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Reader's Exchange: He'd like to start canoeing and just needs one thing: a canoe

Some people are trying to beat the summer heat by enjoying as many water-related activities as possible. James Ferguson of St. Petersburg would like to be on the water. He is looking for a canoe or a two-person kayak, as well as the roof rack for hauling it. He says he would be happy with just the canoe or the kayak, though. If anyone has any of these items, please call James at (727) 637-1014.

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Diane Osborne wrote in on behalf of the science students of the Broach School of St. Petersburg, a nonprofit school that serves first- through 12th-graders who have learning differences, difficulties and disabilities. Diane is the science teacher there, for the upper middle school and high school classes. The students have expressed an interest in exploring hatching viable eggs, particularly ducks, and they are in need of an incubator. They are also looking for any other science-related equipment, and anything pertaining to the study of weather. If anyone has an incubator to donate to these students, or other equipment, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact the Broach School at (727) 526-5700 or write to 4500 43rd St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33714.

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Just as it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas, it's not too early to begin making plans for Halloween. Jeanne Christy of St. Petersburg is planning a Halloween project, and she needs your help. She is looking for fake plants, of any kind, still upright. She is also looking for a VHS rewinder. She can be reached at (727) 344-8545.

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Sewers will be glad to hear this offer. Pat Donaldson of Spring Hill has bushels of fabric pieces left over from sewing projects to give away. Anyone interested can call (352) 684-4149.

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Crafters may be interested in this offer. Audrey Stine of Holiday has 168 magazines — with the subjects of cross stitch, Christmas and craft — for anyone who would like them. She can be reached at (727) 934-7146.

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Lettie Cseh of Dunedin needs your help. She has a Silver Reed EZ-20 electric typewriter and is down to her last ribbon. The ribbon was no longer available at Office Depot or Staples, so she ordered her last ribbon through Discount Office Items in Wisconsin. She tried contacting the company again to order a new ribbon and was informed they were no longer available. Lettie wonders if anyone might know where she can get this ribbon. Otherwise, she will have to trash her perfectly good typewriter. If you can help, please call her at (727) 786-8009.

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Peggy Rutlin of Dade City really enjoys playing video games, especially those that can be played on an old Nintendo system. Her favorite game to play is Mario. The only problem is she doesn't have a Nintendo system. Peggy says at her age there aren't many things she can do, and this is one that she really loves. If you can help her, please call (813) 546-3018.

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Reader's Exchange: He'd like to start canoeing and just needs one thing: a canoe 07/10/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 10, 2009 1:33pm]
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