DEAR SUN SPOTS: Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice is offering volunteer opportunities in areas of their service lines, including but not limited to, hospice and bereavement related tasks, office assignments. There are also opportunities at the Augusta and Auburn Thrift Stores. For information contact Jenny Cowie at [email protected]. — Jenny, Lewiston

ANSWER: Volunteering for hospice was a life-changing experience for me and I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to share their skills and talents. To view full job descriptions, including the time commitment, training and other expectations, go to

The hospice thrift stores are wonderful and I often visit the Auburn location at 245 Center St., Suite 2. I’m always impressed by how items are displayed and how nice all the volunteers are. It’s a great experience if you’re into thrifting.

The Augusta location is at 165 Capitol St. so if you have any friends or family who live out that way, let them know about this opportunity.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In the process of cleaning out junk drawers, I came across two phone cards and am wondering if there are any organizations that might use these. I’m not sure how many minutes they might have on them. At one time someone was collecting these cards for our service members stationed overseas. If you could locate anyone interested in these cards I will see that they get them. — Ed, Auburn

ANSWER: There should be a telephone number on the back of the cards that you can call to get your balance.


According to its website, The Family Violence Project in Augusta ( will take prepaid phone cards, among many other things, including used cellphones. Call 1-877-890-7788 for more information.

If these cards come from a specific carrier, such as AT &T, contact them and they should be able to help you find a local nonprofit, such as a homeless shelter, etc. that could use them.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In reference to the reader who asked for an attorney referral to revise a will (Aug. 20 Sun Spots), this is quite a coincidence, but I used a law firm to make my will last year and I was just talking to atttorney Richard J. O’Brien recently — a nice guy and very reasonable. The law firm is Linnell, Choate & Webber at 83 Pleasant St. in Auburn, 784-4563. — No name, no town

ANSWER: Thank you for this recommendation! If readers would like to review the law firm’s website, go to You can also send an email to [email protected].

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Will the new Target in Auburn sell groceries? — Carmen, no town

ANSWER: Word from the corporate office is still that the new 105,000-square-foot store at 603 Center St. will open by Black Friday and will contain a CVS Pharmacy, but that’s all we know as of this writing. I’m sure we’ll be finding out soon and I’ll be surprised if there aren’t groceries being sold at this location. If anyone knows, you know what to do!

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