Dear Sun Spots: You have kindly helped us in the past so thank you again. I read that an office was being set up in the area by the Democratic Party but I cannot locate it. We would like to get a bumper sticker and a lawn sign in support of Sen. Barack Obama. Again, many thanks. Sincerely, – Bea, Poland.

Contact the Lewiston/Auburn Campaign for Change office at 1 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, or call 782-0473. You may also visit for more information on upcoming events.

Dear Sun Spots: What is the real reason that WLOB removed the conservative talk shows from their station? Don’t you think it is interesting that as soon as Gov. Palin was tapped by John McCain that the talk shows are taken off FM. As for the 1310AM channel that you advised your readers to listen to, it is almost impossible to pick up unless you live near the broadcasting towers.

I am afraid that what is happening here is interference by the Democrats. Did the liberal talk show hosts also disappear from the FM channels? WLOB had a tremendous listening audience and they just gave that up for 24 hours of sports?

What is the real reason they dropped the popular talk shows from WLOB FM? As for Ray and Ted, they are poor representation of conservatives. Who is responsible at WLOB for the programming? It would be interesting to see an interview with whoever it is. I would like to know what made them make such a drastic change 50 something days before the election. Sincerely, – Patricia Garbarini, Peru.

Answer: According to a Sept. 2 article in the Morning Sentinel by staff writer Colin Hickey, “Atlantic Coast Radio general manager Jon van Hoogenstyn said the move was a business decision.” WLOB 96.3 is part of the Atlantic Coast radio group. He noted that there is more advertising potential with the new sports format. He also stated that Atlantic Coast ran out of FM stations for the talk shows, which is the reason for the switch to Portland-based 1310 AM. You can also listen to the show online at

If you’d like to contact the station, write to them at 779 Warren Ave, Portland ME, 04103 or call the business office at 207-773-9695.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for a Singer sewing machine in good condition to buy at a reasonable price for a gift. Also would anyone have a cargo trailer, 8 feet by 24 feet in good condition for sale? Please call me at (207) 375-9541. Thank you and all the readers. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I’d like to know if Oxford Brand dill pickles have stopped being made or is the company gone? I’d also like to know if there would be anyone interested in helping me move. Lewiston-Auburn area, not many stairs. I am disabled and can’t pay much on my income. It would be a great help. Sometime soon. Call 784-2393. Thank you so much. – No Name, Lewiston.

According to a Feb. 24, 2006, article in the western Massachusetts newspaper “The Republican,” Oxford Foods in Deerfield, Mass., was sold to TreeHouse Foods of Wisconsin. All its employees lost their jobs and the company transferred pickle production to plants in North Carolina and Indiana. Oxford Foods decided to close based on rising fuel costs and other expenses resulting from Hurricane Katrina.

Dear Sun Spots: To No Name, No Town in the Aug. 23 column. Please add my name to the list of people looking for donated yarn. I have been knitting shawls for Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and our supply has run out. The yarn may be dropped off at Androscoggin Home Care at 15 Strawberry Ave. in Lewiston. Nancy and Lorraine will gladly accept it. I may be e-mailed at [email protected] or call me at 364-7018.

Also, I am looking for knitting needles. My granddaughter is interested in learning to knit and I would like to supply her with her own set of various size needles. Thank you. – Mary, Rumford.

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