DEAR SUN SPOTS: We recently bought my mom a new trash can, which blew away during last week’s strong winds. It is large, black and plastic, with wheels. It has an “M” painted on the bottom. She lives on Acadia Avenue in Lewiston. If anyone finds it, I would greatly appreciate a telephone call at 207-795-6791.—Pauline, no town

ANSWER: March really came in like a lion. I hope this item is returned to your mom before next trash day.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Someone recently requested a 2019 Farmer’s Almanac (Mar. 1) and I have one available if she still wants it. My number is 207-784-1290.—Anita, no town

ANSWER: Hopefully JoAnn in Sabattus will see this and give you a call. Now we have to find her one for 2016, a harder nut to crack. JoAnn would like these to give as presents to children who were born in those years. Please let her know if you have one you can offer to her.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Is there anyone in the area who can perform service on a treadmill?—Reta, no town

ANSWER: I have hunted down a couple contacts for the ever-growing and infamous Rolodex.

I found Stan Hallett whose business is Maine Treadmill Repair, LLC (https://www.mainetreadmillrepair.com/). His service area is in southern Maine, but Stan is also able to help with remote service that includes a diagnostic session via FaceTime or other video chat then will order needed parts. Next, he will guide you or your designated helper with installation of the parts that will bring your treadmill back into working condition.

Fitness Machine Repairs is another option. Located in New Hampshire, they do service fitness machines in Maine. Find out more at https://www.fitnessmachinerepair.com/  where there is an email form to schedule service or you can call 603- 475-2996.

Another proactive thing you can do is call the company that made your treadmill to see if they know of any professionals nearby who can provide you with service.

Keep in mind that if you have owned your treadmill for a long time, parts may not be available any longer. I hope that is not the case for you though and that you’ll be back “in the running very soon.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I had to take a flight across the country recently. When I boarded the plane, I found that my “window seat” was a blank wall. I did not want to make a fuss, but thought you would know the explanation.—Alex, Topsham

ANSWER: Ahh, yes. There is even a Twitter “hashtag” for this irksome issue (#Wheresmy window). When one passenger of this “elite club” complained about his “nonwindow,” a flight attendant simply drew him one on the blank wall.

It seems that flying, especially these days, takes not only guts, but a healthy sense of humor.

This “nonwindow” area, usually near the wing on the left side of the plane, houses wiring and air conditioning distribution ducts.

While pecking around on the internet, I found SeatGuru.com, featuring aircraft seat maps, seat reviews, and a color-coded system to identify superior and substandard airline seats — all good information to have before “flying the friendly skies”. Check it out before you reserve your seat!

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