Dear Sun Spots: The New Gloucester Historical Society thanks all who
made the 2009 Strawberry Festival a success. Thank you to the 60
volunteers who helped make everything happen, thank you to the Hodgman
family for the donation of their famous and delicious frozen custard,
thank you to Pineland Farms for their generous pricing for the
strawberries, thank you to the Berry Berry Good Band, thank you to the
several hundred people who came to the festival. The society thanks
Jean Libby for all her work as chair. — Leonard L. Brooks, New
Gloucester Historical Society.

Dear Sun Spots: We recently lost our year-old cocker spaniel to micro vascular liver disease. We are currently searching for reputable cocker spaniel breeders with quality puppies. Must have great temperaments. If any readers of Sun Spots has any information on this request please relay message through Sun Spots or write to P.O. Box 631, Wilton, Maine 04294. Thank you. — No Name, Wilton.

Dear Sun Spots: I have had this Terk indoor antenna and it worked fine before the big switch over. I had received channel 6, 8, 13 and 23 all in high definition just fine. Now, after the big switch over I cannot get channel 8 at all. I am curious if I am the only one with this problem. Why was I able to receive channel 8 in HD before and now I can’t? I am thinking about getting an outdoor antenna but if I don’t have to I would like to save the money. — Tom, Lewiston.

Answer: Sun Spots recommends contacting WMTW Channel 8 directly for help with your digital reception. Contact the station at 782-1800.

Dear Sun Spots: I’m looking for an original 1970s Snugli soft baby carrier to purchase for a reasonable price, or for the pattern which I could copy. The Snugli brand name was sold in the 1980s and the design significantly altered, so today’s versions are nothing like the original. The original design is available online,, but is very expensive, and I’ve had no luck on e-bay. My friends and I sewed ours using denim, seersucker, or corduroy and lots of snaps! Please call 645-3810. Thank you. — No Name, North Jay. 

Dear Sun Spots: Can you please tell me if they’re going to bring back the show “Biggest Loser” and how I can get on the show? — No Name, No Town.

Answer: According to, the next season of “The Biggest Loser: Couples” is scheduled to start on Tuesday, September 15 at 8 p.m. 

NBC is now casting for season nine of the weight-loss reality show and has scheduled open calls for July throughout the U.S. They are searching for family member teams of two who each have at least 100 pounds to lose. The closest open call for Mainers is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Philadelphia area at NBC 10, 10 Monument Rd. Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

For those who can’t get to the open call, download an application at, make a 10-minute DVD with you and your family member and take a photo of yourself to include in the application. 

Include in your video why you should be on the show and show them how weight affects your life in every aspect. Show them and tell them why you and your partner want to lose the weight.

Tape submissions must be postmarked by Friday, August 7, and can be mailed to The Biggest Loser Casting, c/o Central Park West Productions, P.O Box 10037, Manhattan Beach, CA 90267-0578.

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