DEAR SUN SPOTS: I was a longtime resident of Maine. However, I entered the military and have been away for many years. I had a good friend whose name was Robert Casey. I think he lived in Auburn. I was told he died last year at about 60 years of age but have no other details.
I am trying to look for his obituary but am not having any luck using the archive. Would you be able to help me? His profession was that of accountant. I don't think he had any brothers or sisters, and both of his parents were deceased.
I vaguely remember him mentioning a nephew he was fond of. I would like to make contact with that nephew to get more details and share some memories. Thank you. — David Blais, Lv4h@aol.com
ANSWER: Sun Spots could not find anything either. That doesn’t mean it’s not there. The names are common, so without more details it’s a tough search. Also, not everyone places an obituary in the newspaper.
Perhaps someone locally will see your letter and provide additional information.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: How can you publish an article on Nov 23 and update it on Nov 22? — Brian Maxham, firstname.lastname@example.org
ANSWER: The publishing date refers to when the story appears in the print edition of the newspaper. Many stories are put online the day before and may be updated as the story develops. This is particularly true for breaking-news stories such as fires, accidents, weather or crimes.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Is there a way I can get a copy of the article written April 19, 1974, "Beaver is the most valuable fur bearing animal in Maine?" And may I use it in my cookbook, giving you credit of course?
Thank you, I appreciate any help. — Kate Krukowski Gooding, email@example.com
ANSWER: Reprints off the Google archive are not easily obtained. Sun Spots has addressed this issue before (sunjournal.com/sun-spots/story/1014977). If you are technically savvy, you might achieve your goal, but it's probably easier to go to the Lewiston Public Library and print the story off the microfiche.
The Sun Journal does not have actual physical copies of older papers available.
As for reprinting the story, you cannot do that. You can quote excerpts from it, with appropriate credit of course, and refer readers to the Internet or library if they wish to obtain additional information.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I noted the Nov. 22 request from a reader for the address of Don Fendler. Readers might want to know that for the last year there has been an effort under way to make a film about his ordeal, based on the book "Lost on a Mountain in Maine." If your readers are interested, they should check out these links. — Michel Ouellette, Silver Spring, Md., firstname.lastname@example.org
ANSWER: Michel's email included a letter from one of the movie’s producers, Ryan Cook, about the fundraising project for the film, which, according to the links provided, was successfully completed on Jan. 31.
You can follow the film’s progress at www.DonnFendlerFilm.com.
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