DEAR SUN SPOTS: I hope someone can help me find an “Old Farmers’ Almanac” from 2016 and one from 2019. I would like to give these to babies born in those years so I would like the almanacs to be in excellent condition. I am hoping Sun Spots fans can help.—JoAnn, Sabattus

ANSWER: The Almanac, North America’s oldest continuously published periodical, comes out every year by September. What a great and different gift idea it is. I love it! When my children were born, I saved that day’s newspaper for them. Many, many years later, they still have them in their keepsake boxes along with other mementoes.

I hope another reader can help you with sharing their copies with you, JoAnn. If you don’t hear from anyone, perhaps you can contact Yankee Publishing, Inc. in Dublin, NH at 1-866- 316-1350 to find out how to get these. There’s also an on-line email form at It’s likely they will have some stashed away. “It’s useful with a pleasant degree of humor.” Every household should have one!”

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We have a white Maytag Electric Built-in wall oven that we would like to give away. It is in excellent condition and we also have the instruction booklet for installation purposes. It would have to be picked up at our home as we don’t have a truck to deliver it. Please contact us at 207-783-3890. —Mary, Auburn

ANSWER: I can highly recommend Maytag products. If your kitchen can accommodate a wall oven, this appliance will most likely serve you well for many years.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I want to thank all the readers for the donations for our gift bags and for helping us to help others. We could not have made these bags without your help.—Lilliana, no town

ANSWER: This is a follow-up “thank you” note from the young home-schooled student who is involved in a community Compassion Project for social studies (Jan 26 Sun Spots). Her goal was to provide “gift bags” for homeless children in Oxford County that included hygiene items, hats and mittens, and some fun projects for the children (crayons, snacks, coloring books, small games, etc.) It looks like Sun Spotters responded, as always!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Several years ago we were having dinner at our favorite restaurant and someone paid for our meal. It was a wonderful surprise and we felt so special. Since then we have done this ourselves for other people a few times. It is such a nice way to make someone’s day so if there is someone out in Sun Spots Land looking to do something nice for someone else. This is a great thing to do. Of course, you want to tell the waitress to keep your identity a secret.—No name, no town

ANSWER: It is a wonderful thing to give a surprise such as this if you can afford to do so and it’s also grand to be the one receiving this generous treat. Thank you for reminding our readers what a thoughtful gesture treating someone else to a dinner out can be.

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