DEAR SUN SPOTS: A large indoor/outdoor rummage and yard sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 14, at the First Universalist Church, 36 Pine St. in South Paris. A bag sale will follow from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Clothes, books, furniture, kitchenware, household items, tools and much more will be available. — No name, South Paris

ANSWER: I hope this sale is a big fundraising success! As a reminder to all Sun Spots readers, be sure to send in your letters at least two weeks in advance if they are date sensitive. I do my best to work ahead as much as I can to help keep things running something for the Sun Journal’s copy editors and paginators. There would be no Sun Spots (or any other parts and pieces of the paper) without them!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Lewiston High School Class of 1980 will hold its 41st-year  reunion from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Royal Oak Room, 1 Bates St. in Lewiston. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to  — Mary Kay, no town

ANSWER: Here’s a tip! If you’re looking for certain classmates, send Sun Spots the list to help find them. It works!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I know it’s early yet, but I need to be prepared. I’m hoping you have a few numbers in your Rolodex for contractors who handle snow removal and will work with the elderly. Thanks for all the help you give us each and every day. — No name, no town

ANSWER: When you need a service such as this, it’s very important to include your town. That way, we can narrow down who does the service you need in your area.

Every fall, I attempt to update the Rolodex with snow removal contractors because this is a service that fluctuates quite a bit with people coming and going. If you are a person who handles snow removal, or you are a reader who has someone reliable to recommend, please write in so we can get a new list going. I know it’s only August, but we also know how fast time goes!

Meanwhile, a good resource to check in with is your local senior center. SeniorsPlus can provide you with names and numbers of community resources. The Lewiston number is 795-4010 or email them at [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: On Thursday, July 29, about noon I was sitting in my yard. I looked up in the sky and there was a large rainbow completely circling the sun. I have never seen this before and wondered why this happened. I listened to the evening news and weather and never heard mention of it. Can you check this out? I would like to know more about it. Will it happen again? — No name, no town

ANSWER: A rainbow around the sun, often called a “halo,” is a rare optical phenomenon caused by refraction and reflection of light from ice crystals. Thin cirrus clouds generally form around 20,000 feet or higher. The sun shines through these ice crystals and, at just the right angle, a halo appears. And yes, it does happen from time to time.

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