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Reader's Exchange: Looking to wave Old Glory

The Fourth of July has come and gone, but that doesn't stop people from wanting to show their patriotism. Patricia Kennedy of Tarpon Springs is one such person, and she is looking for an American flag with an outdoor flagpole. She hopes that someone will have one that they are thinking of retiring, and she promises to give it a very patriotic home and treat it with care and respect. Patricia can be reached at (727) 937-5240.

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The Rev. Anna Clark of Inverness loves her commercial Murrow serging machine, which was built in 1912 and works like new. The only problem is, she doesn't know how to adjust the width of the serging stitch. She would like to find someone, possibly a machinist who has repaired such machines, who can help her learn how to make this adjustment. She would also like to make a true exchange with someone. She has a never-used treadmill that she would like to exchange for either a piano or a three-wheel bicycle. She may be reached at (352) 419-7212.

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It's always a joy to hear of the wonderful things people volunteer to do for the benefit of others. Jan Kearney of Largo wrote in to ask for musicians and singers who would volunteer their time and talent. Jan has a group that performs at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, churches, and to shut-ins. They sing the old standards so that the audience recognizes the tunes and may even want to sing along. The group rehearses once a week, and Jan invites anyone interested in joining them to come to one of their rehearsals. Please call Jan at (727) 595-0815.

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Peggy Venter of Clearwater has about 250 glass communion cups that she would like to give to a good home. If anyone out there has a use for these cups, please call Peggy at (727) 796-7442 and leave a message if there's no answer.

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Can anyone help Lynne of Pasco County find a golf cart? She is a 42-year-old woman with chronic Lyme disease and fibromyalgia. Her conditions make daily chores like getting the mail from the park office, taking the garbage to the trash bin and walking her dog increasingly difficult. Lynne would like the golf cart to help her perform these daily activities. She has no way to pick up the cart, so it must be dropped off to her. She can be reached at (352) 458-3384.

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Helen of St. Petersburg has a big package of "get well" and sympathy card fronts to give away, but they must be picked up. Helen can be reached at (727) 526-3533.

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Peggy Ghezzi has a nonprofit organization in Brooksville called Compassion for All His Creatures, which rescues animals in addition to giving sanctuary to those that are not adoptable. The organization is building two shelters to house dogs and cats and is in need of various building materials such as, but not limited to, field fencing, framing lumber (interior and exterior), screening, a floor sander, fans, small sinks, privacy fencing, nail/stapler guns, etc. Peggy can be reached at (352) 754-9692 or

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Reader's Exchange: Looking to wave Old Glory 07/29/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2011 4:30am]
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