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Reader's Exchange: Disabled man would like to entertain himself with trumpet

Can anyone help Carl Morgan of Hernando bring the music back into his life? He had a massive hemorrhagic stroke 12 years ago that left him unable to use the right side of his body. Consequently, he can't do anything that requires two hands. He used to love to play the violin, but it would require the use of both hands, as would most instruments, except for a trumpet. Carl loves to play music, and would be delighted if anyone had a trumpet laying around that they don't want anymore. He would certainly appreciate being able to play music once again to help him pass the time. Carl can be reached by telephone at (352) 465-3872 or via e-mail at

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Evelyn of the Clearwater-Largo area has a Twin Fit dressform that is looking for a new home. She says that "Maggie" is a big help in dressmaking and is in beautiful condition. Evelyn is no longer able to do any serious sewing, so she hopes that "Maggie" can find a good home. If you are interested, please call Evelyn at (727) 535-7634.

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It's so wonderful when people do things to help others. Helen and Andrew Dyckson of Hudson wrote in on behalf of twin sisters who attend their church. One sister has MS and one is deaf. The deaf sister cares for the other sister, and they are in need of a handicapped equipped van. The van they currently have is more than 20 years old and frequently breaks down. The sisters cannot afford to buy a new van, so they are without a vehicle a lot of the time. Helen and Andrew are hoping that someone may have a van to donate to the sisters. If you can help, please call Helen and Andrew at (727) 697-2135.

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Cindy of Palm Harbor has six boxes of Canon No. 6 printer ink, in all colors to give to anyone who would like them. She says she can no longer use them. To reach Cindy, please call (727) 789-0694.

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Ann Santoiemma of Spring Hill is hoping that someone out there may have attended Weight Watchers a few years ago, because she is looking for a points finder slide rule. It needs to be the one that has fiber grams that go up to 10, and not 4. If you have one you are willing to part with, please call Ann at (352) 683-3943.

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Ron Fandrick of New Port Richey has 200 to 300 computer diskettes to give away. He says that most of them have been erased, but some may have data on them and can be formatted. If you are interested, please call Ron at (727) 457-5651.

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Polly Wyllie of Clearwater needs your help. She is looking for cuttings of trumpet plants. She says she would like every color besides tangerine, as she already has that color. Polly is willing to share cuttings or plants she already has rooted. She can be reached at (727) 446-3597.

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It seems these days, Swedish fiction is all the rage. Mischa of Madeira Beach has several Swedish books available for anyone willing to pick them up. Among them are books by Margit Soderholm and Signe Hasso. Call Mischa at (727) 392-6361 if you're interested.

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Reader's Exchange: Disabled man would like to entertain himself with trumpet 08/13/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 12, 2010 1:50pm]
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