Help needed for chimney sweeping, mosquito net repair, battery lessons

DEAR POINTS OF SUN: I am looking for a new chimney sweep because the man I have used for many years is retiring. I would love the recommendation of other readers. – Christine, no town

REPLY: You can also go to the Maine chapter of the Chimney Safety Institute of America ( and enter your zip code. There you will see a list of the chimney sweeps in your area as well as their contact details. There is also an email form on the site so you can contact them.

In the meantime, readers, please make recommendations.

DEAR POINTS OF SUN: Before closing my camp for the winter, I would like to have some screens repaired. They go to the sliding deck doors and were ripped off by my grandson’s dog so he said he would pay to have them replaced if needed.

It’s our first summer in Maine so I’m not sure who would be good for this job.

I really enjoyed the sunspots! – George, Greene

REPLY: In the Rolodex, I have Drillen Hardware at 1086 Sabattus St. (783-4600); Galaxy Glass at 799 Main Street (786-0709 and 1-800-339-4721); and Portland Glass at 865 Lisbon St. (250-5965).

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a freelance drum teacher in the Lewiston-Auburn area. My son started with someone who no longer teaches, and I cannot afford the professional fees of a studio affiliated teacher. Maybe you have someone in your Rolodex. – Shannon, no town

REPLY: I suggest you contact Josh Caron via Main Street Music Lessons in Auburn (, 376-3376). He gives drums lessons and may know other members of his music network.

Another idea would be to spread the word to the local high school where the upper class students could revel in the opportunity to mentor your son. You can also try to do the same by contacting the music department at Bates College ( or the University of Southern Maine (

Readers, if you know a drum teacher willing to take over a student, or if you have that expertise yourself, drop us a line.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: For Kate in Lewiston (Sept. 13 Sun Spots), Auburn’s Age Friendly Programming offers Tech Talk Fridays, a free monthly tech program. See page 12 of the Fall Program Book:

There are a lot of good things in there! I’m a relatively new Mainer and I really like Sun Spots. – Kathy, Auburn

REPLY: I checked out the website you provided, Kathy, and am in awe of the beautifully designed brochure from the Auburn Recreation Department which outlines programs for all ages. Kudos to whoever did all the hard work to put this into place.

There are several options, including for people over 50 who are a lifelong learner or just want to have fun and meet people. There are opportunities for fall walks, crafts, chair yoga, shopping, apple picking, lunch, wine tours, and even hikes with goats and grandkids!

Tech Talk Fridays are offered once a month (September 10, October 8, November 12, and December 10) at the Auburn Senior Community Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. You can bring your device and your questions.

Hope all Sun Spots readers will check out all the fabulous choices and register online or call 333-6611 if you need more information.

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