In order to eliminate the need for grease, Lura Angell of Camarillo has made more than a half-baked attempt to locate parchment paper liners for a 9x5x3 - inch loaf pan ; a bakery sold her a few, but they charged too much dough for so little paper work. Can you help before Angell sees that half a loaf is no better than none, or will this be another search destined never to pan out?
It's still nail-biting time for Lorelei Bynum of West Los Angeles, who has been looking for Mani Magic by Pacquin ; she calls that item the best cuticle remover ever made, but so far she has not been able to put her finger on it. Can you help before Bynum throws up her hands in disgust, or will she have to keep her fingers crossed a bit longer while she scrapes along?
Because she does her own hair, Bonnie Gissler of La Habra is on the lookout for a 10-inch-diameter mirror on an adjustable floor stand ; the stand is about five feet high, and the mirror magnifies on one side. Can you help without magnifying Gissler's problem, or will she never be able to face the future without taking a stand?
Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Marie at (213) 470-7771 is trying to locate a portable indoor chair that looks like a walking cane but opens up with a seat and three legs. Please help this chair-woman before she has no leg to stand on and decides to go on a sit-down strike. . . . Ginnie at (714) 838-8102 is attempting to light a match under our readers in her thus-far-fruitless search for 1 1/2-inch - long matches that are either gold-tipped or come in various colors ; she's struck out at party-supply stores. Please make sure that this request strikes a chord before Ginny sees she's been left in the dark.
Note: The Reader-to-Reader Help Line is only for one-time items and for products no longer available in stores. And you must give us written permission to publish your telephone number, so that others may contact you directly.
For Bonni Weinstein of Sherman Oaks, who was looking for Charleston Chews candy, we have something to chew on. A reader writes that these candies are at Guild Drug stores--in Northridge and other branches. Cecile Schreiber of Goleta says Long's Drugs carries them; they have a branch in Reseda. Mrs. J. T. Brandon of El Segundo says R. B. Better Drugs in Glendale stocks the candy, which is distributed by Orange Empire Distributing Co. of Northridge (they might know of a source closer to Weinstein). A few mouthfuls farther down the road, N. I. Young of Via Lido Drugs, 3445 Via Lido, Newport Beach, (714) 675-0150, says they carry Charleston Chews in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. And Maurice Clements of South Gate says the Vermont Country Store, Box 3000, Manchester Center, Vt. 05255-3000, sells a product similar to Charleston Chews; it is called GooGoo Supremes and costs $16.
For Mary Bristow of Westminster, who needs a long-handled dustpan because she is in a wheelchair, we have more sources than we can list; almost 30 readers were helpful. In addition to many neighborhood hardware stores, local chains that carry long-handled dustpans include Smart & Final Iris, K mart and Ole's. But since Bristow has limited ability to get around, she might prefer shopping through mail order. These catalogues are among those mentioned by various readers as handling the long-handled dustpan: Lillian Vernon, 510 S. Fulton Ave., Mount Vernon, N.Y. 10550 (Sweep and Scoop, No. 6669, $12.98); Williams-Sonoma, P.O. Box 7456, San Francisco, Calif. 94120-7456 (Butler's Dust Pan & Broom, $23); Carol Wright Gifts, P.O. Box 8503, Lincoln, Neb. 68544 (Easy Sweep, $9.95); New Hampton Unique Merchandise Mart, Building 10, Hanover, Pa. 17333 (Back-Saving Broom and Dustpan, $14.95); the Colonial Garden Kitchen catalogue, same address, has the identical item at the same price.
Herb Hain cannot answer mail personally but will, space permitting, respond in this column to readers who need--or have--helpful information. Write (do not telephone) to You Can Help!, You section, the Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053.