DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to thank the seven or eight people who stopped their vehicles on Route 122 in Poland on Nov. 2 to help capture my runaway dog. Annie took off and ran back and forth across the road before heading into the woods. Thanks to folks who pulled over, put on their blinkers, and helped cue traffic to slow down. I only got the names of Jackie and Dennis, but all of you stopped for 45 minutes on a busy Friday afternoon when I am sure you all had other places to be.

Annie would have been history if it had not been for your caring. I will never forget you. Thank you!

— Carol, Mechanic Falls

ANSWER: That is one lucky pup. I am always lifted up by these stories of kindness and I’m sure our readers are as well. I’m so glad to hear that Annie is safe!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You have always helped so much with my collecting of aluminum can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Portland. I’d like to let everyone know I’ll be taking the tabs there during the first week of December. Should anyone need pickup, call 207-577-2754. If readers travel Center Street, tabs can be dropped off at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northeast Real Estate office at 473 Center St. The Ronald McDonald House is a wonderful place for parents to stay when a child is a patient at Maine Medical Center. Thank you so much for helping!

— Mary Ann, Auburn


ANSWER: Mary Ann has been collecting these tabs for years and I am always happy to help. Just over a year ago, I stayed at Ronald McDonald House when my granddaughter was born. I can’t express enough what a difference this nonprofit made to my family during a very difficult time. Fortunately, our story had a happy ending. Saving these tabs is such a small thing to do that can help a family in a big way. Thank you, Mary Ann, for getting the tabs to Portland.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Excelsior Grange will hold its annual Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Grange Hall, 446 Harris Hill Road, Poland. We’ll feature fresh fir wreaths, 50-50 drawings for donated goodies, white elephant treasures and a chili and chowder luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information on renting a vendor table, call Kim at 207-998-2301.

— Claire, Poland

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m hoping the resourceful friends in our area can offer suggestions regarding a plumbing problem that just won’t go away. Despite excellent artesian well pressure coming into our home and good pressure in both bathrooms and laundry room, our kitchen faucet pressure varies from awful to a mere trickle. We’ve had the tank pressure changed, the well pump checked, two faucets exchanged, boring the water-saver mechanism out of one, and installed a water filtration system, but still no change. If any creative plumbing experts out there in Sun Journal-land have any ideas, we will be extremely grateful! Thank you!

— Deb, Auburn

ANSWER: That sounds pretty frustrating! It has got to have something to do with the pipes leading into the kitchen. If there are any plumbers out there willing to help solve this problem, write to Sun Spots!

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