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Reader's Exchange: Have you always wanted to learn Italian? You're in luck

Parli Italiano? If you don't speak Italian, and have always wanted to learn, Fran Susca of Clearwater can help you out. She has books and tapes on learning the Italian language to give to away. Fran can be reached by phone at (727) 524-8322 or via e-mail at

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Jim Pochurek of Palm Harbor is hoping that someone out there is replacing their old fence, as he is in need of old shadow box fence slats. Jim will be using them for an ecological project. If you can help Jim out, he will gladly pick them up in or around the Palm Harbor area. He can be reached at (727) 772-5624.

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Anne McDowell of Zephyrhills is looking for a portable oxygen concentrator, such as those made by SeQual and other companies. Anne has COPD, and needs one so that she can travel to a family reunion this summer. If you can help her, please call Anne at (813) 779-8096.

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Blanche Patterson of New Port Richey needs your help. Her clubhouse recently acquired a lighted bingo board and hard cards, and they are looking to get a regular game going by the end of May. The only problem is, they can't find any bingo chips and wands, which are the old type, as opposed to paper and daubers. Blanche says they are impossible to find, so she is hoping that someone out there will have them in their attic or garage. If you can help Blanche's group get their game on, please call (727) 376-4850.

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Wendy Krause of St. Petersburg has a request that she calls "odd," but it actually doesn't seem so. Her old faithful lawn mower died a few years ago, and she replaced it with one that was "almost new." Unfortunately, when she turned her back for one moment it was stolen! She has since become disabled and can't drive, so she can't go get fuel for a gas-powered lawn mower. Hence, she is looking for a lightweight electric lawn mower. Wendy has been using a weed trimmer for the past couple of years, but she fears her health has deteriorated too much to continue using it on the whole yard. If you can help Wendy, please call her in St. Petersburg at (727) 528-0040.

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Now that summer is basically here, people are doing whatever they can to make their outdoor areas nice. That is why Sophia Burnett of Seminole is looking for 16 unpainted cement slabs, 16 inches by 8 inches by 2 inches. She uses the slabs to border her plants and flowers around her home. The ones she has had for 35 years are cracked and broken beyond repair. She has tried to find them at home improvement stores, to no avail. If you can help Sophia, please call her at (727) 393-6976.

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This request is sure to get a response from the many knitters out there! Marie Simms of Tampa is looking for patterns for mittens in animal shapes. She says when she was young in the 1950s, her aunt used to knit mittens in the shapes of various animals, and they were almost like puppets. Her aunt is in her 80s now and would like to continue the tradition for Marie's grandchildren. If you can help her, please call her at (813) 695-1107 or e-mail her at

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Reader's Exchange: Have you always wanted to learn Italian? You're in luck 05/21/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 2:23pm]
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