Where to find poutine rapees?

Dear Write to Know: Although difficult to make and find, I am in search of a person or market who makes/sells poutine rapees. They are usually made this time of year with Prince Edward Island potatoes which are grated, have a pork filled center and then formed into a ball and usually wrapped in cheesecloth. Hoping someone on the Cape is continuing to make these yummy Canadian poutines — as my family named them — gray snowballs!

J.L., Mashpee

Dear J.L.: We hope any readers familiar with places that sell poutine rapees will contact this column. We will post responses for you.

 

Seeking someone to split logs in North Falmouth

Dear Write to Know: I am looking for someone to come to my property to split 1-foot logs. Easy access. Call 508-563-9028 for details. Thank you for your help.

V.V., North Falmouth

Dear V.V.: Best of luck!

 

Friday afternoon poker game seeks players

Dear Write to Know: Looking for poker players, Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 4 p.m. We meet at the Sandwich Council on Aging, 270 Quaker Meeting House Road, East Sandwich. For details, call Paul at 508-362-7484 or Joe at 508-833-2053.

J.R., East Sandwich

Dear J.R.: Thanks for including your contact information.

 

Details on ideal sand for sculptures

Dear Write to Know: I am curious about the material that the sand sculptures are made of. Is it special sand? Do they treat it with something after they are made? Can they reuse the sand to recreate another sculpture? These questions go through my mind just about every time I see one. Thank you for your help in finding me answers.

J.K., Cummaquid

Dear J.K.: According to Greg Grady, master sand sculptor, the ideal sand for sculpting must contain enough clay or silt. The perfect sculpting sand is actually composed of minute granite flakes which are ground up really fine. Flakes of granite bind better when combined with water — much like snowflakes do if they contain enough moisture. When completed, these works of art are sprayed with “windscreen” (a solution of school glue and water) to protect them from the elements until they are demolished. Note: This information came from an article by Deb McGrath: “Greg Grady Talks about the Ephemeral Art of Sculpting Sand.” seacoastnh.com.

 

Looking for groomer to hand-strip terrier

Dear Write to Know: I am trying to find a groomer or breeder on or within reasonable distance off Cape Cod, who is willing to hand-strip my small terrier. She has always been hand-stripped, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to find someone. Please call 508-778-0025. Have terrier will travel.

E.R., Centerville

Dear E.R.: We hope local groomers will reach out to you with information about hand-stripping your terrier. Good luck!

 

Acceptable IDs for military discount

Dear Write to Know: The "Big Box" home stores, in particular Home Depot and Lowe's, offer a regular discount to active military persons as well as to veterans, which is a very nice gesture. The problem in the case of Home Depot is getting the store to honor that benefit without a hassle. My husband has numerous times in the past months attempted to make a purchase and has requested the discount based on his years of military service in the Navy during the Vietnam War. The store claims that he must have a specific form to show them, even though he now has the new Massachusetts driver's license which has indication on it of his veteran status. They have repeatedly said they will not accept that and said that their corporate offices have set up the guidelines — clearly they are not aware of the new licenses in our state and the Hyannis store has not made them aware of the problem with their customers. Although my husband has made numerous attempts to contact the government offices who would issue the specific form, they have thus far also been lax in responding. Ironically, Lowe's took his information initially and put it into their computer system so that they can readily access it when he visits the store and makes a purchase. Unfortunately, we do not have a Lowe's here on the Cape, so it happens that Home Depot is frequented more. What is the problem with Home Depot and why cannot they honor our veterans (and active military) for the time they gave and are giving to our country without making it so difficult?

D.M., Brewster

Dear D.M.: We called the Home Depot in Hyannis and the representative we spoke with verified that the store honors a military discount of 10 percent off store purchases. To qualify for the discount, veterans need to provide proof of military service by showing one of the following: military ID, Veterans Administration card, or the new Massachusetts driver’s license with veteran status. If veterans can only supply their DD 214 paper, they are allowed to use the discount on certain holidays. The DD Form 214 — Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty — is a document of the United States Department of Defense, issued upon a military service member's retirement, separation, or discharge from active duty. Hopefully, your husband can get the military discount at his next store visit.

 

Call Antiques Center in Dennis about old dolls

Dear Write to Know: When clearing out my mother’s home, I found some of my old dolls in the attic. Could you give me the name and phone number of someone on the Cape who might be interested in fixing or collecting them? 774-218-5079. Thank you.

D.V., South Chatham

Dear D.V.: You might try calling the Antiques Center of Cape Cod in Dennis to find an antiques dealer interested in your old dolls. To contact them, call 508-385-6400. In an earlier column this year, we had supplied the name of a Brewster woman, Suzanne Clowry, as a source for doll repair but her phone number has been disconnected. If we have any updates, we will post them for you.

 

GIVEAWAYS

Dear Write to Know: We have a ping pong table and a fold-up cot with mattress to giveaway. 508-896-2443.

V.B., Brewster

 

NOTES TO READERS

To T.H., Hyannis: Regarding the inquiry of T.H. about the location of thrift shops, most thrift shops on Cape Cod have the brochure Touring the Thrift Shops of Cape Cod available in their stores.

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