DEAR SUN SPOTS: Recently, someone was looking for the coupon books offered by local fundraising groups. The local Cub Scout Pack 116 in Lewiston is offering Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, Amato’s and Cinemagic booklets, ranging in value from $50 to $75. The booklets are $10 each and can be purchased from any of our scouts. We also have popcorn available at local establishments and the booklets are available at these locations as well. For more information, or to purchase these money-saving booklets, you may contact the Cub Scouts at [email protected] Thank you for passing along this message to our local supporters.

— Christian, no town

ANSWER: These coupon booklets are a great way to fundraise for your organization, promote local business and save consumers money on places and things they use every day. It’s a win-win-win for everyone!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin last tutor training of 2017 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 -3 at USM/LA College, 51 Westminster St., Room 116 in Lewiston. We have many adults waiting for help with their educational goals. Most have barriers to attending regular classes and cannot work on their education without one-on-one assistance. If you are 21 years old or older with at least a 12th grade reading level, are patient, organized and creative, you can be an effective tutor. Those who are interested can call us at 753-6658 or email [email protected] Many details can also be found on our website at

Thank you, Sun Spots. You have helped us recruit many wonderful volunteers over the years.

— Tahlia, no town

ANSWER: Can you imagine not being able to read or do simple math problems? Teaching someone to read and watching that person’s world expand before your very eyes is an incredibly rewarding experience. As a tutor, you also have an amazing opportunity to perhaps expand your own knowledge as you share time with your student. I highly recommend being a literacy volunteer!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: As a frequent driver on Hampshire Street in Auburn I have noticed the granite curbing work. My question is about the curbing that juts out in many spots. Why was this done? Isn’t winter plowing going to be difficult?

— Mary Ann, Auburn

ANSWER: I spoke with Dan Goyette, Auburn Public Works director and a professional engineer. He said the curb extensions minimize the crossing distance for pedestrians. In addition, they help slow traffic. In terms of winter plowing, it does make it a little more difficult for snow removal, but this curbing is throughout the city now and the benefits far outweigh the minimal additional time it takes for snow removal drivers to weave in and out between the curbing. Goyette is open to additional questions of this type so send them to me and I will be sure to get the answers you are looking for, and then some!

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