DEAR SUN SPOTS: The United Methodist Church of Auburn is holding a Fall Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 439 Park Ave. Items for sale will include toys, books, white elephant items, crafts, take-out meals of mac and cheese, Chinese pie, sweet and sour chicken, homemade bread and pies, and much more. For additional information, please contact the church at 782 3972. – George, no town

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m writing regarding Katie’s request from the Nov. 10 Sun Spots. She was looking for counted cross stitch kits. I have one that I bought years ago, started, but never completed. If she would like it, she may contact me at 778-4246 to make arrangements for pickup. — Pam, no town

ANSWER: That’s so nice of you, Pam. Hopefully, she will give you a call and turn this kit into a piece of art that she will enjoy.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Is there a place that accepts used household batteries for disposal or do they go in the regular trash? — No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: According to the information on, non-rechargeable or single-use batteries (including alkaline and “classic” general purpose or heavy duty) can be recycled, but currently there isn’t a free recycling program available in Maine so small quantities of these batteries may be safely and legally disposed of in normal household trash.

Never throw batteries in fire because they could explode. If you have a lot of non-rechargeable batteries, contact your local waste disposal service or check into a mail-in program that will accept batteries for recycling.

Button cell batteries (mercuric oxide, silver oxide, etc.) should not go in the trash. Instead, they should be recycled or taken to a household hazardous waste collection site.

To recycle your single-use batteries as well as rechargeable batteries and even cell phones, you can purchase a special kit from Call2Recycle ( This is a good plan if you have several batteries to dispose of. After the box is filled you can mail it in.

All Staples stores, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and the Lewiston Solid Waste Facility accept rechargeable batteries and cell phones.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Another gesture of kindness to write about happened to me recently when my friend and I went to 99 Restaurant for lunch. When it came time to pay our bill our waiter exuberantly told us that our meal had been paid for by four very kind ladies who sat across from us. How nice! We really appreciated their thoughtfulness and kindness. We will definitely pay it forward in the future. — No name, no town

ANSWER: These letters about restaurant angels really are my favorites. It’s so wonderful to know that kindness and generosity abound in our readership area. It’s not only wonderful to be the recipient of such a treat, but it’s even better to be the one doing the giving. If it’s possible for you to do so, be a restaurant angel at least once. It’s such a wonderful feeling to be part of this, and you will definitely make someone’s day special.

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