DEAR SUN SPOTS: Get a head start on your Christmas gifts while supporting the Auxiliary, the American Legion and veterans this Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Auxiliary Christmas Crafts Fair will be held at the Farmington American Legion Post 28 building at 38 High St.

Volunteers are needed to help the Auxiliary with set up, mostly tables, on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The bar will be open. They will also need help with breakdown on Saturday after the fair, from around 2:30 to 3 p.m. Thanks. — Pete, Farmington.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Regarding the person looking for hypoallergenic jewelry, I have earwires and jump rings made of niobium in various colors. They can be combined with various components to create a variety of earring styles. It is very important to avoid prolonged skin contact with alloys containing nickel and base metals for those who have bad reactions. This might be a solution. It is sold as such. Any jeweler may have, or can get this material. Or, contact me via email, [email protected] — Mark Libbey, Lewiston.

ANSWER: Niobium is a metal used in many alloys. It is great for earrings and body jewelry because it is lightweight and does not cause allergies. Thank you for sharing this option for the reader needing hypoallergenic jewelry.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I need to thank a few people, all of whom are strangers to me. I was in a car accident Tuesday morning in Lewiston. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. My car was completely totaled. I am so lucky that I was able to walk away from the wreckage. The folks I’d like to thank are the couple who stopped to see if I was OK and called 911 for me (I was in such a daze I couldn’t get my phone to work) as well as the gentleman who walked over to talk to me and keep me calm. I remember him telling me not to look at my car, that I was going to be OK. And most importantly, the firemen who surrounded me and made me laugh and the police officer who took care of the details while I was transported to the ER by caring EMTs. I keep saying it, “I am so grateful!” Grateful that I’m OK. Grateful that strangers cared enough to stop and help. Grateful to live in L/A where we have awesome, dedicated and compassionate first responders. Thanks again! — Anne Allen, Auburn.

ANSWER: Thank you for sharing with Sun Spots. We are all very grateful that everyone is OK and that we do have such wonderful community members and first responders.

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