DEAR SUN SPOTS: Being an avid reader of Sun Spots, I have found the column to be the place to locate things and inform readers of useful information on many subjects.

I’m trying to locate a yard sale that was held on Saturday, Aug. 7, where I purchased three pairs of shoes that were in great shape. I’m one that finds many treasures that cannot be found in other methods of shopping. I went to many yard sales that day and left my purchase of shoes behind. It was a great yard sale with wonderful items at bargain prices, including perhaps 30 or more pairs of shoes.

If anyone remembers that sale and its location, I would love to see if those shoes were set aside because I need them and they were a perfect fit. My number is 330-5422. Thank you for your wonderful service. — Walter, Lewiston

ANSWER: I hope the people who were holding the sale set these paid-for shoes aside for you and are waiting to hear from you. Can anyone in Sun Spots Land help Walter?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We have a few copies of Rumford School’s year books for sale for $5 if anyone would like to purchase them for their personal use. The years we have available are: 1921 through 1926, 1928 through 1931, 1937 through 1939, 1948 through 1953, 1956, 1957 and 1969.  Rumford Historical Society is open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is on the top floor of Rumford Town Hall. For more information, please call me at 364-2540. The society appreciates all you do for our local communities, people and organizations. — Jan, no town

ANSWER: There have been many times readers have written to Sun Spots looking for old yearbooks. If you went to school in Rumford, check this out!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am pondering the question of tipping massage therapists. (Aug. 5 Sun Spots). I have been in my private business for 26 years and have not requested tips because I feel the fee for service is adequate. I am not sure what nonprivate businesses charge, but the information would be useful in helping to understand tip culture.

Thank you for your good, helpful column. By the way, I too, enjoyed Wasson’s Grove with my family when I was a child and got excited by a hamburger and chocolate milk! The slide was fun, too. — Bette, no town

ANSWER: I would like to hear from massage therapists as well as their clients on this. As a massage therapist in a private practice, what is the expectation for tipping? If you are employed by a spa, what is the protocol? If you are employed in a health care setting, is tipping allowed? Please let us know so as clients, we can do the right thing by you.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In regard to the request for baked haddock recipes in the Aug. 3 Sun Spots, I have this one. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place haddock in a buttered baking  dish and season with salt and pepper, and Parmesan cheese if desired. Pour one can of cream of mushroom soup (or cream of shrimp, or celery) over fish. Bake one hour. — No name, no town

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