DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking to borrow a black graduation gown for a September event. If you have one, please get in touch with me at [email protected] Thank you. — Claudette, Sabattus

DEAR SUN SPOTS: It seems early to be talking about Christmas craft fairs, but I’m hoping to get an early start. I’m looking for anyone that has men’s neck ties that can be used in a craft project; the wider ties are best.

All proceeds will go to Holy Savior School in Rumford. Please contact me to arrange for pickup.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Our school also saves Box Tops for Education and Campbell soup labels, please don’t throw these away, they really add up to raise money for our school. Thank you. — Jennifer DeMascio, [email protected], 364-2207

ANSWER: What an amazing coincidence. The same week she got your letter, Sun Spots got the following.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have 30 neckties, all very beautiful. Most are silk and in up-to-date styles.

Years ago I made a quilt with the front of the ties and covered a pillow to match with the tails. I’m sure there are many other uses for them.

If you are interested, just give me a call to make arrangements for picking them up.

Thank you, Sun Spots, for helping us swap our things, or give them a second chance. — Nancy Duchette, East Poland, 998-2517

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am responding to the June 8 post about fabric. We are a nonprofit that makes weighted blankets for children with disabilities.

We would be interested in 100 percent cotton fabric or fleece, as they are the sturdiest fabrics. Thank you! — [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: My mother lives in an assisted living facility. Recently she saw an letter in your column regarding a seamstress and she contacted her to have some work done.

She now wishes to contact her again, but the receipt she was given has no name or contact information. She only knows that her name is Nita. She indicates that the letter appeared in May (early to mid).

Are you able to provide me with more information? — Nicky Hamann, [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots guesses that your mother is looking for Nita Brissette, Nita’s Alterations in Turner, 212-3766. The other seamstresses in her Rolodex are:

* Alice Hilton, Gardiner area, 582-3759

* Alterations by Judy, 906 Sabattus St., Lewiston, 783-6201

* Carolee Nash, Mechanic Falls, [email protected], 712-6471 (no wool)

* Cecile Giguere, 1048 Sabattus St., Lot 28, 784-3028

* Chez Dorea, 277 Lisbon St., Lewiston, 333-0755

* Mainly Sewing, 114 Western Ave., Auburn, 783-9406

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Does anyone want decorative painting pattern books, and wooden cutouts (folk art/tole painting)? — Charlotte Page, Jay, 897-2166, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In the June 13 Sun Spots, Dorothy from Auburn was looking for someone to sharpen scissors. I own Sharpening Plus out of Poland and would like to serve Dorothy or anyone else who would like to use my services.

People can check out my website at or call me. — Joline Sawyer, [email protected], 899-9235

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