DEAR SUN SPOTS: Rita Bolduc of Mexico saw my posting on ticks.  She sent me a sample of Cedarcide. It is commercially available online and I like the smell of the natural cedar. It says it is harmless to pets and people.

I wear some old nurses elastic stockings pulled up over my socks and pants and spray the Cedarcide on the stockings. It seems to work very well.

I wear the stockings several times so the Cedarcide does not get washed out. Rita buys it in large quantity and puts it into small spray bottles.

— Marilyn Burgess, Leeds

ANSWER: What a wonderful gesture for Rita to make! We love when our readers reach out to help one another.

And, yes, Cedarcide is available online through, but it’s also available at Walmart and Target stores. The natural product is safe for kids and pets, but kills insects in all stages of life cycle. And, you can’t sweat it off, so it still works while exercising or working in the yard.


Plus, it doesn’t stain your clothes and smells really good!

Cedarcide comes ready to use as a granular or in a spray bottle and is relatively inexpensive. A 4 ounce spray bottle costs about $7.50.

That’s a small price to pay for relief from insects! Enjoy your pest-free walks in the woods, Marilyn.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Can you get the cartoons or coupons with the online version of the Sun Journal?

— Janice, no town

ANSWER: Yes, and no. Only items listed or printed in the newspaper sections — daily comics, for instance — are found in the eEdition.


Stand-alone items — Sunday coupons and our comics section — are not available digitally because they’re printed separately and inserted into the newspaper.

Hope that answers your question.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Turner Public Library Annual Book Sale will be a three-day event again this year, starting on the morning of Saturday, July 1. The early opening is a popular new feature, as it allows for a more leisurely browsing experience than is sometimes possible while the library’s Fourth of July Festival on the Green is taking place.

Saturday’s sale will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon; and the sale continues on Tuesday, July 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again Wednesday, July 5, 9 a.m. to noon.

We offer refreshments on the first morning of the sale.

While the schedule has expanded over the years, the bargain prices remain unchanged, with most books priced at $1 for hardcovers and 50 cents for paperbacks, and most children’s books priced at 4 for $1.


The library welcomes donations of gently-used books. They can be left in the lobby of the Leavitt Institute Building when the library is open Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m., Friday, 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. We are also happy to receive CDs, DVDs and puzzles.

We ask that you do not leave encyclopedias or magazines.

The sale takes place in the Community Room of the Leavitt Institute Building, 98 Matthews Way. For detailed directions, see

For more information, please call 207-212-7872.

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