DEAR SUN SPOTS: Our water department had to replace our meter and was told that it was on the wrong side of our basement toilet, and we would have to move the toilet. My husband refused and was told that they could turn off the water. This meter has been in this location since they put it in many years ago.

They replaced the meter, but my question is are we responsible to move something that has been here for 30 years (before the meters were installed), and can they legally turn off our water if we refuse? — No Name, No Town

ANSWER: Sun Spots spoke to Darlene, who answered the phone at your local water department. She said she was not familiar with your case, but that their department would not take action without talking to the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Sun Spots called the MPUC and spoke to spokeswoman Evelyn deFrees. She suggested that you call the Consumer Assistance Division, 1-800-452-4699. The CAD, Evelyn said, is there to assist consumers and evaluate utility compliance. They can review the details of your case and provide specific advice.

You can also visit CAD online at

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I really appreciate your advice column. A while back a reader wrote about having a collection of Les Bonnes Chansons to sew. I got the information but did not follow up in a timely fashion (my fault).

Is there any way to contact the seller to find out if the collection is still available? I would really appreciate your help. Thank you. — Marianne Isaac, Wilton

ANSWER: Sun Spots does not recall any such column, and a search for that term did not turn up any results. Perhaps a reader with a long memory or the person who had the collection will write in.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I had a pattern for a plastic canvas hot air balloon but can’t find it. If anyone has one, can they please let me have it? Thank you very much. — Irene Obie, [email protected], 783-9634

DEAR SUN SPOTS: My grandchildren have recently been given a piano, and I’m looking for any beginner lesson books that anyone might like to part with. It would be greatly appreciated. — N. LeBlanc, South Paris, 743-5667

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for Sun Spots. You are very helpful. We are looking to buy pure honey drops close to home here in Lewiston. Please give some places and phone numbers whom we may call and contact. — L.G., Lewiston

ANSWER: Have you tried Axis Natural Foods at 250 Center St. in Auburn? You can call them at 782-3348. They have been very helpful for Sun Spots, once even special ordering something she needed for her food allergies.

Online, Honibe honey drops seem to lead the market. You can contact them at or call them at 1-877-564-5035.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I wanted to write and thank your readers for sending me their Box Tops for Education for Turner Elementary school. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. We surpassed our goal and collected $1,537 in box tops this year.

If anyone has any that they can donate, we are still collecting them and they will go toward our goal next year. We are also still collecting Campbell soup labels. They can be mailed to me at 5 Brookfield Estate, Turner, ME 04282. — Laurie Labbe

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We are looking for members of the Jay High School Class of 1965 to join the classes of 1962, ’63 and ’64 for a joint reunion to be held at the Jay Middle School cafeteria on Sept. 11 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The only cost is to bring your favorite dish of food, hot or cold, or dessert. If you have any questions, call 645-3462. — Julia Belanger, [email protected]

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