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Reader's Exchange: Let the games begin

Linda Pinke, director of life enrichment at the Balmoral Senior Living Community in Palm Harbor, is turning to the most reliable source she knows for help: the readers of REX. She is looking for board games from "days gone by," such as Aggravation, Concentration, Chinese checkers, etc., to be used as part of the afternoon programs. There is also a resident at Balmoral who knits robes for Hospice and would like light, cheery colors of yarn. It takes four skeins per project. If you have any of these items and no longer want them, please call (727) 781-8686.

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There are so many good people out there who knit for a good cause. Donya McDonald is one of them. She knits and crochets booties, caps, sweaters and afghans for Angel Stitches, a group that makes handmade items for premature babies. If you have fingering, baby and sport yarn, or knit and crochet patterns for preemies, Donya would be happy to pick up the materials. She can be reached at (727) 460-4372, or by e-mail at

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Anyone out there know tatting? If so, Jean Tavener has 34 Workbasket magazines that all have tatting patterns. The magazines up for grabs date from the 1970s to the 1990s. Please call Jean at (727) 343-7877.

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Polly Frickholm of New Port Richey knows that people often long for things from their past. That's why she's looking for a large black cast-iron pot and cover, just like the one her mother used to make her "lickin'-good" pot roast in. She has searched all over, to no avail. She hopes that perhaps someone has one of these pots lying dormant in their cupboard. If you can get Polly cookin' again, please call her at (727) 372-6754.

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Anyone looking for a mirror should call John, who has one that is 36 inches by 36 inches and yours for the taking. His number is (727) 531-1206.

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Jalousie window doors were very common in the past, but aren't so much these days, unless you have an older home. Trevor Browne does, and he needs at least one (but wouldn't mind a few spare) of the slats for such a door. The slats usually are made of a very sturdy glass, and the size Trevor needs is approximately 16 inches by 4 inches. If you can help him, please call (727) 443-5172.


D.M. Bache would like to thank the very kind lady who found her the 1-inch suitcase wheel she had been looking for. They had a very nice visit, and the woman, who was in need of fabric, was able to get some from Ms. Bache. Ms. Bache would also like to tell the lady who got the buttonhole attachment from her that she found more templates for it.

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John from Largo would like to thank the REX reader who gave him the ladder he was looking for. He is also hoping there is someone out there who is good at fixing computers, but won't charge him a fortune. He is on Social Security, and has found the computer repair people in the Yellow Pages to be too expensive. Can anyone help him out? If so, please call (727) 348-2919.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail Please put "REX" in the subject line. Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code.

Reader's Exchange: Let the games begin 11/07/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:12am]
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