DEAR SUN SPOTS: Hope you can help. I had the number for the Do Not Call list and when I received it I called in and I wasn’t bothered by unwanted callers. Now all of a sudden I am inundated with unwelcome callers from early morning, before 9 a.m., to 9 p.m.

I have caller ID, so I know who is calling. These calls come up, unknown name/unknown number, private name/private number. Sometimes I am expecting a call from the doctor’s office, and it comes up unknown name/number, so I have to answer.

Can you please find out that phone number so I can call them again and not receive any more of these hideous calls that are so annoying. I am sure there are a lot of people out there who feel the same and would also like the number.

What a great service you do for this community. Your column is the best reading material in the newspaper. Thanks so much for brightening our days. — D.A., Auburn, [email protected]

ANSWER: You can register for the Do Not Call list and learn about how it works at www.donotcall.gov. You can register up to three numbers, and it should take effect within about 30 days. If you don’t have a computer, you can call in your registration at 1-888-382-1222.

Generally, medical practices show up on caller ID as “restricted” or sometimes “private,” while telemarketers show as “unknown.”

Being put on the list will not stop all calls. According to the Federal Communications Commission website, “calls from or on behalf of political organizations, charities and telephone surveyors would still be permitted, as would calls from companies with which you have an existing business relationship, or those to whom you’ve provided express agreement in writing to receive their calls. However, if you ask a company with which you have an existing business relationship to place your number on its own do-not-call list, it must honor your request. You should keep a record of the date you make the request.”

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am taking Maine history at Central Maine Community College and chose to do a project on the Auburn fire of 1933. I am having trouble finding information online and wanted to know if anyone around has information they would be willing to share with me. Thank you. — Corrie Bernatchez, [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots suggests you visit the Androscoggin Historical Society. The society’s office is open Wednesday through Friday, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. (The office is staffed by volunteers on Friday, so it may close early.) You can call 784-0586 or 786-2129 to make sure someone is there to assist you.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Greene Dragons Snowmobile Club (a nonprofit organization) is hosting its first Day of Play on the Pond on Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hooper Pond in Greene.

It is our way to get kids away from television and families out to enjoy the fresh air and everything Maine winters have to offer. There will be a cookout, hot cocoa, fishing derby for kids under age 16, skating (conditions permitting), a treasure hunt, other games, raffles and prizes. Bring your snowshoes, cross country skis, snowmobile or any way you can get there. All are welcome to come enjoy the fun.

We are looking for sponsors. It doesn’t matter if it is cash, a gift certificate or an item to donate to such a great cause and wonderfully fun day outdoors. Any and all donations are appreciated, and your business will be recognized in our advertising. For additional information or to donate, please contact me. We hope to see you there! — Angie Danforth, [email protected], 946-5875

CORRECTION: Sun Spots is very sorry to have confused the two much-appreciated dog groomers, Kera and Kate, in her Tuesday column. Kera Gauthier, formerly at Petco, can be found at Top Dog Professional Grooming and Dog Wash, 120 Center St., Auburn, 577-3242, [email protected]

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