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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Collecting ties for re‘tie’rement party surprise

Chris Graham

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” 

– Dr. William Arthur Ward, author, motivational speaker.

A longtime popular teacher’s sense of humor has inspired a colleague to tie the Mailbag into a quest for men’s ties.

“I have given to the Mailbag before, and my exercise bike, dryer, and house plants found a good home, and now I hope to get some much needed help to collect as many men’s ties as we can,” says Ellen S., of Nashua (LTR 2,835). “These ties will be used at a retirement party for a teacher that has taught middle school for over 36 years and is noted for wearing fun ties to school. We thought it would be fun if everyone attending the retirement party would wear a tie in honor of Charlie, so we can have a re‘tie’rement party for him.  All ties will be donated to the Salvation Army after the party. So, if there are men out there that no longer use their ties, we would really appreciate having them. Willing to pick up in the Nashua area.”

What a great idea! Ellen can be reached at 882-5953 or via email at:

Light cooking ideas

“I have collected several years’ worth of ‘Cooking Light’ magazines, which may be useful to someone learning how to cook or trying to change their eating habits,” says Jill Z., of Nashua (LTR 2,913). “I have complete sets from 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, all in good condition. Perhaps one of your readers would be interested in taking them. I have gotten many enjoyable meals out of them. I often read your Mailbag column and finally have something to donate to other readers.”

With more folks planning meals around quality and cutting down on quantity, it shouldn’t take long for someone to make a healthy decision to email Jill at

Needs trundle bed

“Grandma needs a trundle bed for the grandchildren when they come and visit,” writes Brenda K., of Nashua (LTR 2,914). “If anyone could help out, that would be greatly appreciated.”

Trundle beds are space-savers in that trundles allow a second bed to suddenly appear from underneath the upper twin bed whenever the need arises. If you can help, email

Single mom seeks TV

“I didn’t think I’d be writing to you again so soon but a lovely single mom just moved into our building and has no TV,” writes Carolyn B., of Nashua (LTR 2,575). “She is expecting soon and has a job, but with the part-time hours and no benefits, she just cannot afford one. I know there has to be someone out there replacing their TV who would be able to pass their older one on.  She has no phone yet either, but even though I may not be able to lift a TV, I can surely drive over to pick one up for her and then we’ll figure out how to get it in the house. I was telling her about your Mailbag column, and she is so hopeful. Blessings to all who help others, it’s nice to know this community has such a generous spirit.”

Carolyn is definitely on that helping others list, as she adds, “Just give me a call at 930-2885 and I’ll be happy to pinch hit for this mom in need.”

Read all about magazines

“I manage a family practice office and we have stacks and stacks of magazines from over the last year or so, that we need to get rid of,” says Donna D., of Merrimack (LTR 2,596). “There are all different types, including some children’s magazines. Before I have them sent to recycling, I wanted to see if anyone or any organization would like them. They will need to be picked up. Thanks for a great column.”

You never know what you’ll find in the Mailbag, but interested parties will find Donna at

Baker needs dishwasher

“I first heard about Chris’ Mailbag at the Salvation Army, and I thank you for your help, much appreciated … my home business is growing and I’m very busy,” is the good news from Lucy L. ,of Nashua (LTR 2,877). “I don’t have a dishwasher, which would be a big help for cleaning my cake pans, bowls, etc. Also, a pasta machine will help me with fondant cake decorating, and I am also making some homemade breads. A pasta machine works awesomeness for both. Thank you.”

It’s a pleasure to be able to help this enterprising stay-at-home mother of four as she works to improve life for herself and her family. If you have a pasta machine and/or dishwasher, Lucy can be reached at 880-4592.


Rita D., of Hollis (LTR 229), writes “I got a call from one of your Mailbag reader’s pertaining to my request for Bingo Strips. She was able to direct me to a place here in town, where we can purchase them for a very inexpensive fee. Thanks again!”

Allyson J., of Hudson, contacted Manuel H., of Nashua (LTR 2,789), and, although he was all set with a bicycle for his 10-year-old daughter, he was interested in her offer as well “…because his daughter’s friend needed one, too. We will be making the exchange (and another child happy), thanks to the Mailbag.”

Contact Chris’ Mailbag by sending mail to Chris’ Mailbag c/o The Telegraph, 17 Executive Drive, Hudson, NH 03051, or email Include full name and complete address, along with telephone number or email address for publication, if applicable. Items eligible for publication are for donation, trade or barter only; requests of items for sale or purchase will not be included. Items obtained through the Mailbag are donated by readers for the exclusive use of Telegraph readers or others who may accept the donation. Any resale is expressly prohibited and closely monitored. Violators will be prosecuted for fraud and theft by deception.