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Reader's Exchange: Missing a product manual? Help may be just a few keystrokes away

Quite often, people write in to Reader's Exchange in response to a request they've seen in a past column. This week, two people have written in to offer helpful advice. First, Margaret Labicki sent in some information that would be a great help to anyone looking for an owner's manual for electronic devices or appliances. She says many manuals can be found for free at, or

Marcy Sigurdsen is a volunteer with the American Cancer Society in Citrus County, and she had a helpful tip for those affected with cancer who need transportation to their doctor's appointments. Marcy says that the American Cancer Society has volunteer drivers who participate in the Ride to Recovery program. She says that ACS Patient Services may have a volunteer who will drive patients to their treatments and appointments at no cost. The toll-free American Cancer Society phone number is 1-800-227-9954 (ask for Patient Services).

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Hopefully somebody will be able to fulfill this sweet request. Mary K of Safety Harbor owns a bakery, and she is looking for old black and white photographs from the 1940s, '50s and '60s to decorate the bakery with. Specifically, she would like pictures of brides, babies, kids and all people eating cakes, cupcakes and cookies. She says she would even like a photo of a mother with her apron on, baking a cake. She says the pictures will not be returned to the owner. If you can help Mary, please call her at (727) 726-2305.

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Bill of St. Petersburg has a 100-gallon fuel oil tank and stand, half filled with oil, in good condition, for anyone who would like it. If you would, call Bill at (727) 525-5240.

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Audrey Doster of St. Petersburg has two black acrylic panels — 3 feet 3 inches by 2 feet 8 1/2 inches and 2 feet by 2 feet 8 1/2 inches — for anyone who would like them. She says they were originally purchased to cover a refrigerator/freezer door that was white, so that it would match her black stove. Audrey says they ended up just buying a black refrigerator. If you can find a use for these panels, contact Audrey at (727) 577-8040.

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Tom in Tampa needs a Word program for Windows or Vista. He says an older version would be just fine. Also, Tom says he is getting a little old to play softball, so he is giving away his right-handed glove. Tom can be reached at (813) 839-2891.

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The weather will be returning to a more pleasant state soon, and many are planning outdoor activities such as camping. Stephen Bowen says he and a group of friends go camping every month in a different state park. They are looking for a 14- or 16-inch Dutch oven, with legs, so they can cook for everyone in one pot. If you can help Stephen, call him at (727) 525-9841.

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Ardith of St. Petersburg has an assortment of gently used magazines for the taking for anyone who will pick them up. They include Gourmet, National Geographic and Scientific American, just to name a few. If you are interested, call Ardith at (727) 895-0057.

Send requests to Reader's Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 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. Due to the volume of REX requests, it might take several weeks before your item appears in the paper.

Reader's Exchange: Missing a product manual? Help may be just a few keystrokes away 09/10/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 10, 2010 4:30am]
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