DEAR SUN SPOTS: I enjoy reading Sun Spots every day. I suddenly find myself in need of a wheelchair ramp and would prefer one made from wood.

I am totally disabled and will need the ramp before I can receive my wheelchair in mid-December. Any help would be appreciated. All I have is my Social Security disability for funds.—Francis, no town

ANSWER: Your health care provider may be able to connect you with help for your ramp. There is also Alpha One (, 207-767-2189), an organization that provides grants and assistance for mobility impairments and other special needs such as wooden ramps. The office is at 27 Main St. in South Portland.

If you live in Lewiston or Auburn, Alpha One does not assist those communities because there are funds available for your ramp through a Block Grant. Call the city office where you live to find out more.

Another option is to call SeniorsPlus ( in Lewiston. Even if you are not a senior, this organization may be able to connect you to a resource. Call 207-795-4010. I wish you well and hope you let us know how it goes.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have the answers to both questions in the Sept. 20 Sun Spots column. Regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, the Auburn Mall has not heard from CMCC about another vaccination clinic. At this time, it looks very unlikely that there will be another clinic, but who knows what the future will bring?


As for Santa at the Mall, yes, absolutely. Folks need to contact Photo Finish. I believe Santa will be arriving on Black Friday (starting a day earlier than in past years). Its telephone number is 207-783-3354. Last year, appointments were not necessary, but check in advance. —Mary Ann, Lewiston

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Franklin County Adult Education needs a medical cart like those used in health care facilities for our CNA-Medical Technician Class. We are hoping a local business or organization might have one we could borrow for our students. Please contact me at 207-778-3460.—Nancy, no town

ANSWER: I hope someone comes to your aid. Let us know what happens.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: SHAREcenter, a nonprofit organization that rescues items which would be thrown into the waste stream, offers them to members for a low-cost membership fee. We must move out of our current location at the old Martel School in Lewiston so we are having an indoor yard sale to help us with moving expenses and to lower our inventory.

The yard sale will be held Tuesday or Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Martel School, at the corner of East Avenue and Lisbon Street in Lewiston.

The entire gym is filled with furniture, new clothing ($5 a bag), household items, mini refrigerators, collectibles and more. Everything is priced to sell. If you have questions, please email me at — Pat, no town

ANSWER: It is a shame the SHAREcenter must relocate yet again, but hopefully its forever home will be found. Keep us posted. Many readers are members and count on this community resource. Keep up with news about the SHAREcenter at

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