Whether you're dealing with life's weightier issues, or just repetitive everyday happenings, planning ahead often provides the winning edge. Take Patricia Kennedy of Tarpon Springs. She deduces that her tangerine tree's heavy blooming presages a prolific harvest down the road. But does she wring her hands over the prospect of lots of fruit wasted because it will be too high to pick?
Not Patricia. Instead, she writes to REX long before the bountiful crop ripens, to see if anyone has a spare fruit picker — which we take to be one of those basketlike affairs attached to a long pole that has gripped and pulled high-hanging fruit from Florida citrus trees for eons. Please call (727) 937-5240.
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Frank Soder offers, free to a good home, about 20 new vacuum cleaner bags, type P, for Regina Housekeeper Plus, which Frank reckons will fit models 5000, 6000 or 7000, none of which is still manufactured. Please call (813) 634-9698.
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Shirley of Brooksville has lost her copy of the intercession prayer to St. Jude, a prayer that is said three times a day for nine days. If you can supply Shirley with another copy, please contact her at (352) 596-8387.
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Mindy Cain's church is starting a garden and needs all of the traditional startup equipment for such a project: tools, pavers, edging, pots for seedlings. Mindy may be reached at (727) 687-9083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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April's disabled daughter needs an Oxy-Pro by Brenda DyGraf. It is a small piece of exercise equipment that is used to rock the lower legs back and forth to increase circulation. Its use has proved indispensable in this case, but the Oxy-Pro is no longer available for purchase, and the one currently used by April's daughter is ready for retirement. If you have one that is gathering dust, please call (352) 583-3254.
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Marty Enders has a plethora of yarn, mostly four-ply, many almost full skeins. Included are some large balls of four-ply yarn and some sports yarn as well, as well as all sizes of knitting needles, crochet hooks, accessories and instruction books. Please e-mail your phone number to email@example.com. You will also need to pick up the items.
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Betty wishes to give away a slide projector and screen, as well as a Web TV. Please call (727) 771-9289.
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Ronald Rega of Clearwater needs the instruction manual for a Motorola wireless telephone, model number MD7161. If you have one of these user guides, but you wish to keep it, he'd love to make a copy of it. Please call (727) 446-2750.
Irene, the woman with the recalcitrant treadmill, is delighted by reader response to her plight. The feisty machine is now folded and ready to fit through the door, and she wishes to thank all the helpful folks who called.
Tim's request for concrete blocks yielded offers of more than he could use, so he is very pleased and thanks all who responded.
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