Dear Sun Spots: Please help me or let me know someone who could. I live on a fixed income and I have a big, active boy with some disabilities. He loves all sports but he wears big sizes. I am looking for Rollerblades, size 17, men’s. If anyone knows where I could buy or get a cheap pair or if anyone has a pair they’re not using, I’d appreciate it. – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, you may want to contact Play It Again Sports in Auburn, which carries new and used sports items and equipment, (207) 777-7427.

Dear Sun Spots: I am anxious to hear from the Lions Club to see what happens to all the eyeglasses and hearing aids they collect. I have yet to get a response from them since filling out the form they sent me in December. I am still looking to buy a secondhand hearing aid from them as I can’t afford to buy a new one. – Theresa Bergeron, Auburn.

Answer:
According to the Lions Club International Web site, you can learn more about the Lions Club recycled hearing aid program here in Maine by contacting Maine Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, 20 Whippoorwill Road, Litchfield, ME 04350, (207) 268-2158. Sun Spots was able to learn that once glasses are donated they are then sent to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Muncie, Ind., where they are sorted into used glasses, sunglasses, broken frames and single lenses. The prescription is determined by a lensometer. The glasses are then cleaned and packaged according to their individual prescription. They are stored in a warehouse until needed.

Another suggestion is to contact the Western Area Agency on Aging, 465 Main St., Lewiston, (207) 795-4010, and request information on how to qualify for a hearing aid at a reduced cost. According to Paul Chabot of the Lewiston/Auburn Lions Club, hearing aids are pretty expensive and they don’t have the funds. Any applications received were by accident.

You may also want to contact Hear-More, P.O. Box 3413, Farmingdale, NY 11735, (1-800-881-HEAR/1-800-881-4327) and inquire about their amplified and clarity telephones for the hearing-impaired. A representative will be happy to assist you between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for a slide projector. I inherited several boxes of slides, but the projector went in another direction. Recently, I have become interested in painting and would like to utilize some of these slides. I could get one in a craft catalog for $175, which is out of reach for me on my fixed income. I can be reached at (207) 364-4893. – Joyce Keyo, Mexico.

Dear Sun Spots: I wonder if you can answer this question.

When ordering an item by mail it says shipping and handling. Does handling mean we are in reality paying part of their employees’ salaries? – No Name, No Town.

Answer:
Sun Spots understand shipping to mean postage costs and handling to mean finding and packing up the item, labeling it and wrapping it up for postage. I guess if you look at it that way it is paying for salaries.

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