DEAR SUN SPOTS: While in Florida this past winter I learned how to play pickleball. I would like to find some people the in Paris-Norway or Lewiston-Auburn area who would like to play on a regular basis. 

If interested, please email or call me. — [email protected], 207-240-5144

ANSWER: For readers who, like Sun Spots, have never heard of pickleball, Wikipedia says pickleball is a “racket sport in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net.

“The sport shares features of other racket sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis with a few modifications. One of the fastest growing sports in North America, pickleball was invented in the mid-1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all skill levels.”

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to the June 14 query, I represent Vacationland Tours, and I would appreciate it if you would publish my trips:

July 20 — Lakewood Theater presents “Skin Flick,” dinner and show $62

Aug. 9 — Hollywood Casino, $20 with $10 slot play

Aug. 21 — Clambake Seafood Restaurant, $62 per person with menu choice of lobster, baked haddock or baked chicken with all the fixings, and a stop at the Christmas Tree Shop

Nov. 6 — Veterans Day salute, “Letters from Home to the Andrews Sisters” at White’s of Westport, Mass., $89 per person with lunch choice of chicken breast or baked scrod

Thank you. — Helen Marsh, 207-375-6588

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Could you reprint the contact name and phone number for the Lewiston senior trips? It would be very much appreciated. — No Name, No Town

ANSWER: In light of the great interest expressed in the many types of bus trips, here is a listing of all the various groups noted in Sun Spots over the past month or so. If anyone is left out or information is missing, please email [email protected]

* Alpine Leisure Tours, 207-786-7600, alpinetoursme.com

* Great Escape Tours, Barry Somes, 207-829-3676,www.greatescape.info

* Jean’s Tours, Jean Doyon, 207-784-5264

* Lewiston Senior Citizens, Claire Bilodeau, 513-3059 mornings or 784-0302

* Meadowview Seniors, Bert Dutil,[email protected], 207-786-2305

* Northeast Charter and Tour Co., 235 Goddard Road, Lewiston, www.northeastchartertour.com, 207-784-1359

* Vacationland Tours, Helen Marsh, 207-375-6588

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Here is my recipe for rhubarb-pineapple jam. Boil together 5 cups sugar, 5 cups cut-up rhubarb and 1 large can of crushed pineapple.

Remove from heat and add one large package of strawberry Jell-O. Mix well. Put in hot jars and seal. Makes nine half-pint jars.

I am looking for mango Jell-O and cannot find it in this area. Any ideas? Thanks for all the helpful information. — No Name, No Town

ANSWER: Sun Spots used the product locator at kraft.com, which said there was no outlet in Lewiston-Auburn. You can find it if you head a bit south:

* Market Basket, 220 Mariner Way, Biddeford, 207-282-9005

* Shaw’s Supermarket, 4 Scammon St., Saco, 207-284-9666

DEAR SUN SPOTS: First, I have to thank you for your wonderful column. 

Now, about using pineapple with the rhubarb and strawberry jam, it works just fine because you use canned pineapple. It’s fresh pineapple that has the enzyme that prevents it from jelling. 

The recipe that was in the column on June 23 (sunjournal.com/news/sun-spots/2014/06/23/lucky-ladybug-pin-goes-missing/1552324) is the one I’ve used myself for years. Try it; you’ll like it. — Faithful Reader, Rumford

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