Dear Sun Spots: I need to locate someone who is knowledgeable in
electronics. I bought a mobility scooter secondhand, and the key assembly
was broken and had been removed. It was being run by putting a nail or
something else metal. I used a paperclip, and it worked, but at times
if the paper clip moved it would stop very suddenly. I tried replacing
the paperclip with a toggle switch, and now only the horn works.

There is a circuit board, and any place that we have checked is not
friendly about sending out the schematics so that it can be repaired. I
took it to Bedard Medical, but they would not even touch it. So, I am
asking if anyone knows how to work on electronics. I do not have much
money to pay for such work. If possible, please call me at 576-2005. — Angelo, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: Judith Grover Tent 17, Daughters of Union Veterans of
the Civil War, in Bryant Pond is in the process of raising money to
enlarge the Veterans Honor Roll in town. We will be having a yard sale
on Main Street on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of small sale
items would be appreciated. Call 875-3800 for more information. — Elsie
Bonney, president, Judith Grover Tent 17.

Dear Sun Spots: We at Artios Books will be forced to close due to lack of funds to move to a bigger store. We now have only 20 percent of our inventory accessible to the public due to a lack of space. We have tried for a business loan from local banks, the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, as well as Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments. We have $500,000 in inventory, but books do not qualify as collateral to them.

If any of your readers know of any way to help us we would appreciate it. With a move we could expand public access to 100 percent of our books, increasing sales as well as giving us the opportunity for reading programs, book signings by local authors and many other programs for the community. We now are the only used book store in the Twin City area and have more than 125,000 books in stock. Local teachers and homeschoolers rely on us for their book needs at affordable prices. We also sell to the general public more than 1,000 books every week.

A perfect location has been located for us to move to and be able to continue to serve the community, but we lack the funds to make the move. If any of your readers have any suggestions or knowledge where funds could be obtained using our inventory as collateral, we only need a small amount to be able to continue to provide this much needed service to the community. We may be reached at Artios Books, 180 Turner St., Auburn, or 786-4007 by phone Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Susan Cutting, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: The eighth grade class from TW Kelly Dirigo Middle School would like to thank all who made their fundraiser spaghetti dinner/street dance a success. All money raised will be used to sponsor the eighth grade class trip. They would like to extend a big thank you to the following people and organizations who donated to the event: Carol Bennett, Hannaford of Rumford, Lolisa Windover of Winderosa, McDonald’s Restaurant of Rumford, Paul Mingo of Pepsi Co., Narrow Gauge Cinema of Farmington, the Rumford Falls Times, the Sun Journal, the Canton, Carthage, Dixfield and Peru communities, Regional School Unit 10 and all the families who donated their time, food items and flea market items. — Melissa Van Lieu, Terry Richard, Dixfield.

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