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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 21, 2000

Our readers are a diverse lot, with interests and hobbies that are highly intriguing. One example of this enterprise is Gary Denk, amateur winemaker from New Port Richey, who is seeking a good used wine press. Ummmmm. Pressing a few bottles of one's own vintage sounds like a very October thing to do, perfectly complementing the wine-like air and the general bouquet of autumn. Gary is awaiting your call at (727) 856-6896.

Vicki Erwin has collected a large number of 2-liter soda bottles as well as plastic bags from the newspaper. Do you know of any craft patterns that use these items? If not, could you make use of these bottles and bags yourself? If your answer to either is yes, please e-mail Vicki at

Norma Schweikert of Clearwater remembers an infomercial information package offered about three years ago on Channel 6. It offered a quick, easy and different way of learning math. Perhaps you took advantage of this offer and, now that you are on the Einsteinian level of mathematical knowledge, are ready to pass along the materials, or maybe you are aware of a source that still offers this program. In either event, Norma will appreciate hearing from you. Please call (727) 791-7368.

Alfred Luck's mother is having bad luck with the laundry. Her trusty wash basket on wheels long and faithfully served her, trundling clothes from the washer to the clothesline outdoors, but the excellent device recently breathed its last, and Alfred needs to know where to find a successor. Mom prefers a basket type, not a clothes sorter. Alfred's number is (727) 525-5146.

Pamela Hoffman of Dunedin is looking for what might be called a surrogate crocheter. She wants short-sleeved sweaters for summer wear over sleeveless dresses but doesn't want to crochet them herself. If Pamela's project interests you, please give her a call at (727) 781-2277 (208 voice mail), and you can work out the details with Pamela.

Ronald Prince of St. Petersburg is trying to locate a miracle worker. His pump water has left unsightly rust stains on his home. There is a person who comes through neighborhoods with a solution he pumps on these stains and, presto chango, they are gone -- permanently. Unfortunately, Ronald didn't get a business card from this banisher of stains when he first used those services, so he isn't able to get help with the stains that have subsequently appeared. Ronald hopes you'll phone him at (727) 343-2344 if you have had any experience with this magic potion.

Maria Wyher of New Port Richey is looking for the Sun Lover Co., formerly located in the Largo/Indian Rocks area but apparently now in parts unknown. It sold all-cotton tank tops and shorts in bright colors and typical Florida designs and ran a store for years on Ulmerton Road in Largo. Has this company folded or merely moved? If you know, please phone Maria at (727) 372-7589 or e-mail her at cooley

Lorette wants to know if anyone has knitting patterns for Barbie doll clothes. There's a whole new generation coming up, she reminds us, and it is time to get busy on new outfits for them. Lorette may be reached at (352) 683-5301.

Art Eriksen of South Pasadena hopes you taped this season's opening episode of The West Wing,which aired Oct. 4. After a summer of suspense, he was looking forward to seeing the show but was frustrated by mechanical failure in his VCR. You can put Art's suspense to rest by calling him at (727) 367-7159 and arranging for him to borrow your tape.

Thank-you note

Diane Pittman of Dunellon is in crocheting heaven thanks to readers who supplied her with patterns for a crocheted purse. She's in the midst of turning one out, so she hasn't wasted a minute in getting to work. Diane also mentions a side benefit of writing to the column that many of our satisfied readers enjoy: making new friends who share an interest.

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