Dear Sun Spots: I watch Lawrence Welk each week and enjoy the wonderful Irish tenor of Joe Feeney. I would like to purchase some of his tapes but don’t know how to find his address or Web site. His son Christopher sings with him. He is in Branson, MO. I will appreciate your help. Thanks so much. – A faithful reader, Auburn.

Answer: A spokesperson for Joe and Chris Feeney said to print out an order form on their Web site, You can mail in your order to Chris Feeney, P.O. Box 193, Simi Valley, CA 93062. They ask that you include payment with your order. Cassettes are $10, CD’s are $15 and videos can be purchased for $20. They also have 8×10 autographed photos available for various prices. Presently, they are out of “Joe Feeney Concert Clips” and the autographed photo of Joe and Chris. Please allow a few weeks for delivery.

According to his biography, Joe Feeney was a featured tenor on the Lawrence Welk Show from 1957 to 1982. Born in Nebraska, Feeney also performed for Pope John Paul VI in 1975 at the Vatican and sang for five Presidents at the White House. He has also performed at most major cities in the U.S. at clubs, fair, auditoriums and other engagements.

Sadly, Feeney died of emphysema on April 16, 2008 at age 76 in Carlsbad, California. His family believes he may have contracted the illness from decades of performing in smoky casinos and nightclubs, since he never smoked a day in his life.

Dear Sun Spots: With one out of six families living below the poverty level, food insecurity is a very real problem in America. In every community there are families who struggle daily, choosing between purchasing food, paying rent, heating their homes or seeking health care. Neighborhood food pantries often make a crucial difference in whether children go to bed hungry or not. In Sabattus, the Loaves and Fishes pantry provides food for at least 40 families on a regular basis. Unfortunately, keeping the pantry shelves stocked with nutritious supplies is an ongoing challenge. Fresh produce is a rare offering. Recently, a community garden was planted, hoping to supplement the active Sabattus pantry with local grown veggies. Unhappily, four-legged critters decided they’d like to sample the garden’s bounty – so between the rain and the animals, there is precious little to harvest for the pantry.

A number of folks in town have decided to share some of their own home-grown vegetables with the pantry. My family’s garden is small, but there is always enough to share. I am writing today to ask if you, too, might be willing to pick a few cucumbers, beans, tomatoes – or anything you might have a little extra of for those who will otherwise go without.

Your garden contribution may be delivered to Dominican Sisters at 61 Lisbon Road in Sabattus. Please call Sister Lucille Fournier at 375-6583 for information. For pick up, please call Debbie at 375-4679.

I’d also like to encourage folks in every community to contact the food pantry in your own neighborhood. You’ll be amazed at the difference a bag of fresh vegetables can make – and you can be certain that your care and concern will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. – Debbie Daggett, Sabattus.

Dear Sun Spots: For the lady inquiring about the “Sacred Heart Diet” if she has a computer she can go into Google and find lots of Web sites with the diet. – No Name, Mason Twp.

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