DEAR SUN SPOTS: Farmers’ Almanacs seem to have disappeared from the store. I’m trying to find out what the weather is going to be for Aug. 5 through 8. I tried looking it up online but didn’t have any luck. I’m hoping another Sun Spots reader has on almanac and can share the information I’m looking for. – No name, no town

ANSWER: You can also call their customer service department at 1-888-222-4276 and someone will help you.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’ve heard of people who collect salt and pepper shakers as a hobby. I have a set made of what appears to be marble that a collector might enjoy. Please note, due to its weight, this set would not be practical for table use.

I also have several Christmas-themed tins of various shapes and sizes which would likely be perfect for holiday cookies or other treats. I dislike consigning them to the recycling bin if anyone can use them. Please leave your message at 782-0554 any time before 6 p.m. — Nancy, Auburn

ANSWER: If you have no takers, there are some nonprofit thrift shops in the area that would take those items. Their profits go to help those in need. One that comes to mind is the Androscoggin Hospice Thrift Store in Auburn. Call them at 312-5092 to find out what days and hours they accept donations. The store is at 245 Center St., Suite 2.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: “Don’t Miss Your Shot: Vaccinationland Sweepstakes” is a great idea. Instead of one lucky Mainer winning, couldn’t the prize total be divided by a number of people, say 10? Also, not everyone has a computer or email address. When calling 1-888-445-4111 does that mean a person can use another person’s email address? Why do we have to have an email address and not just use a phone number? — No name, no town

ANSWER: Your suggestions are all valid, but the rules have been set for this sweepstakes. I think it would be fine to use a trusted friend or relative’s email when you sign up and I hope you will encourage everyone you know to register as well.

The “Don’t Miss Your Shot: Vaccinationland Sweepstakes,” is a statewide program to encourage Maine people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The sweepstakes will reward one vaccinated winner with $1 for every person with at least one vaccination in Maine by the Fourth of July as reported on the U.S. CDC vaccination tracker: the more people vaccinated, the higher the prize. The final prize amount will be determined by the number of Maine residents who have gotten a vaccine as of 6 a.m. EST on July 4, 2021.

Residents aged 12 and older who have received at least one dose of a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Maine since Dec. 15, 2020, may enter for a chance to win the prize. Registration is required and the deadline to get vaccinated and submit an entry is 11:59 p.m. June 30, 2021. Entries are now being accepted at https://govstatus.egov.com/me-sweepstakes-home or by calling the Community Vaccination Line at 1-888-445-4111. Gov. Janet Mills will announce the winner and the prize amount on the afternoon of the Fourth of July.

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