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Reader's Exchange: Wintertime and the givin' is easy

The holiday spirit is alive in our generous REX readers. Phyllis Benjamin read the column about donating items to bring holiday cheer, and was inspired to write in with many things to offer. She has a new screen door (with no framing); a bird cage with a stand for a small bird; bee supplies, which include a super, a bee veil and smoker; an entertainment center with shelves and a cabinet (can accommodate a 27-inch TV); sewing materials, six different styles, 5 yards of each, zippers and thread; a metal kitchen table with an extension; and a king-sized waterbed with a semi-waveless mattress, six-drawer pedestal and sheets and a mattress pad. If anyone is interested, please contact Phyllis between 6 and 9 p.m. at (813) 677-4204.

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Since it's the year's end, many readers are hoping that those who upgraded their computers would be generous enough to donate their old ones. Lynn Stensgaard of Port Richey is a disabled vet who would appreciate a computer. If you have one, call (727) 267-4337 and Lynn will arrange to have it picked up. John from Largo could also use a working computer, as he has encountered many problems with the one he has. A REX reader came to try to fix his but advised him to get a new one. If you can help John, call him at (727) 348-2919.

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It's 35mm projector time again, REX reader Bob says. He has an older model slide projector labeled AVI Showsaver I, manufactured by Kodak, up for grabs. He says the lamp and controls work fine and it accepts standard carousels. Bob can be reached at (727) 531-6468.

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Sharon Richards of Bradenton is having a hard time finding needles for her United States Blind Stitch Machine. The needles are curved about 1 5/8 inches with a flat spot on the left side facing. She says that though the machine is ancient, it works perfectly, but she has no model number for it. Please contact her at (941) 794-2811.

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Burl Ives recorded a song called Angus McTavish Dundee, about a squirrel that bombed picnickers under his tree. Ruth Davies loved that song so much back in the 1950s she played the grooves off the 78. She even named her puppy after the song. Now she would like to see if anyone has the record or the lyrics to the song. If so, it would literally be music to her ears. If you can help, call (727) 399-0352.

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True to REX form, Gordy has items to donate and some things he's looking for. To give away, he has several skeins of new yarn and a box full of theater books. The books cover everything from plays to lighting, and he would like to give them to a theater group or anyone interested. He is looking for either a single 8-foot chalkboard, or two 4- to 6-foot chalkboards, like the ones found in a school, in good condition. He would either like the chalkboard(s), or to know where to find them. He may be reached at (727) 953-8605, or (956) 357-4312 (cell).


Grace Sweeney would like to thank everyone who responded to her request for the "Baby Ben" alarm clock. She received not only offers of a clock but also suggestions as to where to find one and where to have hers repaired.

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. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code.

Reader's Exchange: Wintertime and the givin' is easy 12/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 2:24pm]
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