DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have an idea for a children’s game. It can be played in the car or at home. I have no idea how to get this to a game company. You have been so helpful with so many issues over the years and I would certainly be grateful if any of your readers have helpful ideas or information on how to get this game made. I created it for my grandchildren and it was always a big hit especially on road trips. Thank you for all the help you provide to your faithful readers. — Minot game Grandma, 207-966-3715.

ANSWER: Have you contacted the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council in Lewiston at 207-784-0161 or Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments in Auburn at 207-783-9186? Both work with entrepreneurs. Another option is The Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Maine, Orono, 207-581-2713 or [email protected] They offer consultations to determine if your idea is feasible, conceptualization, prototyping, manufacturing and more. Readers may be able to offer you other suggestions. Good luck.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thanks for all your help with the communities’ inquiries. I have a Baldwin Organ MCX-2100 with pedals to give to any church, grange or anyone else who could use it. It also has the bench. They just have to pick it up. Call 207-998-4803 to make arrangements. Thank you.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: St. Peter’s 8th-grade class of 1965 will be having a 50th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 8. We need contact information for Geraldine Vaillancourt, Irene Duchesneau Stone and Rita Maillet Spires. Contact [email protected] or 207-576-7010. Thank you.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: What is the best way to clean my hardwood floor? Thank you. — No Name in Auburn.

ANSWER: These tips come from Consumer Reports. Start with warm water and a damp mop. Do not let water puddle on the wood. If stains remain, add one cup white vinegar to a gallon of warm water. This will remove most stains, scuffs and dirt and will leave a streak-free shine. For tougher stains, Formula 409 or Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner should work. Bon Ami is good for the stubbornest of stains but test an inconspicuous corner first to make sure it doesn’t remove the floor’s shine. Avoid ammonia and products with bleach.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Someone wrote to you asking about fairy-themed festivals and activities recently. Mackworth Island State Park in Falmouth is home to the Fairy House Village, where children can construct fairy houses using natural materials. More information about this activity and Mackworth Island can be found at

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The YWCA of Central Maine will offer its second season of “Girls on the Run” in the fall of 2015. This running club for girls in grades three to five includes discussions of self-esteem, body image and confidence that are incorporated into the workout. Participation on the team will be free of charge. The YWCA is seeking three energetic and enthusiastic volunteer coaches with experience working with youth to join the team. For more information or to volunteer, call 207-795-4050 or email [email protected]

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