DEAR SUN SPOTS: A reminder that the Fairbanks Union Church Deacons will host a Yard Sale on July 9 and 10. We would appreciate any items people are willing to donate. We will pick up within a 20-mile radius of Farmington. We do not accept clothing, computers, older model TVs and computers. The proceeds will benefit the Mission and Outreach Program, which gives back to the community. For further information please call Celia at 778-2420 or Elena at 778-4349. — Celia, Farmington

ANSWER: If you live in the area and have appropriate, gently used items to donate, please get in touch with them!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We want to remind everyone of the Turner Public Library Annual Book Sale Friday through Monday, July 2-5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be books for sale in a room on the second floor of our building as well as thousands of other books that will cover the tables in the Community Room. Shoppers will find CDs, DVDs and puzzles, as in years past.

On July 4 there will also be a festival with a parade, games, and our world-renowned strawberry shortcake. On the final day, July 5, our sale will end with a festive epilogue; books will be $5 per bag. We will provide paper grocery bags, with no limit on the number of bags customers can fill.

Our library is in the Leavitt Institute Building at 99 Matthews Way in Turner. In addition to being a lively community event, the book sale is an important fundraiser for our library. We hope to see you all there! — Betty, Turner

ANSWER: Libraries all across the state of Maine need your support more than ever this year so please make time to do what you can to support them. This sounds like a wonderful time!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m searching for a recipe for Elderberry Cream Pie. My grandmother used to make it for us but no one in our family seems to have the instructions for it anymore. — Lucille, Minot

ANSWER: You will need to line a 9-inch pie pan with a chilled pie crust. In a large bowl, gently stir together 3 cups elderberries, 1½ cups sour cream, 1½ cups sugar, and ½ cup flour. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. This is best served chilled. You can also make a two-crust pie if you prefer.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In regard to the June 10 story about Italian sandwiches, I moved here from California when I was a small child and had my first ham Italian, complete with the special oil and extra pickles at the Bowdoinham Country Store when it was owned by Ron and Marian Bagley in the 1980s.

Now I’m grown up with kids of my own but now every time I have an Italian, I remember those two people who were so welcoming and sweet to my family and me when we first moved to Maine. — No name, Bowdoin

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