Dear Sun Spots: I am the granddaughter of Henry James Holmes, the son of Thomas and Fannie Holmes. I’m looking for anyone who is of that line or anyone who has other information about the descendants of Thomas and Fannie Holmes. If anyone can assist me, I can be reached via post at 101 North Central Ave., Medford, OR 97501. Thank you and your readers for any help. – Winifred Ebert, Medford, Ore.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, you might like to contact the Maine State Archives to see if they can assist you with this inquiry. You can reach them at Maine State Archives, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, (207) 287-5788.

Dear Sun Spots: I am writing concerning the request April 11 for someone who buys foreign stamps, or stamps in general. Please add my name to the people who buy stamps. Also, is there a way to contact the writer who made the request in the April 11 column? Thank you for your time and your great column. I can be reached at 784-7892. – Julien Gosselin, Lewiston.

Answer: Submitting this request will work perfectly. Hopefully No Name, No Town will respond to you at the above phone number.

Dear Sun Spots: I am interested in contacting someone who might buy 33 1/3 RPM records or vinyls as they are now known. Thank you for your help. – Mary in Auburn.

Answer: Try contacting Bill Cartmel of Lewiston to see if he’s interested. You can reach him at 783-1378. Cartmel travels all over New England purchasing records, and may possibly be interested in yours. He typically purchases 33 1/3 and 45s, and will even buy some 78s.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m hoping that you can please help me locate a company that put out a water-filter cleaning system – Hyla, made in Slovenia. It was bought about eight years ago through a door-to-door salesman. This vacuum has been a blessing for picking up dog hair, and I miss it terribly. I believe we would just need to replace a couple of parts, but I am not sure how to go about finding the location of this company. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots discovered this company on line at You can also write to them at HYLA U.S. Gassmann Inc., 1262 East Newport Center Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442, (954) 571-5550.

Dear Sun Spots: You may have already been notified of a typo in your March 27 column. You referred readers to for rules for card games. The correct Web site address is actually – John Backus, Carmel.

Answer: Many thanks to John for his catch!

Dear Sun Spots: Please help me to find a bulk food store that is located in Auburn. I saw it in the Sun Journal a while ago. I’m looking for spices, rolled oats and the like. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots believes you may be referring to Axis Natural Foods Limited, 250 Center St., Auburn, 782-3348, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are closed on Sundays. You will find many health food stores carry many items in bulk but don’t forget your local Hannaford or Shaws, some of which also carry bulk items.

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