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Oakland 6th-graders find treasure in Lake Merritt
San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | 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.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/29/BANQ1NSA1S.DTL#ixzz1qcONqTgK

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


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

1 posted on 03/30/2012 9:30:00 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping.

Not ancient history but still interesting.


2 posted on 03/30/2012 9:30:57 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

I jog around the lake frequently and often see kids with long nets removing trash from the water. I always thank them for helping to keep the lake clean.


3 posted on 03/30/2012 9:34:01 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: thecodont

It’s not treasure. It’s Oakland and dat tuff id tolen goots!

Sheesh.


4 posted on 03/30/2012 9:36:04 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: thecodont
Richard Bailey, executive director of the Lake Merritt Institute.

He's lucky they didn't find pieces of a dismembered body.

5 posted on 03/30/2012 9:36:41 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: thecodont

I’d be willing to bet they found crime evidence.


6 posted on 03/30/2012 9:37:11 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Vendome
It’s Oakland and dat tuff id tolen goots!,P.Probably they should check with the Piedmont PD and comb through their reports.
7 posted on 03/30/2012 9:38:30 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Doh!!!

Ding, ding, ding!!!

Winuh!!!

LOL

Still can’t believe how stoopit them guys were/are.


8 posted on 03/30/2012 9:39:42 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Vendome
Probably they should check with the Piedmont PD and comb through their reports.

Piedmont homes often have very good security systems. This may have been an inside job.

9 posted on 03/30/2012 9:41:17 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

I can’t think of any group more deserving than a bunch of SF ‘enviro-nazi’ indoctrinated youth. /sarc


10 posted on 03/30/2012 9:41:51 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: GSWarrior

The kids doing this certainly deserve our thanks.

However I question this push for “service learning”. My son has a “service learning requirement” (an oxymoron) at his school. It is said to be essential for college application.

Why are kids being conditioned to provide free labor for the state?

Why is the work almost always menial (garbage collection)?

Why does the work typically involve some eco-component?

Why at the same time is paid employment at useful work so regulated and discouraged, such that a small business man would never want to employ teen workers?

Or am I just being an old coot, and should get along with the program?


11 posted on 03/30/2012 9:44:15 AM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: GSWarrior

I jog around the lake frequently and often see kids with long nets removing trash from the water. I always thank them for helping to keep the lake clean.
^^^

It would be great if we could give them permission to hang out by the lake and bonk the litterers over the head with their nets.

I have been astounded my whole life by littering. I just cannot understand how a person can drop stuff on the ground and not care what it befouls or who his inconvenienced or what animals could be harmed by it.

I used to thinkg to myself, “One of these days, I am probably going to get socked” as I would put on my innocent face and say, “Excuse me. You dropped something.” I have not been in such a situation in a long time because I am now living the country.

Another gripe of mine is people who unload their groceries and then just leave the cart in a parking space, especially when 5 steps would take them to the cart corral. I mentally give them a pass when I see that it’s an old person, who may have walking problems. But I have just as frequently seen young people do the same.


12 posted on 03/30/2012 9:44:46 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
He's lucky they didn't find pieces of a dismembered body.

or drowned puppies.
13 posted on 03/30/2012 9:47:28 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: thecodont

Still no Jimmy Hoffa.


14 posted on 03/30/2012 9:47:35 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: ThirdMate

Not sure, but there are probably a lot of youth groups that help clean the lake, some of which are entirely voluntary.


15 posted on 03/30/2012 9:49:21 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: thecodont
The school's sixth-grade students have worked at Lake Merritt once a week for about 15 years.

You'd think that they would have graduated by now. How many twenty-six-year-old sixth-graders do they have? They must really do poorly on tests and stuff. =/

16 posted on 03/30/2012 9:54:43 AM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The story came out of the SF Chronicle? Weird. It doesn’t seem to promote homosexuality at all. Unless the jewelry turns out to belong to some queen. Then they can follow up with a story about gays’ good taste in fashion accessories.


17 posted on 03/30/2012 9:57:48 AM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: duckworth

What are you talking about?


18 posted on 03/30/2012 10:02:05 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: GSWarrior

You can see my house from here.

19 posted on 03/30/2012 10:02:07 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: ThirdMate
Why are kids being conditioned to provide free labor for the state?

Community labor is either voluntary or unionized government workers. Take your pick.

Why is the work almost always menial (garbage collection)?

Please list the alternative skills that these kids can perform.

Why does the work typically involve some eco-component?

If you are a Christian, how about Genesis 1:28? If not, I think teaching kids to care for land beats the hell out of teaching them to leave it alone. Then there's teaching them to despise the people who litter.

Why at the same time is paid employment at useful work so regulated and discouraged, such that a small business man would never want to employ teen workers?

To force small business (usually Republicans) out of business. That makes big business very happy. It's the Democrat way.

Or am I just being an old coot, and should get along with the program?

Neither. You're a bit paranoid in that you can't see the good along with what might be problematic.

20 posted on 03/30/2012 10:14:56 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: thecodont

Captain GeronL “Aye... so there is where I put my treasure”


21 posted on 03/30/2012 10:19:20 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: thecodont

The government of Spain has filed for return of their assets. /s


22 posted on 03/30/2012 10:21:44 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: thecodont
The Lake Merritt Institute has been cleaning the lake for about 20 years,

Can't those watermelons ever finish a job?

23 posted on 03/30/2012 10:23:56 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: exit82
Can't those watermelons ever finish a job?

As long as people keep tossing stuff in it, no.

The urban attitude towards a body of water (creek, pond, lake) is that it's a garbage dump.

24 posted on 03/30/2012 10:25:57 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Still no Jimmy Hoffa.

I found his class ring in a can of Alpo!

Regards,
GtG

25 posted on 03/30/2012 10:30:41 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: silverleaf
or drowned puppies.

Ugh, flashback time. Learn from me. Never open a bag with blood running out of it.

26 posted on 03/30/2012 10:31:01 AM PDT by jboot
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To: ThirdMate

My kids were under the same requirement their senior year.

One of my daughters volunteered down at the pro-life unwed mother shelter here in town.

The lady running it also wrote her a nice recommendation to go with her college application.


27 posted on 03/30/2012 10:31:36 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: thecodont

28 posted on 03/30/2012 10:46:45 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Carry_Okie

Thanks Carry, I may be more than a “bit paranoid”!


29 posted on 03/30/2012 11:01:40 AM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: PeteB570

After some searching we too found an acceptable alternative for completing the requirement.


30 posted on 03/30/2012 11:04:18 AM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: thecodont
One of the bags had "Wells Fargo" stamped on it, which led Bailey to believe that the items had been stolen.

Ya think?!? Real smart there having kids go out to pick up trash when who knows what they'll come in contact with - drugs, used condoms, needles, etc. Imagine if the bad guy who hid that stuff was still around and didn't take kindly to them snooping around and taking it. The school and parents once again haven't thought this though.

31 posted on 03/30/2012 11:15:44 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Bigg Red

I live in the country and I still get trash in the yard. This week alone I found one ketchup packet, two straws, two bottle tops, a piece of knotted rope and several other pieces of plastic and paper.


32 posted on 03/30/2012 11:21:24 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Carry_Okie
I think he is basically objecting to the “compulsory volunteer work” that many schools now impose upon students.

Other than being an oxymoronic idea, the usual volunteer work that is accepted by the school is related to “volunteering” to perform menial tasks for the county/city, or volunteer for left-leaning organizations.

Where I am, Boy Scouts duties don't count. Civil Air Patrol service doesn't count either. Neither does volunteering at small or large business.

33 posted on 03/30/2012 11:49:38 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: thecodont

I used to live there! It has always been a target.


34 posted on 03/30/2012 12:12:48 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ThirdMate

Check your FR-mail for some ideas.


35 posted on 03/30/2012 12:17:17 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Vendome

you mus hab a dogree in Ebonisc!!


36 posted on 03/30/2012 12:18:15 PM PDT by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: Carry_Okie; ThirdMate; All

Note that this is a private school (St. Paul’s — probably Episcopal, although I’m not sure).

My sons attended a Jesuit run college prep school in Houston, and they had a community service requirement that meshed with their school motto — “Men for others”. This was back in the late 1970s. I had never heard of a requirement like this in public school, although I see that lots of schools — public and private — now have similar requirements.

When my sons were at Jesuit many of their classmates fulfilled their service requirement by traveling to South America (with chaperones) and spending the summer in primitive villages giving immunizations to poor children (those were the kids who were on a career path in medicine.) My sons were track and cross country athletes and were required to train every day, 365 days a year. We moved before the younger son did his community service requirement, but my older son fulfilled his by helping out at Head Start programs giving reading readiness tests to inner city kids. He loved it.

So, not all community service work has to be menial tasks.


37 posted on 03/30/2012 12:31:02 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: dennisw

Sho Nuff!


38 posted on 03/30/2012 12:41:20 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Hulka
I think he is basically objecting to the “compulsory volunteer work” that many schools now impose upon students.

Parents do the same thing, and yes, it's sometimes compulsory.

Where I am, Boy Scouts duties don't count. Civil Air Patrol service doesn't count either. Neither does volunteering at small or large business.

That's a different problem.

39 posted on 03/30/2012 12:43:03 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: afraidfortherepublic
When my sons were at Jesuit many of their classmates fulfilled their service requirement by traveling to South America (with chaperones) and spending the summer in primitive villages giving immunizations to poor children (those were the kids who were on a career path in medicine.)

My guess is that there is a considerable difference in expense, nor would anyone assume the liability a child to perform such a task here. I was teaching remedial reading as a teen.

40 posted on 03/30/2012 12:46:00 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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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
continue.


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 cars....now 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 deck....one 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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