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 else, please write in.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am a senior citizen with some computer skills, but I would like to learn more. I have a new HP laptop to use. What is the best thing I could do? I do not mind teaching myself with online classes, but I do not know what to choose. It would be great if the classes did not cost too much because I am on a fixed income.—Kate, Lewiston
ANSWER: It can be fun to learn new skills but also intimidating and overwhelming when you do not know where to start. You may want to sample a few options before you find the right fit, but do not give up. I commend you for taking this on as it will only help you to learn the latest technology.
Goodwill Industries — edu.gcfglobal.org/en — provides free online classes with easy to follow video tutorials.
Tech Boomers — techboomers.com — has more than 100 tutorials covering everything from making a reservation with Airbnb to navigating and staying safe on dating sites and learning how to buy and sell on eBay. Meganga — www.meganga.com — is another site designed for seniors and beginners.
YouTube has tons of tutorial videos and so does Skillful Senior — skillfulsenior.com. Teach An Old Dog New Tricks — teachanolddognewtricks.com — is another option that offers quick and easy tutorials for free. If you want to expand your knowledge with one-on-one personal training, that is available for a reasonable fee.
Readers, if you have local, in-person, free or low-cost resources to add to the mix, please write in.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: To all the wonderful people who called regarding couches they wanted to share with St. Martin De Porres, a homeless shelter for men in Lewiston. Thank you so very much. Your calls were all appreciated.—Sharon, Lewiston
ANSWER: I hope you found exactly what you needed for the shelter. I like to remind all nonprofits that if you need anything, Sun Spots is a good place to turn. Many of these organizations have wish lists on their web sites or Amazon or social media sites, such as Facebook. Sun Spots goes a step further to get the word out to those who still read all that is happening in their world in their local paper.
Your requests for donations and volunteers and your announcements of upcoming fundraisers are always welcome in Sun Spots.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Regarding the question about downsizing in the Sept. 9 Sun Spots, I recommend Simply Sized Home in Yarmouth. They do excellent work. (www.simplysizedhome.com/) The contact name is Kim Dorsky at 207-358-0046 or [email protected]—Anne, no town
ANSWER: Thank you for writing, Anne. I am happy to put this info in the Rolodex. This looks like a great professional organization that helps many people with moving, organizing and more. Check the web site to see if this is a good fit for your downsizing project or your move.
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