DEAR SUN SPOTS: My son and I had lunch together yesterday and were debating the subject of where the very best french fries can be found in Sun Spots Land. We thought it would be fun to write in and ask other readers for their opinions, then we’ll go around and taste them.

It will be a tough job, but we feel up to the challenge and will be sure to report back! —Henry, no town

ANSWER: That sounds like a fun project to me and I wish I’d thought of it myself. I hope we get a lot of responses to the Great French Fry Debate.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m looking for shuttle transfer options from western Maine to the Portland International Jetport, then back home in the spring.

Your column is the first thing I read every morning. Thank you for all that you do! — Kathy, no town

ANSWER: There are plenty of times I’ve needed this service and wished it was more readily available. It would be wonderful if someone in Sun Spots Land who lives near you would offer to be your driver for a reasonable fee that includes compensation for their time and gas money.

Portland International Jetport has information on shuttle services here: https://www.airportshuttles.com/portlandpwm.php. There is a form where you can type in your departure and arrival information to see if the service covers your area.

On this website: https://www.ifly.com/airports/portland-international-jetport-airport/airport-shuttles# there are listings for Portland International Jetport “door to door” shuttles. They may be $100 or more and may not cover your town, but it’s worth making a few phone calls.

You may also want to look into Uber or Lyft drivers.

I’d like to hear from readers who have had to make these arrangements in the past. What works best for you?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to have some sewing lessons from a local seamstress.  I am looking to get back into sewing once again after a 30-year hiatus and would be happy to pay a reasonable hourly fee for instructions. — Marie, no town

ANSWER: Contact Hobby Lobby (782-6026) or JOANN Fabrics ( 783-1066)  to see if they know of anyone or are offering lessons at this time. I saw that JOANN’s offers a subscription through Creative Bug for online classes that look fun and easy. Since you have some experience, that may be all you need to brush up on your skills.

Another option is to contact the local high school’s home economics teacher or take a peek at your local adult education directory to see what’s there.

If you’re a senior member of the community, SeniorsPlus (795-4010) is another resource.

I’d love to hear from anyone who teaches sewing and would like to let our readers know. It’s a wonderful skill to have. As a matter of fact, the Rolodex’s listing of sewing, quilting and knitting classes and supply sources is in need of refreshing so please write in with your favorite stores, online resources, and people who help you when you need alterations, sewing machine repairs and knitting supplies. I’ll gather them together and share them as “textile help.”

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