DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to know how to get pictures and autographs from some of my favorite Hollywood movie stars. — Steve, no town.

ANSWER: Check your favorite celebrities’ official websites, or use the website, to see if they accept fan mail and autograph requests. If they do, then there should be an address listed on the site. It may also be possible to find the address of their publicist, who would pass any fan mail on to that person.

Some celebrities specifically do not send out autographs and their official fan websites will say this. If they do not have an official website, it may be easier to connect with them via their social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter. When sending out a letter it should be polite, handwritten is best, and include a self-addressed envelope with postage for the items you are requesting.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to know if anyone knows the art of twining a rug with a loom and baling twine? I bought the loom a few years back hoping I would learn this art, but I really learn better hands-on. — Theresa, no town.

ANSWER: While there are many rug-braiding and rug-weaving classes and workshops around the state, twined rugs are a little different. They are made on upright frames and resemble braided rugs. There are great step-by-step instructions with videos here:

If you are more interested in getting comfortable with weaving rather than with your specific material, check out your local adult education offerings as well as the following:

Purple Fleece, 103 School St. in Stockton Springs, offers several classes year-round. It can be reached by calling 207-323-1871 or email [email protected]

Halcyon Yarn, 12 School St. in Bath, offers tapestry weaving and floor-loom weaving classes. It can be reached by calling 207-442-7909 or 1-800-341-0282 or through its website,

Portfiber is a fiber arts shop at 50 Cove St. in Portland. It offers tapestry and rug-weaving classes and can be reached by calling 207-780-1345 or email [email protected] is another resource for finding local artisans with these skills and a way to stay up to date about events and classes being offered. If anyone has this skill and would be willing to give a lesson or two, please write to Sun Spots.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: As the country marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in World War I, the Jay Historical Society wishes to honor those who served.

It is suspected that many families in the area have knowledge of ancestors whose efforts, in the service or on the home front, were essential to the cost. The Historical Society encourages people to share their stories. The goal is to gather as many accounts as possible to present to the community in a program planned for later this year.

To help with the project, leave a message for the Historical Society at the Jay-Niles Library, 983 Main St., Jay, by stopping in or calling 207-645-4062. The library staff will pass the message on to a member of the Historical Society who will contact you.

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