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Help the summer go swimmingly

Published May 19, 2007


May is well into its warmup for summer, and the thoughts of many are undoubtedly turning to the swimming pool. Maybe the one in your yard needs a little attention to get it operational, and here's where Neva Rootes of Largo may be of assistance.

She has a 3/4-hp pool pump and motor, and inline chlorine feeder that can be yours for the hauling. Please call 727 584-1507 on the weekend or after 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Getting into the pool is definitely on the mind of the Stoner family, though the equipment needed to enjoy theirs this summer can't be supplied by the items offered by Neva, above.

Judy Stoner explains that the manual Hoyer lift, a hand-me-down from a family friend, which assists her disabled son into the pool, is showing its age. The Stoners are trying to locate a person who would be able to refurbish it for them.

Their lift, a model that is cranked by hand, needs its supply of hydraulic fluid replenished, and could use a general cleaning. Judy has combed the phone book, but can't find any businesses able to help.

Although the pool is warming up and her son loves to swim, Judy doesn't feel safe lowering and raising him until the lift is in better condition. That means he must wait to get into the pool until his father gets home from work.

If you have experience with maintaining a Hoyer lift or can suggest businesses that do, please call (727) 393-7408 or e-mail

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Esther Bateman has 12 squares of counted cross stitch that she hopes to have made into a quilt. The drawback at this point is that Esther doesn't quilt. In fact, she hasn't had much luck finding anyone else who quilts either.

If you are a hand-quilter within a 50-mile radius of St. Petersburg (Esther has squares, will travel) who would like to help her achieve this goal, please call (727) 343-4466.

Nancy Dougherty, small group coordinator for the Community United Methodist Church in Holiday, needs some help preparing for a free, full-day kids camp for 150 homeless and impoverished children in the west Pasco area; the church and a number of other organizations will host.

What Nancy particularly needs are any booklets/crafts/leadership guides from Group's Fiesta! vacation Bible school, which was very popular in those parts last summer. Any organizations with unused materials left over from this outreach program are invited to call Nancy at the church office, (727) 937-3268, and she will arrange for pickup.

C.L. Betler of Largo writes that one of her friends is leaving Florida, but does not intend to cart along her Beanie Baby collection of more than 200 items. If you are a fan of these little guys and have a space for them in your home and heart, please call Ms. Betler at (727) 585-7982; she will provide her friend with the pertinent information.

Lee Wilkes, a bus driver for Pinellas County Schools, hopes to locate an autoharp for a very talented blind student who rides her school bus. This young woman plays the piano, flute, drums and harmonica and would love to add mastery of a stringed instrument to her extensive repertoire.

Because this student must maintain sensitive fingertips to read Braille, she can't directly manipulate strings, but the autoharp has keys that won't toughen her skin. If you have an autoharp you no longer play, and you could use the space it is filling, please contact Lee at

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Alma Lawrence of St. Petersburg, who is preparing for her future great-grandchild, would be delighted to receive crochet layette patterns, especially in the ripple pattern. Please call (727) 576-4277.

Janet Burnett is giving away five circular slide trays that fit a GAF, Sears or Sawyer's slide projector. Each tray holds 100 slides. Please call (727) 526-4256.

Note to readers: One of our readers with a scientific bent called to say use no more than 1 teaspoon of Polyacrylamide crystals for the cool scarves mentioned in the May 12 column.

Thank-you notes

The Holiday Ladies Missionary Class thanks readers for all the card fronts they have mailed and brought to the church, at 1842 Grand Blvd., Holiday, FL 34690. Imagine this! So far this year, these industrious women have sent more than 18, 000 Bible verse cards to Nigeria.

B. Webb's request concerning her 1974 Kenmore sewing machine cabinet was filled by 8:45 the morning it appeared. She writes, "In all, I received four responses, two of them offering the sewing machine and the cabinet."

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