Dear Sun Spots: Some time ago, the Sun Journal ran an article about teaching children to fish. Some communities have volunteers who refurbish used equipment to use with the children. I’d like to get in touch with proponents of this program since I have access to rods and reels. – Priscilla Lee, Lisbon.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots spoke with Betty Lewis of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife who says the agency has two fishing programs geared towards children: Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs and the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program.

Lewis says people often donate to both programs. The loaner program works like a library lending system, the children take out the rods and reels on loan. The Hooked on Fishing program is now considered to be one of the most effective drug prevention programs available, she said. It combines drug prevention, environmental education and fishing, and promotes youth and family togetherness through fishing. You can find out more online at

For more information on the programs and to donate, contact Betty Lewis at Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 8 Federal Street, Augusta, ME 04330, or via e-mail at [email protected] or via phone at (207) 287-8069.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m wondering if someone has a computer to give away. I am on a limited income. Please call (207) 369-3611. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I have a stock certificate for one share from Franklin Farmers Cooperative company dated Nov. 17, 1920. I cannot find any information on this company or what it may be called today. Any information would be very helpful. Thank you. – L. Smith, Farmington.

Unfortunately Sun Spots was not able to locate anything on this company. Perhaps other readers out there familiar with this company can assist you. You may want to consider contacting your local historical society for assistance.

Dear Sun Spots: I recently wrote to you requesting an address for the family of Bob Hope. You printed an address but the sympathy card I mailed came back marked “forwarding time expired.” Do you have another address? Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

Try contacting the family at 10346 Moorpark St., North Hollywood, CA 91602. This is the only other address Sun Spots has.

Dear Sun Spots: Last winter, I had frozen water pipes burst in my home while I was away. The water damage was extensive. Family studio photos on the walls, snapshots and photo albums were in the area where the water dripped. I’ve dried the pictures but now they are curled. Is there a way to straighten them? Any suggestions will be deeply appreciated. Thank you. – R.C., Dixfield.

Sun Spots would recommend you place the photographs in an envelope or something to protect them then weigh it down with something heavy like some large books, folders or like items. Leave it weighted down for at least a week and check it until you see the edges lying flat. Perhaps other readers have some tips they’d also be willing to share with you.

In addition, Sun Spots spoke with Camera Service Center Fotofactory in Auburn who say you could try rewashing them and buy a blotter book then place the photos in the blotter book and weight it down. However, you could cause more damage to the photo. Another option is to take the non-studio photographs and have a copy made of them somewhere like Camera Service. Then you will have a negative to work with. You should note that any spotting on the photos would be duplicated, although you would now have a flat photograph. For the studio photos, you would need copyright permission from the photography studio to duplicate those photos.

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