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Reader's Exchange: Reels are yours for the taping

Gary Hurt of Valrico remembers that when he was in the Air Force overseas, nearly everybody had reel-to-reel tape recorders. He had two of them, but they are long gone now. What Gary does have to donate to anyone who would like them is 30-plus recorded 7-inch tape reels and eight blank tape reels that have never been opened. If you'd like the tape reels, please call Gary at (813) 684-1203. If no one answers, leave a message.

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When an item has served a wonderful purpose for so many years, it is very hard to give it up, even if it's not working anymore. William Campbell has a Pentax ME Super camera which, after decades of service, has a problem: The automatic exposure system has failed. William is looking for a working, bayonet mount ME Super body (lenses not necessary). If anyone has one, he would certainly appreciate it, as it would allow him to use his lenses, and would keep an old dog from having to learn new tricks. William, a part-time Dunedin resident, may be reached on his cell phone at (203) 574-0692.

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Here's an offer that many will not want to refuse. Arlene of New Port Richey recently got a new computer, so she would like to give away her old WebTV, which had barely been used. If you are interested, please call Arlene at (727) 849-3870.

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M. Baker of Largo is in a predicament. She is making a baby's bonnet from a fine linen women's handkerchief. She has the pattern for it, but she is looking for the verse to accompany it. The essence of the verse is that if the baby is a girl, she will carry the bonnet as a bride. If it is a boy, he will give it to his bride. If anyone can help her find this verse, please call her at (727) 584-5771.

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Lorraine Edie of Clearwater has been going around and around looking for a particular item. She is looking for a swivel, like a lazy susan, to put between a table and a 27-inch television, so that she can turn the TV in different directions. As a senior citizen, it is very difficult to turn the TV manually, she says. If you can help Lorraine, please call her at (727) 669-8993.

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Margie Hooge of Dunedin has quite a few VCR tapes to donate. She says the tapes are of movies and musicians, such as Sammy Davis Jr., the Judds and Frank Sinatra. Margie's phone number is (727) 736-3771.

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Donna Medley of Zephyrhills wrote in to appeal to anyone out there who can help her husband. He is disabled and is in a wheelchair, and Donna doesn't have a vehicle to transport him in. She is in desperate need of a car to get him to and from doctor's appointments, and also so that she can get to the store. Unfortunately, her husband is a severe diabetic and needs to be closely monitored, so the time it takes her to walk to the store and back are precious moments in which he might need her. Donna says she has tried every outlet she can think of to get a car, but her credit score won't allow her to get financing. She says she doesn't mind if the car isn't new, as long as it runs longer than the last two cars she has had. If anyone has a vehicle they would be willing to donate to Donna, please call her at (863) 701-6531.

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Reader's Exchange: Reels are yours for the taping 05/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 1:15pm]
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