DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Knights of Columbus Council 10019 will sponsor a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Parish Hall of Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Ave. in Lisbon Falls. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Thank you for all the wonderful assistance you give every day! — Ray, no town

ANSWER: Now, more than ever, please respond to this call to help your fellow humans if at all possible.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Which representative was trying to stop ghost telephone calls, begging calls, robot calls and scam calls? All of the above are alive and well at my home and I want it to stop. — No name, no town

ANSWER: The bill aimed at robocallers, LD 511 was sponsored by Rep. Janice S. Dodge of Belfast.

On May 19, the Legislature approved this bill that requires telephone utilities to provide customers with services to reduce the number of calls from automated telephone calling devices, also known as robocalls. According to the bill, the companies must tell customers about the service and provide it at a reasonable price. As of this writing, the bill was headed to Gov. Janet Mills’ desk for her signature.

If you are having issues with multiple annoying robocalls, I urge you to call your phone service provider and tell them! They are there to assist you.

This bill will bring some relief and there are also other steps you can take to minimize these very annoying, persistent calls. Don’t answer your phone unless you recognize the number. I know, but if it’s important, such as the doctor’s office or a relative, they will leave a message.

Another suggestion is to purchase a call blocker. These gizmos cost about $100 and connect to your landline. It does require caller ID service. The model I reviewed, sold by Whatever Works (WhateverWorks.com, 1-800-499-6757) has the capacity to block 1,500 different phone numbers and comes preprogrammed with 5,000 other unwanted numbers identified by the Federal Communication Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

It may be worth having one for your peace of mind so keep this information on the back burner if you don’t feel you have enough relief from these crazy calls after you speak with your phone service provider.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I was at the Food City store in Lisbon on Monday and when I went to pay for $56 in groceries I discovered I had left my wallet at home. I couldn’t pay by check because my ID was in the wallet.

The staff members were willing to put my stuff aside and hold it while I went home and got my wallet, but at that point the woman behind me in line paid for my groceries. I did not get her name, but I did thank her a lot and promised that at the next opportunity I would pay it forward – and I surely will. People like her reassure me that there is a lot of good in the world. — Neil, no town

ANSWER: I tell you, the L-A area has a lot of angels out and about!

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