DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have wonderful news to report. My grandson’s violin was returned to him. A big thank you to the Montello student who found it on the bus and turned it in at that school. We appreciate your honesty and care. Thank you to the bus driver who retrieved it at Montello School and returned it to my grandson. Thank you Cathy, Mike and Jesse, who offered to loan an instrument for Friday’s concert if my grandson’s wasn’t found. Also, a big thank you to Don, who offered a replacement violin at no charge if his did not turn up. You are a very nice, generous man. The kindness of so many people warmed my heart. To those who are interested in hearing beautiful vocal and instrumental music – the LHS Christmas Concert is at Lewiston Middle School this Friday at 7 p.m. Merry Christmas! — No name, no town.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for all of the everyday help that you provide. My request is which organizations are currently selling Dunkin’ Donuts Community mugs? The past few years we were able to purchase the mugs from nonprofit organizations for $20. The mug allows you a free refill every Sunday at participating Dunkin’s. It is quite a bargain. I would like to get one for the 2017 season but have not heard who has them. Your research will be greatly appreciated. — Jeannette Gross, Leeds.

ANSWER: The following is a list of all the participants in the 2017 Community Mug Program in Maine:

* Area Youth Sports;

* Bangor Project Grad;

* Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath & Brunswick;

* Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine;

* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern New England;

* Eddington Fire Department;

* Elm Street School PTO;

* Fryeburg Academy Project Grad;

* Gardiner Area Music Boosters;

* Holy Savior Catholic School;

* James H Bean PTO;

* Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation;

* Maine State Troopers;

* Maranacook Area Youth Hockey;

* Mt. Abram Ski Club;

* Old Town Recreation;

* Orrington Fire & Rescue Association;

* Skating Association of Maine;

* Skowhegan Cal Ripken League;

* Special Children’s Friends Inc.;

* Spruce Mountain Ski Slope;

* Spruce Mountain High School Field Hockey;

* Titcomb Ski Club Educational Fund;

* University of Maine at Farmington Women’s Softball;

* University of Maine Track and Field; and

* Special Olympics of Maine.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I work for a nonprofit organization that provides community support to individuals with disabilities. We are trying to form a snowshoeing group to provide exercise and fun for these individuals. Many of them do not have snowshoes or the finances to buy snowshoes, so I am reaching out to you and your readers.

If anyone out there has old snowshoes that are not being used and would care to donate to a good cause it would be greatly appreciated. I am sure that this donation will provide great exercise and fun throughout the winter. I can be reached at 207-751-9885 or 207-376-4911, ext. 5256. — Missy Libby, Opportunity Enterprises.

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