The ABA will have a table set up to serve hot chocolate and munchkins donated by Dunkin’ Donuts to the parade goers. The mittens will be at the ABA table.

If anyone can donate mittens, please drop them off at Key Bank, 12 East Ave., Lewiston, or Key Bank, Auburn Shopping Center, 600 Center St., Auburn, or at AVCOG, 125 Manley Road, Auburn. For more information, call Greg Whitney at 207-743-5297.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We are kicking off our Mahoosuc Arts Council Annual Fund Drive for 2015. We are also participating in the #GivingTuesday and #MakingBANC for the first time this year. You can go directly to our website,, to make an online donation.

Your donation will continue to support more than 1,600 regional K-12 students in the greater Bethel area. Your gift directly provides quality arts and educational programming for everyone in the community. On the behalf of the Mahoosuc Arts Council, thank you for all your support. For more information, call 207-824-3575.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: This letter is in reference to the query about the fires in New Auburn. Perhaps the reader was looking for information on the fire that left 25 people homeless that occurred on Jan. 20, 2000.

This was a large apartment house located at 4 Second St. The fire was determined to have started from a candle on the third floor that ignited the curtains and spread from there. Shortly after this incident, schools that were selling candles to raise money for school projects stopped selling candles. — An Avid Reader.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Elwin Gay of Somerville, Mass., began driving cancer patients to treatment appointments in 1949. Elwin worked nights and drove during the day.

He drove 33 years and put more than 100,000 miles on his car saving lives. What is now known as the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery service became a national program in 1983 and volunteer drivers in Maine have provided hundreds of cancer patients with life-saving rides to their treatment appointments.

The American Cancer Society is now recruiting volunteers in Franklin County to ensure that all cancer patients have transportation to and from their treatments.

Whether you are available once a month or once a week, you can be a Road to Recovery volunteer. Interested volunteers are asked to attend an information session from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center, 111 Franklin Health Commons in Farmington.

Dave Clark, a Road to Recovery volunteer in Maine, has dedicated himself to helping cancer patients as a tribute to the memory of his wife who fought a long battle with cancer. “Driving cancer patients to treatment is a very rewarding volunteer experience,” said Clark.

For more information about the program or to register for a training session, contact Elisa Madore at 207-462-6307 or by email to [email protected]

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