Lots of good press this week…

Wanted to share some good press with you all. I will be adding it to the “Who We Are” link as well…..

Heard from Butch Holcombe publisher of American Digger magazine about a mention he got in a West coast write-up. Nice  read, nice plug for the pastime and Butch as well. Click here to read about Peggy Higgins, and the input Butch had  in the article. Thanks to both of you for showing the rest of the world who we really are.



I was also pleased to find the following on the “Jersey Shore Beach and Surf Hunters” Facebook page about Vinnie Casablanca’s recovery of two rings, and the following letter of thanks….

The Seaside Heights Beach Patrol would like to thank Mr. Vincent Casablanca for his outstanding job in helping one of our beach patrons recover her wedding band and wedding ring on Sunday July, 22, 2012. It was a great moment on our beach this season.

On Sunday the 22nd, around 4p.m., a beach patron from the Bronx New York came up to the Lifeguard Headquarters crying hysterically. She explained to myself (Captain-Rob Connor) and Beach Patrol Chief Jay Boyd that she just lost her wedding ban and wedding ring on our Lincoln Avenue Beach. We put her in one of our 4 wheel vehicles and transported her to the scene. The beach was packed and by now everyone around her was trying to help her and look for them with no success.

Chief Jay Boyd immediately called over our radios to all lifeguards if anyone has a sighting of someone with a metal detector. The lifeguard on Hiering Ave radioed back that he has someone on his beach with one. Chief Boyd asked the lifeguard to talk to the person and see if he would be willing to help out and try to locate the missing items. Without hesitation Mr. Casablanca said “ABSOLUTELY”. The lifeguard explained that the missing rings were 1 mile away and he didn’t care and wanted to help. Lifeguards picked up Vincent and his grandson in a 4 wheel drive vehicle and transported them to the scene.

By now there were hundreds of beach goers watching the scene. Vincent came down to the scene on our Lincoln Avenue Beach, got out of vehicle and asked a couple  of questions to the woman and confidently said “I’m going to find them”. I (Captain Rob Connor) looked at him and thought “who is this guy”, thinking there was little chance in finding these rings. Vincent started working his metal detector around the scene and in under 5 minutes pulled out the wedding band, and there was a roar from the crowd, people were excited and the woman was thrilled. About a minute later Vincent pulled out the wedding ring and again there was a loud ovation from the crowd. The woman was excited and just hugged Vincent crying with joy. It was very emotional for everyone around the scene.

The Seaside Heights Beach Patrol again would like to congratulate and thank Mr. Casablanca for his finding of the rings from someone he never met. I’m sure this  woman will never forget what Vincent did for her that day!

THANK YOU, Robert Connor-SHBP Captain


Thanks Vinnie. You did more in that one day to promote our pastime for those on the beach that day, then anyone I can remember of late.  Also have the feeling all the manufacturers love you too….



As someone who has followed this story for sometime, and who has read just about everything in print concerning it, I was somewhat disappointed to hear about the results of  the recent expedition to find Amelia Earhart’s plane, and just maybe the answer to what happened to her so many years ago. I will continue to follow this effort however, and  enjoy the website of the Tighar Group.



Knew it would not be long before I heard back for Mr. Barford and Mr. Swift, and it was quick. They apparently don’t like getting criticized, and I suspect  that’s because they monitor the responses they receive on their sites. If you prove a point or outwit them, don’t expect to see you thoughts posted. Just the way they  run things. In any case here is their response, tired and old as it is….

Potable Antiquities and Collecting Issues

Heritage Journal Response

I would like to think that at some time in the future this hatred for those of us who own metal detectors will come to an end, but after 35 years of trying, I  have given up. Never mind that we have brought more historical and more dramatic recoveries to light….they will never see us as equals, or people who actually further  and justify their positions and/or salaries.



jeal·ous·y noun, plural jeal·ous·ies for 4.

1. jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another’s success or advantage itself.

2. mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims.

3. vigilance in maintaining or guarding something.

4. a jealous feeling, disposition, state, or mood.


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