DEAR SUN SPOTS: I wanted to reach out in response to your request for technology resources, particularly for older adults in Maine (Sept. 13 Sun Spots). While I personally have not used this site, I have heard great things about it: https://digitalequitycenter.org/

The National Digital Equity Center is a nonprofit based in Maine that is “committed to bridging the digital divide in Maine and across the United States.” They offer a program that provides low or no cost devices to Maine residents with low to moderate income (and provide links to a couple other programs with similar offerings), as well as affordable broadband solutions to some that qualify. They offer free interactive online courses, as well as in-person classes at some of their on-site locations.

They are also advertising Volunteer Tutor positions with flexibility in how often one participates. I hope this information helps! — Katrina, Farmington

ANSWER: I’m so happy to have this treasure trove of information in the Rolodex. On this website, there are so many free, interactive classes you can participate in from the very basic skills for your devices to internet safety and beyond. You simply register by answering some questions then you can sign up for an online class. Whether you own an Apple or PC device, you are covered here.

Of particular interest to my senior readers are the classes Identifying Frauds & Scams, Videoconferencing with Friends & Family, and Cutting the Cord — Getting TV and Phone Services over the Internet. I signed up for Using Word Press.

These classes are free to Maine residents. If you live out of state, a $50 yearly fee is required, a very reasonable fee for so much information.

Katrina, thank you so much for taking the time to write in! You’re a peach!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am trying to get a user’s manual for a Savoureaux eh8804 meat grinder. A Google search did not help and I hesitate to give out personal information or a credit card.

If anyone has a manual to share or information on how I can get one, a message can be left at 784-6160 and I can return the call. — Susan, Lewiston

ANSWER: I understand your reluctance to give out personal and banking information online. However, there are several websites where you can download a PDF of the manual for free. Some sites require your first name and email address, but I didn’t see any that require your banking information.

Again, I understand your hesitancy. With that in mind, I’m putting Susan’s request out to our helpful Sun Spots readers. If you have a manual for this gadget that you could copy for Susan, please contact her.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You can chalk another one up to your successful column!  Thanks to you, my cast-iron claw foot tub has gone to a good home. Thanks for all your good work! — Jan, Auburn

ANSWER: Jan’s note is regarding the Sept. 7 Sun Spots. See how this works? If you have something to give away or need something; if you’ve lost something or found something; or if you want to connect with someone, please write in!

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