DEAR SUN SPOTS: Readers may want to know what you need to do to receive the $850 inflation-relief check being issued by the state of Maine. SeniorsPlus, Western Maine’s designated Area Agency on Aging, and AARP are collaborating to assist individuals in filing tax returns to qualify for that check.

Appointments for Thursday, Aug. 11 and Thursday, Aug 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston, headquarters of SeniorsPlus are still available. Call SeniorsPlus at 795-4010 to schedule an appointment so we can help you fill out your tax return. There is no charge for this service. — No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: This is a wonderful service for those Maine residents who don’t normally file their 2021 tax because of their income or other special status.

To get that $850 relief check that many Mainers have already received, you do have to file. I hope everyone who needs some help or guidance won’t hesitate to make an appointment to take care of this. The money is there for you and I’m sure it will come in handy to help offset monthly bills and other expenses.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Hartford Heritage Society is hosting an Antique Auto Show to benefit the J & O Irish Museum. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the East Sumner Congregational Church on Route 219 in Sumner. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 28.

Lunch choices will be on sale along with free ice cream sundaes. A small gift of appreciation will be given to all antique auto owners with a larger gift for Best of Show. There are no entry fees.


Sun Spots, thank you so much for your column and all you do for the community. I personally loved all the rhubarb recipes that you shared. They were great. — Doreen, no town

ANSWER: Free ice cream, you say? That’s super! I can’t say enough about how much I love that these traditional events that have been going on for years are once again back after the pandemic. Of course, you’ll still want to be cautious when you’re in a crowd but spending time at an outside event on these beautiful August days is such a treat.

This Antique Auto Show is always a lot of fun and not to be missed.

For those who don’t know, The J. & O. Irish Store was a historic retail building, now used as a museum. It was built in 1888 by Orlando Irish, a local farmer and was operated by the Irish family until it was given to the Hartford Historical Society in 1976 by James Irish. Now it’s a time capsule of the period that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

There are many historical society museums throughout the state and it really is interesting to visit them and discover what’s inside. These are run by scores of volunteers. I want to say thank you for those of you who give their time and energy so the rest of us can take a look into the past.

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