DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking to replace my hair dryer or perhaps just the bonnet. My hair dryer is a soft bonnet by Lady Carel, model number 173005. I will really appreciate any help I receive on this.

Also, I am looking for a carousel slide tray projector. I have many carousel slide trays, and I need to sort them out. I can be reached at 783-1149. Thank you. — No Name, Lewiston

ANSWER: Sun Spots didn’t have much luck with your Lady Carel. There were only two listed on eBay, and she didn’t find a regular retail source for purchasing them. There do seem to be more options in soft bonnet dryers if you change brands. At they had several options. Sun Spots hopes that someone in the hair salon business can be more helpful.

As for the carousel slide projector, the Kodak Web site said they discontinued manufacturing them in 2004, but there were many listed on eBay, and (1-866-216-1072) sells them as well. Also, someone in the community might have one they’d be willing to part with.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to know if there any dealers, also repair shops, that work on Generac portable generators in Jay, Livermore Falls, Farmington and beyond. Thank you. — No Name, Jay

ANSWER: According to, there are no dealers in your area. The closest two are Ben King & Son, 65 Quimby St., Augusta, 622-6038, and Flanders Electric, 50 Beal St., Norway, 743-6526. For more information from Generac, you can call call 1-888-GENERAC (1-888-436-3722), Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time (that’s an hour behind us).


DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am a 16-year-old male looking for a very cheap used drum set. My friends and I are starting a band, but the drum player does not have a drum set. If there is anyone out there who can help me with my problem, I would very much appreciate it. My number is 777-5245. Thank you. — William Heutz, Lisbon

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have no computer but would like to find out where to buy Jeff Burton NASCAR hats, shirts, posters, memorabilia. Don’t say Auburn Mall. I need an address for mail order. — No Name, Lewiston

ANSWER: Sun Spots found several sources online, but they did offer phone numbers. They include (1-866-290-4569), (1-866-216-1072), (877-778-8976), (877-965-3955) and (866-543-3685).

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Has anyone had a problem with Blue Bonnet margarine? Every time I have used it lately it curdles, and I have had to throw it away. — No Name, No Town

ANSWER: You can complain to Blue Bonnet by calling 800-988-7808. 

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for someone to appraise an old violin (bought before 1930). Please call me at 778-4084. Thanks for your help. — Louise

ANSWER: In addition to whatever readers might have to offer, Sun Spots found Claire Curtis Violins, South Berwick, ME 03908. She makes and repairs violins, including old violins, so she may be able to assess the value of yours. Her workshop is open by appointment only. Her telephone number is 384-3277, but e-mail ([email protected]) is the preferred contact method. The next closest she found was Johnson String Instrument, 11 John St., Newton, MA 02459, 800-359-9351, 617-964-0954.

FOLLOWUP ON MADISON’S TANNING: On Friday, a letter writer referred Madison’s customers to Paul Bulick as power of attorney for that establishment. Sun Spots spoke to Mr. Bulick, and he said that is not accurate, and he does not want calls from customers of Madison’s. Sun Spots should have checked with him first, and she apologizes for any inconvenience to him or her readers.

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