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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 31 NUMBER 5
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M MAY 11, 2006
AT THE WEST PALM BEACH GARDEN CLUB IN DREHER PARK
IN WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
OUR CODE OF ETHICS: HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM
Our next meeting on May 11 will feature presentations by two
of our members: Jerry Turner and Jan Smirnow.
FORT DRUM FADED IN TIME
One of our members, Jerry Turner, has persevered in doing
something that most of us could not even imagine starting. He
has become an author. His self published book, “Fort Drum
Faded in Time” is a historical perspective of the area and its
evolution over the past two centuries. He has spent several
years researching archives as well as personally investigating
locations and interviewing long time residents. The resulting
manuscript is a fascinating look at this central region of
Florida that has played a key role in the development of the
state. In many ways it is a closer look at all of Florida – the
tragic abuse of its native peoples and the insurgent powers that
laid claim to the territory. Jerry has agreed to provide us with a
brief overview at our next meeting. He has also donated a
copy of the book to the club library. So come listen to some of
the eye opening history of this area. It will give you a whole
new outlook on Florida.
GREAT SOUTHERN BEACH SHOOTOUT
Jan Smirnow will do a presentation on her experiences at the
competition hunt in Daytona. This was her first competition
hunt on a national level and she enjoyed her weekend. She
will bring along pictures. Of course, she will have input and
pictures from the other club members who competed. Be sure
to see the Tall Tales Tables for the goodies found and won.
Thank you in advance to Cheryl Petenbrink for volunteering
to bring Refreshments for the May meeting. A thank you also
goes out to Bob Dobski who will try to stump us with a
Mystery Item, so be sure to bring ALL the items you find for
the Tall Tales Table
.Join us for BBQ before the meeting!
A group of us have been getting together at Park Avenue
BBQ in Lake Worth at 5:30 p.m. right before each club
meeting for the last few months. It’s a fun way to network
with your detecting buddies, so why not come out and join us?
Everyone is welcome! Just show up and look in the back room
for a group of smiling faces. As always, it is “Dutch Treat” –
so B.Y.O.M – Bring your own money!
Park Ave. BBQ & Grille
2401 North Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida
Remember to return any library books or
videos that you checked out last month.
Mark your calendar on May 13th for our next club hunt. Ben
Smith has volunteered to sponsor a planted hunt at Jupiter
Beach. He will not only be providing the items to be buried
but will do the manual labor of burying those items. Prize
tokens will also be buried for prizes that the club will provide.
Huntmaster Linda appreciates any help or suggestions. She
has had a break the past few months due to members stepping
forward to volunteer.
Hunt orientation will start at 8:15 am. Members should meet
at the parking lot at the Jupiter Inlet.
Directions to Jupiter Beach:
Take the Turnpike or I-95 to Indiantown Road/Jupiter Exit.
Go east on Indiantown Road till it ends at A1A. Go north on
A1A and at turn on Jupiter Beach Road which is the first right.
Follow the road till it ends at the inlet.
Thanks to the following contributors: Stacey deLucia, Jan
Smirnow, Linda Bennett, Mitzi Bergrud and Bob Dobski
MEMBERS BUY AND SELL COLUMN
THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Founded in 1973 by Ted Rudd
Huntmaster: Linda Bennett
Cell Phone: 561-352-4068
Asst. Huntmaster: Richard Zabriskie
Sales and Raffle Promoters
Jason and Jack Petenbrink
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Cheryl Petenbrink
Hospitality Hostess: Joy St. Clair
Doorprize Coordinator: Karen Larson
Linda Bennett and Stacey deLucia
KEVIN REILLY offers a complete line of new and used
detectors and also scoops, cleaners, tumblers and books.
He also does custom metal working and laser detailing
(call for details). 954-971-6102 or www.rtgstore.com.
Has low prices plus 10% discount to members.
TOM LIEBERMAN 561-852-7409.
Ready to serve your real estate needs .
MITZI BERGRUD Now selling ALABAMA real
estate. Available at the right price in Northeast Alabama:
lots, acreage, water view or waterfront properties,
acreage with wild life, a second home or a home for
retirement. Quiet, pristine area within easy driving
distance of Atlanta, GA, Chattanooga, TN, Birmingham,
AL or Huntsville, AL.
For more information call 561 790-3997 or email
ED WESTON - WANTED: Collectable and antique
fishing tackle. Lures, rods, reels. 561-622-9282.
BOB GRUBB – FOR SALE:
(ISBN # 0-595-36417-9) is a new book authored by Bob.
The plot is set in 1968 Bermuda when a rare whale finds
its way to the island and impacts the lives of its people.
Order online at iUniverse.com or via the book order dept.
STACEY deLUCIA - WANTED: 24" to 28" 14 kt (or
higher) thick gold chain, minimum 2 mm, preferably 3
mm thick, to hang half ounce Double Eagle Coin on.
Also interested in Gold Bezel for that coin. Call
Stacey at (561) 687-2310 or e-mail sdeLuc823@aol.com
if you want to turn your lucky find into cold, hard cash!
STACEY deLUCIA–FOR SALE: White’s Surfmaster
PI Pro. $450.00. Rarely used. Call for test drive. Contact
Stacey deLucia (561) 687-2310 or sdeLuc823@aol.com.
CLUB MAILING ADDRESS
c/o Gail Hoskins
206 Russell Dr
Lake Worth, Fl 33461
JIM SMITH – WANTED: Small coil cover for the
White’s XLT. 963-9952
JACK/CHERYL PETENBRINK –FOR SALE:
Dues are $30 a year
New members pay an initiation fee of
and $30 if joining between Jan 1st
and the end of June
or $15 if joining between July 1
and Dec. 31
1983 Starcraft popup camper, sleeps 6, kept in garage,
one time owner. $1200.00. 561-697-5073
Club members can advertise items for sale or items wanted, free of
charge. These items do not have to be related to metal detecting.
Contact Linda Bennett to place your ad.
Experience + research = success
JASON AND JACK’S CORNER
MONTHLY BEST FINDS CONTEST
AND THE WINNERS ARE!
(Winners receive a silver half-dollar and certificate)
Gold ring – Gary Del Rosal
Silver Round – Richard Zabriskie
Silver Bar – Cheryl Petenbrink
Water Bottle – Bob Dobski
Fisherman’s Hat – Dave Grix
Headlight – Ben Smith
Lottery Ticket – Ken Lubinski
Donations of items for our monthly drawings are
always appreciated! This month, we’d like to thank
Bob Smirnow for his donation of the headlight and
Karen Larson for her donations of the water bottle
Indian Head Ring – Cheryl Petenbrink
Remember - bring a guest and you receive an extra
door prize ticket; display your monthly finds on the
Tall Tales Table and you receive a door prize
ticket; provide refreshments for the meeting and
receive a door prize ticket; volunteer to bring the
mystery item and receive a door prize ticket - that
adds up to four free tickets for the door prizes
Every month a volunteer is needed to help stump
fellow club members with a secret treasure that the
volunteer chooses. The volunteer receives a free
door prize ticket for their effort. If one of a
member's displayed finds on the Tall Tales Table
matches the mystery item, that member wins a
silver half dollar.
Windmill Necklace – Karen Larson
Club Member Cheryl Petenbrink supplied the
mystery stumper item which was a pen. Bob
Dobski had one displayed on the Tall Tales Table
to win a silver half dollar.
Remember to bring all items found. You never know
what will be that month's mystery item!
Stacey deLucia won $47.00 for her share
of the 50/50 drawing.
IT PAYS TO PLAY, FOLKS!
And odds are a LOT better than the Florida Lottery!
Bracelet with stones – Stacey deLucia
Our current raffle is a Fisher Coinstrike metal detector
that was donated to the club in memory of Ed Berry. A
new foam handle has been purchased from Fisher. See
Gail Hoskins to purchase your chances. There are only
a few of the 80 chances left to be sold for $5/chance.
HURRICANE TIPS FROM
From an email in October 2005
If there's one lesson each of us needs to learn in the
aftermath of Hurricane Frances, Jeanne, and Katrina, it's
this: Make sure you're always prepared to grab and go
with very little notice. And don't assume you'll get days
or even hours to prepare. Get ready now so you will be
ready at the start of Hurricane season.
Every household needs a Go-Bag. This is a
collection of items that will enable you and your family
to be self-sufficient in the event of a disaster. Because
you may need to evacuate, your Go-Bag needs to be
packed in an easy-to-carry container, like a suitcase on
wheels. Then each family member needs to have a
backpack that contains enough basic supplies to last for
72 hours -- all packed and ready to go.
Each backpack should contain a change of clothing
including underwear and socks that are sealed in ziptype plastic bags, such as photo I.D., emergency phone
numbers, Social Security number, insurance cards and so
on. When it's time to evacuate, each person grabs his or
her backpack and a gallon of water and gets out. The
larger family Go Bag or box should be compact enough
to carry easily and should fit in the trunk of the car -- a
vehicle whose gas tank is never less than half-full.
This is a precise list of basics for the family box: axe,
shovel, bucket, utility knife, can opener, at least $50 in
cash, extra pairs of eyeglasses, coins for phone calls and
medications. You will also need basic non-perishable
food items in the family box: dried fruit or trail mix,
soda crackers, graham crackers, tomato or orange juice,
granola bars, beef jerky, cans of tuna, cans of pork and
beans, dried milk and hot chocolate mix.
You'll need a battery-powered AM radio, a batterypowered light and fresh batteries. Make sure you have
packed a basic first-aid kit, paper and pencil, and, if
possible, a camp stove with fuel. You'll want bug
repellant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disinfectant,
plastic garbage bags, matches sealed in plastic (to be
waterproof) and candles.
Now, before you get discouraged because the task
seems overwhelming, let me assure you that there is no
perfect Go-Bag. Anything you can put together now is
better than having nothing. Take it one step at a time,
thinking of it as a process to get prepared for an
What you have in your head is the most important
survival/first-aid equipment of all. Use your common
sense. Rotate medications that have a shelf-life, making
sure the freshest are always in your Go-Bag. Rotate food
items and water at least once quarterly. Give your GoBags and individual gallons of water respectable homes
on hooks or shelves that are easily accessible and placed
close to an outside door. Make this a family project.
Teach even the youngest children which backpack is
theirs, why it is special, and what to do when the time
comes to grab it and go.
The more you can do now the more confident you'll
be when the time comes to put your emergency
preparedness into action
Quiet Waters Park
Stacey deLucia hosted a club hunt on Saturday, April
8th in Deerfield Beach at Quiet Waters Park after the
SPCA Wildlife Care Center's Walk for Wildlife event.
Stacey was joined by Ben Smith and a friend for a 1.25
mile mini-walk-a-thon to benefit the Wildlife Care
Center. Jeff Corwin from the Animal Planet was there!
Gary Del Rosal, Gail and Steve Hoskins and Irving
Smith joined Stacey for metal detecting in the park.
There was considerable damage to the park from last
year’s hurricane and the park still looks ravished. Irving
Smith found a small copper ring and Stacey found some
junk earrings and a cross. Stacey said, “There was a
goofy guy on the volleyball court that had to check out
everything we found!
He kind of made us
uncomfortable, but we still had fun.”
Errors in grammar and spelling are added for those who like to find them.
Linda Bennett newsletter co-editor
COIN CACHE CLUES
The coin cache has been reburied. Good luck and happy
CLUE NUMBER ONE
"IT IS LOCATED IN A ‘LAKE’ PARK IN
DELRAY BEACH WHO'S NAME RHYMES WITH
CLUE NUMBER TWO
“THE CACHE IS LOCATED AT THE NORTH
END OF THE PARK.....IT’S A NARROW PARK.”
CLUE NUMBER THREE
THE TREASUE YOU SEEK IS AT THE NORTH
END OF LAKE IDA PARK BETWEEN THE
FENCED IN DOG AREA AND THE NORTHERN
MOST CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA. GOOD LUCK.
Burial of cache and clues provided by Bob Dobski.
If found by a club member, that person will receive
a prize of $25.
Our club will again be collecting foreign coins to donate
towards a summer camp for handicapped children.
Did you see that the GCTC was featured in Western &
Eastern Treasures (WET) magazine last month? Dick
Stout will periodically feature our club’s Questions
Contest in his “Club News & Views” column. What
questions or comments do you get? How do you
respond? Get one free door prize ticket during each
month that you submit an entry. Club members will vote
for the winner at a future meeting. The winner will
receive a one-year subscription to Lost Treasure OR
Western & Eastern Treasures! Send entries to: Stacey
deLucia at sdeLuc823@aol.com. (Make sure your name
is on the entry for proper credit.) Who knows? You
might even see your name and entry in WET Magazine!
When you go back north for the summer, please let
either Linda or Stacey know. That way the newsletter
gets sent to you at the correct address. Also, let us know
when you return to Florida for the season.
Random Act of Kindness
Steve Hoskins, Linda Bennett & Karen Larson searched
for the lost Diamond and Gold Pendant at the Equestrian
park and guess what! Steve FOUND IT! Of course, it
took a couple hours, but the end result was a very
thrilled and appreciative young woman who couldn't
have been more relieved! The young lady had lost the
pendant off her necklace while riding her horses. The
necklace chain had been found partially buried. She and
her family spent most of the day with rakes
unsuccessfully looking for the pendant. A family friend
and GCTC club member Jerry Felton suggested that the
family contact Linda Bennett to help look for the lost
jewelry. Linda then organized a group to help with the
search. Way to go, Steve!!!!! And thanks to Linda and
Karen for their efforts as well! A donation of $25 was
made to the club.
Chalk up another good deed for the wonderful folks in
the Gold Coast Treasure Club!
This pendant, 14K with diamonds, has much sentimental
value. It had been worn by the young woman's riding
instructor. After her riding instructor was killed in a
horse related accident, the widower presented the
necklace to the young woman.
The picture below was downloaded from the En Rada
Publications website: http://home.att.net/~enrada/. This
website is the home of Ernie Richards and Bob
“Frogfoot” Weller who are both professional treasure
salvagers and authors. Bob, a past officer of the club
and now an honorary member of our club, not only does
presentations for our club annually but also writes
articles for the newsletter on a regular basis.
This 22K gold ring with nine
emeralds worth an estimated
$36,000 was found by Gary
Drayton, an amateur, last
summer in the area of the 1715
Fleet. This jewelry was found
along the shoreline and was
his first gold ring he has ever
April birthday celebrants Karen Larson and Jerry
Turner received a silver quarter for attending the
meeting during their birthday month.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH TO:
Trent Bowen (5/8)
Louis Brozyna (5/2)
Barbara Dobski (5/13)
John Lobota (5/14)
Maryanne Lubinski (5/31)
Nancy Stephens (5/27)
Kazhie Zabriskie (5/27)
Come to a meeting during your birthday month and
you will receive a gift of a silver quarter!
Certificates and Metal Detector Pin
Presented for Items Returned to their
Diamond Ring – Phil Hujar
Purse – Jan Smirnow
Phillip Hujar – “The best find ever, a beautiful gold
ring with diamonds, had it for 2 to 3 minutes, when the
owner and friends showed up!”
Jan Smirnow – Fort Lauderdale beach, white purse
returned to owner from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Phil Hujar received a metal detector pin and certificate
for his first returned item as a club member. Jan
Smirnow is a frequent flyer and received a certificate.
The April Meeting of GCTC was attended by 30
members and a guest of Jeff Foss, David Raynor of New
York. It was apparent that our snowbird members have
flown North. We hope everyone has safely arrived and
want you all to know we will miss you! Club cards are
available at all meetings. Help yourself, write your
name on the back and give to friends, lifeguards and
people you meet on the beach. Betty and Jerry Laur
furnished the refreshments in April and if you missed the
meeting you missed the great brownies!
April’s program was and informative meeting put on by
several of our good hunters. The theme was “what I take
on my hunts”.
Bob Dobski displayed his gear for water hunting. He
said that he likes all phases of metal detecting. He
cautioned club members about sealing up for water
detecting due to sea lice this time of the year. “Use the
spray for zippers and boots and use the Sea ray shuffle
and be sure to wear gloves. Wear a strap to hold your
glasses on your head and pay particular attention to your
scoop.” He had his scoop modified by Bill Babbs.
Kurt Herring suggested fastening a light stick to your
detector at the coil for use in murky water and to try to
prepare a checklist before hunting.
John Lobota talked about his favorite subject “relic
hunting”. He recommended, “Always carry more than
you need.” He recommended a root saw, canvas, back
pack, spare food, can opener, change of clothes, pill
containers (to protect special small finds), a pocket
flashlight, water, tool kit, Electrolyte packets, plastic
envelopes, writing pad with a pen, digging tools and last
but not least a Garmin GPS. He cautioned everyone to
“always think ahead.”
Cheryl Petenbrink wheeled in a suitcase! She keeps it
in the car as a ready bag with everything she could
possibly need! She demonstrated her handmade belt
bag. She carries her probe, knife and digger in that bag
concealed very well. In her suitcase are such items as
“press n seal”, batteries, extra scoop, zipper bags for
odds and ends, headlight, cover for the control box on
the detector, hat, suntan lotion, First Aid kit, gloves, a
two liter beverage holding backpack for summer days
and for collecting sea shells.
Stacey deLucia added, “Knife, rain pouch, club towel
and scarf. comes in handy.” Also, carry extra nylon
screw for the coil to attach to the foot of the detector and
duck tape to repair the shaft when broken.
Gail Hoskins mentioned raingear in small pouch,
Stingeze for bee stings or fire ants, cell phone, whistle,
magnifying glass, liquid soap and paper towels.
Jan Smirnow said that bar laundry soap works well
against sea lice. “Keep it in the shower and wash from
head to toe after a hunt with it.” Cheryl Petenbrink
said buy Fels Napa Laundry Bar, it really works against
Jerry Laur suggested carrying two-way radios. He also
wears a vest with pockets and club logo.
Gary Delrosal suggested digging the last part of a find
with a plastic scoop to avoid damaging the find.
Three Valuable Pennies Enter Circulation
Be Sure to check your loose change for some valuable
coins that were deliberately put into circulation by coin
expert Scott A. Travers. In conjunction with National
Coin Week that started April 16, Travers hopes his idea
will inspire people to start their own coin collection.
The three valuable coins are:
· A 1914-D Lincoln cent valued at $300
· A 1908-S Indian Head cent valued at $200
· A 1909-S VDB Lincoln Head cent valued at $1,000
One concern Travers has with this coin drop is that fake
copies of his coins will emerge following the publicity
surrounding the treasure hunt. In his book "The Coin
Collector's Survival Manual" Travers offers his 2 cents on
distinguishing the real deal from the counterfeits.
Consumers can get more information about how to
authenticate their coins at ngccoin.com or pcgs.com.
There are no karat marks to identify platinum. In the US,
platinum is usually marked: PT or PLAT. In Europe,
platinum is identified by the following marks: 950 or
PT950. Since platinum is the purest metal it rarely causes
an allergic reaction. There is increased interest in
platinum jewelry both in the US and abroad; bridal rings
being the strongest selling category.
TIPS FROM THE INTERNET
TYPE OF BEACHES
Beaches are "Wilderness Beaches", "Visitor Beaches or
Dummy Beaches", "Educated Beaches" or a mixture
beach. Dummy Beaches are the best. The people that
come there are not aware of the "Never wear jewelry to
the beach rule." People who live here and are raised here
know the rule from experience. The visitors come to the
beach will wear all their goodies, locals do not. Thank the
Surf God for the visitors. Posted by Frank Hamil Surf and Sand
Forum, Jan. 2006
WHAT I LEARNED ON VACATION!!
1. I now know why beach hunters have one huge arm and
one skinny one??!!
2. I now understand why it is better to hunt with your side
to the oncoming wave rather than facing it!!!
3. I now know why they sell wet suits EVEN in Florida!!
4. I now have a great appreciation for the skill necessary
in handling a scoop in the water!!!
5. I am convinced that every target I lost to the "Surf
God's" (due to my lack of skill with #4 above)were
absolutely "Golden"....who wants to believe they lost
6. I understand that digging in sand is basically easier,
however, you will experience the SAME pain at the end of
the day that a land hunter does!!!! Paralyzation is
experienced by all serious hunters!
7. Golf and surf hunting have a lot in common. Make a
putt and you'll be back next week!!!.......Find silver or
gold and you'll never leave!!!!
8. Hunting in the dark is eerie....but not impossible!!
And finally, I have found a resurgence of the excitement
that started me in metal detecting many years
ago..........God help me...........I LOVE THE OCEAN!!!!!
Posted By: strobeone Thursday, 22 December 2005 Surf and Sand
1. Sanborn maps of the state (these were historical streetlevel maps of the cities showing building locations/use
and the maps are usually offered over the Internet by
2. Aerial photos of the area (current aerials you can find
on the Internet through various mapping sites like Google
Earth and for free access to historic aerials dating back to
the 1930's I would recommend visiting your local FSA
3. For property ownership records and plat maps I would
contact the Register of Deeds/County Clerk/Recorder's
Office from the county of interest to see what they might
4. Topographic maps (Digital Raster Graphic or "DRG"
maps) that are available through online mapping sites are
extremely useful in showing old locations of schools etc in
a certain area. I use http://www.lat-long.com/ for this
purpose, select a state and enter a county, enter historical
4. Finally, the local historical society in the town/county
of interest could help answer specific questions.
**TIP: To print out a nice, large map from your computer
follow these steps:
1) Press F11 on your keyboard to bring the map full
2) Hit "Shift" and "Print Screen" on your keyboard
(extreme top right of your keyboard).
3) Open either Microsoft Power Point, word document,
Right-click and hit “paste."
Now, print the map out and add it to your research binder!
You can even buy laminating, 8x10 sheets to make them
last a long time. Then, buy thin-tipped alcohol markers to
draw routes and notes on the lamination.
Of course, you can always order a better quality map from
the listed websites.
Great Southern Beach Shootout
Daytona Beach, Florida
April 21st thru April 23rd, 2006
Sixteen members traveled to Daytona Beach to
attend the GSBS which has become known as the
world's largest beach metal detector event! A total
of 165 hunters competed. This year's Shootout
featured four main hunts on Saturday and Sunday, plus
a Kellyco sponsored hunt on Friday evening and an all
new kids hunt on Saturday afternoon! Thousands of
U.S. silver coins were buried in the four main hunts
on Saturday and Sunday, along with targets for
cash, gold coins, detectors and silver rounds. Cash
prices totaled $11,000 including a grand prize of
$5000.00. This year’s Hunt Headquarters was
located at the Plaza Resort and Spa that was located
directly on the ocean.
distributors and vendors were set up. Various
seminars were held in the evening including a club
speaker favorite Thomas Dankowski. Fourteen
members participated in the competition hunt.
Wayne and Nancy Stephens joined the group for
dinner on Saturday. Our group did well in both the
competition hunt and the raffles. (See next page for
winners). Dates have already been set for 2007:
Be sure to see picture postings on the website:
Belle Peyton and Lonna Leist
Gail and Steve Hoskins, Bob and Jan Smirnow,
Richard Zabriskie, Karen Larson, Stacey
deLucia, Ken Lubinski, Ed Weston, Linda
Bennett, Ben Smith, Bob Dobski, Arnold
Pearlstein, Betty and Jerry Laur.
(Not pictured Barbara Dobski)
TOP 50 TOKENS
RAFFLE PRIZE WINNERS
Garrett Infinium Pulse Metal Detector
Two Tokens: $700 prize and Minelab
X-terra Metal Detector
Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector
SPECIAL KEY THAT OPENED TRUNK
CASH PRIZE TOKEN WINNERS
Other winning categories:
Silver rounds: Karen Larson, Stacey deLucia, Jan
Smirnow, Richard Zabriskie, Linda Bennett, Ken
Lubinski, Steve Hoskins, Betty Laur and Arnold
Jerry Laur ($15); Jan Smirnow ($15);
Ben Smith ($10); Arnold Pearlstein
($20); Stacey deLucia ($50)
Kellyco raffle prize winners: Bob Smirnow (gold
pan) and Bob Dobski ( Bullseye pinpointer)
Special Token prize: Ben Smith (Silver necklace)