Dear Sun Spots: Thanking you in advance for your great service to our communities.

We at Mechanic Falls Congregational Church would like to put in a special request for help. We are looking for persons young or old who could spend the first Saturday of each month (October through June) helping us put on our very popular smorgasbord. Help would be needed from approximately 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the kitchen, serving or dish-washing. If a person could not work every month, part-time would be great.

Since 1840, the church has been located on Elm Street in Mechanic Falls. It is a town landmark, and through the years we have served the community in many ways. Our suppers help keep our church financially alive. If someone would like to help us in any way, please contact us at 346-3831 or 345-4811. Leave a message if we’re not home. Thank you. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I was wondering if anyone would have an older-style square playpen that they would be willing to sell, or if anyone would know where I could buy one. All the new ones are rectangle and much smaller than the older ones. Any help would be appreciated. – No Name, Rumford.

Dear Sun Spots: Could you please get the address of WBZ radio in Boston for me?

Also, I need the address of the Canadian radio station that puts on the Mass every Sunday morning on Channel 10. Thank you. – Richard P., Brunswick.

In addition to responses from readers, contact WBZ via mail at 1170 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02134, or via phone at 617-787-7000. You can also reach them at their talk show number at 617-254-1030. Regarding Radio Canada, contact them at CBC Ottawa, P.O. Box 3220, Station “C”, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1E4 or via phone at 613-288-6000.

Dear Sun Spots: I enjoyed reading the recent Gotta Sing story as well as Jose Leiva’s photo of Susan Krongold. I’ve been enjoying Diana Krall especially, a jazz pianist and singer. I’ve purchased two of her CDs from Bull Moose but there was no information on her. Would you please provide some personal information about Diana Krall in a column.

According to her Web site,, Krall is described as a 41-year old sensation whose cool, heavy-lidded vocals and strikingly sensitive piano playing has helped her transcend barriers of genre to become a popular artist of the first order who has carved herself a permanent position at the top of the jazz charts. Born in Canada, to a musical family – her father is a pianist and serious record collector – she grew up absorbing music that laid the foundation for her future growth. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston in the early ’80s, moved to Los Angeles where she continued her studies with the likes of bassist Ray Brown and pianist Jimmy Rowles, who convinced the young pianist to focus on her singing as well. By 1990, Krall relocated to New York City where she began performing on a regular basis with her trio. In 1993, she released her debut album on a small Canadian independent label.

According to an Associated Press article posted online at and dated Dec. 11, 2003, Krall and Elvis Costello were married at Elton John’s mansion in Surrey, England. The article describes the then 39-year-old jazz singer and Costello, 49, as living in New York and having a home on Vancouver Island. The couple will welcome their first child some time in December, the month of third wedding anniversary.

You might be interested in noting that the Web site notes an appearance by Krall on the CBS The Late Show with David Letterman Sept. 19, at 11:35 p.m.

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