• For No Name, No Town searching for Beanie Babies (Friday, July 4), we received the following responses:

Mr. Roger Jalbert has about 100 – 125 he would like to sell for a reasonable price. He can be reached at 754-3800.


Dear Sun Spots: You have an inquiry in the paper today 7/4 from someone looking to buy beanie babies and you refer them to Republic. I have over 100 beanies that I collected at least 10 years ago. I have some duplicates. When I bought them, I bought a protective name tag to put over the tag and a case. Each beanie has been in its own case with tag for at least ten years. You could pass on my e-mail address to the person inquiring or my cell phone 207-890-7258. I am interested in selling my collection. Thank you. – Sharon, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: For the lady looking for Beanie Babies, we have been selling them since 1996, and we have a large inventory of TY products. If you are looking for something specific, just contact us. We also carry Holy Bears and some Russ Berrie items. Chuck’s Corner, 699 Sabattus St. Lewiston, (207) 784-8176. Hours Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Thanks. – Jan, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I would like to contact the person looking for beanie babies in response to the July 4th Sun Spot request. Thank you. 784-3497 or [email protected] – Dot McAtee, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I am writing in response to the July 4th entry inquiring about Beanie Babies. I have plenty I am willing to sell. I live in Norway and my phone number is 743-5717. Ask for Lucy. Thanks. – Lucy, Norway.


Dear Sun Spots: You responded to a letter in the past, regarding the care of paintings, their cleaning and repair along with their evaluation. The person you recommended I believe lived in Portland.

I have a tapestry painted by Eva Reed done for Mrs. F.E. Tubbs on May 14, 1896. The tapestry painting was of “Paul and Virginia in the Storm”. This consignment of Eva Reed was in an article in the Mechanic Falls, Maine Ledger newspaper, May 14, 1896. We have been residing in the past home of Eva Reed for the past 39 years and have done research.

Eva Reed was well known in Maine as an artist and a teacher of art at Bridgton Academy, Hebron Academy and other schools in Maine and White Plains, N.Y.

Could you please supply me with information regarding the person you recommended before in the proper cleaning of paintings, especially antique tapestry painting, along with evaluation and repairs. Respectfully, – Frances, Mechanic Falls.


Answer: Sun Spots has recommended Shirley Dutton of Atlantic Star Art Consultants in Portland, (800) 443-5691 for appraisals. She appraises oil paintings and specializes in American art. She also may be able to assist you in finding a conservator to clean your painting.

You may also visit the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works’ Web site at http://aic.stanford.edu/. Select “AIC’s Guide to Conservation Services” and answer some questions about what type of work needs attention. From there, you may search your region for a listing of types of conservators. Located in Washington D.C., you may be able to get some information by calling them at (202) 452-9545 or e-mailing at [email protected]

Tony Castro also does historic restoration and preservation of decorative painting and murals, primarily on plaster or wood. He may be able to help you but does note that although the process of cleaning/restoring paintings on canvas is closely related, the patching and lining of a damaged canvas is different than dealing with cracked or loose plaster. He can be reached at 926-5618.

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