DEAR SUN SPOTS: Excelsior Grange Christmas Fair will be held at the Grange Hall at 446 Harris Hill Road, in Poland on Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be crafters, door prizes, raffles, baked goods, wreaths and takeout lunch featuring your choice of beef stew, chili or corn chowder, and dessert.

Thank you for your wonderful column! — Claire, no town

ANSWER: Claire! It’s so good to hear from you again and to know you and the other members of the Grange are back to organizing this wonderful fair. I hope it’s a big success.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You mentioned in your Nov. 17 column that you would like readers to email you regarding non-profit places that need donations to sell.

Pawsibilities & Fabulous Finds Thrift Store supports Responsible Pet Care Animal Shelter of Oxford Hills, which is a no-kill non-profit homeless pet shelter located in South Paris.

The thrift store is at 124 Waterford Road in Norway and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call ahead regarding donations, 743-8675.

The store offers items such as books, home goods, antiques and vintage items, crafting supplies, toys and games, jewelry, art, furniture, pet supplies and lots more!

We’re on Facebook as well at Pawsibilities & Fabulous Finds Responsible Pet Care Thrift Store. — Rebecca, no town

ANSWER: I love the name of the store! I hope you get some great donations and some shoppers that will support your mission.

Remember, if you have or know of a non-profit with any kind of a need, send the information to Sun Spots.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Where can I find someone who repairs and sells manual typewriters? — No name, no town

ANSWER: Cosco Technologies (377-2897) at 50 Bearce Road in Winthrop is where you want to take your typewriter for repair and to inquire about restored oldies but goodies. They have a Facebook page with information and you can email the business at [email protected]. I’ve seen their work and it’s impressive.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: A friend graduated from Fryeburg Academy and she told me it’s a private school that is also the local public school. I don’t get it. Can you explain why this is? — Vanessa, no town

ANSWER: The short answer is that Fryeburg Academy is a private, independent school serving students in grades 9-12 (and one post-graduate year) from around the world. However, if you are a resident within School Administrative District 72 or an Albany Township or Chatham, New Hampshire, resident, you can be a student at the Academy tuition-free. It’s an amazing institution, and if you want to know more check out its website, which explains its history and more at

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Another means of getting rid of rust stains (Nov. 16 Sun Spots) is to use a very fine emery paper, 400 grit or higher, along with your cleaning agent. The fine grit of this paper won’t hurt the porcelain and will ease the scrubbing process. I’ve used it and it works well. — Cal, Litchfield

ANSWER: Excellent advice, Cal. You are always on top of things and I appreciate that you are such a devoted reader. Thank you!

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