DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read in your column a letter from Wanda asking about military parachutes. My husband was in the Navy during WWII, assigned to aircraft carriers. He sent me a white silk parachute and a red one. I purchased some quilted material with tiny pink and blue flowers and my sister made the most gorgeous bedspread and pillow shams with the silk being a ruffle all around the spread. It was one of the most beautiful bedspreads that I’ve ever seen. With the red parachute I made drapes and covered a small chest for our boys’ room. So yes, parachutes were used for different things. — Avis Baird, Auburn.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: A recent column carried an inquiry for custom framing. Another option to add to the list that you provided is Renaissance Gallery, 409 Maine Ave. in Farmingdale. The telephone number is 207-582-8255. They offer professional quality framing. — Janet, Auburn.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: For the people who were looking for a used book store, the Lewiston Public Library has a large selection of used and donated books for sale. They are inside the front door and more books are restocked every Thursday. The prices are $1 for adult hardcover books, 50 cents for paperbacks and 25 cents for all children’s items. Get the best deal in town and also support a valuable community asset. — Pete, no town.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Senior Companion Program is looking for caring people in the Lewiston-Auburn, Farmington and Rumford areas. Senior Companions spend 15 hours a week making the day brighter for homebound and isolated elderly.

If you are 55 years or older and income qualified you may qualify to be a companion and receive a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement and other benefits.

The program is sponsored by the University of Maine Center on Aging and partners with SeniorsPlus, Catholic Charities SEARCH program and Clover Health Care. For more information call Anna Saar at 1-800-287-1482. Thank you for caring!


DEAR SUN SPOTS: Our nonprofit organization has quite a few cases of ceramic coffee mugs that we would like to donate to anyone who has a need for them. There are between 24 and 36 mugs in each case. If you think you can use any of these mugs, you can contact Pat Pelliccia at 207-344-8485. Thank you.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Hartford Heritage Society is holding its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13, at the Irish Museum on Main Street (Route 140) in Hartford. We are asking all the great gardeners out there for donations of extra perennials, shrubs or any garden trees that they are willing to share. Proceeds from any of our fundraisers go to the restoration of the museum. The plants can be delivered to the museum on Friday evening, May 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. or call Rosie at 207-597-2270 or Doreen at 207-224-7147 for pick up.

Perennials sell for $3 each and shrubs for $5. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We love Sun Spots and all the great information that you share. Keep up the good work!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Peru Historical Society is looking for a glass display case with a lock. Please contact 207-562-7141 or 207-562-7556. — Nancy, Peru.

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