Dear Sun Spots: Thank you for your very informative column. Would you please advise where scissors can be sharpened in the Rumford area, or a close vicinity? I have two pairs of Wiss scissors, along with one pair of pinking shears, all in good condition but they need to be sharpened. Many thanks. – No Name, Rumford.

Answer: Contact: Custom Sharpening & Vacuum Repair, (207) 778-3446, Eastside Mall, 805 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, Maine. They are open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. They sharpen fabric, pinking, hair styling and rotary shears, as well as animal clippers.

Two options in Lewiston for others who need this service are:

Mathieu Unfinished Furniture in the Lewiston Industrial Park at (866) 628-4438 or (207) 783-9087. They are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Roy’s Bicycle Shop, Farwell Street, Lewiston. Please note that until the staff starts their spring hours, they are in at odd hours and you should call ahead of time. Spring hours will be Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and should be in full swing by the beginning of March. They sharpen all kinds of fabric shears, scissors, pinking shears and quilting shears. However, they do not sharpen hair scissors.

Dear Sun Spots: I am searching for historical information regarding the former Maine Billiard Supply Co. of Lewiston. I own a regulation-size pocket table that was sold to a pool hall in Lisbon Falls about 65 years ago. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. – Harry Curtis, Lisbon Falls.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, you might consider contacting Michael Lord of the Androscoggin Historical Society to see if he has any information on this company. He can be reached at 2 Turner St., Auburn, 784-0586. The office is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday.

Dear Sun Spots: I read the question concerning soap operas not being re-aired on WGME 13. The Soap Channel (188 on Dish Network) shows the week’s soap operas several times during the week and a complete re-airing of the week over the weekend. This has helped my wife and me on occasions when she has missed her favorites. I hope this can help your readers. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Thanks for your great column. I have two questions:

In regards to the Maine connection to the Labonte brothers: I do know their father Robert Sr. graduated from Mexico High School in 1951 as he was a classmate of mine. Whether he lived here after his children were born, I’m not sure. He has come to some of our class reunions. We are proud of them and claim them as Mainers.

Also, whom can you write to, to request the Wal-Mart in Mexico carry something it once carried and does not any more. You can get this item at other Wal-Mart stores, so I know it’s available. – J.J., Carthage.

Answer: You might like to contact the manager of the department your item is typically located in the store. Sun Spots spoke to an assistant manager who says it is sometimes difficult to get an item back. What is being carried at Wal-Mart is updated about twice a year, and those items that are not selling or expiring are discontinued. It is just about impossible for the store to cater to everyone’s particular requests. However, there is a possibility that your item can be special-ordered from another store, but you should contact the store to let them know the item you are seeking. They can be reached at (207) 364-2557.

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