DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Woman’s Literary Union will have a Fantastic Huge Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Foss Mansion, 19 Elm St., in Auburn. The proceeds will support mansion restoration and scholarship funds.

Available items include furniture, electronics, an Xbox 360, video games, tools, jewelry, toys, fabric and sewing notions, craft supplies, books, dishes, housewares, holiday items, stamping supplies, Boyds Bears, Scentsy, antique treasures, records and more!

This sale will be held rain or shine! Credit cards and debit cards will be accepted. Please no early birds. — Kathy, Lewiston

ANSWER: This tradition continues! The Woman’s Literary Union of Androscoggin County is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. For more information, check the organization’s website or call Kathy Lawrence at 402-7591.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Jay Baptist Church, 29 Smith St., in Jay, will serve a free public supper on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 4:30-6 pm. The menu will include baked beans, hot dogs, chili, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, rolls, desserts and beverages. — Kay, Jay

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The United Methodist Church of Auburn on Park Avenue will not hold a bean supper in September. We will resume our bean suppers Oct. 21  at 5 p.m. — Steve, no town


ANSWER: Thanks for the heads-up! Readers, if you regularly attend these suppers, perhaps you’ll take this opportunity to try another supper in a different location this month. There are plenty to choose from!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: If Maine voters register as independents, can they vote in both Republican and Democrat primaries? — No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: No. However, starting in January 2024, you can be “unenrolled.” It means don’t “register” to be an independent, as in not being enrolled as either a Democrat or a Republican. You will be able to vote in presidential primaries for EITHER party, but not BOTH!

Furthermore, to clarify, there is the Green Independent party in Maine. If you are registered in that party, there’s a process involved to vote in the primary that includes registering as either a Democrat or Republic to vote, even temporarily.

Go here to find out more about voting information:

You can also contact your municipality. They are there to answer your questions!


DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a Bose radio repair person in the Lewiston/Auburn or Norway/Paris area. Are there such repair shops still around? — Susan, Buckfield

ANSWER: I’m stuck on this one so I’m calling out for help from Sun Spotters. Perhaps someone has used a local stereo/radio repair service they can recommend.

I suggest that you pull out your radio manual if you still have it and call the 1-800 number provided. Have your serial and model numbers ready.

For online support, go to You can insert your radio’s information and go through a trouble-shooting list and/or have an online chat with an agent.

Sadly, if your system is of a certain age, it may be time to treat yourself to a new stereo system. There are lots of good choices out there at a reasonable price, perhaps for less than you would pay for the Bose repair.

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