DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival is gearing up and getting ready to put on a fabulous three-day event April 13, 14 and 15. Since we’ve increased the festival to be three incredible days this year, we are going to need three times the help!
We are looking for responsible, capable and enthusiastic people to join our wonderful team of dedicated volunteers to help ensure a fabulous and flawless event.
Volunteer opportunities are available on Friday evening and Saturday during the day, and both shifts come with great perks. Interested volunteers can email me. Visit www.lafilmfestival.org for more information. Thank you so much! — Molly McGill, email@example.com
DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Wilton Public Library is looking for DVDs to upgrade its collection of older movies (VHS and DVD). We are looking for ones in very good condition that would be appropriate for families with children. We would also take audio books, fiction and nonfiction.
If you have any to donate to a worthy cause, call 645-3213. Thank you very much. — Robin Bragg, Wilton
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for connecting me with people who have offered me their old cameras. I’m also looking for old 126 Instamatic film, in particular the type for black-and-white prints. If you would pass this along to your readers, I’d appreciate it. — Steve C., firstname.lastname@example.org, 485-2916
DEAR SUN SPOTS: How would I get a 1963 newspaper from Maine? — Tina Doyle, email@example.com
ANSWER: Sun Spots knows of no source for an entire newspaper. Some people undoubtedly have old newspapers stashed away in their attics and might offer you one.
You can read old issues at the Google archive, which has both the Evening Journal (http://tinyurl.com/2v2uu7x)and the Daily Sun (http://tinyurl.com/334ehgd).
DEAR SUN SPOTS: How do I obtain a photocopy of an obit from January 1976? — Dennis Richard, firstname.lastname@example.org
ANSWER: You can look up the obituary on the archive noted in the previous answer, but printing directly from that archive is not possible. If you are good on the computer, there are workarounds ((http://tinyurl.com/3ufnme3, “Google archive printing possible, not easy”).
Or alternatively, you can visit the Lewiston Public Library (www.lplonline.org, 513-3004), which has most of the old Lewiston newspapers on microfiche, from which you can print.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I grew up in Livermore Falls and was wondering if anyone has pictures of the old glove shop, which was on the Livermore side of the bridge. My mother worked there and would like to borrow them. — John Henry, Augusta, 557-1234
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am currently working on a project that consists of gathering older pictures of Lewiston and compiling them all onto a DVD. So far, I’ve gathered about 1,000 pictures of an older Lewiston.
I’m still looking for more, so if anyone has some that they would like to share in this DVD, or if you would like to get a DVD when it is finished, please contact me. Thank you. — Marcus T. Talarico, 689-1439, MarcusTa2010@Gmail.com
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Museum L-A is seeking artifacts related to the history of music in the Lewiston-Auburn area to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming exhibit. In particular, we are looking for instruments, sheet music, band uniforms and photographs from the years 1860 to 1930. If you would like to donate or loan your musical artifact to the museum, please contact me. — Susan Beane, email@example.com, 333-3881
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 e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.