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Reader's Exchange: Grandpa would like to take grandsons canoeing

One of the most enjoyable things about our area is all the wonderful nature that surrounds us. Grandpa Bob, who lives in Spring Hill but is originally from Massachusetts, would really like to introduce his grandsons, who are coming to visit from Massachusetts, to the joys of fishing and canoeing. Grandpa Bob is hoping that someone will have a canoe that they are no longer using. He says he and his grandsons will put it to good use. Bob lives in Spring Hill but still has a Massachusetts cell phone number. He can be reached at (774) 545-0573.

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Love to read? Alan of St. Petersburg has a deal for you! He has a complete set of Newsweek magazines, dating from 1962 to 2000, in binders to give away. The only stipulation is that the complete set must be taken. In addition, Alan has a leather-bound set of Encyclopedia Britannica, from 1962 to 1995. If you are interested in either or both, please call Alan at (727) 906-8804.

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Reader's Exchange isn't only about swapping goods. It can be a way for people to ask for the help that they need. Lois Raines of Tampa is a grandmother with a dog and custody of two grandchildren. Unfortunately, she recently was notified that due to downsizing, her job is being eliminated. On top of that, she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing treatment. Lois is in desperate need of a new backyard fence, but doesn't have money to cover the cost of materials or installation. She says her current fence is in such bad shape that she fears a big storm may flatten it. Lois wonders if someone, or perhaps a fencing company, out there can help her. She can be reached at (813) 240-0981.

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Jim Brown of New Port Richey is looking for an outdoor TV antenna. He's hoping that someone who has cable may have an antenna they no longer need. If you can help Jim, he can be reached at home at (727) 846-8409, or on his cell phone at (727) 859-2620.

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Richard Poling of Spring Hill longs to listen to his cassettes of early 1930s music, and early first recordings of Perry Como. Unfortunately, his cassettes are damaged and he can't play them. Richard is looking for someone who can repair cassettes and splice tapes. If you are such a person, please call Richard at (352) 686-7451.

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This offer will probably get scooped up faster than you can say needlepoint! Marlie Faris of Palm Harbor has a sack of cross-stitch thread, patterns and woolen needlepoint yarn to give away. Marlie can be reached at (727) 786-4566.

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Marilyn has a 17-inch Princeton CRT monitor to donate to anyone who would like it. She says it works fine, she just doesn't need it anymore. If you are interested, please e-mail Marilyn at

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Reader's Exchange: Grandpa would like to take grandsons canoeing 07/30/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 29, 2010 3:22pm]
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