DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Hartford Heritage Society is sponsoring a Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hartford Town Hall on Main Street/Route 140.  There will be over 15 vendors selling merchandise. We also will have lunch options available for sale.

Please come and check out all the goodies and do a little birthday or Christmas shopping. Masks are optional.

Thank you for supporting our group. If you need further information, please call 224-7147. And thank you for the great job you do, Sun Spots, we love your column. — Doreen, no town

ANSWER: Have fun at these fairs, Sun Spotters! It’s always a sweet time to find unique gifts and plenty of bargains. Enjoy!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We are in our 80s and are hoping to find someone we can hire to help us with yardwork and housework. No name, Greene

ANSWER: In my Rolodex, I have PJM Cleaning & Home Improvement (209-4458,, [email protected]); Sue’s Residential Cleaning Service (, 212-0812); Jackie’s Cleaning & Maintenance (, 784-0632, House Cleaners of Maine (, 571-7330).

You can also call SeniorsPlus in Lewiston at 795-4010 and ask them if they have reputable, local, bonded, and insured companies on their community resources list. You must be cautious about having people in your home so getting word-of-mouth recommendations or tapping into resources from a community-based entity is key.

Also, depending on what Medicare coverage you have and what your needs are, you may be able to get some assistance through them if you have disabilities that are preventing you from doing necessary day-to-day tasks.

One last idea: a family member found a great cleaning professional on the website You sign up and request exactly what you need. There is a small fee for being a member but the company does the paperwork and background checks for you.

Readers, please write in if you know of reliable, available help for this couple.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you have any suggestions for hiring someone to clean gutters? All I’ve found are companies that sell/replace gutters. I only want them cleaned. – No name, Auburn

ANSWER: Maine Coast Window Cleaning provides gutter cleaning services. The website is or call 319-5386. Shine Time Windows also cleans gutters (, 798-0884). Another option is Maine Gutters (, 354,2100.)

Perhaps there are handy people in the area who provide this service along with doing other outside chores. Please speak up in you know of anyone who does a fantastic job!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking to buy a combination DVD/VHS player. Can you help? — No name, no town

ANSWER: You can still buy them on Amazon. Some are preowned and refurbished and are backed by a 90-day guarantee. For instance, a Sony SLV-D100 model sells for $389. There are others that are less expensive and some that are much more expensive. also has several refurbished models under $300. There are enough to choose from that you should be able to find what you’re looking for!

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