DEAR SUN SPOTS: Regarding the question about where to get peaches in July 16 Sun Spots, I checked with Boothby Orchards in Livermore and their trees aren’t bearing fruit this year, but Berry Fruit Farm in Livermore will have ripe peaches at the end of August. There’s nothing like a locally grown peach!

—Marilyn, Leeds

ANSWER: Thanks for sharing that information, Marilyn. So glad you found your peaches! Peaches are persnickety to grow in Maine, with colder winters as well as spring thaws followed by later freezes really affecting those delicate buds and I’ve heard this wasn’t the best year for them.

I may take a trip out to Livermore myself. I spoke to the cheery Melissa at the farm and she said they are indeed expecting their peaches soon. This is not pick-your-own; the peaches are sold in the farm stand only. There will be a post on the farm’s Facebook page when the peaches are ready, but for now, they have raspberries! Berry Fruit Farm is located at 361 Crash Road. Their phone number is 207-897-4767.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Lovell United Church of Christ Thrift Shop, located at the church at 1174 Main St. is open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The shop is full of really nice things with more coming in all the time. We’re very much in need of people to help out an hour or two any time they can. For more information, call Pat Stearns at 207-925-6536 or Peg Mason at 207-935-7528.

—Pat, no town

ANSWER: I have to say that volunteering at a thrift shop is fun. I really like having a hand at sorting through all the “stuff” and seeing the smiles on customers’ faces when they find a treasure and/or a bargain. If you have a couple spare hours a month and live in the Lovell area, here is your big chance to help out and make some new friends.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends is looking for gently-used, previously loved items and returnable bottles for the Super Summer Yard Sale and Bottle Drive. This event, which helps finance the work done for feral cat colonies, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25 on Route 202, 700 Main St. (across from Hurricane’s Cafe and next to Farris Equipment). Rain dates are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Please bring your items, bottles, and financial donations to the sale. This will go a long way to help the organization continue to save the lives of feral cats, work the organization has been involved with for 38 years. (Large items such as appliances and furniture cannot be accepted.)

For more information, contact Norm Blais at [email protected] Monetary donations can also be sent to Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends, P. O. Box 274, Greene, ME 04236 or to PayPal at

—Norm, Greene

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m desperate to have my floors cleaned and have tried every kind of cleaner. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you.

—Jeanne, no town

ANSWER: I love my Shark brand steamer that I purchased a couple years ago for about $75. It’s light and really easy to use and there’s no scrubbing or being on your hands and knees! It works great on both wood and tile floors. Readers, do you have tips?

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