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Help kids learn to read with Dr. Seuss

"If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good." Those words from the wise and witty Dr. Seuss are words to live by, and we thank Margaret Modjeski, the reading coach at Gulf Middle School, in New Port Richey, for including them with her request.

Gulf Middle recently celebrated "Read Across America Day," and one of the most successful activities of the day was a trivia contest about books written by the good doctor. Margaret reports that seven reading classes took part in the fun. One class had a plentiful supply of Dr. Seuss books, but some had slimmer collections.

If you have any Dr. Seuss books left from the days when your kids were young, and you like the idea of a new generation learning wisdom from his quirky tales, the school welcomes the donation. Please call and leave a message at the school: (727) 774-8156.

Linda T. has some stuffed animals she's putting up for adoption. One is a large panda (approximately 38 inches high; he's a big guy). She also has six colorful beanbag fishes suitable for age 3 and up. All items are very clean, unruffled by children or pets. Linda would like to give them to a children's home or day care center. Please call (727) 593-5133. Linda can deliver in Pinellas County.

Arch Bradbury of Kenneth City is looking for a 27MHZ CB "Rubber Duck" antenna with a BNC connector for a citizen band radio, model HCB-10C. Arch may be reached at (727) 344-8673.

Jack Petrovich of Dunedin has moved all of the family slides to DVDs, and he'd like to give the empty trays to someone who could use them. These are rotary slide trays made for Kodak Carousel slide projectors. Please call (727) 785-0906.

Elaine Orlando of Spring Hill just broke her only square glass top for the smaller size Corning Ware casserole dish. Apparently the company no longer makes them, and thrift shops and outlets have been of no help. If you have one of these lids on the loose, please call (352) 686-3726.

Carol Dixon of Tampa has postcards from around the world, as well as a collection of refrigerator magnets, also with global links. Please call (813) 831-3858.

When Teri Hasbrouck was in college, she saw a girl carrying a weaving project to class, and it made Teri want to take a class in weaving too. Well, here it is, 16 years later, and Teri has vowed that it's time to get moving on her New Year's resolution to learn to weave in 2008. So she's looking for a floor loom. She will pick one up anywhere in Pinellas County. Please call (727) 433-2103.

Carl Craven of St. Petersburg is offering a Singer Touch & Sew sewing machine, model 620, with extra attachments, circular stitcher, automatic buttonholing. It must be picked up. Please call (727) 866-2206.

Lynn Pupello of Oldsmar is trying to track down an Advantix camera in good condition. Please call (813) 412-1782.

Alice Postek of Largo is giving away about 300 canceled stamps, collected through the years. The number to call to arrange to pick them up is (727) 581-3127.

Instructions alert! Nancy Weymouth lost an instruction booklet that came with her Epson 740 printer. She needs to clean the heads, but the instructions are in the lost manual. Do you have instructions to clean the heads? Nancy's computer is a MacBook; her number is (352) 628-3370.

Joyce Whitacre of Inglis is experiencing the sinking feeling that comes when you don't have quite enough yarn to finish your project. Should you have just a tad of Caron Dazzle peachy banana ombre yarn left over from one of your projects, Joyce would greatly appreciate being able to finish that tiny bit of still incomplete afghan. Please call (352) 447-3096.

Lois Johnson of Land O'Lakes has two pairs of white panel sliding closet doors in excellent condition for openings either 4 feet or 5 feet wide, and they're looking for a new home. Please call (813) 995-0761 and leave a message on the answering machine.

Please, no more calls

In the April 5 column, we told readers about Corey, whose hobby is fixing discarded power wheelchairs and donating them to needy elderly people. Corey performs this service in his spare time and invests his own money. Corey called on Monday to say he's been overwhelmed by calls and his voice mail keeps filling up. He asks for no more phone calls, please.

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Help kids learn to read with Dr. Seuss 04/11/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 10, 2008 5:19pm]
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