Dear Sun Spots: I have seen Sun Spots help so many people in the past, I am hoping that you can help me. I was wondering if anyone has fabric they no longer need. I have been putting together quilts that I plan to donate to Christmas for Kids. I have made about nine so far, but there are so many children in need. Any and all scraps will be helpful. Thank you in advance. I will refund any postage if you enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please contact Quilts for Kids P.O. Box 242 Oxford, Maine 04270 or e-mail at [email protected] – S. Cole, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I am trying to locate a lady by the name of Lena who lives in Durham. She is the owner of two male potbelly pigs. If she sees this, I would love to hear from her. I can be reached at (207) 783-8682. – Jean Raymond, Auburn.


Dear Sun Spots: Could Sun Spots please find out who is singing “When You’re Smiling” on the McCain commercial for the mashed potato snacks, Smiles. I tried the Internet and also e-mailed McCain but no luck. Thank you. – C. Bray, Turner.

Answer:
Sun Spots contacted The Institute of Advertising Practitioners in (Dublin) Ireland who indicated they represented McCain. However, Information Manager John Holohan stated, via e-mail, that they do not represent McCain, although another of their agencies might. Holohan believes the song in question was sung by Louis Armstrong and hopes this helps you with your query. Perhaps other readers familiar with this commercial may be able to help out.

Dear Sun Spots: Can you please tell me whom to contact about the redesign of Center Street where it meets the Veterans Bridge? I drive to work in Lewiston every day. After dealing with construction of the overpasses to Wal-Mart for two years, we were left with one less lane, a poorly timed light and a “bump out” that stalls traffic trying to get into the turning lanes onto the bridge. I am often stuck there for several minutes and during the recent shopping season cars were backed up for half a mile or more. Many millions of tax dollars were spent on this project but it made this part of Center Street worse. I hope others will see your response and join me in sending in complaints. Maybe we can get that third lane back. – Frustrated Commuter, Turner.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, Steve Ranney, an engineer with the Auburn engineering department, says there’s no perfect design and every one has its limitations and its pluses. Ranney says you may want to contact Steve Landry at the Maine Department of Transportation’s traffic division, (207) 624-3620.

Dear Sun Spots: I enjoy cooking and I, like many other cooks I’m sure, save recipes torn from magazines, clipped from the newspaper and scribbled on odd bits of paper. Then they get added to the box, drawer or pile where I keep all the other “dishes to try.” I’d like to create my own book of these recipes. I want to input them into my computer as I find them and be able to move them into a logical order to make the book. Can Sun Spots help me find out what kind of software I need to accomplish this goal? – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, try ordering Food-for-Thought Software at 1-800-699-6395 or via mail through Gary Hauser Loginetics Inc. P.O. Box 18274 Knoxville, TN 37928.

You may also contact Cookbook Wizard Recipe Software at MicroBlast Software, P.O. Box 2055, Secaucus, N.J.07096.

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