Dear Sun Spots: My friend is joining the military soon. He will most likely be sent over to Iraq. I know many young men and women are being killed or wounded. Is there any way to find out if my friend is OK? Is there a list of people killed and wounded in Iraq on the Internet? I would appreciate your help. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers you might like to check out the following Web site at

Dear Sun Spots: For those who miss the music of yesteryear format abandoned by WLAM, there are two stations they may wish to try. One is found at 730 on the AM band and the other is at 88.3 on the FM band. Both are mostly music with little talk time and can be heard in the Lewiston-Auburn area. I hope this information will be useful for those who enjoy easy listening music. – Harold Andrews, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: Someone was looking for Jane Fonda exercise records. I have one set of two. Please call me at (207) 364-3938. I also have postcards, old and new, for anyone looking for some. – No Name, Rumford.

Dear Sun Spots: I am responding to a request in the Dec. 13 Sun Spots column. The person was asking for a Power Wheels. Could you please advise them to look in the Uncle Henry’s? They always have things like that. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: First I would like to say how much I enjoy your column. It has so many helpful tips and good recipes.

My question is about cell phones. I would like to know what the proper etiquette is for cell phones in the office. Should employees have their personal cell phones on or off during working hours? – No Name, No Town.

Answer: According to a Peggy Post column in Good Housekeeping and posted online at, Post notes we’ve all witnessed people blabbing away on a wireless in public with little or no concern for their neighbors. She notes users are oblivious to the fact that they are driving others crazy. She also offers the following few rules of courtesy: When you’re in public, turn the ringer off or set it to vibrate mode. If you must take the call, speak softly and briefly, or walk to a less congested area. And steer clear of conversations involving medical or business problems; they create an awkward situation for those listening – and you never know who that might be! As more people go cellular, the situation will only get worse.

So, the next time you’re getting ready to dial and chat, think about how you’d feel if you were the person in the next seat over. In addition, you might went to check with your human resources department about their policy or recommendations on cell phone use in the office.

Dear Sun Spots: I have a bag of wool that contains pieces of different colors and a bobbin. I would like to know if these pieces have any value. If anyone can help me, please call me at (207) 897-6594. Please call after 6 p.m. as you’re more apt to get me on the phone. Thank you. – Genelle Gingras, Jay.

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