DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for always being there for people who need your help and advice. I’m 63 and retired. I got scammed to the point that I would like to file a small claim against this man but do not know how to go about it. I need a lawyer who does pro bono work, if possible.

This carpenter left water running down walls, wood putty for the roof, and it goes on and on. I do have a lot of pictures, what ever is needed for a lawsuit. I would just like to recoup some money. I’ve had to pay again to get it all fixed again.

I paid in good faith; this was like a slap across the face. I’ve called him and written but gotten no response. Please help if you can. It would be gratefully appreciated. — No Name, Turner

ANSWER: If your claim is $6,000 or less, you can file a small claim. There is a guide to everything you need to know about doing so at www.courts.state.me.us/maine_courts/specialized/small_claims/smallclaimsguide/SmClms_09.pdf. If you don’t have a computer, you can go to the library and see it there. All the forms you need are available for printing out.

If your claim is greater than $6,000, you could try contacting Pine Tree Legal Assistance, which provides services to low-income Mainers. You can contact them at www.ptla.org or visit their Lewiston office: 37 Park St., Suite 401, P.O. Box 398, Lewiston, ME 04243-0398, 784-1558. Hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (not open to walk-in clients on Wednesdays).

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have been attempting to find background information about my father, who I have never really known that well. I know he was a criminal, and I see all these ads for background checks, but they all want credit card information. Do you know of any truly free places to get information such as criminal background? Thank you. — No Name, No Town

ANSWER: Sun Spots put your inquiry to the Lewiston Police Department and got the following response: “Most online services charge for any background information. The person can try contacting the Maine Bureau of Identification in Augusta to see what information they can provide.” You can find this bureau at www.maine.gov/dps/Sbi/.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I read in the Sun Journal a while back that Walgreen’s was supposed to open a store in Auburn. Is that still on or have they changed their minds? The nearest store I know of is in Augusta, and it wouldn’t pay to drive there just to save a few pennies. Thank you for all your good work and good advice. — Pauline Dumont, Auburn

ANSWER: Sun Spots spoke to Sidney in Walgreen’s media office. She said she didn’t see any projects for Lewiston or Auburn in her records. She was going to check further, but she never got back to Sun Spots, so it doesn’t look promising for L-A. There are also Walgreen’s in Norway, Windham and Bath.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Livermore Falls High School Class of 1970 is planning its 40-year reunion. The event will be held on July 31 at the Maple Lane Country Club in Livermore. We have contacted many of our classmates via e-mail, Facebook, etc. There are still a few members for whom we are still missing contact information or cannot find at all.

They are; Simone Castonguay, Christine Chabot, Jim Gile, Jackie Hahn, Marlene Henry, Lee Hubley Amanda Lane, Jim Losey, Jill McCourt and Valerie Meserve. We are asking them or any others that have not heard from us, their relatives or friends who know them as LFHS Class of 1970 members to contact me at 897-4123 or at [email protected]

In addition, LFHS classmates who may have started with us but left LFHS for one reason or another, please also contact us. Thanks. — Mike Luciano

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