Dear Sun Spots: Here at Montello Manor we have a few of our residents who have expressed an interest in remote-control vehicles, preferably wireless. We are also in need of volunteers on Saturdays to help our residents play bingo. If anyone has these vehicles to donate or is interested in volunteering, they should contact the Activity Department at (207) 783-2039. – Denise Lamontagne, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: The seventh grade of the Bruce M. Whittier Middle School in Poland will hold a yard sale May 31 to raise money for their 2004 class trip. We are looking for good, salable items that you are willing to donate. Donations may be left at the Middle School on May 30th between 5-8 p.m. or call Patricia Gross at (207) 998-2888 for other arrangements of drop-off or pickup. Thank you. – Patricia Gross, Poland.


Dear Sun Spots: I was given a very nice gift of metalwork. It is a very heavy metal. I have tried to find information on the maker “P.W. Baston” and “Hudson.” Is it possible anyone could educate me on its manufacturing? – John Dube, Rumford.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots was able to discover P.W. Baston or Prescott W. Baston was born March 17, 1909, in Arlington, Mass. He attended Vesper George School of Art in Boston and began creating models of Exeter and Deerfield academies, his first miniatures in 1930. Between 1933 and 1936 he worked for a Boston clock company installing clocks. In 1939-41 Baston designed and manufactured items in the basement of his Arlington, Mass., home, employing several people to make molds, cast figurines and had them painted in homes, an early cottage industry. For more information on Baston try www.sebastianworld.com.

Dear Sun Spots: Would someone have a set a cowboy boots, any size? I read your column every day and enjoy it. – Blanche Newell, Livermore Falls.

Dear Sun Spots: My wife has a number of stereo photographs. Do you have any idea as to where I might find a Kodak stereo optic viewer? Many thanks. – Art Hammond, Kingfield.

Answer:
Sun Spots was unable to find anyone still using them. Perhaps there are some readers out there who may have one and would be willing to sell it to you for a reasonable price. Another place worth checking is Uncle Henry’s and, now that summer season is almost upon us, checking garage and yard sales.

Dear Sun Spots: Last year in May, my husband and I both received our high school diplomas at the 2002 graduation ceremony for the Adult Education program at Lisbon High School. My husband is the Korean War veteran that they honored. We were the only husband and wife team there. If anyone has a VCR copy of the ceremony, we would love to borrow it to copy and return. We can be reached at (207) 353-2896. – Forrest and Linda Jordan, Lisbon.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots would like to take this opportunity to congratulate both of you on your achievement. I am sure other readers feel similarly.

• To the reader seeking recordings of “Waltz Across Texas,” M.E. Tubbs. A Norway reader recommends you contact Time Life Music at E. Parham Road, P.O. Box 85535, Dept. 3304-B, Richmond, VA 23285-5535, (800) 382-2348 or online at www.timelifemusic.com. Ernest Tubb’s “The Last Sessions,” which includes “Waltz Across Texas” is available in a two CD package for $24.99, or two cassettes for $19.99.

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