Dear Sun Spots: I am writing in the hopes someone can answer a question.

A friend of mine saw a doctor because of pain in her stomach. After having tests, she was told her stomach muscles weren’t pumping properly and she was given medication that may help. However, she was cautioned that if she experienced any unusual feelings in her face or elsewhere, she was to stop the medication. Now my question is, what can my friend take to help her stomach so she won’t always be in pain, bloated or experiencing side effects? It would really be a blessing for her to feel good again. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots would urge your friend to contact her doctor immediately and discuss this in detail. It’s possible her doctor can provide an alternative prescription or over-the-counter medication that would alleviate her symptoms. However, if her doctor is not aware your friend is experiencing the symptoms that she is, he or she can do nothing to help. Please urge your friend to call her doctor’s office today!

Dear Sun Spots: I’d like to know to whom I should write to request more funding for game wardens. They do a great job. It would benefit the entire state of Maine if there were more wardens to protect Maine – The Way Life Should Be. Thanks for your help. – S.S., Leeds.

Answer: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Roland Martin says Maine Civil Service law determines game warden pay. Merit increases are awarded annually for a certain number of years. Martin says you may be pleased to learn that game wardens’ jobs were recently reviewed, and it was determined that they had assumed many additional duties over the years. Consequently, their pay was adjusted to reflect all of the extra duties and responsibilities.

Col. Thomas Santaguida is the chief of the Maine Warden Service and oversees the administration of the Bureau of Warden Service and all the game wardens.

Game wardens must successfully complete the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s 18-week, basic law enforcement curriculum, followed by a 10- to 12-week advanced game warden training program. Both training schools are at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s campus in Vassalboro.

Dear Sun Spots: I read your column daily, and maybe you can help me as you’ve helped so many others.

Is there anywhere to find out where car shows are held during the summer from May to September? They are not advertised in the newspaper. Those on the Web mostly list the Owls Head meets. Thank you for any help you can give. – No Name, Auburn.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, check out www.runwalkjog.com/carshowstoday/Maine, which lists car shows around the country. In addition, check out the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s Web site at www.ohtm.org/events.

Upcoming meets are:

July 25: Sidney Fire Department fourth annual Auto Show: The show will be held at the Silver Spur Riding Club on Route 104, Sidney. Take I-95 exit 120 (formerly exit 32) head east to the West River Road (Route 104) and take a right, the Silver Spur is one-eighth of a mile on the right. Six new classes have been added, totaling 20 classes for virtually every car make and model. First, second and third place trophies awarded at 2 p.m. $5 admission for car and driver, $3 for spectators. For more info, contact Scott, (207) 215-6142 or e-mail [email protected]

Aug. 7 and 8: 26th annual Norway-Paris Lions Antique Auto and Truck Show: Oxford County Fairgrounds, Route 26, Oxford. Contact Joe Hatch at (207) 583-2907 or e-mail [email protected]

Aug. 8: Litchfield Firefighters Association 10th Anniversary Show and Shine: Litchfield Fairgrounds (use the Plains Road entrance). Contact Scott Weeks, (207) 268-3855, e-mail [email protected]

Aug. 28: Fourth annual WCSH 6 Auto Show, Classics, Antiques and New Cars: Corner of High and Congress streets, Portland; across from the Portland Museum of Art. Contact Lila Saindon at (207) 828-6666, e-mail [email protected]

Aug. 28 and 29: Fifth annual Sunday Car Show: Saturday setup, rough camping, starts at 9 a.m. This is a trophy show in Littleton. Take 95 north to Houlton exit, left off exit about five miles to Littleton Agriculture Museum on left. Contact William Larson, (207) 532-3972, e-mail [email protected]

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