Dear Sun Spots: I miss seeing the news at noon on Channel 6 on Saturday and Sunday. What happened to them? – Natalie Taylor, Mechanic Falls.

Answer: According to Steve Thaxton, president/general manager for WCSH Channel 6, the weekend noon newscasts were canceled in September for economic reasons. Unfortunately, the advertiser demand had dropped to the point that this was necessary. He notes that they are certainly sorry but hope the more highly viewed weekend morning newscasts will suffice to serve both the audience and advertiser needs in the future. Also, please note that Sun Spots could not read the second part of your inquiry regarding a New Gloucester writer.

Dear Sun Spots: Can you please find out what is happening with Heartland Restaurant in the Sears mall? For the past three or four weeks we have stopped in and the doors have a sign they are “renovating” but no information as to when they will reopen. A call brings no info as the call goes unanswered.

We would appreciate any information you can give us. I know a lot of people enjoyed the food and pleasant personable service! Thanking you in advance. Signed. – L.B., Lisbon.

Dear Sun Spots: What happened to Heartland restaurant? We went down to the mall for dinner Sunday and it was just closed. There was paper over the door and windows. There was no sign or explanation for the closing. Have they moved or just closed? – Linda L , Livermore Falls.

Dear Sun Spots: I am a daily reader of the Sun Journal and I would like to know what became of Vivian Bean (newswoman) on Channel 13 early morning. Also, is the Heartland Restaurant closed permanently or will it reopen? Thank you kindly. – M.C.L., Brunswick.


Answer: Sun Spots also attempted to contact someone at Heartland Restaurant to no avail. A spokesperson from Redstone Investments, the commercial real estate development firm that manages the Lewiston Mall, informed us that the restaurant is closed permanently. We will keep you informed if we receive more information.

In regards to the request about Vivian Bean, Sun Spots published the following information on Wednesday, Oct. 15: After 12 years at the station, with six of those years as anchor of WGME News 13’s morning newscast, “Daybreak,” Vivian has accepted an 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.

Dear Sun Spots: Is there a place to get a 126 cartridge film developed? I took it to Wal-Mart and it came back “service not available.” – No Name, Strong.

Answer: Sun Spots suggests contacting Photo Finish in the Auburn Mall. If it is process E-6 or black and white film, they will send it directly to Photographic Traditions of Maine in Portland for processing. The film is brought to Portland on Tuesdays and it usually takes about a week. It is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If the film is color negative film (process C-41), contact Portland Color for processing information at 1-800-734-3230 or e-mail [email protected]

• For No Name in Mechanic Falls (Thursday, Oct. 9) regarding her problem with odor in her kitchen sink, she did not mention if she also had a disposal. If so, I have some input that helps me every time. When the disposal is on and the water is running into it I throw 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in. Sure hope it works. I like your advice very much. Read Sunspots faithfully every morning. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m a seventh and eighth grade physical education teacher at Mt. Blue Middle School and during the week I teach an Adaptive P.E. class for special needs kids. I’m looking for a three-wheel bike, handicap bike, to borrow for the winter to use in our gym. I would love to teach my students to ride a bike because it is a skill they can use for the rest of their lives. It could also be a means of transportation for them later on in life. If you have one that we can borrow or if you are interested in selling one please contact Mt. Blue Middle School, 778-3511, ext. 254. This would mean a world to my students and me. – Katherine Crutchfield, Mt. Blue P.E. teacher.

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