The Auburn Church will hold a carnival on November 12

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Auburn United Methodist Church will host its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fair has always enjoyed strong attendance. All are invited to return to shopping at 439 Park Ave. in Auburn. Shoppers are reminded to bring shopping bags. Plus, all sales are cash only.—No name, no city

ANSWER: Sounds like you have a fun day planned. Congratulations to the volunteers who make these fall events possible and so special.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a chimney sweep who serves the Lewiston-Auburn area. Do you or your readers have any suggestions?—No names, Auburn

ANSWER: There are several chimney sweeps in the area, but I would like to hear testimonials from readers. Although most of these companies have websites with email forms or phone numbers, we really rely on these word of mouth recommendations.

Personally, I can vouch for Baker Chimney: www.bakerchimney.com) or 207-725-4640. I have been using this company for years.

In the Rolodex I also have Swept Clean Chimney Sweep in Farmington (207-248-1105) and Lake Region Chimney Service: www.lakeregionchimneyservice.com or 207-657-4771.)

It is so important to do this service every year. Please share your references and I will incorporate them into the Rolodex.

DEAR SUNSPOTS: I wonder if others have the same problem I had recently. Last Monday and Tuesday, I received 46 calls on my home phone between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., all from three different numbers. There were 22 calls from one number. It was so annoying.

Anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of these calls? I’m on the “do not call” list. These numbers were all 866 or 844 numbers. I did not answer any of them. Today, calls are resuming, but from an 888 number. Any help would be appreciated.—Cécile, no city

ANSWER: This is such an infuriating problem that many people experience. Have you contacted your telephone operator? The customer service number should appear on your monthly bill. Let him know what’s going on. It is supposed to help you by offering call blocking technology. Some providers offer it for free, while others charge a small fee.

If you’re a Consolidated Communications or Spectrum customer, either can eliminate the annoyance of these unwanted calls, but you need to let them know what’s going on.

You can also buy a device that blocks calls and install it on your landline connection. This will allow you to block specific numbers. These devices cost $100 or less and require caller ID service to work.

The model I reviewed, sold by Whatever Works (WhateverWorks.com, 1-800-499-6757) has the ability to block 1,500 phone numbers and is programmed with 5,000 unwanted numbers identified by the Federal Communications Commission or the Federal Trade Commission.

It might be worth having one for peace of mind, so keep all that information handy.

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