Dear Sun Spots: I read in the Aug. 10 Sun Spots column that someone was searching for a company to transfer their old 8mm films to DVD. Camera Service in Auburn was recommended but recently closed. I am writing to inform you that Via-Vision Film & Video Productions, P.O. Box 217, Lewiston, ME 04243, 783-2550, toll free 877-384-3367 offers this service. We are also located on the Web at and will transfer any video format, 8mm or Super 8mm film to DVD. It’s an excellent way to preserve family film/video quality and a fun way to share with the entire family.

And a special thanks to Joel Goodman of Auburn who encouraged me to send this note to the column! – Francis Gagnon, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: In response to increased needs, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice is offering three opportunities this fall for compassionate people to be trained as hospice and bereavement volunteers. Classes will be held in Franklin, Androscoggin and Oxford counties.

Volunteers help support terminally ill patients and their families at home, in long-term care facilities, and at the AHCH Hospice House in Auburn. Bereavement volunteers provide special support to family members or caregivers in the year following the death of a hospice patient.

In Farmington, a 27-hour hospice training course will be held Monday and Wednesday afternoons from Sept. 18 to Oct. 18.

In Lewiston, a 27-hour hospice course will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from Sept. 19 to Oct. 17.

In Oxford, a training course for Bereavement Volunteers will begin Thursday evening, Sept. 28. Meeting two times each week, the course will provide 15 hours of basic training to bereavement volunteers so they can provide one-on-one support. An additional 12 hours will follow for those interested in co-facilitating grief support groups.

Volunteers are valued members of the hospice team and are matched with patients in or near their communities. We ask for a time commitment of two to four hours each week.

We also need volunteers to be greeters at the hospice house for three to four hour shifts. We provide four hours of training.

For more information, please contact Volunteer Services at 777-7740 or 1-800-482-7412. – Nancy Greene, volunteer coordinator, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I have written to you in the past, and you were very helpful.

Once again, I implore you for some assistance.

I would like to locate a professional business that has all the bells and whistles for one to record a CD, someone with a great reputation. – J.D., Auburn.

In addition to responses from readers, consider contacting Baked Beans Recording, 65 Maple Ridge Road, Harrison, ME 04040. Call the studio at 583-4711, Rob at 583-4647 or Alan 583-2923. You can also check them out online at The Web site notes their list of clients as well as list of equipment and perhaps that’ll assist you in determining what you need

Another is Thundering Sky, 39 Flynns Lane, South Berwick, ME 03908 748-1183, or via their Web site at

Please note any resources provided by the column are just that, resources. Sun Spots has no way to determine a company’s reputation.

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