Dear Sun Spots: I am a handicapped person. I receive Social Security and live on a fixed monthly income. I am looking for a power portable wheelchair ramp, which must be 8-feet long, so I can get my power chair out to enjoy the summer weather without having two people move it for me. I can be reached at [email protected] or 786-9128 if anyone has a ramp such as this or wants to sell one at a reasonable price. Thank you in advance. – Bruce Wotton, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: Would you know whom I could contact for information regarding solar panels and windmills? Who makes them? Thank you, I appreciate your help. I may be reached in Sabattus at 375-9901. – No Name, Sabattus.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots would encourage you to contact the following for your alternative needs:

PhotoVolt US Inc., 134 Rogers Road, P.O. Box 2099, York Beach, ME 03910, 332-3297 or via their Web site at www.photovoltus.com.

Penobscot Solar Design, 569 Back Ridge Road, Penobscot, ME 04476, 326-0779, or via their Web site at www.penobscotsolar.com.

Clover Hill Sun & Wind, 366 Town Farm Road., Lincoln, ME 04457, 794-3103.

Earthstar Energy Systems, Route 220 at U.S. Route 1, Waldoboro, ME 04572, 832-6861.

Energy and Design, 18 Stone Road, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, 967-4776.

Energy Concepts, P.O. Box 183, Bridgton, ME 04009, 647-4016.

Heliotropic Technologies, 60 Campbell St., Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538,

HI-TECH Energy Systems, 3 Loon Drive, Topsham, ME 04086, 729-5606.

Independent Power, 22 Sullivan Road, Greene, ME 04236, 946-4444.

Maine Solar Energy, 415 Congress St. #202, Portland, ME 04101, 699-1357.

Seads Solar Hostel, RR2 262 Georgetown Road, Columbia Falls, ME 04623, 483 9763.

Sol-Air Company, 129 Miller St., Belfast, ME 04915, 338-9513.

SolarMarine Electric & Solar Hydronic System, 498 Varnumville Road, Brooksville, ME 04617, 326-8016.

Sunpower Etc., Inc. P.O. Box 1235, Saco, ME 04072, 284-4672.

The Green Store Inc, 71 Main St., Belfast, ME 04915, 338-4045.

Solar Market, 25 Limerick Road, Arundel, ME 04046, 985-0088, 877-785-0088, or via e-mail at [email protected] You can also visit them at their Web site at www.solarmarket.com/about.html.

Dear Sun Spots: I am writing about the ball games that were mentioned in a previous letter. I used to play a game with a pink ball (“pinky”) that was hollow. It was played up against a wall. There were 10 steps to the game, I think. It included 1. Bounce it off the wall and catch it. 2. Bounce it off the wall and let it bounce on the ground and catch it. 3. Put one hand on the wall and throw the ball around your arm and catch it. 4. Throw and catch with the right hand only. 5. Throw and catch with the left hand only. 6. Stand on the right leg only and throw and catch. 7. Stand on the left leg only and throw and catch. 8. Throw and twirl around before catching. I can’t remember the last two steps. After going through the steps, you then repeated each step clapping before catching. Next, you twirled your hands before catching and then touched both shoulders (called “to bapsy” for some reason). Then you went through each step with right hand, left hand, right leg, left leg, etc. Does anyone else remember a game like this? I grew up in Massachusetts, but I’m sure the game was universal. Thanks for getting me to remember the fun times. – Frances C. Miller, Lewiston.

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