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Awaiting a new year of requests

Whatever holiday you celebrate _ Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, the winter solstice _ or all of the above if you're a born partier, here's hoping that it was every bit as enjoyable as you'd anticipated.

Now we prepare to welcome a new year and, regardless of whether you believe that the new millennium was hatched last year or is just now pecking its way out of the shell, more convivial times and friendly toasts are in the wings on Sunday evening.

But even if you don't believe in such things, remember to make at least one New Year's resolution: Let Exchange Central hear from you either if you have a request or can respond to a query from someone else.

And, oh yes, on Jan. 6 look for our list of people eager to take your used Christmas cards off your hands.

It probably has nothing to do with New Year's resolutions, but Julie Darling of New Port Richey is looking for bamboo with which to build a fence. The bamboo must be about 3 inches in diameter, and Julie and her husband are willing to visit your yard and harvest that bamboo where it stands. That's downright neighborly, considering that plant's tendency to overgrow entire estates. So, if the offer sounds too good to be true, check it out with Julie at (727) 372-6554.

Uh-oh. One of our readers was knitting a sleeveless shell sweater from page 26 of an old Columbia-Minerva pattern book (No. 752). The pattern (No. 752-23) begins on page 26 but is continued on another page not noted in the instructions. Here's an unfinished garment you can assist to completion if you can help our knitter find the remainder of the pattern. Please call (941) 753-2895.

Nora Ryan recently purchased an older home with a Nutone motor built into the countertop. She needs help finding another Nutone Food Center blender (model 272), which is compatible with the model 250 or 251 food center power unit. The blender she needs to replace was purchased in 1988 directly from the Nutone Inc. parts department. If you have the old blender or know where one may be purchased, Nora hopes to hear from you at (727) 319-0573.

Erica Bianchi of New Port Richey needs an Artisan No. 72 12 pitch element for an IBM self-correcting typewriter. Please call (727) 376-1980.

Mary Jane Bargielski is trying to get her mother, Katherine, involved again in her crafts, even though a recent stroke has affected Katherine's right arm. Mary Jane was hopeful that Katherine could resume quilting, but she was unable to hold the quilt while working on it.

It is so true that when a physical problem interrupts doing something we love, very often just doing it a little differently lets us resume that activity. So, Mary Jane hopes someone might have an old quilt frame no longer in use that could hold the fabric as Katherine quilts. Doing crafts will also be excellent physical therapy for that arm. Get in touch with Mary Jane at (352) 683-4410 or at if you can help.

Jo Ann Pugh gives a new twist to a subject that crops up in Exchange Land periodically. She wants to know of persons or organizations looking for NEW _ that's correct, unused _ notecards and stationery. Jo Ann doesn't have the time to keep up her correspondence by snail mail, and looking at all the unused materials is just making her feel guilty. Free Jo Ann from these pangs of remorse by contacting her by e-mail at

Audrey Geiger has a Thomas electronic organ, model No. 164, which was bought used and, as is so often the case, minus instructions. This is an elderly organ, 30 to 40 years old _ possibly older _ in human years, though what that adds up to in organ years is unknown to us.

Audrey has tried unsuccessfully to contact the Thomas Organ Co., and she is now hoping that you may have an equally elderly electronic organ still with instructions on how to elicit civilized sounds from it. She would love to be able to copy them; she's awaiting your e-mail at

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