DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to know if there is a pet groomer who will come to my home to trim my cat’s claws and also shave her back end once a month. She is a Maine coon cat, very gentle and lovable. I’m a senior with no transportation who loves her cat dearly. I will pay a reasonable price. Thank you for being so helpful. — No Name, Lewiston

ANSWER: There are many pet groomers in Lewiston-Auburn, but Sun Spots is unaware if any of them will come to your home. Watch the column for responses. Someone will surely be willing to help you and your sweet kitty.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Like a lot of dog owners, I like to shop at and support area businesses that welcome dogs. TD Bank, Petco and the Kennel Shop are three that do. Some that used to be dog friendly no longer are. So I was wondering if Sun Spots or her readers have any names of dog-friendly businesses to add to the list. My dogs and I thank you! — No Name, Auburn

ANSWER: Sun Spots found some websites that purported to have that information but proved inadequate. Sun Spots does know of some local stores that allow pets — her hardware store in Winthrop had a resident cat, Puddin, who was a big hit with customers until his recent death, and allows dogs, and there’s a resident cat at the Paris Farmers Union in Lewiston — but she can’t really blame those businesses that prefer not to allow pets. Some people don’t want dogs around or are actually frightened of them. Not to mention the issues for people who are allergic to pets. Of course, any place food is served or sold, animals are generally not allowed — other than service dogs, of course.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Your column has helped a lot of people and is the first thing I read in the morning. How long can we keep our carrots in the garden in the ground? Thank you and keep up the good deeds. — L.G., Lewiston

ANSWER: Most experts say you can leave them all winter, if you want and if they are well-mulched. The same is true for other root vegetables, such as parsnips. Sun Journal reporter Eileen Adams discussed that and some other helpful fall gardening tips in a story on the back of the b section on Sunday, Sept. 23 (

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have two sewing machines in cabinets that have been donated to us, which I have serviced. We would like to donate them to a church group or civic organization. One of the machines is motorized, and the other one is treadle-operated. — Ron Blake, president, Cote Brothers Sewing Machines, Turner, 225-5920, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for your column! It was always very helpful when I was an activity director at Victorian Villa. I am now retired but have tried to continue helping with Christmas gifts. I crochet tops on kitchen towels, then sell them inexpensively to raise money. I need quarter-size buttons desperately. I am willing to pay postage, or my husband will pick them up. Thank you very much. — Nancy Corriveau, Canton, [email protected], 357-1888

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I love your column. I appreciate the service you provide the community. I have several boxes of unused cloth remnants to donate to a school, sewing or quilting club. If interested please call 514-0505 to arrange pickup in Auburn. — Claire, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am researching the Priscilla Turner Rug Guild for a new book, and would love to hear from anyone who owns a Turner rug, or has a relative who worked in the factory.

These rugs were hooked with yarn and include a distinctive label signed by the person who hooked it. Anyone with information to share, please email me. Thank you. — Judy Taylor, [email protected]

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