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Reader's Exchange | by Linda D. Cole and Ingrid L. Kohler

Reader's Exchange: New pen pal needs translator

When June Farris of Gulfport recently visited an orphanage in Ukraine, she quickly connected with a girl who lives there. Through a translator, the girl expressed a wish to correspond with June, so they exchanged addresses. Now June needs to find a person who can help her decipher the girl's address, as well as translate letters, should this pen-pal friendship develop. If the person who responds to this request lives in or near Gulfport, so much the better. June may be reached at (727) 321-0995.

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The dependable Osterizer Imperial Pulse Matic blender from the mid 1960s that Donna from Citrus County has long sworn by can no longer be used because she broke its 4-cup size glass container. The machine that could have attended Woodstock or primed Margaritaville is still raring to go, but is relegated to a shelf because an ancient glass container is no longer available (outside of REXer attics and garages, that is).

Please check those locales, and if you spot an 8 1/4-inch-tall glass container with a plastic handle and a square top about 4 inches across, call (352) 628-2554 or e-mail gremmy@infionline.net. This now passive blender, like other relics of the '60s, needs regular exercise!

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The cherry Jenny Lind twin bed that Joanne Drake of St. Petersburg bought for her daughter more than 30 years ago has been dusted off and set up for that daughter's daughter. But the story doesn't end there.

A sister now shares the bedroom, and the family is trying to find a matching bed. A new bed isn't needed, just a very similar one: twin size, in cherry or maple, with headboard and footboard the same height, just a bit above the mattress. Target your suggestions and assistance to (727) 395-0677, and leave a message.

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Peggy Rutlin of Zephyrhills' excursion into video games bloomed, and then kind of stuck, in the Nintendo era, and she'd love to have a copy of the old game "where Mario runs in and out, up and down, etc." If you're over Mario, please call (813) 546-3018.

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Art Temple of Palm Harbor needs a good boom box with stereo cassette and line-out capabilities, or a good used stereo system with the same specs that he can use to transfer cassette music to CD through his computer. Please call (727) 786-5540.

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Sandra Siciliano of Tampa is recycling two large stacks of rubber-stamping and crafting magazines. The cache includes back issues of RubberStampMadness and the Rubber Stamper magazines. Sandra also has piles of Southern Living magazines to give away, all archived for their scrumptious recipes. Please call (813) 920-6833 or e-mail misschopin@tampabay.rr.com.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail cole@sptimes.com. Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code.

Reader's Exchange: New pen pal needs translator 08/08/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 8, 2008 9:17am]

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