DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Androscoggin Hospice Thrift Store would like to alert everyone in Sun Spots Land about the End-of-Summer Houseplant Sale it is hosting Tuesday, Aug. 24. Featured in this sidewalk sale will be a wide selection of classic, easy-care plants such as pothos, begonias, jade plants, and German and Swedish ivies, as well as the more exotic Crown of Thorns, parlor maples, miniature rubber trees, and much more. The sale begins at 10 a.m. and continues until the last plant is sold. The Androscoggin Hospice Thrift Store is at 245 Center St., Suite 2, in Auburn. For questions about donations or other information, contact the store at 312-5092 or go online at or .

For those wanting to support the thrift store hands-on, applications are being accepted for volunteers to assist as both sales associates and donation attendants, with the greatest need being Saturdays. For more information contact Kathy Baillargeon, manager of volunteer resources, at 795-9586. — Cindy, Lewiston

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m looking to purchase firewood (hardwood) from a reasonable and trustworthy company in or near Auburn. Please call me at 782-5118. Thank you for your column, Sun Spots. It’s a great help when in need. — Anita, Auburn

ANSWER: You may want to try Jac’s Firewood in Turner (224-8189,; Kimball Logging & Firewood in Poland (998-2751, ; and Turner Firewood, also in Turner (, 240-2515). Readers, send in your recommendations.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I was just wondering why, after many years, the newspaper stopped putting Maine harness starters and results in the paper. — Robert, no town

ANSWER: I got the answer to your question from our editor for you: “The harness racing starters the Sun Journal has run in the past were from Scarborough Downs and those from the county fairs. Scarborough Downs closed last year, and the fairs that have been held so far this year haven’t sent anything for our scoreboard. If starters and results are sent to us at [email protected], we’ll do our best to get that material in the paper.” So there you have it. Hopefully, you’ll be seeing some of those results soon.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m compelled to send you this email regarding an act of kindness from a really nice couple who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Two of my friends and I went to lunch at Lotus after attending a funeral service. As soon as we were seated, a nice lady came to our table with a card and in the card was $10. She explained that she and her husband were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and they wanted to treat 50 people to a lunch buffet. She explained in the card that when they got married, all they could afford was the marriage license and a buffet lunch at Howard Johnson. They both graduated from college and have a successful business in the Rangeley area. What a fantastic way to celebrate one’s success! I’ve already paid this kindness forward. Such a great feeling! — Pauline, Lewiston

ANSWER: What a fantastic idea! I may steal that one someday. If anyone else uses this idea, please write and tell us about it. Let’s make it “A Thing”!

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