DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have a family Bible that needs to have some restorations done. Can you refer me to someone who does this kind of work? Thank you so much. — No Name, Lewiston.

ANSWER: Sun Spots has had a similar question recently. Carlson and Turner Antiquarian Books is located at 241 Congress St. in Portland and can be reached at (207) 773-4200. They sell antique books and offer bookbinding services, repairing books and they specialize in conservation of old books.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: LA Arts is seeking volunteers from the community to help with the third Art Walk of the season. For volunteering, you will get a free raffle ticket for LA Arts’ $250 L.L. Bean raffle. The organization is seeking individuals to help with hosting spaces and general setup and cleanup on both the Auburn and Lewiston sides of the event. The volunteer duties begin at 4 p.m. at LA Arts, 221 Lisbon Street while the actual event is from 5 to 8 p.m. If you are interested, please RSVP by contacting LA Arts at (207) 782-7228 or emailing to: [email protected] Thank you! — Abigail, No Town.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Social Security monthly benefit payments are paid “in arrears.” The letter writer (Saturday, July 16) was accurate in his statement that the Social Security benefit payment “for June” to his wife who died on June 29 had to be returned. But that statement was misleading because the author implied that he was required to return the payment his wife received during June. However, the payment received during June was the payment to which she was entitled because she had survived through May. But because she did not survive through June, the payment she receive “for June,” which would have arrived in July, had to be returned. — No Name, No Town.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Many thanks to you and your readers. My letter asking for help in locating Beverly Hayward was read by a family member and a friend. She called me a few hours later and does indeed want her Girl Scout book. It turns out that we have a lot of places and friends in common, even though we are of different generations. She even got married in the church in East Sumner that I attend. It is such a delight to make a new friend and know that there are many people who are willing to go out of their way to assist another. — Cyndy, Sumner.

ANSWER: Thank you for sharing. Sun Spots loves to hear when her readers are able to connect in such positive ways.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you have two hours a week to give back? Help us help your neighbors. SeniorsPlus needs volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels in Auburn, help at our Lewiston kitchen and provide office support. Please consider investing yourself by volunteering in your community. For more information please email [email protected] or call 207-513-3710. — Heather, No Town.

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