News flash: Reader needs cameras appraised


Dear Sun Spots: I love reading your column every day. If you can help me with this, then I know just about anyone can be helped by you.

I need to find someone who can help me appraise some old cameras I inherited. I need to know how old they are and what they are worth. If anyone is a camera expert or camera buff or knows someone I can see or a business that can help me, it would be a godsend. Please help by responding to the column itself. – No Name, No Town.

Consider contacting: Classic Camera & Repair Inc., 20 Edwards Ave., Biddeford, ME 04005, 284-5500. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Kurt at Ritz Camera, 6 City Center, Portland, ME 04101, 772-7296, across from One City Center, recommends you consider checking out closed auctions on eBay to see what cameras might have sold for.

In addition, consider contacting Shep’s Camera, 16 Hall Road, Woolwich, ME 04579-4900, 386-0079. They are open 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call for Saturday hours.

Dear Sun Spots: Are there any people who can replace zippers in leather jackets in the Rumford/Mexico area? I’ve been unable to do this myself and hope there may be some local people who offer this service. – Ginger Woods, Rumford.

Sun Spots is not aware of any in your area and hopes that anyone who offers this service will contact the column with any information.

In the meantime, contact:

Tom Finn Shoe Repair at 623-8491, Water Street, Augusta. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Along with shoe repair, Tom Finn can mend your luggage, dye your leather shoes, fix leather jackets, replace zippers in pocket books and more. Call the shop for more details.

Paul’s Shoe Shop offers mail order repair in addition to their regular repairs. For shipping instructions and more, contact it at 22 Cumberland St., Westbrook, ME 04092, e-mail [email protected], 854-4338. It is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Shoe Renu on Maine Street (Fort Andross) in Brunswick, 725-8557 might also be able to assist you.

Dear Sun Spots: The Lewiston High School Alumni Foundation has free yearbooks. There are 104 books for the class of 1948; 79 for the class of 1997, eight for the class of 1993 and 11 for the class of 1992.

If you are having a reunion this year or next and you want all of your class yearbooks, please give John T. Butler Jr. a call to arrange for you to pick them up. I can be reached at 784-2076. Thank you. – John T. Butler Jr., Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I want to thank Sun Spots’ readers for their help in the past in supporting Turner Elementary School. Even though it is summer, we are still collecting box tops to raise money for our school. If any readers have some they would like to donate, please mail them to me at Laurie Labbe, 5 Brookfield Estates, Turner, ME 04282. Thank you. – Laurie Labbe, Turner.

Dear Sun Spots: While watching WCSH Channel 6 news, they show box office previews about movies now being played. Why do they show the previews in letter box format? (The TV screen has a black top and bottom.) – Walter Hill, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots checked in with WCSH President and General Manager Steve Thaxton who said if you’re wondering why the letterbox or widescreen version is used in newscast reviews, you need to remember that the analog TV screen format is narrower than the widescreen movie format. The clips are supplied this way to show the entirety of the picture as it is produced.

Thaxton says no changes are being made locally to what the station receives from its network or movie studio sources. This wide format actually shows more video without distorting or cropping the scene.

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