DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read your column faithfully and now need some help. I am looking for a remote control for a Panasonic Viera 37- or 42-inch flat-screen plasma television as a replacement for the original that got lost. I hope one of your readers will have one they can part with. Thank you for all you do. — C. Blier, Auburn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 784-8941
ANSWER: Sun Spots found a couple of options for replacing your remote. One is to contact Panasonic directly (www.panasonic.com, 800-332-5368 for parts) and see if you can buy one directly from the manufacturer.
Another option is to visit an electronics store (Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc.) and see if they can assist you. While they may not have your specific remote, they do sell something called a universal remote.
According to ehow.com, you need to be sure that the remote you purchase supports your manufacturer. Then you will need to program the remote using the proper code, which should be available in your user manual.
One caveat from ehow: The cheapest model of remote may not be the best buy. A cheap remote may not supply all the functions needed for these complicated devices.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking to see if there is a reputable person who repairs wicker furniture. Specifically, I have an old rocking chair where the arms are worn out and need to be fixed.
Also, we removed some old wooden windows from an old building. Some are four panes, and some are six. I have seen somewhere in the past that people use these for paintings, mirrors or other craft projects. Do you know of any group or colleges that may be interested in them?
I love reading this column in the paper, and I hope you can help me on these two questions. — Diane Belanger, Greene, Diane3of4@gmail.com
ANSWER: Sun Spots found Able to Cane (www.abletocane.net, 439 Main St., Warren, 615-8373) online. Readers may know of someone nearer by.
As for your windows, in addition to artistic projects, they could have value to someone who is attempting to recreate an authentic look in a renovated building. You might want to contact a firm such as Old House Parts (www.oldhouseparts.com, 1 Trackside Drive, Kennebunk, 888-743-1353).
Meanwhile, Sun Spots suspects you will be inundated with offers to take those windows off your hands.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am a single mom of three wonderful girls, and I am in need of some help. I am looking for some help with a lawyer in family law. I have a low income, and it’s been very hard to find anyone who is willing to help me.
I only have my daughter for 24 hours out of the week and every other weekend. When she leaves my home, she acts like she doesn’t want to go.
I was pressured into my current visitation due to the fact that her father had a lawyer, and I didn’t. If anyone has any information, I would forever grateful. — Melissa, Dragongirlll37@yahoo.com
ANSWER: You can try contacting Pine Tree Legal, which provides services to low-income Mainers. You can visit them at www.ptla.org or go to their Lewiston office: 37 Park Street, Suite 401, P.O. Box 398, Lewiston, ME 04243-0398, 784-1558. Hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (not open to walk-in clients on Wednesdays).
Sun Spots is not sure that they will undertake your case. Pro bono legal services are stretched pretty thin right now thanks to the economic crisis, but perhaps they will have some helpful suggestions.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Years ago, I had my nails done by a very talented nail tech, Rose Bush. She originally worked at Sarah Jeanne's and later opened a shop in her home. If she is still located in Lewiston-Auburn and still doing nails, I would appreciate having her contact information. Thank you very much for offering such a wonderful service! — L.D., Sabattus, email@example.com
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