DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am an avid reader and enjoy your helpful column regularly. I have an old, very large roll-top desk that is in need of repair. The cable in the roll top has broken and needs replacement. I am hoping that you or some of your readers would know of anyone who could do this kind of work. — Vicki, [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots had two pieces worked on at New Look Refinishing (Wings Mills Road, Mt. Vernon, 685-4540), which is near her home, and was pleased with the results, but there are undoubtedly similar establishments closer to Lewiston-Auburn. Readers?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have used a liquid called Cook Top ever since I’ve had my stove, and it does a good job. The store where I originally purchased it has gone out of business, so I don’t know where it can be found. If anyone knows it would be nice to find out where, because my bottle is almost empty.

Another item that works well for small places to clean up is Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

I think either product works well if the stove is spot cleaned after each use. — Hazel Cole, Greenwood, [email protected]

ANSWER: Cook Top cleaner is available online at and

DEAR SUN SPOTS: A black onyx man’s ring was lost on Friday, Feb. 4, in the vicinity of the Chickadee of Lewiston, Food City or Family Dollar. The ring has sentimental value. It had belonged to my father. If found, please call Rita or Phyllis at 784-5151. — Phyllis Benoit, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to the church that was looking for a pianist/organist (Jan. 28 letter), while a live musician is always beneficial in a worship environment, there are other solutions available. is operated by Maine residents Jon and Melody Twitchell and offers piano accompaniments for 200 hymns. The accompaniments are 89 cents each, are designed for congregational singing and can be downloaded and put on CD. They can be used every week or as a “substitute” on the week that your musician is unable to attend. — Jon Twitchell, [email protected], 619-2636

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thanks so much for the overwhelming response by readers to help find my brother’s tools. Coincidentally, a Sun Journal reader had placed an ad in the found column, which came out in the newspaper before our letter to Sun Spots. My brother’s tools were found and returned. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to call or e-mail us. — R.Bates, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Once again the Fairbanks School Neighborhood Association in Farmington is setting its schedule of fundraising events for the year. We are constantly striving to earn additional monies to keep the community building in operation. We hope Sun Spots’ readers can help us obtain some items for three events.

In March we will be holding an antique and collectible sale. In June we will be hosting our 10th annual yard and plant sale, and in November we will be hosting a holiday sale.

If anyone has any antiques, collectibles or yard sale items that they would like to dispose of, we certainly could use them. If you have any Thanksgiving and/or Christmas decorations, linens, books, artificial trees, wreaths, paper, bows or any other holiday items, we would be able to use them as well.

We are willing to pick up these items within a 25-mile radius of Farmington. For more information, please contact Cynthia Kemble at 778-3808, or Elena Barker at 778-4349. We are grateful for the help you have given us in the past and again for this year as well. — Cynthia Kemble, [email protected]

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