Hints From Heloise: The stamps are in the mail

November 4, 2013

Dear Heloise: I read your column in the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News and do so enjoy it. I have misplaced the address for sending away CANCELED STAMPS. If you could reprint it, I would appreciate it. -- Rita R. in Ohio

You are referring to Stamp Camp USA in Pennsylvania, an organization that teaches children about stamp collecting. Along with canceled stamps, there are plenty of items, like construction paper, pens, pencils and envelopes, that can be donated. A complete wish list of items is on the organization’s Web site, www.stampcampusa.org.

Send your donations to Stamp Camp USA, 117 Court St., Ste. A., Elkland, PA 16920. You also can call the camp at 814-258-5601. Because Stamp Camp USA is not funded or supported by any government agency, it relies solely on donations from individuals and other organizations.

EMERGENCY RECORDING

Dear Heloise: I had acid reflux and woke early one morning to find that I could not even utter a sound. I thought then that I should have had a small tape recorder near my phone (Heloise here: Prerecord this info) with my address, phone number and reason (not able to talk, etc.) ready to play on the phone.

A young child can be taught (if a parent were unable) to dial 911 and push “Play” on the recorder. Record the message two or three times in case the person on the other end is late answering the phone. -- Carol M. in Missouri

SCREEN SAVER

Dear Heloise: I read your column weekly in the Ventura County (Calif.) Star. I have learned a lot and used a lot of the hints over many years.

I know we all put something on our sliding glass doors so we won’t run into them. I accidentally ran into the screen door and just about broke my nose. Since I am in and out of this door often, I took a red ribbon with a bell on it and used a safety pin to attach it to the screen at eye level. Works like a charm, and no more run-ins. -- Muriel A., Oxnard, Calif.

And for furry family members, remember to place stickers down low, so they, too, will see that the door is closed. -- Heloise

KEY ID

Dear Heloise: On a recent trip to Minnesota, we lost our car keys. A few weeks later, using valet parking, I lost the house keys, which I had separated from the car keys. Though we found those, we have since added a little tag, like a pet ID tag, with our phone number. No other identifying information is needed. Thanks for all of the good information you share! -- A Reader, via e-mail

HANDY BOTTLE BRUSH

Dear Heloise: Thanks for all of your helpful hints. Since I have to hand-wash dishes, I use a baby-bottle brush at home to clean glasses, vases and other long-neck ware. It also is very handy to clean between fork tines. -- Edna R., Spokane, Wash.

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

, King Features Syndicate

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