DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m from out of state and would like to submit a lengthy poem for my father-in-law for the 10th anniversary of his death. I would like to know how this is handled and what is the price range? It has 116 words to it.

Also, would you be able to use a picture that has been used in the past by the Sun Journal without our resubmitting one? How far in advance would you need the poem and how can payment be made if from out of state? Thank you. — No Name via e-mail

ANSWER: Many people use poems in their memoriams to loved ones, which appear on the obituary page regularly. Your poem or other text can be placed in a memoriam of any size you wish. Some examples of sizes and prices for these ads are one column, 1 inch long for $23.41, one column, 4 inches long for $93.64, two columns at 1¼ inches for $58.53 and a two-column, 3-inch ad for $140.46. There is an additional 5 percent charge for memoriams that appear in Sunday’s paper.

The advertising department will lay out your memoriam for you, but along with the size, you can choose the border you want.

If you want help picking out a verse for your memoriam, you can go online to The fourth pink tab is “memorials” and at the end of that you ‘ll see a link for 200 verses from which you can choose.

Photos are welcome, but it’s unlikely a photo from that long ago is still in the Sun Journal system.

Memoriams must be prepaid. If you live nearby, you might want to come in to the Sun Journal’s customer service department to make arrangements and pay, or alternatively, you could mail in a check or use a credit or debit card. The Sun Journal accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Deadlines for placing memoriams is before 10 a.m. for publication the next day except for Saturday, Sunday and Monday papers, when the deadline is before 10 a.m. Friday. Deadlines for holidays are also early.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have two questions:

We’d like to put a one-year memorial for our mother in the paper. How do we go about doing this? Can it be done online? What does it cost?

Our father passed away last May, and we’d like to purchase laminated obituary cards. This was done for our mother by someone else. Any help in this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.— Lisa, [email protected]

ANSWER: The first part of your question is answered in the previous letter. Memoriams cannot be placed online yet, but you can e-mail your request to [email protected]

As for the laminated obituary cards, the Sun Journal does do those. They are $3.75 each.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am currently unemployed and want to look up jobs in the Sun Journal. However, every time I look up jobs it sends me to Don’t you have jobs in the classified section of your newspaper any more? Also, how do I call up a different date on the website? Thank you for your help. — Gloria, [email protected]

ANSWER: is an online job site owned by the Sun Journal’s parent, the Sun Media Group, and includes many, but not all, of the jobs published in the Sun Journal. The classifieds are still published in the newspaper and can also be viewed online via the e-edition. If you got to, you will see “e-edition” in the third row of blue tabs across the top of the page. There is a subscription charge for the e-edition (starts at $6.95 for four weeks), but it will allow you to see any edition of the paper you choose.

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