DEAR SUN SPOTS: I work at Montello Manor and we have a resident who loves to do puzzles. She has arthritis and needs the EZ grip puzzles. She has done all the puzzles we have. If any of your readers have EZ grip puzzles they are no longer using, I know she would love them. It’s great therapy for her to continue working these puzzles and they make her very happy. If you bring or send them to the activities department they will know who to get them to. — No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: The oversized pieces of an EZ grip puzzle are easier to see and handle. If any readers have some they no longer need or if you would like to pick some up while you’re shopping for this resident as your good deed of the week, please bring them to Montello Manor at 540 College St. in Lewiston.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I understand that to celebrate her 100th birthday, a retrospective called “Betty White: 100 Years Young” will be shown in select theaters on Jan. 17. Will this film be shown in the Lewiston/Auburn area? If so, how can I get tickets? — David, Auburn

ANSWER: I’m really looking forward to this event. Regal Cinemas will run the 120-minute documentary celebration at their Augusta and Brunswick locations. Tickets for reserved seating are $12.50 and are required (as are wearing face masks) throughout the showings at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. You can preorder your tickets at

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Would you please see if there is someone out there who will clean my recliner? I know you must have had this question a hundred times, but I’m desperate. I am also looking for someone who could hem some clothes. — No name, Auburn

ANSWER: You may want to reach out to Healthy Homes Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning (,783-9073); PJM Cleaning & Home Improvement (,  209-4458; Pat’s Carpet Cleaning (786-2039); and Scott Carpet Cleaning Co. (, 615-3851.

Readers, if you have any other companies to recommend please let me know. Perhaps a nearby house cleaner with the right equipment such as a steam cleaner can also help.

For hemming your clothes and other alterations, I have Lolita Ateliers ( Located in Auburn at 158 Court St., Suite 14 (in the Engine House), she is a trained seamstress who does alterations, upcycling, custom designs, gives private lessons, and more. You can schedule an appointment through her website or call her at 405-3750. Her hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Saturday.

Another person who may be able to help you is Dona at If You Say Sew in Durham (

The business is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dona can be contacted at 653-5507.

I also have Veronica’s Creations in Greene. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The number is 514-6820.

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