I hadn’t heard from John Howland in a while and assumed that (1) he was sick, (2) Mags threw him out of the house (again), (3) he was in jail or (4) inebriated beyond words! Needless to say my money was on number 4 but he swears that was not the case. Then again he lies a lot.
Anyway he’s back, and has advice on how to get top dollar for your coins, along with a few other British tidbits. If you are interested in what the Brit has to say click on the Malamute Saloon link above and scroll down to today’s date!
GOOD NEWS FOR MASSACHUSETTS TH’ERS
As most of you know Roger Barbrick has been collecting signatures on a petition aimed at heading off the banning of metal detecting on Massachusetts beaches. It seems his effort has payed off and Roger shared the following….
“To my metal detecting brothers & sisters, I am very happy to report that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) has agreed that metal detecting will continue to be allowed on all DCR coastal & inland beaches!! Thanks to all of you that signed my petition and/or made phonecalls and sent emails to the DCR on our behalf. Congratulations!! WE DID IT TOGETHER!!!”
The response he received from the state:
Dear Mr. Barbrick:
I am sending this email on behalf of Mrs. Ellen FitzPatrick who is currently out of office.
Thank you for your follow-up email. We apologize for any confusion and hope that this email can provide some clarification.
After receiving your latest email, I consulted with several of my colleagues in order to better understand the intent of the latest recommendation regarding our metal detecting regulation. As it pertains to metal detecting on coastal and inland beaches, permission from the park supervisor will actually not be required. I apologize for any confusion that may have been caused by the previous email. As for other non-beach areas within DCR parks and forests – where metal detecting is not currently allowed due to potential natural, cultural, and archaeological resource protection concerns – metal detecting will be allowed when searching for specific lost personal property with verbal permission from the park supervisor.
Once again, thank you for your continued interest in DCR. We hope this addresses your questions.
DCR MassParks Team
Thanks Roger for all your hard work and thanks to everyone who took the time to sign the petition!