DEAR SUN SPOTS: Is Estes Lobster House restaurant in Harpswell permanently closed? I was there on March 21 and there are “For Sale” signs up and a realtor sign posted. — Dick, no town

ANSWER: According to the iconic seafood restaurant’s Facebook page, Dawn and John will be opening the business in May, as always. They’ve been busy this winter closing on the purchase of a new undertaking in Portage, Dean’s Motor Lodge. When they last posted on Facebook, the plan is for them to be in Harpswell this summer.

In case any Sun Spots readers are searching for summer employment, all seasonal restaurants up and down the coast are looking for good steady service people. It’s sad that some restaurants aren’t able to operate at their full potential because of lack of employees. I have heard over and over again that restaurants have to cut their hours because they can’t fully staff up and they aren’t the only businesses suffering. I don’t want to cause a big kerfuffle by stating this; I only want to make the suggestion and help anyone who is looking for summer employment.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Where can I find someone who makes wigs with real hair? — No name, no town

ANSWER: Contact Madeline’s Hair Replacement in Saco at 571-3277 to learn more information about their processes. It’s best to make an appointment because they can’t always accommodate walk-ins. Madeline’s is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment only. The website is and the email is [email protected].

A Special Place (775-4048) in Portland may also be able to help you find what you’re looking for. This shop is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Human hair wigs are also sold on the internet. If you choose to go that route, be sure there is a solid return policy and guarantee. Read the reviews that other customers post and ask questions. and Amazon are both reliable places to shop.

Here is an informational article to help you along your journey to finding the perfect wig.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You help so many every day. I wonder if you might provide some advice on an issue faced by downsizing retirees like me. I have had some modicum of success with giving away my DVD collection in a piecemeal fashion to friends and colleagues, but no one seems to want the VHS tapes. To stay as environmentally sensitive as possible, what should I do with such items? Do collectors take them? Are there recycling programs out there?  I await your wisdom, Sun Spots.  Should anyone out there have interest or advice, please leave a message at 786-6082 or at [email protected] —Elizabeth, Lewiston

ANSWER: Some ideas are to check with your local library and thrift stores, Goodwill and Salvation Army. Offer them for free on Facebook Marketplace or in another online yard sale group. Check with the local recycling company about what to do or look into where you can get a shipping label and have this company pick up and recycle your items. is a great website for more information about how to recycle just about any item you can think of.

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