Dear Sun Spots: I have enjoyed your column for some time. Keep up the good work. Now I need help. Would you know where I could find a winter jacket size 7X? I’ve looked, to no avail.

Could you please tell me about Pat Sajack, “Wheel of Fortune” host? How long has he been married? Any children? Where does he live? My Nana wants to know.

And lastly, who named Rumford-Mexico the River Valley? I thought before a name could be changed, it had to be voted on? This hasn’t been done to my knowledge. A lot of people are upset about this and I’m one of them. Thank you. – J.P.M., Rumford.

Regarding your first question: Sun Spots was unable to find a 7X jacket. However Catherines in South Portland, which carries clothing up to size 6X, says you may want to try one of those as they tend to be on the larger size. Catherines is located behind McDonalds and the old Ames building by the mall. They are open Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. (207) 777-6223. You may want to try their online catalogue at

According to, Sajak began doing a late-night talk show on CBS in 1989. While it ran less than a year and a half, he calls it the most enjoyable 18 months of his career. It was during the run of that show that he met Lesly Brown, who became his wife on New Year’s Eve of 1989. They have two children. He has three Emmys, a Peoples’ Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He lives most of the year in Maryland.

Sun Spots is not clear on your reference to the name change. If you’re referring to the Sun Journal’s decision to change the name of the Rumford edition to River Valley Edition: The change was made June 2, 2003, after considerable discussion here at the newspaper. The change was prompted by a request from the River Valley Growth Council, an economic development group with representatives from Andover, Byron, Canton, Dixfield, Hanover, Mexico, Peru, Roxbury, Rumford and Carthage.

We believe the River Valley name is more inclusive and that it better describes the geographic area covered by that edition. It also is more in keeping with the names of our other sections, Oxford Hills and Franklin, which have become less specific and more regional over the years.

The names of several community organizations also have been changed in recent years to reflect the trend toward regional cooperation, including the River Valley Chamber of Commerce, the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition and the River Valley Arts Initiative.

Dear Sun Spots: Is there a place where one can purchase sheet foam, approximately 4- to 6-inches thick by 55-inches wide by 76-inches long? Also, there was an article in the Sun Journal Oct. 4 that noted Verizon was making rates equitable across the state. I called Verizon and they have no information on this, and an e-mail to the Public Utilities Commission went unanswered. Where can one find clarification on this? – Fred E. Stone, Rumford.

Sun Spots would contact the Fabric Warehouse, 104 Washington St., Auburn, (207) 784-7151 to see if they carry the sheet foam you’re seeking.

Regarding your second question:

The article originated from the Associated Press and stated The Public Utilities Commission approved a proposal by Verizon to replace its six rate groups – with six different monthly rates – with a single statewide rate. As a result, phone bills for customers in small rural exchanges would increase by about $3 a month. Bills for customers in urban areas would stay roughly the same, with any savings expected to be offset by an additional charge for expanded local calling areas. Under the new plan, calls from contiguous towns would all be local. Calls made from neighboring towns are now long-distance in some parts of the state.

Sun Spots would recommend you contact the Associated Press’ Augusta office at (207) 622-3018.

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