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    September 28, 2021

    Norway craft fair organizers looking for vendors for December

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: The winter holidays are not far away. First Universalist Church in Norway is having a Craft Fair on Dec. 3 in the evening and on Dec. 4 in the morning. We are looking for vendors. Rental for tables is $35. For more information, please call 743-2828 and leave a message for Joanne […]

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    September 27, 2021

    Yes, there was a Michael’s craft store in Auburn in the late 1990s

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: My husband insists that there was once a Michael’s craft store in Auburn. I insist that he’s wrong and is thinking of Craft Mania (RIP). He claims to remember going to Michael’s in Auburn with his grandmother as a child.  (We are both in our early 30s.) This isn’t an easily Googled question […]

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    September 24, 2021

    Old negatives of father’s World War II service could be printed

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have some film negatives of my father while he served in the Army during World War II. Do you know if these negatives can still be developed into photos and if so, where could I take them? — No name, no town ANSWER: Photo Finish at the Auburn Mall (across from […]

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    September 23, 2021

    Found: A Watch and a Cane

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: We found a watch Saturday, Sept. 18, around 5 p.m. across from Holy Family Church in Lewiston. If you think it could be yours, please contact me at 440-4794. — No name, no town DEAR SUN SPOTS: While headed toward Jay from Livermore Falls on Route 4 on Saturday, Sept. 18, at […]

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    September 22, 2021

    Let the Great French Fry Debate begin as readers weigh in

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: My son and I had lunch together yesterday and were debating the subject of where the very best french fries can be found in Sun Spots Land. We thought it would be fun to write in and ask other readers for their opinions, then we’ll go around and taste them. It will […]

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    September 21, 2021

    Planters Peanuts store recalled at downtown Lewiston intersection

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: I was wondering when the Planters Peanuts store in Lewiston closed. It was at Lisbon and Main streets in the 1950s and 1960s. They had someone dressed up as Mr. Peanut walking around on the sidewalk to get people to go in and visit the store, where they had fresh-roasted peanuts. If […]

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    September 20, 2021

    Would Renys open a store in Lewiston-Auburn area?

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have noticed the time and temperature displays are not functioning on several branches of Androscoggin Bank. Is this a permanent change? — No name, no town ANSWER: Unfortunately, Androscoggin Bank has had issues with getting the appropriate replacement parts for the digital displays you’re concerned about and that we’ve all taken […]

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    September 17, 2021

    Help sought for chimney cleaning, screen repair, drum lessons

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a new chimney sweep because the man I have used for many years is retiring. I’d like recommendation from other readers. — Christine, no town ANSWER: You can also go to the Maine chapter of the Chimney Safety Institute of America ( and type in your ZIP code. […]

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    September 15, 2021

    Maine nonprofit offers computer help and broadband solutions

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: I wanted to reach out in response to your request for technology resources, particularly for older adults in Maine (Sept. 13 Sun Spots). While I personally have not used this site, I have heard great things about it: The National Digital Equity Center is a nonprofit based in Maine that is […]

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    September 14, 2021

    Families have many options for apple picking

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: This is our first autumn in Maine and we would like to have a family apple picking expedition. We have twin toddlers. Are there some places to go that aren’t too overwhelming? — Dee, no town ANSWER: There are so many places and they offer many different types of experiences. Two of […]

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