Dear Sun Spots: My name is Mark LaFlamme. I’m the author of the new novel “Dirt: An American Campaign.” The publisher of this book has been promoting it aggressively and as part of that, I’ve been asked to create short videos pertaining to the story line. This is great fun. Your readers can see some of those videos at www.joeynilan.com. Presently, I need to film a very brief scene involving one of my characters driving out of a store parking lot in a Ford Mustang. It will be a simple shoot but I’m having difficulty finding someone to provide the Mustang. I wondered if any of you ‘stang-driving readers might be willing to help out and achieve Mustang immortality through Internet video. Color and model don’t matter much, as long as it’s a Mustang. The owner of such a car is welcome to play a role in the video clip as well, if they are the ham type. If you can help, call 754-2799. Thanks for your help. – Mark LaFlamme, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m curious as to what happened to John Hopperstad and Vivian Bean of the Channel 13 news team. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: Are Vivian Bean and John Hopperstad gone from WGME TV? Don’t see them anymore. – No Name, No Town.

Answer: Special thanks to Carrie Hopperstad from WGME, who provided Sun Spots with the answer to your inquiry. After 12 years at the station, with six of those years as anchor of WGME News 13’s morning newscast, “Daybreak,” Vivian has accepted a fantastic opportunity at Mercy Hospital in the Public Relations Department, where she helps promote and communicate Mercy Hospital’s mission. She is enjoying sleeping past 2 a.m. and spending time with her son Benjamin and husband, Matt.

John is still at WGME. You can still see him anchoring News 13 at Noon with Kim Block, and is also featured in the station’s new 7 p.m. newscast “The Political Edge” alongside Gregg Lagerquist. Like Vivian, he is also enjoying getting more sleep, spending time with his boys Nate and Kai, and wife, Carrie, who is expecting their third son in just a few weeks.

• For Kathy, Rumford, Sun Spots request Thursday, Oct. 9, I am a copier technician for Ikon Office Solutions. We sell and service Canon Image Runner copiers. Please call my manager, Tom Michaud, at (207) 441-8425 to set up a service call on your machine. – Scott Hebert, Gardiner.

Dear Sun Spots: Do you remember your senior year of high school? Chances are it was one of the best times of your life. Do you love the nostalgia of looking in your yearbook at pictures of friends, prom and graduation? Edward Little High School wants all graduating seniors to have that opportunity. To make this possible we have started the Adopt a Student program. We are asking businesses and community members to donate money toward the purchase of a yearbook for a student that lacks the financial means to purchase one of their own. All donations are welcome big and small! Please send donations to ELHS Oracle, Auburn Heights, Auburn, ME 04210. Or, for more information e-mail the Oracle staff adviser at [email protected] Thank you for your support! – Sarah, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: I am writing to see if you can assist us in getting the word out that we are having a free sale (a garage sale/yard sale, but everything is free) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. The free sale will also offer blankets to those in need of winter warmth. All items will be available at 230 Bartlett St., Lewiston. This event is hosted by Tri County Mental Health Services for our community members who are in need of blankets, clothing, winter wear, household items, dog and cat food in an effort to “keep our community warm, safe and hopeful.” Donations may be dropped off at 230 Bartlett St. on the day of the event as well as by contacting Cassandra Linton at 783-4680 or Amy Lafontaine at 783-9141, ext. 356 prior to the event. Thank you so much, Sun Spots, for all you do to promote community connection! – Dianne L. Nelder, LCSW, Tri County Mental Health Services.

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