8mm film conversion, road safety

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have a nice transporter chair that I would like to donate to someone. Simply call 207-784-8891. — No name, Auburn

DEAR SUN SPOTS: My 93-year-old grandmother recently passed away and while cleaning her house, we found an 8mm movie. Our family has no idea what’s on the film. Would any readers still have a projector so we could see what’s on the film? If it’s something interesting, I’d love to have it transferred to a DVD. Please contact me at lyons_369@yahoo.com. Thanks for any help. — Bethany, Greene

ANSWER: I recommend that you call Manuel at Photo Finish at the Auburn Mall. He can help you with viewing your movie then getting it converted if that’s what you decide to do. It’s best to call ahead. The number is 207-783-3354. They are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Sun Journal used to print realty transfers for Oxford County. Are these available to the general public on a website? — Fred, no town

ANSWER: Go to the website http://www.searchiqs.com/meoxe/ and create an account or log in as a guest. You should be able to find all the information you’re looking for. You can also contact the Registry of Deeds, Eastern District, 26 Western Avenue, PO Box 179, South Paris, ME 04281. The phone number is 207-743-6211. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Can you tell me why all those trees were cut down east of Dixfield for the road project? Please check for a concerned citizen. Thanks. — No name, Rumford

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ANSWER: I spoke with Maine Department of Transportation’s region engineer for the area and he explained that the trees had to be taken down to make way for the Dixfield Route 2 reconstruction project, which you may already know.

He also told me something that we may not always think about when we see a lot of trees come down. A certain amount of trees have to be removed to ensure a road gets enough sunlight. In the wintertime if a road is too shaded, it will remain icy even on warmer, sunny days and can be quite hazardous.

Another reason trees and other vegetation are cut back so far beyond the roadsides sometimes is to create better visibility for drivers. How many times have you been on the road here in Maine and had to slam on your brakes because you can’t see an oncoming vehicle, or a deer has jumped out from behind trees or thick brush into your path?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: What happened to the comic Nancy in the Sunday newspaper? It used to be by Guy Gilchrist. Now it is by Olivia Jaimes. You are always so helpful every time I want to know something. — No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: Nancy is still running and has what is described as a “cult following.” While cartoonist Jaimes wants to stay true to the spirit of original creator Ernie Bushmiller’s classic “Nancy” comics, she’s also bringing a 21st-century feminist perspective that’s generating resistance among old fans. Since the cartoon’s inception in 1933, this is the first time Nancy has been drawn by a female. It’s about time.

This column is for you, our readers. It is for your questions and comments. There are only two rules: You must write to the column and sign your name (we won’t use it if you ask us not to). Please include your phone number. Letters will not be returned or answered by mail, and telephone calls will not be accepted. Your letters will appear as quickly as space allows. Address them to Sun Spots, P.O. Box 4400, Lewiston, ME 04243-4400. Inquiries can also be emailed to sunspots@sunjournal.com.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have a nice transporter chair that I would like to donate to someone. Simply call 784-8891.—No name, Auburn

DEAR SUN SPOTS: My 93-year-old grandmother recently passed away and while cleaning her house, we found an 8mm movie. Our family has no idea what’s on the film. Would any readers still have a projector so we could see what’s on the film? If it’s something interesting, I’d love to have it transferred to a DVD. Please contact me at lyons_369@yahoo.com. Thanks for any help.—Bethany, Greene

ANSWER: I recommend that you call Manuel at Photo Finish at the Auburn Mall. He can help you with viewing your movie then getting it converted if that’s what you decide to do. It’s best to call ahead. The number is 783-3354. They are open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Sun Journal used to print realty transfers for Oxford County. Are these available to the general public on a web site?—Fred, no town

ANSWER: Go to the web site, http://www.searchiqs.com/meoxe/ and create an account or log in as a guest. You should be able to find all the information you’re looking for. You can also contact the Registry of Deeds, Eastern District, 26 Western Avenue, PO Box 179, South Paris, ME 04281. The phone number is 743-6211. Hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Can you tell me why all those trees were cut down east of Dixfield for the road project? Please check for a concerned citizen. Thanks.—No name, Rumford

ANSWER: I spoke with Maine Department of Transportation’s Region Engineer for the area and he explained that the trees had to be taken down to make way for the Dixfield Route 2 Reconstruction Project, which you may already know.

He also told me something that we may not always think about when we see a lot of trees come down. A certain amount of trees have to be removed to ensure a road gets enough sunlight. In the wintertime, if a road is too shaded, it will remain icy even on warmer, sunny days and can be quite hazardous.

Another reason trees and other vegetation are cut back so far beyond the roadsides sometimes is to create better visibility for drivers. How many times have you been on the road here in Maine and had to slam on your brakes because you can’t see an on-coming vehicle, or a deer has literally jumped out from behind a grove of trees or thick brush right into your path?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: What happened to the comic “Nancy” in the Sunday newspaper? It used to be by Guy Gilchrist. Now it is by Olivia Jaimes. You are always so helpful every time I want to know something. —No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: “Nancy” is still running and has what is described as a “cult following”. While cartoonist Jaimes wants to stay true to the spirit of original creator Ernie Bushmiller’s classic “Nancy” comics, she’s also bringing a 21st-century feminist perspective that’s generating resistance among old fans. Since the cartoon’s inception in 1933, this is the first time; “Nancy” has been drawn by a female. It’s about time.

This column is for you, our readers. It is for your questions and comments. There are only two rules: You must write to the column and sign your name (we won’t use it if you ask us not to). Please include your phone number. Letters will not be returned or answered by mail, and telephone calls will not be accepted. Your letters will appear as quickly as space allows. Address them to Sun Spots, P.O. Box 4400, Lewiston, ME 04243-4400. Inquiries can also be emailed to sunspots@sunjournal.com.

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