DEAR SUN SPOTS: On Sunday, Aug. 19, I lost a silver cross and chain while shopping in Auburn and Lewiston. I went to Blackie’s Vegetable Stand, the Dollar Tree, Applebee’s, Goodwill and Marden’s. This cross is 50 years old and was given to me in memory of my brother, who died in Vietnam, so it means a great deal to me. If anyone finds it in one of these stores or in the parking lots I would appreciate if you would call me at 207-875-2539. Thank you.

—Hazel, no town

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In Aug. 20 Sun Spots, there was a query regarding a “Dr. Ted Ross” in Lewiston. I believe Marilyn is referring to Dr. Ted Roth.

—No name, Auburn

ANSWER: According to a source at Central Maine Medical Center and at the contact number listed for Dr. Roth whose specialty is gynecology, he is no longer affiliated with CMMC and may not have a medical practice in the state any longer. If any readers have information about Dr. Roth, please be sure to confirm that it is current and correct, then write in!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m reading a book by a British author; I don’t know if being British has anything to do with this, but the author uses three periods (ellipsis) in (square) brackets: […] Sometimes he uses this notation in a sentence, and sometimes between sentences. What does this mean?

—Charles, no town

ANSWER: This is very curious and could simply be stylistic. I’d have a better idea if I was able to see the book you’re reading.

The grammatical rule for use of ellipsis (plural: ellipses) is to save space or remove material that is less relevant. They are useful in getting right to the point without delay or distraction and can be used when omitting a word, phrase, line, paragraph, or more from a quoted passage. Ellipsis points (which contain three periods with a space between each one) are also often used at the beginning of an introduced quote or to integrate a quote. If the author being quoted uses ellipses, the writer should distinguish them from his own ellipses by putting square brackets around the ones he adds.

I know this is as clear as mud. If any English professors, etc. want to clarify further, have at it!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Where is a place to drop off a push gas lawn mower that is junk?

—Richard, no town

ANSWER: You don’t say where you live, but most towns will accept items like this at the transfer station. In my town, there is a $5 fee to dispose of a lawn mower and the gas tank must be empty. Contact your local transfer station or town office and they should be able to help you.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Does Dunkin’ Donuts still make chocolate cream donuts?

—Rick, no town

ANSWER: Dunkin’ Donuts trotted out a new Chocolate Cake Batter Donut at the beginning of the summer. I don’t know if this is what you’re looking for, but this donut is filled with chocolate buttercream filling, frosted with chocolate icing and topped with sprinkles.

Your best bet is to go to the nearest Dunkin’ or give them a call and ask what donuts are available as the selection may vary by location.

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