DEAR SUN SPOTS: Would you know of anyone in the local area who replaces soft convertible tops for cars? The one that we have has a lot of dry rot and needs to be replaced.
I thought I would start the process now because I know our good weather will soon be here, and I want to be ready to hit the road with the car top down! Thank you very much for your help. — Wanting warm weather soon via email
ANSWER: Sun Spots asked her all-things-auto consultant Bill, who manages the Sun Journal fleet. He offered the following names:
* Norm's Auto Tops, 698 Middle Road (Route 9) in Sabattus
* Leo's Upholstery, 28 Riverside Drive, New Auburn, 782-3822
* Tom’s Upholstery, 577-1939 or 539-4794
Sun Spots thinks you might be a bit optimistic about spring being just around the corner, despite Punxsatawney Phil seeing his shadow.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: When the Maineiacs were dissolved, there was talk of the U.S. Junior League upgrading its eastern conference and more talk of Lewiston getting a franchise to be on the ice this upcoming season.
I'm not getting any younger and would love an encouraging update on the future of quality hockey in the Colisee. Soon! We were season ticket holders, so are very interested in this issue. Thanks. — Tom Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
ANSWER: Sun Spots spoke to Sports Editor Justin Pelletier, who said the Sun Journal covers every story about the possibility of hockey returning to the Colisee. The most recent story on the topic Sun Spots could find is from Dec. 6 and is about the possibility of four Eastern Junior Hockey League forming a new league, the U.S. Premier Hockey League. You can read it at http://tinyurl.com/ac5pxcb.
Unfortunately, Justin said that at this time there is nothing definite in the pipeline, but you can be sure any developments will be featured prominently in the Sun Journal.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I so appreciate all your efforts for the various questions we throw your way. You do a terrific job.
I am once again asking for help. I had a magazine that was either Woman's Day or Family Circle that featured crochet and knit patterns for hats. The cover had a large group of women and mannequins modeling different kinds of home knit or crocheted hats. I used it for many years and have misplaced or lent it out.
Does anyone remember this issue? I am quite sure it was published in the 1970s.
I have written to both magazines, but their records do not allow them to look that far back. Call me at 224-7355 if you have it and would share or sell it to me. Thanks. — Arlene Nason, email@example.com
DEAR SUN SPOTS: This is for Donna in Peru (Jan. 18) who asked about an album for Eddie Bruce. She said he was a country singer. Could she maybe mean Ed Bruce? If so, he is on “Country Family Circle” on RFD 771 every Friday at 8 p.m. on Time Warner.
If this is the same guy she is looking for and could use a friend’s or the library’s computer, she could go to edbruce.com and find a lot of information on him, but not knowing what the song is she is looking for I couldn’t tell if it was there.
Or she could write to Ernest Tubb Record Shops, P.O. Box 500, Nashville, TN 37202, or call 615-255-7503. This place has everything and is not expensive. I was looking for a CD one time and went to Bull Moose. They didn’t have it, but said they could order it for me. But months later they still didn’t have it.
So I found Ernest Tubb, who sent it right to me within two weeks, and they also sent me a book with all the music they have available.
I hope this helps. I love Sun Spots. Keep up the great service you do for all of us. — Rita, Minot
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