Dear Sun Spots: Could you please tell me the difference between a warming blanket and an electric blanket? I recently bought a very well-known brand. It will not heat until you get in bed and activate it. Needless to say it is not fun to get into an ice-cold bed. I have the model that you cannot preheat. Your help will be appreciated. – No Name, No Town.

According to Nancy at Sunbeam’s customer service, the company no longer makes electric blankets. She says the warming blankets are considered a safer product and use different wiring than the electric blankets did. The temperature is regulated and they do not tend to get as hot as the blankets did in the past. It is unlikely you will find too many electric blankets as Nancy states these blankets are no longer being made. However, a coworker says he and his wife use (Sunbeam) heating pads and have for years. He says you can preheat these prior to retiring for the night and they heat the bed nicely. No more cold toes! Sunbeam have electric mattress pads which senses and adjusts to your body and room temperature. Sun Spots would recommend contacting Sunbeam for more details. You can reach them at (800) 892-7684.

Dear Sun Spots: I am responding to the request by Lucy Cyr of Mechanic Falls on Dec. 23. The Don Bosco Camp that was owned by the nuns at the Healy Asylum was located on Lovejoy Pond in Fayette, Maine. The location was reached by going to Winthrop and taking the road to go to Wayne and Readfield. Off that road was a right turn that led to Fayette and Lovejoy Pond. To the best of my knowledge this camp is no longer in existence. Hope this helps Ms. Cyr. – Arlene E. Laliberte, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: Boy Scout Troop 116 will hold a bottle drive during January to raise money for scholarships and equipment. To arrange for pickup please contact Bob Reed at (207) 782-5482. – Robert Reed, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I renewed my Redbook subscription in February 2003, my check was cashed by them in February and I never received any issues from this renewal. My previous subscription ran out this May. I would appreciate anything you could find out for me. Thanks. – B.R., Lewiston

According to customer service at 800-925-0485, your subscription was returned by the post office because of an incorrect address. Contact the above number, press “O” to talk with any representative who should be able to assist you.

Dear Sun Spots: My sister and I have been looking for the movie “It Happened One Christmas” with Marlo Thomas. We enjoyed the movie and want to share it with our own children. It is a more modern version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which starred Jimmy Stewart. Thanks for your help. – Krista White, Livermore.

In addition to responses from readers, the movie you speak of was a remake of “It’s a Wonderful Life” with a woman’s slant released in 1977. Thomas played the George Bailey role and Cloris Leachman her second-class guardian angel. Perhaps there are readers out there who may have taped this and would be willing to share it with you. In the meantime, contact Marsha at First Choice Video, 336 Center St., Auburn, (207) 777-1000 who may be able to special order this video for you. Movie Gallery, 120 Center St., in the Center Street Shopping Plaza, Auburn, (207) 782-3279, and Sounds Easy Video Stores, 449 Sabattus St., Lewiston, (207) 782-7066 can also special order this video for you.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for a cross-stitch pattern on golfing that says “As part of my diet, I’m golfing every day. My doctor told me to live on greens as much as possible.”

I am willing to pay anyone out there who may have a copy of it. I have checked with several companies and they do not have it at the present time. I can be reached at (207) 783-4601. – No Name, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, you may want to check out patterns found online at The Web site had two patterns of note. One “Let’s Talk Golf. You Lie First,” Garfield pattern, item number 072786 for $5.49 and “Golf is Life! The Rest Is Just Details” for $9.99, item number JCA03579.

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