DEAR SUN SPOTS: Oxford County residents, here is a chance to give back to the community with a minimal time commitment and a flexible schedule. The American Red Cross needs additional volunteers to serve as blood donor ambassadors at local blood drives in Oxford County. These ambassadors welcome donors, screen their temperatures, and put out snacks for them at the canteen. Interested volunteers will be asked to watch a short online video and be given additional training.

If you are interested in becoming a local blood donor ambassador for the Red Cross, follow the link below to sign up. Someone from the Red Cross will contact you for follow-up. If you have questions, contact Erica Fuller at 1-802-735-8842 or at [email protected].  There is more information at

Thank you in advance for your potential interest. — Loraine, Greenwood

ANSWER: I hope this event is a great success and that you get plenty of participants.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: My late father’s century-old violin, made in Czechoslovakia, needs minor repair and appraisal. Who do you recommend to service this precious heirloom? — Michael, Auburn

ANSWER: That violin must be very precious to you. You can make an appointment with Jonathan Cooper Violinmaker in Portland at There is an email form on the website or you can call him at 671-6029.

Other people with expertise in this area are Kevin McElroy, also in Portland (536-0519, Frost Gully Violins in Brunswick may also be able to repair the violin and direct you to someone in the area for an appraisal. The phone number is 373-1842.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m writing to see if anyone can help make my brother-in- law’s 50th birthday the best birthday ever.

My mother- in-law passed away in late October 2020 and my husband and I gained guardianship of him early this year. He’s a Boston sports fan and we want to make his 50th birthday in early June a huge success! Until we’re all vaccinated, we understand that with COVID-19 restrictions, it may make his ability to see a sporting event an issue, but I was wondering if there is the opportunity for him to Zoom or to receive birthday wishes from any Boston sports team players. If anyone can offer any suggestions to help us make his birthday a success in this way, it would be greatly appreciated! — Shannon, no town

ANSWER: If any readers have had luck arranging something like Shannon wants to do for her brother-in-law, please write in. These professional team players receive thousands of requests of this sort, but if you have an “in,” perhaps you will share it.

Meanwhile, here’s the contact information for the four major sports teams. My suggestion would be to write to these teams and explain your brother-in-law’s circumstances and special day.

Red Sox: Boston Red Sox, 4 Jersey St., Boston, MA 02215-3496, executive offices: 1-617-226-6000. Boston Bruins: Boston Professional Hockey Association Inc., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114, main office: 1-617-624-1900. Boston Celtics: [email protected], 1-866-4CELTIX, Boston Celtics, 226 Causeway St., Fourth Floor, Boston, MA 02114. New England Patriots: Gillette Stadium One Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035-1388. Stadium: 1-508- 543-8200

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