DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read with great interest the request from Ruth in Wilton about the crochet pattern collection left by her sister. Although I am not an organization or library as she commented, I do have an extensive library of older patterns and books left to me by my grandmother and a collection that I’ve accumulated over many years and am always looking to add more.

My specialty is filet crochet and I’m passionate about the history of crochet. I teach classes and offer free help whenever I am able, as well as selling my own creations. I can be contacted at 207-240-9378 if she’s interested. Thank you for your time. — Lori, no town.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We need volunteers in every town in Maine to count the homeless on Jan. 24 for this year’s PIT count. The point-in-time survey is done every year by Housing and Urban Development to bring funding to Maine for homeless people and shelters. To volunteer in your hometown, call Jerry Dewitt at 207-576-0376 or email [email protected] We need you now to prepare for the count.

ANSWER: If you are able to do so, please consider joining the thousands of volunteers who fan out across towns and cities throughout the U.S. each year to take a census of homeless people. Along with figures from homeless shelters and transitional housing, numbers from the point-in-time count are submitted to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. From there, the data give a local and national snapshot of the homeless population that guides service providers, Congress, HUD and other agencies.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: What happened to Katie Sampson on Fox 23 News at 10? She was such a great reporter. — No name, no town.

ANSWER: According to their website and official social media pages, Katie Sampson is still an anchor for WGME, which is also aired by FOX 23. Both stations are owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, so even though their network affiliation is different, they share services like local news broadcasts. If you do not see your favorite anchor on one channel, you might catch them reporting at another time slot or on the other channel. For comments and feedback you can email the stations at [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: On Sept. 28 I had a car accident in Auburn. Called to the scene was officer Nicholas Kyllonen. It was my first accident ever and I knew what to do, but the process was all new to me. The officer was just fantastic, walked me through the procedure and was so patient and kind. As a little old lady I want to say thank you for the respect you displayed. The Auburn Police Department is fortunate to have you on their staff. Merry Christmas, Officer Kyllonen! — No name, no town.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thanks to the members and volunteers of the Woman’s Literary Union for decorating every room at the Foss Mansion in holiday splendor. There is an encore Holiday Open House at 19 Elm St. in Auburn on Thursday, Dec. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission is free for children and only $5 for adults. Proceeds will support restoration of this historic house. For more information, please contact Carol Mashaw at 207-713-5888.

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