DEAR SUN SPOTS: Recently I was going through some old boxes and came across a few open-reel cassettes. I recognized them as being my grandmother’s and coming into my possession when she passed back in the mid-1990s.

I was pretty sure that these were recordings made by my family back when my father was in the service in the mid- to late-1960s. I had no idea if there was anything retrievable and was about to put them back when I remembered reading in a Sun Spots’ column about a gentleman who might be able to transfer them to CD.

Sure enough, I found Mr. Ibarguen’s phone number in the archives and contacted him. This man did a phenomenal job, and I cannot thank him enough.

On these CDs I now have not only recordings of family members, some when they were just children, but I have recordings of my father, who died in Vietnam when I was less than a year old.

So, thank you, Sun Spots, for providing the name, and thank you, Mr. Ibarguen, for providing your time and expertise, but most of all, thank you both for providing me with something priceless … the sound of my father’s voice. — Veronda Johndro, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m looking for a reliable address for Sylvester Stallone. I would like to send him a picture of my son who is identical to him. Thank you very much for your column. — No Name via e-mail

ANSWER: Sun Spots cannot vouch for their reliability, but here are addresses she found online: Sylvester Stallone, Rogue Marble Productions Inc., 21731 Ventura Blvd., Suite 300, Woodland Hills, CA 91364 or perhaps 21650 Oxnard St., Suite 1925, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 (Sun Spots thinks the first street address for Rogue is more likely correct, but she can’t be sure). Or you could try Sylvester Stallone, c/o William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have a Radiant Wall Master slide projector screen that I would like to donate to a nonprofit organization. I also have the tripod from which it hangs. I always read your column as it has been very helpful to me over the years. — Mary, Auburn, 783-3890, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: For Deb asking about Snake Pond. She may be thinking of a place we used to call Rattlesnake Pond. From the intersection of Routes 11 and 26 in Poland, go west past Tripp Lake, toward Naples. About 5 or 6 miles from the intersection, the pond is on the left. It cannot be seen from Route 11. It is about a quarter mile in. A Google map shows the pond, but it appears to be all private land now. — Dick via e-mail

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Does anyone have any extra rhubarb or berries that they would be willing to donate or sell at a reasonable price to the Maine children’s Cancer Pie Booth at Farmington Fair? I can slice and freeze them till then.

Please contact MCCP committee member Sandee Welch at 364-2548 or 418-9650. Thank you for any help that you can give to this worthy cause. — Debi Briggs, [email protected]

ANSWER: Isn’t it a little late in the year for rhubarb and most berries? Sun Spots’ raspberries are long gone, and her blackberries nearly so. A handful of blueberries remain. But perhaps readers farther north or west still have some left?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am an assistant den leader writing on behalf of Lewiston Cub Scout Pack 007, seeking anyone willing to either donate or affordably offer a set of 10 to 15 ground-stake solar lights.

As we plan a new year of exciting camping adventures, we have new Scouts experiencing overnight camping for the very first time. Having this added bit of lighting for our camp area and restroom trails would make a world of difference to these boys. Anyone with information for us can please contact us at [email protected] — Kira Spellman, 402-4165

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