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Reader's Exchange: Budding musicians need instruments

Could anyone out there help the band students at Sergeant Smith Middle School in Tampa make beautiful music? Joe Grady, the Sharkestra director and guitar instructor at that school, wrote in to request a donation of instruments for the growing orchestra program. They are looking for violins, violas, cellos and string basses, woodwinds, brass, percussion and acoustic guitars. Joe hopes that people who have any of these instruments taking up space in their attic would be willing to donate them. He will take them in any condition. He says the school has many wonderful musicians who would love to make a home for your instruments. If you can help, please call Joe at (813) 789-7209.

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Shannon Snow is in need of large wall mirrors for her tai chi classes. She says that two to four mirrored closet doors would be perfect. Shannon has a van, so she is willing to pick them up anywhere. She can be reached at (813) 249-7356.

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If you're still using 8mm film, Robert Le Duc of Brooksville has something that might come in very handy for you. He has two separate 8mm film editors to give away. He says he is located 6 miles east of Brooksville. He can be reached at (352) 797-9614 or

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Rita Geoghegan of Largo has used REX in the past with a great result, and is hoping that will happen again. She and her husband are seniors who do not have a computer. They have a Web TV, which doesn't have a hard drive or memory. She says that her husband loves toys and gadgets, so he bought a TomTom, a portable GPS car navigation system. The problem is, it didn't come with an instruction booklet. She tried contacting the company to get one mailed to her, to no avail; they are only available by computer, Mrs. Geoghegan surmises. She wonders if someone has the instruction booklet for a TomTom One XL Model that she could copy. If you can help, please call (727) 391-7180.

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Betty of New Port Richey has saved egg cartons and empty toilet paper rolls for various schools' classroom crafts for a long time. She says they no longer pick them up, and as a recycler she can't bear to throw them away. She also has several glass vases that are suitable for crafts. If you are interested in any or all of these items, please call Betty at (727) 859-9083.

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Calling all collectors! Peggy Hammond of Spring Hill has several items she thinks would be a nice addition to someone's collection. She wonders if anyone in the Spring Hill area collects demitasse cups, as she has six assorted cups and saucers in perfect condition. Peggy also wonders if anyone in that area collects coins and paper money from other countries. She says they aren't especially valuable, but they have been gathered from travels around the world for many years. She also has a large wall map of Europe that she suggests might work in a classroom. Call her at (352) 683-6981, or e-mail her at

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Reader's Exchange: Budding musicians need instruments 11/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 4:30am]
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