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Reader's Exchange: Pop in free VHS tapes and settle in for a scenic train ride

All aboard the REX Express! Ed Toner of Spring Hill has 16 VHS tapes of trains and train journeys that he is hoping to place in a good home. Ed says he has several sets, including History channel's American Railroads Past and Present, World's Greatest Train Ride Videos, Scenic Rail Journeys of the Americas, Great American Train Rides, Trains of the Tracks and The Legends of the Rails. These are commercially produced, not home videos. They are mainly focused on scenery from railroad journeys or historic trains themselves. They must be picked up, and Ed can be reached by phone at (352) 650-2627 or via e-mail at

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Renae of Oldsmar is looking for a gently used wheelchair. The chair is for her elderly mother-in-law and father-in-law, to help make getting them around easier. If you have a wheelchair that you would be willing to part with, please call Renae at (727) 772-4124 or e-mail her at

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Leona Sanborn of Palm Harbor is hoping to find a dressmaker's mannequin. If you have one you don't want, please call Leona at (727) 781-6335.

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Magazines are great, but they have a way of really piling up. That is what is happening to Wynn Dale of Trinity. She hopes that someone will relieve her of the travel, cooking and gardening magazines she has accumulated. Among them are Sunset, Southern Living, Bon Appétit, Gourmet and several gardening magazines. If you are interested in these, please call Wynn at (727) 375-7279.

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Can anyone help Dale of Clearwater find a VCR? He is homebound because of back problems and two surgeries to repair a broken leg. He passes time by taping programs at night and watching them the next day. Unfortunately, his VCR broke down, so he is really hoping to find a working VHS tape recorder, preferably with instructions and a remote. Dale lives in the Countryside area of Clearwater, and would love to pick one up. If you can help, please call him at (727) 786-7120 or e-mail him at


In August, Arthur Quinn of St. Petersburg wrote in requesting a left-handed guitar. Arthur is on disability after several heart attacks, and he wanted to pursue something he had started as a kid. We received word that Arthur's wish was granted. Tim Weir of Weir's Music in Valrico offered Arthur an electric guitar and an amplifier, which Arthur graciously accepted. The guitar was presented to Arthur at a special Fall Jam concert on Aug. 28 at the Fox & Hounds Pub in Brandon. Rock on, Arthur!

Reader's Exchange: Pop in free VHS tapes and settle in for a scenic train ride 10/19/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 4:30am]
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