DEAR SUN SPOTS: My landlord doesn’t have recycling bins. Is there a place in town where I can bring my recycling? — No name, no town

ANSWER: Have you talked to your landlord about this? According to the City’s municipal code under sec. 44-29. Duties of landlords: “Every owner of rental property shall provide his tenants with a sufficient number of waste containers meeting the requirements of section 44-25 to meet their normal weekly requirements for waste disposal. Such containers shall be stored in a sightly manner on the premises at locations reasonably accessible to the tenants at all times when not legally upon the street or sidewalk for collection. (Code 1967, § 22-3.7)

I would think this would cover recycling containers as well. You can contact the Department of Planning, Permitting, & Code Division at City Hall  at 333-6601, ext. 1133 to ask.

Your recycling can also be taken to Maine Waste to Energy at 110 Goldthwaite Road in Auburn. The number is 783-8805.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m looking for inexpensive gear for skiing. Does anyone know of places to go? — Vanessa, no town

ANSWER: Facebook Market Place and Craig’s List are good places to start.

Al’s Sports Center ( is another good bet because it’s a Maine institution! Al’s is at 1818 Lisbon St. in Lewiston and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. They have a great range of equipment for everyone’s budget. The number is 784-7591.

Play It Again Sports at 232 Center St. in Auburn (, 777-7427) is another great place to shop for that ski equipment.

Check out the REI Coop (

It’s already gone by for this year, but every November (usually the first weekend), Brunswick holds its Annual Ski & Skate Sale at the Recreation Center at Brunswick Landing on 220 Neptune Drive. This is a long-standing tradition with incredible bargains and is also a great place to sell your outgrown or no longer needed equipment.

Readers, if you know of other places and sales, please write in! And if you have ski equipment or other winter sports items hanging out in your garage or basement, you may want to consider selling them in the Sun Journal Classifieds. Your old equipment could live a new life with someone else.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I was at Museum L-A recently checking out the exhibit on the Androscoggin River. They did such an excellent job putting it together! One of the informational boards at the museum said the mills were powered by the canals, but later were switched to electric power. It didn’t specify the year or even a general time for the change, and the museum staff were unable to answer my question. Could you find out more for me? — No name, no town

ANSWER: I had to dig deep but it was in 1928 or thereabouts that New England Public Service Company (NEPSCO) absorbed the Androscoggin, Hill and Bates mills. I found this information in “Historic Lewiston: A Textile City in Transition (1976).”

It was worthwhile to refresh myself on the topic and very interesting reading. Take a peek!

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