Cans and bottles can be donated to YWCA

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I want Sun Spots readers to know that you can drop off your returnable bottles at the YWCA on East Avenue in Lewiston. The money is used for supplies. You can call the YWCA at 795-4050 or contact me at 576-0964. — Sharon, no town

TO RESPOND: Excellent! This is in response to Sun Spots’ February 17 request regarding the collection of recycling cans and bottles for the benefit of non-profit organizations. Please keep sending us ideas. It’s so easy to help nonprofits in this way and I’m happy to share the information.

DEAR SUNSPOTS: I am writing to you on behalf of my daughter, Liliana, age 6. She has done a number of projects to help homeless children in Oxford County.

Today we are looking for help to make Easter baskets to deliver to homeless shelters. Specifically, we are looking for sweets and new Easter baskets. We’ve had help from Sun Spots readers in the past, so if anyone wants to help out this time, please contact me.

Also, in response to No Name in Lewiston, I’d be happy to arrange to collect these empty bottles and cans for my daughter’s non-profit, From Lil with Love. You can reach us at 577-6234 or at [email protected]

TO RESPOND: I hope you get a great response to both of your requests so that you can help a lot of people.

DEAR SOLAR SPOTS: There’s a lot of talk about selling your old electronics, but how do you “clean up” all the old information on your cell phone or computer? — No name, no city

TO RESPOND: The technique varies depending on the type of equipment you have and its age. The best thing to do is to contact a local computer technician or search online for instructions for your particular device. Some local libraries have a technician on staff who can also help you with this task.

In the Rolodex I have Angela Carter at Greene (, [email protected] , 520-9573; ACS—Action Computer Services in Lewiston (, 786-8740. And Buck Buchanan at PCS—Professional Computer Services (,[email protected]784-6295).

DEAR SUNSPOT: In response to Marie looking for a recipe for molasses cookies and another for donuts (Feb. 17 Sunspots), family and friends have always loved these recipes. The recipes have been in the family for over 100 years!

Favorite Molasses Cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup molasses, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup shortening, 1 egg and 1/2 cup cold water.

In a separate bowl, sift together 5 cups flour and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves and 2 teaspoons baking soda.

Stir into wet ingredients then roll out on a floured surface and cut with a cookie cutter. You can also roll the dough into balls and press down with a fork.

Donuts: In a large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup sour milk, 1 tablespoon butter and 2 eggs. Sift 3 cups flour, 3 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda and salt, 1 tsp nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp ginger.

Roll out on a floured surface and cut with a cookie cutter. Fry in hot oil, turning frequently.

TO RESPOND: These recipes look awesome! Please share them.

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