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Child mannequins needed as movie props

Hey, here's your chance to be in the movies. Well, sort of. To be brushed by the movies may be putting it more accurately.

Delores Lalino has been asked to locate some props for an independent ("indie" to us, of course) film that will begin shooting in this area in early April. But she needs help finding several vintage (make that "retro") mannequins (1970s through 1980s _ gosh, is that vintage already?) needed for some of the scenes.

The mannequins should be replicas of children ages 8 to 12 or teenagers, and they would have to be borrowed for six to eight weeks (no doubt to ensure that all the "takes" are perfect, you know). And the lender's name will roll in the credits.

C'mon. . . . We know that mannequins must live in some of the homes in Exchange Land (everything else does!). Let's give them a break and get their faces on the silver screen. Give Dolores a buzz at (727) 522-2675 to help with this casting call, and here's looking at you, kids.

A scan the bookshelves alert! Harriet Mettge of Weeki Wachee writes that her niece's new baby girl was born with Down's syndrome, and Harriet hopes a reader can help her locate a book that was helpful to her when her own son, also a Down's syndrome child, came into the world. The book, Heartaches and Handicaps by Gail Stigen (1976), is an excellent approach to the world of these children, Harriet says, and provides a boost that the new parent needs. Please call (352) 596-9843 if you have a copy to pass along.

Agnes Schmucker of Gulfport isn't sewing as much these days because it's too hard on her eyesight, so she's offering interested readers her sewing supplies. They include Velcro, small pieces of suede for appliques, elastic, a large selection of buttons, threads, needles, small tools, fashion rulers, instruction books and bobbins for a Signature machine. Call (727) 381-0278 to bolster your stitching stock.

Robin of St. Petersburg is looking for a Sunbeam steamer grille with a timer and shutoff, made by Hamilton Beach. It is quite small, large enough for only two hamburgers. Robin has physical issues that prevent running quickly to the stove to keep food from burning, so this appliance is very useful. Robin is also looking for a twin mattress (39 inches). Please call (727) 894-7701.

Marge Dineen's friend, born and raised in the South and now living in the Northwest, has not feasted on some of her native specialties for many years, simply because the veggies needed to prepare them aren't available there. So Marge, who'd like to surprise her friend and her taste buds, wonders if you can tell her where to purchase Crowder peas in the hull and Speckle butter beans in the hull so she can ship a passel of 'em to the deprived one. Marge may be reached at (727) 584-3955.

Heigh, ho, heigh ho: Bill Sabo of Largo is looking for the Seven Dwarfs, about 16 inches tall, made of concrete. Please call (727) 531-8625.

Helene Zalay of Oldsmar is trying to track down old American Harvest jet stream ovens, which were sold on TV years ago. If you can put her on their scent, please call (727) 781-7111.

Sherrill Stein of Oldsmar, an avid Stephen King fan, has been dealt a diabolical blow by unseen forces (or else her VCR had a stroke). After she recently recorded the six-hour TV miniseries Red Rose, she was horrified to find only static on the tape. If you had better luck taping this flick, please contact Sherrill, who'd like to work out a loan, a trade, a swap of souls _ or whatever is necessary to see Red Rose. Her number is (727) 784-7440.

Lou Moses has a record player/changer, with radio, cassette player and 8-track player, which, let's face it, really covers the options; or does it? Not really, because the record player has started having problems, and the owner of the repair shop in Hudson who used to fix it had the nerve to retire. Can you recommend a repair person? Please call (727) 868-0841 or e-mail

Once more, W.D. Webster is looking for a recording of Jackie Gleason reciting A Cottage for Sale and My Funny Valentine. The last time the request was made, a St. Petersburg DJ was kind enough to call, but his phone number was misplaced. Please call (727) 446-1442.

Jessica Maurer wants to give her grandfather an offset of a century plant and hopes that someone with one of these "pups" to spare will call her at (727) 517-0081.

Manci Crandall is looking for a "pizzelle" iron in good condition. We don't know what all the uses of this item might be, but Manci did mention that it's great for making Italian lace cookies. She's awaiting your call to (727) 848-5881 or e-mail at

Lost during move: batter beater for a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, model K45, one half-inch shank. Please call Basil, (727) 938-1825, or e-mail

In last week's column, the e-mail address for Lynne Lauck was incorrect. Lynn is looking for a Ping Pong paddle that is no longer being made. It's called the Whisp. If you can help, e-mail Lynne at

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