Dear Sun Spots: I hope Sun Spots can help me. At one time Martha Stewart mentioned on one of her programs where you can still buy oilcloth. I believe there were two places and I would like to purchase some for my kitchen tables.

Also, can you please find out what the address or phone number to The Tribune newspapers that has a page in the newspaper for children. It has a great amount of information and history of facts, and a corner where there is almost always a recipe a child can make. I would like to get in touch with them. Thank you. You have a most wonderful column. I have benefited from it most greatly. – B.T., Farmington.

In addition to responses from readers, you may purchase oilcloth from Wal-Mart, 100 Mount Auburn Ave., Auburn, (207) 784-0738.

You can also purchase it by mail from:

• Mendels Art Supply, 1556 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117 (415) 621-1287, Note: Fabric is sold in ¼-yard increments, with a ½-yard minimum per fabric. Orders under ½-yard will automatically be increased to the minimum; Web site

• From the Heart Fabric, P.O. Box 10825, Greensboro, NC 27404 (336) 547-9026; Web site:, or by e-mail at [email protected]

• Penny & Peter Toys, P.O. Box 302, Leola, PA 17540 (717) 656-0678, Web site

• Lehman’s Hardware & Appliance Inc., Lehman’sOne Lehman Circle, P.O. Box 321, Kidron, OH 44636 1(877) 438-5346, Web site

Oilcloth tablecloths may also be purchased from Plow & Hearth, P.O. Box 6000, Madison, VA 22727-1600 1(800)-627-1712. The Web site there is:

A faithful reader in Lewiston also provided a source to readers in the June 15, 2002, Sun Spots column. Oilcloth can be purchased by the yard from the Vermont Country Store, 1(802) 362-8484. When calling, mention source code 81889, page 100, No. H1492. Oilcloth by the yard at 54-inches wide is $16.80 per yard. Colors are mixed fruit in red, yellow, purple or tan, blue gingham and red gingham. It will not crack and provides weight and drape, great cloth. Tablecloths are also available.

In response to your second question, you can contact the Tribune newspaper company at Tribune Company, 435 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 222-9100.

Dear Sun Spots: This is in reply to Odeila Murphy, Norway, concerning “Thayer’s Slippery Elm Throat Lozenges.” I have been able to order those from CVS Pharmacy at the Lewiston Mall, (207) 783-9134. – B. Stuart, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: For Odeila Murphy: I have used Thayer’s Slippery Elm Throat Lozenges for years. I buy mine at Axis Natural Foods at 250 Center St., in Auburn. They have some sugar-free also. – Florence D., Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I went to the fabric and craft sale at The High Street Congregational Church on Saturday, April 26, and purchased some “Annie’s Pattern Club” books from a lady who also sold me a bag full of plastic cones. If she has any of those books left, I would be interested in buying them. Please call me at (207) 783-8354. – No Name, Lewiston.

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