DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Androscoggin Historical Society is collaborating with several other county historical societies on a yard sale Saturday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Auburn Schoolhouse, 740 West Auburn Road in Auburn.

Each society will have a table featuring their local books, brochures, attic treasures and items officially removed from the listed holdings. All proceeds will benefit the individual nonprofits. — Penny, no town

ANSWER: This sounds really interesting. Who knows what items you might find and what you might learn!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You may have heard of SeniorsPlus in the context of Meals on Wheels or of the organization being the Area Agency on Aging for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties, but did you know we offer workshops for adult Mainers of all ages?

Through our partnership with Healthy Living for ME, SeniorsPlus offers programming that can help Mainers improve and manage their health. This fall, we have two virtual workshops available at no cost to the participants: Living Well with Chronic Pain and Living Well with Diabetes.

If you’re dealing with a persistent pain condition like arthritis, headaches, or back pain, you’re not alone. The CDC reports that one in five Americans deals with chronic pain. Diabetes is also prevalent. Nearly one in five Mainers have either diabetes or pre-diabetes. These issues can affect a person’s overall quality of life along with their health.

In our workshops, you’ll find a supportive group of people who can relate to what you’re going through, as well as leaders who are committed to helping all participants address their unique situations and improve their overall quality of life.

If you’d like to make positive strides for your health and well-being this fall, I encourage you to sign up for one of these workshops. The diabetes workshop begins on Oct. 12 and the pain workshop begins on Nov. 3.

To learn more or to register for these workshops, visit www.healthylivingforme.org, email [email protected]. You can also call SeniorsPlus at 795-4010 or contact me directly at 440-2390. — Katherine,  HL4ME coordinator at SeniorsPlus, Lewiston

ANSWER: SeniorsPlus provides so many valuable services. I am continually “wowed” by them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mentioned the organization here in this column, and I consider them to be a big part of what helps keep the wheels turning in Sun Spots Land. I am very grateful to them, and I’m sure many readers are, too.

If you have a story about how SeniorsPlus has helped you, please feel free to share it in Sun Spots or write to them to show your appreciation.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Was there a funeral home on the corner of Holland and Main streets in Lewiston years ago? — No name, no town

ANSWER: This is a good question to put out to those readers who have lived in the L-A area for many years. I’m always interested in learning about these landmarks through the remembrances of those who lived and worked in the area and traveled the streets of the Twin Ccities back in the day. If you can help this reader, please write in!

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