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  • Published
    May 18, 2022

    Reader solves problem of cats scratching things in her home

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: After reading a lot of responses regarding trying to stop a cat from scratching furniture and other things, I did not want to use squirt bottles for fear of getting the kitty scared of water. I bought a can of air. The noise alone stops them without squirting water all over the […]

  • Published
    May 17, 2022

    Senior citizen seeks advice on how to claim state relief check

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: We need your help again! To receive the $850 stimulus in June, could you please find out how a senior who receives only Social Security can receive the $850? I know it said you need to file a Maine state income tax form. Our question is, can you file a Maine tax […]

  • Published
    May 16, 2022

    Reader giving away equipment for black-and-white photography

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am downsizing and moving and have had to give up my passion — black-and-white photography. I have sold some items, but still have much and time is running out. I have nearly everything a film-based photographer would need, from camera to developing gear to enlarger for printmaking. The equipment is in […]

  • Published
    May 8, 2022

    Widowed quilter pieces together a busy life

    Silver Linings: New Gloucester woman, 84, made five quilts over the past winter.

  • Published
    May 8, 2022

    What did telephone operators do, exactly?

    The essence of a telephone operator’s job was to efficiently connect a caller to someone they wanted to call during an era when the technology was not yet sophisticated enough to allow direct connection. For many years it meant physically plugging and unplugging wires into the switchboard, connecting or disconnecting callers. The idea for a […]

  • Published
    May 8, 2022

    The Belles of New England Telephone: Former area operators talk about their true calling

    Operators provided a lifeline to the outside world. The work connecting customers could be difficult and demanding. But the former Maine operators also remember it as being rewarding. “We were a family, really. We worked hard and we worked together.”

  • Published
    April 17, 2022

    Composting: It can save you money and your garden

    The pros explain how mixing your food waste with organic matter like leaves and twigs, even in small amounts, can result in nutrient-rich material for your gardening projects and a cleaner environment.

  • Published
    April 17, 2022

    The do’s, don’ts and benefits of composting

    WHAT TO COMPOST (See related story on how to balance these materials for a successful compost.) Fruits and vegetables Eggshells Coffee grounds and filters Tea bags (no staples) Nut shells Shredded newspaper Cardboard Paper Yard trimmings Grass clippings Houseplants Hay and straw Leaves Sawdust Wood chips Cotton and wool rags Hair and fur Fireplace ashes […]

  • Published
    April 3, 2022

    Cybercrime hits older people hardest in 2021

    Silver Linings: New FBI report shows Mainers were swindled out of $7.26 million.

  • Published
    April 3, 2022

    You can grow it! Vegetable gardening for beginners

    As spring emerges in Maine, the experts offer simple advice, resources and first-hand experience to those who wonder if this is the year to get growing.

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