DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a place where someone can teach me how to use QuickBooks. I have used an old version in the past but had to update due to computer problems and am confused with the new version.
Maybe some of the adult ed places are offering classes. I would appreciate your help in locating a place. Thank you. — Mary Crooker, 998-4982 firstname.lastname@example.org
ANSWER: You can find an adult education class by going to maineadulted.org and entering “QuickBooks” and your ZIP code. There appear to be several options.
You should also find some guidance in the QuickBooks product itself under the “help” menu.
Another option is online tutorials. Some cost, but others are available free on sites such as YouTube. Just google “QuickBooks online tutorials” and take your pick.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am the secretary to the ELHS Alumni Association and try to keep track of the yearly class reunions, person in charge, where, when and times.
If the people in charge of their reunion for this year could contact me with this information, it would be greatly appreciated. I have many calls from out-of-state classmates who would like information for their reunion so they can plan to attend. Thank you. — Diane Freve, 224-7348, email@example.com
DEAR SUN SPOTS: A question about the pronunciation of "Gannett" has bothered me for some time. When I lived and worked in Portland in the 1950s, we always knew Gannett as GANNett.
Now whenever I hear it mentioned on TV it is pronounced GaNNETT. Can you tell me when and why there was a change? Thanks for your help. I never miss Sun Spots. — M. Goodwin via email
ANSWER: Sun Spots does not know that there is a “right” way to pronounce a name. In Mr. Sun Spots' family, his three siblings all pronounce their unusual last name slightly differently.
In the case of Gannett, it may depend on whether you are talking about the former Guy Gannett Communications, a family-run firm that used to own the Press Herald and other Maine media outlets, or Gannett Communications, a huge media conglomerate that owns USA Today.
Perhaps the Portland company used the first pronunciation, while the corporation uses the latter?
DEAR SUN SPOTS: On March 1 I was on my way to work in a snowstorm,when I lost control of my vehicle trying to avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle. My vehicle spun around a couple times and landed in a ditch on the side of Route 202 in Greene.
I wasn't hurt, nor was anyone else, but I sure was shaken up a bit. I sat there in my car stunned, couldn't even make a call on my phone right away as other vehicles passed. I finally was able to pull myself together enough to call my family.
In the meantime, a red Jeep pulled up to the side of the road and a young man got out to see if I was OK. Other than being shaken up, I was fine. He happened to have a couple heavy towing chains with him and offered to help pull my car out of the ditch.
As he proceeded to hook up the chains, my family arrived at the scene. One son controlled traffic while the other two family members helped this wonderful man in getting my car up and out of the ditch.
Traffic was getting backed up and some people were getting impatient, sounding their horns. Time was of the essence to get traffic flowing again, so all we had time to find out was the man’s name (Ike) and where he was from (Freeport). I'm writing this letter in hope that this man will read this, so that I may thank him and his female passenger properly for their kindness. — Virginia, 212-9117, firstname.lastname@example.org
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