Dear Sun Spots: My name is Andrew Cotterly, and I’m a member of Boy Scout Troop 125 of Poland Spring. I’m putting together an Eagle Scout project and it will be a variety show that will benefit the Poland Community Church Food Bank. I am in need of acts, performers, volunteers and donations (food items) that will help in making this event a success. The show will be Oct. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Poland Regional High School auditorium. Anyone who is interested in helping, please contact me so that I can put you into the program or let you know how you can help. All help is appreciated. I may be reached at 998-2282. Just ask for Andrew Cotterly. Thanks and I hope to see you there. – Andrew Cotterly, Poland Spring.

Dear Sun Spots: What happened to Jeff Peterson on Channel 8 news? Also, where would I locate a video cassette rewinder? – An Oxford reader.

According to a Portland Press Herald article dated Aug. 8, the Portland TV station WMTW replaced Jeff Peterson, who was anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts alongside Tory Ryden, with Jon Camp. The article noted that station managers would not say why Peterson was replaced. However, it noted Peterson began with WMTW in the spring of 2003, and helped launch the station’s morning news.

Regarding your second question, check out or eBay to locate a rewinder.

Dear Sun Spots: This is in response to the writer featured in the Aug. 31 column and experiencing problems with cattails:

Cattails are a wild food which moose and people can eat. According to “Wilderness Cookery,” published by Stackpole Books, the upper parts of peeled young cattail shoots are good to eat. Or, you can shake the golden pollen from mature cattails and mix it half and half with the regular flour in pancake batters. Readers might also consider the book “Eating from the Wild” by Ballantine Books. – Gabrielle DeMoras, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Years ago I bought an embroidery pattern from the Grit needlecraft company. The paper had a sewing and craft pattern section with an address where anyone could order patterns. It was in Miles, MI. My transfer is now so old it won’t transfer onto cloth. I would like to get a new transfer but can’t find this craft company anywhere. Can you please find the company? If you can’t can you please find some place that sells embroidery transfers? Thank you for your help. – Hilda T., No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, this company does not appear to be in business any longer. You might consider checking in with Annie’s Attic, who’ve been publishing needlecraft patterns and more since 1975. They may be reached at 800-582-6643 and are also online at

Dear Sun Spots: I wonder if you could please help me. I read your column every day. I am looking for a 1974 Leavitt Area High School yearbook that anyone might have around. Please phone me at 224-8462. – Penny Hamel, Turner.

Dear Sun Spots: I am planning a bus trip with friends to Boston for holiday shopping on Saturday, Nov. 4. I have several seats available if anyone is interested. On the way back we stop at the Fox Run Mall. Please phone me at 375-8762 after 1 p.m. Thank you. – Alice Rodrigue, Wales.

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