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    September 20, 2021

    Would Renys open a store in Lewiston-Auburn area?

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have noticed the time and temperature displays are not functioning on several branches of Androscoggin Bank. Is this a permanent change? — No name, no town ANSWER: Unfortunately, Androscoggin Bank has had issues with getting the appropriate replacement parts for the digital displays you’re concerned about and that we’ve all taken […]

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    September 17, 2021

    Help sought for chimney cleaning, screen repair, drum lessons

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a new chimney sweep because the man I have used for many years is retiring. I’d like recommendation from other readers. — Christine, no town ANSWER: You can also go to the Maine chapter of the Chimney Safety Institute of America ( and type in your ZIP code. […]

  • Published
    September 15, 2021

    Maine nonprofit offers computer help and broadband solutions

    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: The National Digital Equity Center is a nonprofit based in Maine that is […]

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    September 14, 2021

    Families have many options for apple picking

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: This is our first autumn in Maine and we would like to have a family apple picking expedition. We have twin toddlers. Are there some places to go that aren’t too overwhelming? — Dee, no town ANSWER: There are so many places and they offer many different types of experiences. Two of […]

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    September 13, 2021

    Where to find typewriter repair and online computer help

    DEAR SUN SPOTS:  I have two typewriters that need repairs. Would you know of a place that can repair them? I am emailing you because you have been so good at finding resources.—Nancy, no town ANSWER: Cosco Technologies in Windham (207-377-2897) should be able to take care of you. Readers: If you know of anyone […]

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    September 10, 2021

    Fundraiser set to help restore historic Marshall’s popcorn truck

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: The United New Auburn Association will hold a Community Yard Sale and Bottle Drive to benefit the restoration of Auburn’s historic Marshall’s popcorn truck. The fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in the parking lot of Rolly’s Diner,87 Mill St. in Auburn, rain or shine. […]

  • Published
    September 9, 2021

    Santa helpers requested for Auburn residential care facility

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: Calling all Santa’s helpers! Bolster Heights Residential Care Facility is asking for donations for men and woman for the holiday season. As always, personal hygiene items and warm hats and gloves are appreciated. Our residents have been extra good this year and we want them to know how loved they all are. […]

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    September 8, 2021

    Hats requested for tea party at Farmington nursing home

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: My friend and I visited a nursing home in Farmington and after our visit, we decided to bring a tea party to the residents. We will bring them tea and refreshments. We would also like them to be able to wear hats. I have a few, but not enough for all.  My request […]

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    September 7, 2021

    Claw foot tub in ‘really good condition’ free for pickup in Auburn

    DEAR SUN SPOTS: You’ve been so helpful in the past, I hope you can succeed this time! I have a 5-foot cast iron, claw-footed tub in really good condition that I would be willing to give to anyone who can pick it up.  It’s on the first floor.  Please call 783-9358. — Jan, Auburn ANSWER: […]

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    September 6, 2021

    Call blocker devices are available to stop those nuisance robocalls

    DEAR SUN SPOTS:  A few years ago I asked how to get rid of telemarketers and you gave a number to call to get on the “Do Not Call” list. I called them and was told I was already on the list and had been since 2009. It seems as if I’m getting more and […]