DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am a former medical transcriptionist.  I have many Stedman’s Word reference books, a new foot pedal still in the box, several headphones, and a new keyboard and mouse, all of which I will never use again. After 35-plus years in the profession, I am three years into a new profession I really enjoy. If there is any aspiring medical transcriptionist out there, I would love to hear from you!  Please contact me at 890-8819.

I really appreciate you, Ms. Sun Spots. You helped me get my precious necklace and charm back for my Christmas miracle. You’re the best! — AnnMarie, South Paris

ANSWER: Please let us know what happens when this equipment is re-homed. I remember you and the lost necklace. It made my day when I heard that your precious treasure had been returned to you intact.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Anderson Staples American Legion Post 112 of Oxford announces their free summer outdoor concert schedule. On June 29, the Jones Dance Band will perform and on July 13 it will be the Country Ridge Riders. Both concerts are on Tuesdays and will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Refreshments will be available. Please bring your own chairs. — Howie, Oxford

ANSWER: It sounds like a great time!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m cleaning out closets and want to donate clothing and shoes of all sizes to a nonprofit organization. I don’t mind taking them to more than one place as I have a lot.  Can you recommend some places? — Kim, no town

ANSWER: Be sure to call ahead to check on donation drop-off times and what exactly each store is taking as their needs do change. In the Rolodex I have Kaydenz Resale Closet (577-7942); Hope Haven Gospel Mission (783-6086), The Store Next Door (for teens- 755-7252); Androscoggin Hospice Thrift Store (312-5092); An Angel’s Wing Inc. ( 241-0624) and New Beginnings (795-4077). These nonprofits are all in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

If you volunteer for, or know of other charities that accept clothing, please write in.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: My granddaughter is looking for a Pekin duck that she can adopt for a pet. Her cousins have a couple and they really enjoy them. The ducks have become part of the family and follow us  around all day. They are really cute and comical, and we enjoy eating the eggs. If anyone has a duck they would like to re-home, please call 504-0545. — Karen, no town

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Regarding the June 10 Sun Spots about “Italian” sandwiches, who knew there were so many names for this sandwich, most of which I’ve heard of as I’ve lived in many states. However, this sandwich is not called a “spiedie” in the Binghamton, NY, area. Spiedies are marinated pieces of lamb or chicken grilled as a shish kabob, not served as a sandwich or with any vegetables.

I enjoy your column and hope they continue as they are a constant source of interesting information. —  Don, Greenwood

ANSWER: The marinated meat you speak of is often served in a long bun and there is even a festival in Binghamton named for it. The Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally is held every August.

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