DEAR SUN SPOTS: You are so helpful. Maybe this will be an easy one for you. We have a Maine license plate dated 1948; it’s black and orange and made out of brass. Do you know if these are rare or not? I found it in a building we are going to demolish. Thanks for information you can dig up. — An avid reader via email

ANSWER: Sun Spots can’t speak to how rare they are, but there are several offered on eBay. The prices are good, ranging from a $45 asking price for one in not-so-good shape to a motorcycle version in excellent shape for $450 or best offer.

License plate collecting appears to be a popular hobby, and you may have a gem, especially if it’s in good shape.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to the July 16 letter from John Bay, I am not sure if they are still growing them, but on Route 106 in Leeds there used to be large fields of sunflowers just before you reach Church Hill (going in from 219 out of North Turner over to the former Decoster Feed Mill, then right onto 106).

Might be worth a ride over later this summer to see if they are still growing them. They were used for feed for the cattle, I believe. — [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The field John is looking for was in Leeds on the Buckley farms. The enclosed photo was taken at the junction of the dump road and Route 106 near the Fish Cemetery. I don’t think the sunflowers were planted this year, but I may be mistaken. They are indeed gorgeous. — Marilyn Burgess, [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots’ black-and-white column cannot do justice to Marilyn’s photo, but she might send it to John if he asks.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: There used to be a beautiful field of sunflowers at Holbrook Road in Auburn just above the basin area of Lake Auburn. The field is likely part of Holbrook Farms. — Scott and Dana Annear, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In response to John Bay looking for the field of sunflowers, he may have seen them on the Holbrook Road (off North Auburn Road), not far from the Minot town line, by the power lines. They were indeed spectacular, but unfortunately are no longer there. — Kay Herbert, Sumner

DEAR SUN SPOTS, I saw the July 15 question regarding pickleball and the availability of local players and informed the letter writer of the Oxford Pickleball Group.

You may inform your readers that we play from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays in Oxford. In good weather we play at Pismo Beach (Pismo Beach Road off King Street); in inclement weather we play at the Oxford Town Office on Pleasant Street (Route 121).

If anyone has questions, they can call me at 539-2372. Thanks. — Howie via email

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I just want to confirm that Morin’s Fine Furniture in Lewiston does outstanding work (July 18 letter). We recently had an antique table repaired and refinished. The results were terrific, and the price was much better than an estimate we got from an antique store. — No Name via email

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You have helped me several times in the past, and I’m hoping you will be able to help me with this request. I’m looking for two items:

I am looking for a used self-sharpening paper cutter. It looks like a cutting board with an arm that one pulls down to cut sheets of paper. I do volunteer teaching and could really use a good used paper cutter.

The second item is a car rack to secure a kayak to. It would be for an older 1999 Toyota sedan.

If you have either of these items you are willing to sell at a reasonable price, please call or email. — Anita Poulin, 207-782-5118, [email protected]

DEAR SUN SPOTS: My grandson will soon be going to a summer music camp and will be needing a music stand. I would like to know if there is anyone out there who has one that they would part with for a reasonable price. Thank you. — [email protected]

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