DEAR SUN SPOTS:  For many years I was part of local country bands and am looking for Diane Dulac, who was our drummer. I have a CD of “Misty Blue” that I would like to share with her.

I also would like to find a daughter of Judy Soldt as I have a CD of “Wild Honey” that I would like to share with the family.

I can be reached at 524-3455 if any of the family members see this letter. — V. Starbird, no town

ANSWER: Sun Spots has had lots of success finding “lost” people. I hope someone in Sun Spots Land who knows these people can shed some light on these two and connect you. Let us know what happens.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: How do I go about finding an obituary for an Auburn native, Cyrus Baker, who died between 2002 and 2006? — Joe, no town

ANSWER: I did a quick search and did not find an obituary on Cyrus Baker. However, I found a death record and a Social Security record for a Cyrus B. Baker who was born on Sept. 26, 1920 and died on Sept. 20, 2004 and was from Auburn. This could be the person you’re looking for.

Remember, not everyone chooses to have an obituary published. It’s not required. There are hundreds of websites that can help you with a search though, as well as funeral home sites and newspaper archives. Some sites have a “free trial” period if you join such as Legacy.com or Ancestry.com. There are also other websites you can join to get information on anyone, living or dead!

If you’re looking for birth and death certificates, town offices can help you. Sun Spotters, if you have information that can help Joe on his quest, please write in.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I really like cilantro, but it always spoils before I can use it up. Do you and others have tips for me? — No name, no town

ANSWER: Keeping cilantro fresh is a frustration. The method that’s worked best for me is to wash this herb then allow it to air-dry thoroughly on a clean towel. I then wrap the cilantro plus the towel loosely in a plastic bag and keep it in the refrigerator.

Another method is to grow your own cilantro in a pot on the kitchen windowsill. The seed packets can be found easily and started in some potting mix. The sprouts are delicious in salad and you can just keep adding new seed as you use the fresh leaves. Cilantro has great health benefits, including acting as an awesome anti-inflammatory so I hope you’ll give this a try and enjoy it often!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: My kitchen sink drain always smells musty although water seems to be running down it freely. I seem to remember a fix that uses baking soda and vinegar, but I’m not sure if I should use that. — Carolyn, no town

ANSWER: It’s worth a try. Carefully pour 1/2 cup baking soda into the drain then add 1 cup white vinegar. This will bubble up. Wait about 15 minutes until the bubbles subside then run the hot water for about 1 minute. You might want to use this method every week or so to keep the drain smelling fresh.

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