Seniors seek help from handyman


DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you or your readers know of a handyman who does odd jobs for seniors? Thank you. — No Name via email

ANSWER: Dean Hinkley, Wales, 375-6163, has been highly recommended. If others would like to be added to the list, please write Sun Spots.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Good morning and thank you for being such a great community resource. Do you know of any daytime iPad-user courses in the Lewiston-Auburn area and of any private-class resources?

Also, I cannot access my Sun Journal e-edition using mobile broadband while traveling, but it works just fine at home. Is there a reason for this? Thank you again! — No Name via email

ANSWER: Some libraries have offered courses periodically for different technology, but Sun Spots does not know specifically about iPads.

Adult education classes are another option. You can check out available course offerings at or if you don’t live in Lewiston.


Probably one of the local schoolteachers who uses them in the classroom could be of help. Perhaps someone will write in and offer their services.

You can also find how-to videos on YouTube or download a user’s manual online (

As for reading the Sun Journal online, if you are trying to use your iPad while traveling, for most iPads there must be a wireless signal from the Internet for the device to connect to. McDonald’s and Starbucks are examples of businesses that provide free Wi-Fi.

That is unless you purchased the model with the optional cellular coverage, for which you will be paying a monthly fee to access the Internet over the cellphone system and can do so anywhere cellphone service is available.

If the problem is with your iPhone, you might want to ask your carrier (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) for help. Sun Spots has to admit that she is not familiar with iPhones. Perhaps readers will have suggestions.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: What kind of ink do you print the papers with? — Samantha via email

ANSWER: James Costello Jr., who is in charge of production, says that the Sun Journal uses Lithographic printing inks. The color inks are soy based and the black is petroleum based.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: A few weeks back you referred to an emailer named “babcia,” who asked about Polish organizations in the region, as “he.” I wonder if you got an earful, as babcia means grandmother. — S. via email

ANSWER: Not a peep. Sun Spots must not have that many Polish-speaking readers. She cannot imagine she could get away with the same thing if the emailer was a French grandmother!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You’ve helped me in the past, and I hope you can again.

I was wondering if you or your readers might know where I can purchase a Weight Watchers Point Guide book with the points for the different foods. I don’t want to join Weight Watchers; I just want to do it by myself at home.

I was wondering if somebody might have an extra book or one they aren’t using anymore and might want to sell it. I will pay a reasonable price for it.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. — Peg, 364-2880

ANSWER: sells those guidebooks, so your local bookstore may be able to order one for you as well. If you want to order from Amazon, the phone number is 800-201-7575.

But Sun Spots bets someone who bought a new book will be glad to send you their old one. It says online that Weight Watchers updated their point system in 2011.

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