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Matrimony on a college student's budget?

Published September 6, 2003

First on today's agenda is a challenge that should be fun because it appeals to creativity as well as sentiment: helping to plan a wedding.

Here's a little background on your mission, should you choose to accept it. Winona Pierce of Brooksville wrote to this column years ago, when her granddaughter Heidi was in the sixth grade. Heidi, a very good student, needed some encyclopedias and a computer to enhance her studies, and the family budget wasn't able to stretch quite that far. But, naturally, our readers came through magnificently and saw to it that Heidi got the edge she needed.

And the way she capitalized on that edge is impressive. Winona reports that Heidi graduated from high school with highest honors and is currently a college sophomore on scholarship in Indiana. Way to go, Heidi!

This year when Heidi registered for classes, she needed to pay $1,800 more than her funding covered. Heidi's fiance cashed in his certificate of deposit to pay the bill, definitely passing a test of true love. But here's the rub: that CD was to pay for their wedding in June 2004. Now, the prospect of marriage is becoming dim. More college expenses lie down the road, and college is very important to Heidi, who plans to teach children with learning disabilities after she graduates.

So, Winona is asking readers to send her suggestions for creating a lovely little (50 to 80 guests), inexpensive wedding that can take place when it was planned without decimating the bride's and groom's funds. Any tips on food, decorations, invitations, flowers - whatever! - on a very low budget will be greatly appreciated. (Have you noticed how often low-budget wedding are the most fun for the guests?) Please call Winona at (352) 796-6835.

Alleen Stickler is moving soon and has a sewing machine she wants to give away. It's a Sears desktop that hasn't been used in so long the oil has clogged and it needs cleaning. Alleen has all the attachments and the instruction book. If you can use this machine, call her at (727) 868-5088, evenings only.

The Holiday Gospel Assembly Missions class appreciated all the used Christmas cards it received after the holiday last year, but the members need to be resupplied if they are to turn them into more of the items they send their missionaries.

One is never truly surprised at the happenings in Exchange Land, so the staff expects that some folks still have the cards they meant to donate but never got around to shipping off. And it is likely that the class also can use cards without a Christmas theme. Please mail your cards to Holiday Gospel Assembly Missions Class, 1842 Grand Blvd., Holiday, FL 34690.

Perhaps the missions class members will want to contact Irene Caputo of Clearwater, who writes that she has a box of colorful greeting cards to give to a crafter. She may be reached at 727 726-9248. Doris is trying to find a copy of the game Park & Shop, which came out during the '50s or '60s. She also wants to locate a wall candle holder with an attached mirror. She has one already, but her two cockatiels are fighting over who gets to sit on the candle's glass holder and preen in the attached mirror. Please restore peace to this household by e-mailing or phoning (727) 797-8870.

Richard King of Largo would like to locate a 78 rpm record player with a record changer. He is a great lover of music, who isn't able to get out too much. Having the record player would be a big convenience for him. Please send responses to Richard in care of this column.

Jean Booth of Palm Harbor needs new homes for some stuffed animals and several soft-sculpture dolls, both large and small. Interested in adopting? Call (727) 789-3816. Did you happen to attend South High School in Grand Rapids, Mich., during 1940, '41, '42 or '43? Need a yearbook? Joyce Beurkens of Clearwater has copies for these four years that she would like to pass along to another alum. An interesting tidbit of information from Joyce: Former president Gerald Ford attended this high school and played football there, though he did so a dozen years before Joyce was a student there. Joyce may be reached at (727) 796-0354.

Thank-you note

Francis Vergot of Temple Terrace is a believer in Exchange magic since he learned from a reader where to find two books for which he was hunting. The volumes raced his way, thanks to information supplied in an answering machine message by a reader named Tomra. Francis asks that we repeat his phone number and request this caller to buzz him again: He would like to thank her personally "for the great deed she did for a total stranger."

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