for the item so finding the receipt four years later may prove difficult.

Anyway, my hope is that even if we end up having to pay Microsoft to fix their problem perhaps some other Maine consumers will be spared the expense and aggravation that we have experienced with Microsoft.

Again, thank you very much for your help. I read your column daily and enjoy it very much. Best wishes. — Rick Whitney, Bethel

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