Dear Sun Spots: We are welcoming Hea Yean Park, a 15-year-old from South Korea, to share our home for the next 10 months. She plays the cello, and we need to borrow a ¾- to 7/8-size cello so she can take lessons while she is here. If anyone in the Sun Spots area has one hidden away somewhere, would you please let us know? We will get it tuned and fixed up if it needs some work.

Also, the Pacific Cultural Exchange is in dire need of some more host families for this year (2006-07). If you have a spare bedroom and a lot of love to lavish, then you may be qualified. It is a fascinating year of joy. Write to me immediately if you have any interest, and I will connect you. I am the Rev. Virginia Snapp-Cunningham and can be reached via the Mexico Congregational, UCC, 45 Granite St., Mexico, ME 04257, 364-8603 or via e-mail at [email protected] – Virginia Snapp-Cunningham, Mexico.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to know if Sun Spots could please find out if Bobby Vinton is still living in Branson with his family and does he do any performances there? Also, do his daughters and sons still perform with him?

Thank you for any information you can find out. I do not have a computer. – No Name, No Town.

Sun Spots contacted the Branson Variety Theater in Branson to discuss your questions, and general manager Mark Bryson was happy to oblige. Bryson says Vinton puts on a wonderful concert. He also has performed at Foxwoods and Atlantic City. Vinton performs with his children, two daughters and a son. Regarding residency, Bryson says Vinton no longer lives in Branson but in Florida. Some family remain in the Branson area; others are also in Florida. Bryson says Vinton will perform at the Branson Variety Theater for five weeks, starting in November. And as noted in the June 7 Sun Spots column, you can learn more about upcoming concerts online at, or at the theater at 2701 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616. For more information, call 417-334-2500, or toll free 888-462-7267 or e-mail [email protected]

Dear Sun Spots: For the daughter who wants mail sent to her lonely mother (Sun Spots column July 31): Cheer up and try to make the best of life. I lost my husband and son a year apart. And my only daughter doesn’t have time for me. She never visits or calls anymore. Her friends are more important. – L.P.B., No Town.

I am so sorry, L.P.B. I’m wondering if you and our lonely mother might be interested in corresponding with each other. It would help both of you at the same time.

Dear Sun Spots: My husband passed away last November, and I have some medical equipment that I would like to donate. Are there any organizations that take these items? I have a nebulizer, walker, commode and other helpful items for those who have limited abilities. I may be reached at 897-2418. – Nancy, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m interested in attending a New England Patriots football game but would prefer to do it through a chartered trip. Is Sun Spots, or its readers, aware of any such chartered trips? Thank you for your assistance. – M.L., Lewiston.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots located one via VIP bus tours for the Patriots vs. the Buffalo Bills. The tour includes a stay on the Canadian side, in Niagara, at the Clifton Hill Hotel. The package includes a Niagara tour, hotel accommodations, tailgate party, game tickets, and includes free time for shopping or trying your luck at the casino, the 1 p.m. Sunday game at the Ralph Wilson Stadium, in Buffalo, N.Y. Prices are per person, per room with departures from Portland, Biddeford, Wells, Portsmouth. Departure date is Oct. 20, returning Oct. 23. Cost per person is one in party $490, two $386, three $361 or four $349. FMI check out their Web site at or at VIP Tour & Charter Bus Co., 129-137 Fox St., Portland, ME 04101, 772-4457 or via e-mail at [email protected]

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