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Backyard hobby turns up wedding ring missing for more than 40 years…

LONGSWAMP TWP., Pa. – A Berks County woman has been reunited with one of her most prized possessions after it went missing more than 40 years ago. Pearl Meck’s emotional mystery was recently solved by her granddaughter’s husband, Mike Caruso. Caruso was in need of a new hobby. He wanted to do something off the couch and outside to pass the time. He took up metal detecting, and has uncovered buried treasure ever since.

“Some silver rings, some change from the late 1700s and early 1800s,” said Caruso, just to name a few. He has collected a box full of coins, buttons and knobs over the past year-and-a-half, but it was Saturday when he struck gold near the septic system in Meck’s backyard in Longswamp Township. “I pulled out what looked like a ring and I cleaned it off and stuck it on my finger and put my gloves back on and pulled out another bottle cap,” said Caruso. When he looked at the ring, he saw an engraving, “FRM to PPK 11/8/52.” “I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t believe it,” said Meck, who was speechless when she saw it. Meck and her husband, Franklin, were married on that day 61 years ago. It turns out Pearl lost her gold wedding ring in the shower more than four decades ago. “My ring slipped off my finger and went down the drain and there was not much I could do about it,” said Meck.

She never thought she would see it again. Her husband bought her a new one, but it wasn’t the same. Now, thanks to Caruso’s hobby, he unearthed Meck’s treasure that was missing for years. “I didn’t know if I should cry. I was just in shock,” said Meck. The ring is so much more than a piece of jewelry. It’s a piece of her life back.


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Task Force FOR METAL DETECTING RIGHTS FOUNDATION Promoting and defending your right to enjoy the recreational hobby of metal detecting on public use lands and waterways.

The Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Foundation (TFMDRF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating public awareness by promoting and defending the lawful hobby of recreational metal detecting on public use lands and waterways.
In recent years our hobby has grown tremendously. Now there are hundreds of thousands of us across America who enjoy this wonderful hobby. Unfortunately many public areas are being “taken away” by local law makers who are clearly overreaching their authority and basing their decisions on misinformation.
Through education, communication and unity, the TFMDRF believes we can enlighten the public and lawmakers so all of us can enjoy our favorite past time.

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The Gold Digger…The World of Metal Detecting Equipment and Accessories

If you are looking for anything in The Detecting World, here is the place to go…


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Radio Show Tonight…The Young Guns (Of Treasure Hunting)

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The Detecting Lifestyle Radio Network is proud to present 3 young teenagers with their own radio show. This is their 2nd broadcast Live on the Internet. These young men are very knowledgeable in their own areas of metal detecting, bottle hunting and gold prospecting. Join us tonight at 8:30 PM Eastern Time for an enjoyable show. The Detecting Lifestyle Radio Network is truly a Family Network of Radio Broadcasting.

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England…Metal Detectorist…’curious’ treasure

A gold earring disc, found in Norfolk by a metal detector enthusiast, has left treasure experts baffled as to the exact meaning of its decoration.

Discovered in Keswick, near Norwich, the disc “is an unusual find for the Roman period”, said a Norwich Castle Museum spokesman.

It features a scorpion, phallus, snake and crab, but the meaning of the combination “is lost” an expert said.

The Norwich museum hopes to acquire the disc for its collection.

The value of the item will now be determined by experts at the British Museum.

Erica Darch, from Norfolk Historic Environment Services and the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), said: “The thin sheet and repousse decoration [a technique used in metal work to decorate the surface of an object] resemble modern pressed sheet objects, but as I looked more closely it was obvious it was Roman.

“The exact significance of this combination of symbols is lost to us now although they are individually familiar.

“Phalli are fairly common as decorative motifs on Roman artefacts and are associated with good luck.

“This find almost certainly represents an accidental loss and it is easy to imagine the annoyance of the wealthy Roman woman who owned it when she realised it was missing.”

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New Rules for Meteorite Hunters Unveiled…..yes, you now need a permit

It’s official! A fishing license for the sky.
The Bureau of Land Management, under the U.S. Department of the Interior, has issued Instruction Memorandum No. 2012-182. It establishes policy governing the collection of meteorites found on public lands.
The policy, issued Sept. 10, provides guidance to the BLM’s field office managers for administering the collection of meteorites on public lands in three “use categories,” said Derrick Henry, a public affairs specialist for BLM in Washington, D.C.
They are:
Casual collection of small quantities without a permit
Scientific and educational use by permit under the authority of the Antiquities Act
Commercial collection of meteorites through the issuance of land-use permits
“The policy recognizes that there is interest in collecting meteorites by hobbyists … but it also is recognition that there are science and commercial interests as well,” Henry told
Henry said the new policy builds upon the guiding authority of the 1976 Federal Lands Policy and Management Act. It is the first time the BLM has formally addressed rules regarding collection of meteorites on public lands, he added. [Video: Hunters Search for Meteorites in Sierra Nevada Mountains]
Casual and commercial collection
As noted in the new policy, the extraterrestrial origin of meteorites, as well as their relative rarity, “has made them highly desirable to casual collectors, commercial collectors and scientific researchers.”
The document goes on to note that “recent media attention has increased … confusion about the legality of and limits to casual and commercial collection. Courts have long established that meteorites belong to the owner of the surface estate. Therefore, meteorites found on public lands are part of the BLM’s surface estate, belong to the federal government, and must be managed as natural resources in accordance with the FLPMA of 1976.”
Henry said the only other option under the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act would be to prohibit meteorite collection on federal land except for scientific inquiry. “This policy ensures that the three listed types of collection on BLM-managed land are allowed, and each of those has guidance under FLPMA,” he said. [Photos: Fireball Drops Meteorites on California]
Fair market value
“We tried to account for every kind of occurrence out there,” said Lucia Kuizon, national paleontologist at the BLM in Washington, D.C. “We felt the policy helps the public understand the issues, as well as for our own resource specialists out in the field when they get inquiries.”
The policy for commercial collecting is new, Kuizon told
“Prior to the instruction memorandum, we did not allow commercial collection of meteorites,” she said. “The details of how to go about obtaining a permit and what it will cost can only be determined by submitting a proposal to the field office where the activity will take place, and then fees and other costs are calculated.
“Most collectors are probably ‘small businesses,’ and because the activity is more surface collection after a fall, the application fees should be reasonable,” Kuizon added. “The fair market value would be calculated by the appraisers in the state office.”
Mixed feelings
In the world of meteorite collecting, the new rules have sparked a flurry of comment on the Internet and on a special mailing list dedicated to the topic.
“I have mixed feelings about the new BLM guidelines,” said Michael Gilmer of Galactic Stone and Ironworks, in Lutz, Fla. “I think this is all about money. Meteorites flew under the regulatory radar for a long time.”
“I think it is good that BLM is trying to preserve the land, but they are schizophrenic in how they preserve the lands,” Gilmer told “They want to discourage meteorite hunters, but at the same time they allow large commercial mining interests to lease the land for exploration and exploitation. I think the mining companies do more damage than any meteorite hunter.”
Gilmer said that if the BLM decides to rigorously enforce these guidelines, “then it will negatively impact the recovery rate of all meteorites … old finds and new falls alike.”
The general consensus around the meteorite world of dealers and hunters, Gilmer added, is that the new rules are worrisome. However, “it varies from office to office, and a lot depends on the director of that particular BLM area. Some of them are more lenient than others. So I expect enforcement of the regulations to be spotty and inconsistent,” he said.
What is needed is increased cooperation between private hunters and officially sanctioned hunters, Gilmer emphasized. “Ideally, the BLM should encourage meteorite hunting … but this is what happens when bureaucrats pass down new regulations without having any knowledge of how the meteorite market operates.”
Freshly fallen meteorites
According to Arizona-based meteorite hunter Jim Wooddell, the BLM’s new rules clarify much of what the meteorite hunting community already knew.
“However, I want to point out that local policy for any specific area could be different based on the local land-use plan, which I think is the ultimate policy for a given area,” he told
Wooddell said two things are imperative: “First, the local authorized officers need to be educated in the collection of meteorites and, of critical importance, the need to recover fresh fallen meteorites as soon as possible.”
Second, based on conversations with BLM representatives, Wooddell said institutions – such as those that study and curate meteorites – can and should proactively file permit applications that cover an entire state. Doing so would allow them, or their volunteers, to collect meteorites immediately after a fall. Still, this is up to the authorized officer for the state, he said.
“The bottom line is that no one has any rights to collect meteorites on federal lands for profit or for science without permission from the BLM in the form of a permit,” Wooddell said. “Science and profit seekers are those affected the most. It was made apparent the BLM knows who many of them are. Time will tell how this works out.”
Check out the BLM memorandum on meteorites at:

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