DEAR SUN SPOTS: We’re having a few “cropping” events this fall to help support causes that benefit children and veterans. This is a day when people bring their scrapbook supplies and paper craft items and spend the day working on their scrapbook, card-making, and other types of paper crafts. We all enjoy sharing our inspiration and creativity and have lots of fun. These events are held to bring awareness as well needed resources to local issues. The day includes “make and takes”, drawings and a thank-you gift. Beverages and snacks will be available. The cost is $35.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Coats for Kids Crop will be held in the Holy Cross Church basement at 1080 Lisbon St. in Lewiston.
Please contact Corinne Saindon at [email protected] or at 784-5307. Another contact is Leo Baillargeon at district10deputy.gmail.com or at 577-7424. — Corinne, no town
ANSWER: I have been part of scrapbooking events and they are a lot of fun. Participants often share their supplies and ideas and make new friends. It’s also a great way to introduce yourself to the craft if you’ve been wanting to try it out.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have been wondering about people asking for donations around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge in Auburn. They wear T-shirts with “Stop Addiction” written on them and have a bucket for collecting money. How can one tell if they are legitimate? Does the money go for addicted people? Does one need a permit to collect like that? I am willing to help stop addiction, but sure don’t want to contribute to keeping addiction going. — Judy, no town
ANSWER: If you feel unsure and uncomfortable, just drive on by. If you would like information so that you can be helpful, I suggest you contact City Hall in Lewiston or Auburn to get your questions answered.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Regarding a past question about pest control, it seems that every home improvement store has rodent and small mammal poison bait products prominently displayed. Poison baits are not a good solution and should be the last and carefully monitored choice. A poisoned small mammal can potentially kill any other animal that ingests it, including pets and protected predator birds. Spring-loaded and Havahart traps as well as electrocution devices such as Rat Zappers are the kinder and more environmentally-sound way to go. Keep up the great public service, Sun Spots! — Deb, Auburn
ANSWER: There are many schools of thought on this subject and I think the best thing you can do is to hire professionals if you are having an issue with unwanted critters. It’s not as expensive as you think. They can do their job or at the very least, offer advice using their knowledge and experience following laws and guidelines. The spring-loaded traps and electrocution devices mentioned can injure innocent mammals and birds as well as your, or someone else’s pet. If you have experience with this topic, and want to chime in, please do.
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