DEAR SUN SPOTS: On the morning of Jan. 29, the tailgate on my brother’s truck opened and all of his tools fell out. He is self-employed, and these tools are most important.

If anyone happened to come across a tool box full of tools and a gallon bucket also full of tools along Route 9 in Sabattus, right off the turnpike exit, could you please let us know? Thanks. — R. Bates, [email protected], 753-0524

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In February 2002 my husband went to Boston for the Patriots parade and did a brief interview with Chris Rose. I would like to know if it is possible to get a copy of that showing. Who do I contact, and is there a cost for getting a copy? — Tracy Michaud, [email protected]

ANSWER: According to, WCSH contracts with Smith Atwood Video Services for program and story duplication:

You can reach Smith Atwood Video Services at 773-5119 or on the Web at There is a charge for their services.

Video that is available for duplication includes News Center Morning Report, News Center at noon, 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Bill Green’s Maine.

Purchasing video from Smith Atwood Video Services does not include the rights for rebroadcasting or posting online. NBC Network programming and other nonlocal programming are not available for duplication.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We are trying to locate Randy Williams. We met him at the New Portland Fair in September. He had a booth called Air Brush Store. His phone number is no longer in service. We bought three plates from him but wanted the plates touched up. He took the plates to fix, and we ordered nine more. We have left several messages, but he never returned our calls. Thanks for the help. — Janet and Kathy, New Vineyard

ANSWER: Sun Spots tried an online search but didn’t have any luck. Hopefully readers will be able to help.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to No Name, Greenwood, who asked about recycling calendars, my granddaughters and I make picture books for a local nursing home using the picture part of the calendar. When my brother was a patient in the Alzheimer’s unit, he loved looking through books of that type.

We put the pictures in plastic page protectors, which are available in any office supply store or department, and then put them into a three-ring binder. This is a fun, easy and inexpensive project for even young children. If the pictures are too small to fit the 8 1/2- by 11-inch format, we mount them on colored paper before inserting them into the page protector. — No Name, Dixfield

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I love your column. I am looking for a full-size keyboard (88 keys). If anybody has one they are no longer using, please call me. Thank you so much. — No Name, Auburn, 402-0232

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read with interest your Jan. 20 column on old songs. I recently received a great item from a friend. The website is an oldtime jukebox. When you click on your selection not only do you see the face of the performer, and hear the music, but the words are printed out as well, so everybody can sing along. — Janet Gibson, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to Gary Haskell of Auburn’s question about satellite television, I’ve had Dish Network for more than three years. I changed because cable was too expensive. I get a lot more channels with Dish, and it costs a lot less than cable. My brother has Direct TV and is happy with that, and my son has Dish. We are all very happy with satellite over cable. — E.F. Burge, Winthrop

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