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Oakland 6th-graders find treasure in Lake Merritt
San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, March 30, 2012 | Vivian Ho

Posted on 03/30/2012 9:29:55 AM PDT by thecodont

They weren't seeking sunken treasure, but that's what some sixth-graders from St. Paul's Episcopal School found Thursday submerged in a few feet of water in Oakland's Lake Merritt.

A student was scooping up trash with a long net from the shore near Grand and Harrison streets when she spotted two bags about the size of reusable grocery totes sitting in about 2 feet of water, said Richard Bailey, executive director of the Lake Merritt Institute.

The bags were heavy and she couldn't scoop them up, Bailey said, so he waded out in hip boots and pulled them to shore.

The canvas bags weighed about 15 pounds each and made a lot of clinking as they moved, Bailey said. The students, excited to see what sort of booty was inside, crowded around their find.

When they opened the bags, the group erupted in thrilled shrieks.

It was a real treasure: rings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets, candlesticks, coins, medallions and silverware filled each bag.

It was by far the most memorable discovery the group has made at the lake while helping to clean it as part of a weekly service learning and science project, school officials said. The school's sixth-grade students have worked at Lake Merritt once a week for about 15 years.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: lakemerritt; oaklandca; stolenproperty
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To: thecodont

Most of Oakland is a garbage dump, just not as bad as Detroit yet.

41 posted on 03/30/2012 12:46:33 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Carry_Okie

Absolutely! But the guys who got to go were thrilled about it. I wouldn’t have allowed my sons to go, even if I could have afforded it. But the kids who were accepted to that program were thrilled about it. Conditions were primitive.

But, my point is that there were lots of things to do besides picking up garbage, not that there is anything wrong with that. My kids did that in Boy Scouts.

But, the Jesuit seniors helped at summer camps, sports teams, school testing, and I don’t remember what all else. That was in addition to their own part time jobs (for pay), athletic teams, home chores, etc. It was a good program.

42 posted on 03/30/2012 1:26:08 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ThirdMate

About 31 or 32 years ago I worked 5
or 6 kids my sons age in the summer. this went on for 5 or 6
years. You could pick the ones that would do well business
wise very shortly. Regs & insurance made it to bothersome to

43 posted on 03/30/2012 4:27:54 PM PDT by TweetEBird007
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To: bgill
I have 600 feet of property on a paved road and hate getting off the tractor to pick up trash people have thrown out of their if its paper or Styrofoam, I run over it, it gets chopped into little pieces and blow away in the wind, but still have to pick up bottles, cans and large trash bags that can screw up the blades of the mower time someone must have hit a deer on the far end of my property and gutted it, left all the innards for someone else to clean up. I cut the grass all around it and by mid summer the only thing left was a leather liver. Then I cut down the tall grass in was in....the least they could have done was offer me a venison roast, and had some freeper (sorry don't remember his/her name complain about cigarette butts....never had to get off my tractor to pick up a butt.....
44 posted on 03/30/2012 4:31:03 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: jboot

After the flood of 2008, I found a duffel bag hung up in our fence row. Felt like three musk melon in it. No blood running out, but when I opened it I found three very muddy Women’s heads.
Turned out to be beauticians practice dummies. They now are trophies on my mantle. A Blonde, a Brunette, and a Wild haired Redhead.

45 posted on 03/30/2012 6:36:37 PM PDT by joshhiggins
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To: bgill

I’ve come to the conclusion that, out here in the boonies, a considerable fraction of the litter is stuff (beer cartons, feed bags, etc.) that blows out of the beds of pickup trucks...

Of course, that’s no excuse. Folks with pickups should secure their trash.

Wal-Mart used to use distinctive blue-green plastic bags. When it became obvious — just driving down the roads — that a lot of the litter was theirs, the switched to generic white. The problem didn’t improve — but they were no longer an obvious contributor...

46 posted on 03/30/2012 7:15:08 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: patriot08

Been a while since I’ve seen that many pocket watches in one place...

47 posted on 03/30/2012 7:17:00 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: joshhiggins

I’ll bet you had an “ULP!” moment when you first opened the bag, though. Cool trophies!

48 posted on 03/31/2012 9:32:46 AM PDT by jboot
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