Dine for a cause: Friends of Sears Island

If you dine at the Nautilus restaurant on Wednesday, May 25, anytime from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., whether it’s dine-in or takeout, the restaurant will donate 15% of your tab to Friends of Sears Island for support of its conservation and education programs. Nautilus Seafood & Grill is located at 3 Main St. in Belfast. For a menu and more information about the restaurant, go to nautilusseafoodandgrill.com.

Cash for Maine residents

Maine residents who meet certain income criteria will receive $850 checks as a result of approval of the supplemental budget signed into law April 20. The payments are to help with higher than usual costs due to inflation. Checks will be mailed via U.S. Postal Service starting in June.

Income limits are: $100,000 if filing single or if married and filing separately, $150,000 if filing as head of household, and $200,000 for couples filing jointly.

Visit the CA$H Maine website for more help and information. CA$H Maine is a statewide collaboration of nine coalitions composed of 50 nonprofit and for-profit partners to help families achieve long-term financial stability.

Window talk

Window Dressers is an organization that builds and provides insulating window inserts to help save money and stay warm during the cold weather months. If you would like to have your windows measured for next year’s inserts or would like to volunteer to construct inserts, call 596-3073 or visit the website.

It’s time to remove your inserts or just clean your windows and improve your view of the world! With all the dusty road construction going on this year, I’ve found some inexpensive options for this chore. First, a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part ammonia and dry with a coffee filter. Or you can crumple up some newspaper (I recommend old Republican Journals) and go to work.

For a quick, streak-fee clean, use rubbing alcohol. For stubborn grit, Bon Ami 1886 formula works wonders. You can make your own super solution with 2 tablespoons cornstarch, ½ cup ammonia, ½ cup vinegar with 3 to 4 quarts of water put into a spray bottle.

Clean windows let in more warmth in winter, so wash them in cooler weather to save on winter heating bills.

You never know what you’re going to learn in this column!