DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am writing to see if the city of Lewiston can do anything about the tractor-trailers that nearly block Challenger Drive on a nightly basis. These drivers have decided that the street is a good place to park and sleep for the night, probably because there’s a cul-de-sac at the end making it easy to turn around. Now with snow banks and big trucks parked on both sides of the street, it’s difficult to get a car through the narrow opening, much less an emergency vehicle should one be needed at the VA or TD Bank buildings out there. Why can’t this company designate a section of their own lot as overnight parking to eliminate this dangerous situation on Challenger Drive? — Concerned citizen, Lewiston.

ANSWER: This sounds like a public safety concern and it would be a good idea to report it to the Police Department. Please call 207-784-6421 to reach a non-emergency dispatcher at the Lewiston Police Department. Another way to share non-emergency concerns with the city is with its online report form. It can be found at www.ci.lewiston.me.us by clicking the “Report A Concern” button below the picture. All submissions should receive a response within one business day.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) asks that seniors who need heating assistance ask for that help. Too few applicants are elderly even though Maine has one of the largest populations of seniors in the country.

These funds are available so please, if you are a senior who could use help with fuel costs, apply regardless of income or fuel source. Many people wrongly believe that they are not eligible but LIHEAP works with many factors beyond income and covers all fuel sources, even those included in rent. Applications are available from the following agencies:

• Androscoggin County: Community Concepts Inc.; 240 Bates St., Lewiston, 207-795-4065.

• Cumberland County: Opportunity Alliance; 50 Lydia Lane in South Portland, 207-553-5900.

• Franklin County: Western Maine Community Action; 20A Church St., East Wilton, 207-645-3764.

• Kennebec County: Kennebec Valley Community Action Program; 97 Water St., Waterville, 207-859-1500.

• Oxford County: Community Concepts Inc.; 17 Market Square, South Paris, 207-795-4065.

LIHEAP applications will be taken through April. Call your local LIHEAP distributing agency to set up an application appointment.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The next Keep Me Warm Supper with beans and casseroles will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Fayette Central School, located on Route 17. The supper will include raffles and music, and costs $6 for adults and $3 for children. Donations will be collected for the Fayette Baptist Church Food Bank. Volunteers are welcome to make a dish for the supper. For more information, please call 207-685-3886 or 207-685-4138. — No name, Fayette.

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