Reader will swap roses for loam


Dear Sun Spots: I have some old-fashioned roses, about 25 feet, on my front lawn. They are beautiful but are too much for me to take care of. I was wondering if any nursery or landscaper would be interested in them in exchange for some loam. Dig them up and they are yours. Dump the loam and I will spread it.

Also, why does no one carry Fantastik with bleach any more? And lastly, where might I find an all white solar angel like the ones I see at St. Peter’s Cemetery? No one in the area seems to have them. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots checked with SC Johnson, 1525 Howe Street, Racine, WISC 53403-5011, 800-494-4855 who say this product is still manufactured. The three largest carriers are Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target. You might contact any of these stores in your vicinity and see if they carry it.

Regarding your question about solar angels, Sun Spots spoke with Joyce at St. Peter’s Cemetery who says they do not allow solar lights at St. Peters. However, Sun Spots did locate an Eternal Light Angel online at They also have solar light crosses that might be something you’re also seeking. Contact them via their Web site or via e-mail (which they recommend) at [email protected], or write to them at P.O. Box 1282, LaFayette, GA 30728. You can also reach them by phone at 423-580-7353.

Dear Sun Spots: What has happened to Rachel Ruble, the anchor on the early morning news on Channel 8? I see that Shannon Moss from Channel 6 is now covering the spot. Love Shannon, but am curious about Rachel. – No Name, No Town.

George Matz, WMTW’s news director, says Rachel Ruble moved back home to Seattle to be with family. Shannon Moss took her place June 21 is part of the News 8 This Morning team which also includes Norm Karkos and Matt Zidle. Moss, according to the station’s Web site, has worked in the Portland market since 1999. She is best known for her groundbreaking work on breaking news, safety-related stories and her controversial curls (yes, they’re natural!).

She loves being a journalist. It’s not only her occupation but her passion. She first got bit by the news bug back in the eighth grade during a junior high school career fair.

Shannon received her degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island. She lives in the Greater Portland area with her husband, Andrew, and their sons, Quinn and Rowen.

Norm Karkos is entering his 16th year with the station and in a new role. After spending 15 years in the sports department, the Lisbon Falls native is now the co-anchor of “News 8 This Morning” and “News 8 at Noon.”

While serving as sports director, Norm led the state of Maine’s most celebrated department, as he was an 11-time winner of Maine’s Best Sportscast, as voted upon by the Maine Association of Broadcasters and Maine Associated Press.

He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in radio-television.

Matt Zidle joined the WMTW First Warning Weather team in December of 2004. A Lewiston native, he says that forecasting the weather in one’s hometown is “a dream come true.”

He worked in the Portland area for almost six years before joining News 8 WMTW. He holds a bachelor of science degree in atmospheric science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He, wife Janet and their son William and daughter Lilly live in Gorham.

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