DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Lewiston Housing Food Security Program needs volunteers to pick up lunches from the Trinity Jubilee Center and deliver them to some of our residents. This engagement is approximately one hour at a time.

We are also looking for volunteers to help sort and distribute food. Volunteer commitment is very flexible and there is no minimum commitment. For more information, please call me at 520-4608 or email [email protected] — Kelly, no town

ANSWER: This flexible opportunity is a wonderful way to give back to the community. If you have some time, I hope you’ll consider helping out. If you cannot volunteer your time, you may be able to donate money to sponsor meals at the center. Learn more about https://www.trinityjubileecenter.org/ or by contacting them via [email protected] or call 782-5700. The Center is located at 53 Spruce St. in Lewiston. There is free parking in front of the building.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have already had great results with Sun Spots and now I have another question for you and your readers.

We have several fluorescent tube light bulbs that no longer work and need to be disposed of properly. They are in our garage and represent a danger. We wonder about our options. — Unnamed, Minot

ANSWER: Maine law does not allow mercury-added lamps to be disposed of in the trash, but does require that they be recycled. Consumers can recycle their used fluorescent bulbs for free at more than 100 retail stores and many local solid waste disposal facilities by searching with their zip code.

Have you called your town hall for advice? They may be able to help you. Also, in Sun Spots Land, I see these companies taking the hits: Drillen True Value Hardware Store at 1086 Sabattus St. in Lewiston, Aubuchon Hardware at 572 Lisbon St. in Lisbon Falls, Full Bloom Hydroponics at 502 Wilton St. and Goings Electric at 1060 Farmington Farms Road, both in Farmington, and Northland Supply True Value at 1355 Auburn Ave. to Turner.

To view the full EXCEL spreadsheet listing locations that receive these fluorescent lamps, not to be confused with CFLs, go to https://www.maine.gov/dep/gis/datamaps/brwm_recycling/. You can sort it by items you need to get rid of or recycle.

Home Depot and Lowe’s can take the tubes, but call first. The ability to take them may depend on the location and the staff, as the ampoules should be handled with care, not just placed in the bin where they will break.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: As for the Dare brand fudge sandwich cookies (September 29 Sun Spots), we live in a city where this brand is hard to find, so when our local supermarket stopped selling these cookies, I was happy to find them on Amazon. They arrived quickly and well packaged, in perfect condition, unbroken and fresh. These will last us several months — they are delicious! They were a great price, too! — Shane, no town

ANSWER: There are several ordering choices on Amazon for cookies. If I were to order them in bulk, I don’t think my willpower would be strong enough to withstand a large supply. You can order them just one pack at a time if you want to treat yourself once in a while!

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