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Reader Exchange: Two requests before they leave town . . .

It has been a busy week: toasting St. Paddy, welcoming springtime, remembering Good Friday and Purim. And it just doesn't seem possible that within a matter of hours the Easter Bunny will be hopping down the bunny trail. So, take a short time out from all the activity and let's go on a leisurely hop through REX.

Spring arrived on Thursday, so let's start with two requests from winter visitors who will be returning north soon. The Wilkinses of Port Richey are snowbirds from Ontario who will be leaving for home during the first week of April.

Last fall they bought an 8- by 32-foot stationary trailer with two pushouts and a Florida room. The couple have received many suggestions about how to shut down the trailer and how to control mold that might develop, but they would like to confirm what they have been told with a person who has expertise in these things. If you can help, please call (727) 863-5394 or


Arlene Connolly of Seminole is a snowbird who will be spreading her wings for home at the beginning of May.

Arlene is trying to hunt down an Avon collectible set of four decorated ceramic eggs, one for each of the four seasons. If you have a set you are willing to part with, please call Arlene's cell, (716) 472-1894.

If Easter comes, can Greek Easter be far behind? Certainly not: It's on April 27. Angie Huddleston of Tarpon Springs, whose church uses baskets of bay laurel leaves in its Easter services, needs to locate a bay laurel tree. Should you have one, Angie and her fellow worshippers would love to hear from you. She may be reached at (727) 934-4983.

Anna Roush of St. Petersburg has a box of perfume bottles, some with gold tops, that need a new home. The bottle aficionado would need to pick them up. Please call (727) 323-5576.

Diane Bittner of Seminole would like to hear from anyone who crochets "net scrubbers." Diane's supply is getting low. Please call (727) 393-2076.

We all literally overlook our feet — until they start hurting. The causes of foot pain are legion, but high on the discomfort list is ill-fitting shoes. Sometimes that particular foot pain results from having a hard-to-fit foot for which few shoes are available.

Which brings us a letter from M.M. Booth of Inverness:

"Ordinarily, if I had something 'used' I would send it to a charitable thrift store in a heartbeat; however, I have something that belonged to my late husband which I want to make sure reaches someone who can really use same, to wit: He had a very narrow foot.

"He wore a size 12AAA shoe, almost impossible to find: All were ordered through the Wright Arch Preserver catalog, some costing $200 or more, all the way from jogging shoes to boots. I have eight pairs of these I will willingly give to anyone who wears this same size. Please DO NOT respond if you DO NOT wear this same size. These shoes are beautifully made and will last 'forever' with proper care." Please call (352) 563-9614.

Ron Mulvaney of Clearwater writes that his daughter has again taken up playing the flute. Since high school she has been trying to find a wooden flute. If you have one that needs a loving home and is reparable, Ron will happily drive a reasonable distance to pick it up. Please call (727) 446-2942 or e-mail

Corinne Kusy of Holiday needs help finding a couple of items. Her 97-year-old neighbor will not part with her threadbare aluminum chairs. Corinne would love to replace the webbing (not the solid vinyl ones) before her neighbor falls through. But when she visited the big box home improvement stores, Corinne learned that they no longer carry the item. Corinne needs to find enough to cover two or three chairs.

She also wants to find a cap that fits over the Brita water filter and tells when the filter needs changing. Brita Co. no longer makes them. Please call (727) 942-4283.

Grace Lama of Tarpon Springs is finishing an older needlepoint canvas that was started by someone else. Unfortunately, none of the original yarn is available to complete it. Grace would love to have clean and odor-free wool needlepoint yarn or tapestry wool yarn that she can substitute. Please call (727) 944-2386.

Thank-you note

The Children's Heart Foundation, Florida Chapter, thanks REXer Robin Elder for choosing that organization for her generous donation of beautiful Longaberger baskets. She had a difficult decision: More than 100 organizations wanted them; Robin selected eight to actually receive baskets. Those donated to the Children's Heart Foundation will be placed in the foundation's silent auction at the annual benefit, to help fund research on congenital heart disease.

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Reader Exchange: Two requests before they leave town . . . 03/21/08 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2008 6:00am]
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