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Reader Exchange

Pelican photo unexpectedly tough to find

Published October 22, 2005

Gretchen Kent of Largo may be understating the case when she writes that she has an unusual request. We'll let you decide just how unusual it is, but we'll simply interject that the staff hasn't seen this one before.

It's a request related to Christmas, specifically to Gretchen's Christmas card for this year. She needs a snapshot of a pelican (or two pelicans) standing on a channel marker(s), surrounded by lovely blue water and bathed in our brilliant Florida sunshine.

Oh, you may be tempted to say, that's an easy thing to find! That's just what Gretchen thought before her quest began. She never dreamed she couldn't snap the photo herself - or at least locate a postcard picture of such a typical Florida scene: You see gazillions of them around.

A sadder but wiser Gretchen now concedes that the search has not yielded a picture that is "just right," even though she has shot a roll of film herself and her friends have offered their best pelican photos. Maybe your expertise could adorn Gretchen's holiday greeting. If you think you have the very thing she is looking for, please call (727) 524-7538. Dale of New Port Richey makes a request for a friend of 45 years who has developed macular degeneration and can no longer see well enough to watch television, read or play cards. Those who have ever been amazed at the sight of someone knitting and watching television at the same time will not be surprised that Dale's friend can still crochet and knit; real pros can do it by feel.

Making hats, lap robes, hot plates and pot holders for senior facilities and nursing homes keeps Dale's friend busy and feeling useful. But she's running out of raw materials. Dale hopes that folks with leftover yarns will donate them to this worthy cause; she will pay your shipping charges. Dale may be reached at (727) 372-8177; please leave a message.

Anyone who has had a bright child who is bored in school will empathize with the family of New Port Richey's Sharon Jacobs. Sharon's daughter-in-law, a single mother of two children who has very limited financial resources, has decided to homeschool her first- and fourth-grade students. Because he is bored, the younger child is becoming uncooperative in class, and it is hoped that homeschooling will permit him to progress at his own pace.

Because money is tight, Sharon is looking for homeschooling books for the first and fourth grades. Please call her at (727) 236-5334 if you have books these children may use.

Darlene Bennett was enthralled by the World War II series that ran in this paper recently, and she would like to hear more stories from folks who experienced this era. She was a child at the time and remembers it hazily. If you have stories you'd like to share with Darlene, please call (727) 549-0970.

Also call that number if you'd like to have the turntable, cassette player and table-top stereo with speakers Darlene is giving away.

Don Hall is trying without any luck to locate a bookcase headboard for a twin bed. His mother, who is moving to Florida, is used to having one; it's a convenient place to stash medicines she may need in the night. If you own one you no longer want, please call 727 867-3865 or e-mail

Doris Carroza of Clearwater Beach has dozens of shoulder pads that were removed from garments before they were worn. Perhaps someone who teaches sewing could use them for student projects. If you can use these shoulder pads, e-mail

A neighbor who was moving recently gave Avis Traester's son a book by Enid Blyton titled The Haunted Railway Game. The book appears to be a puzzle book, but playing the game apparently requires additional equipment that the neighbor could no longer locate. The list of items needed to help work out the clues: a selection of playing cards, a rucksack, code book, torch, compass, map, lunch box, picnic cards and special Famous Five dice.

Avis offers a plate of homemade cookies to anyone who can supply her avid young reader with the tools necessary to pursue this reading adventure. Call Avis at (727) 789-8865.

A reader who is a retired speech pathologist would like to donate materials appropriate for middle school or elementary school children. Please call (727) 593-0851 for more information.

Matchbook cover collectors take note: Lynn Grant is getting rid of hers. Call (727) 538-2562 and leave a message if you're interested.

- Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code.

[Last modified October 21, 2005, 09:27:04]

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