Dear Sun Spots: I am a fifth-grade student at West Ridge Elementary School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying geography and the history of the United States.

I would greatly appreciate if you would please send me a souvenir, postcard, state map or any information about any sports teams, wildlife, or the state of Maine.

My teacher would especially like a car license plate for our class project.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider helping our class project.

I may be reached at Courtney C. care of Mrs. Newlin’s Social Studies Class, West Ridge Elementary School, 1401 19th St., Harlan, IA 51537. – Courtney C., Harlan, Iowa.

In case you and your teacher are not aware, you should consider contacting the state of Maine regarding your license plate request.

Sun Spots’ daughter had a similar project and was able to obtain these, without charge, through the state.

Contact the state of Maine’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which will provide sample license plates to teachers and students for school projects, free of charge.

You and other students may want to also check out some wonderful facts, trivia and more at the Maine’s secretary of state kids’ page at www.

To check into which sample plates you can order, check out the following link at

In the meantime, you may also want to write/contact:

Maine Office of Tourism, 59 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0059, or via their Web site at, where you will find many links that may be of interest for your project. online magazine via mail at Mainely Kids Inc., 449 Forest Ave., Second Floor, Portland, ME 04101 or via e-mail at general inquiries, [email protected]

And for some fun facts on Maine, check out

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for a place that takes old used glasses. I have several pair I would like to give away. I have checked with Hannaford, and it no longer has a drop-off box for them. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me, and thanks for a great column. – Rita Nichols, Minot.

Contact Mardens, Northwood Shopping Center, Main Street, Lewiston, 786-0313; St. Croix Regional Federal Credit Union, 1000 Lisbon St., Lewiston, 783-1475; Auburn Wal-Mart Vision Center, 600 Center St., Auburn, 784-6971. Drop off is inside the Vision Center.

Dear Sun Spots: The Livermore Falls High School Class of 1977 is holding its 30th class reunion July 21 at the Amvets in Jay. We are still having a hard time locating a few people. If you have any information please contact Dennis Couture 897-3893, Earl Young 897-6668, Penny Laverdiere 897-5358, or Jean Tardif 897-5091.

Those we are looking for are: Jeannie Getter, Cindy Killam, Bruce Johnson, Craig Merchant, Ron Storer, Mike Wheeler, John Tilton, Cindy Gordon, Steve and Kathy Carmean, Debbie Parlin, Roger Gagnon, Wanda Brackett and Becky Stevens.

Thanks to readers for any assistance in locating these former students. – Jean Tardif, Livermore.

Dear Sun Spots: The (N) next to a listing in the TV Guide indicates it is a new program as opposed to a rerun. – Jeff, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: I just read the answer to the TV Preview question, and I think that half of it isn’t quite right. I’m pretty sure the the (N) designation refers to a show that is being broadcast for the first time (as in “new”). – Andrea Keirstead, Farmington.

Many thanks to both Jeff and Andrea for assistance here and hopefully it will help our readers while choosing programs to watch.

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