DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read your column every day and am turning to you for some very badly needed help in finding someone.

My sister, Donna Lee Dagneau passed away in Florida this past month and I’m attempting to find her husband’s children so we can give his service medals and other items to them.

Lucien R. Dagneau passed away in 1998. I know he had a son, Roland (wife Janet) and a daughter named Claire. I think that they still live in the Lewiston area. I called a number I found in an old phone book, but it’s no longer in service.

I would like to have Lou’s belongings in Florida returned to his family. This was always something I tried to get my sister to do when she came back to visit every fall. I can be contacted at 224-7032. Thanks for all you help. — Ilene, Turner

ANSWER: Calling all Sun Spotters! Please put the word out. It would be wonderful to find this veteran’s family members. Please keep Sun Spots posted!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m 65 and in need of a good, caring doctor. Any recommendations from you and your readers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for helping so many. I read your column every day. — Linda, Turner

ANSWER: It’s so important to have a caring medical professional that you can trust and who you feel comfortable with. The goal is to have a long-standing relationship with a doctor who is not only a board-certified medical professional in good standing, but also someone you can really relate to.

I would suggest you begin by asking family members and friends about who they have caring for them and go from there. Because you’re 65, I assume you have Medicare and you should have gotten a booklet with a list of physicians from your health insurance company when you signed up. I realize that just having a list isn’t the same as a word-of-mouth-recommendation from someone you know, but it can be helpful place to start. Of course, you’ll want to be sure the doctor you’re considering is covered by your insurance, as well as the hospital the physician is affiliated with.

When “shopping” for a health care provider, you may have to try a few before you find one you really like. You can ask for a consultation or a “get-to-know-you” visit with a new doctor. That way, you get to not only know the physician a little, but can also have a first-hand experience on important matters like how long you are in the waiting room and how you are treated by support staff. There may be a fee for this visit, but it’s money well spent.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Are there any nursing homes or assisted living facilities staff interested in creating a greeting card nook/closet? I have a ton of new all-occasion greeting cards to give away; enough to spread around. — No name, no town

ANSWER: That’s a fantastic idea. Let’s include all retirement communities in the receivers of these cards. Perhaps a nook for greeting cards could be included in the facilities’ community rooms or libraries. If our readers know where to distribute these cards, offered so generously, please write in.

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