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By JAYNE HANSON
ARIZONA - Lake Havasu City resident Edward Kennedy treaded through muck Tuesday afternoon in search of buried treasure on the shores of Rotary Beach.
With Lake Havasu waters levels at bay, Kennedy unpacked his metal detector in the 70-something temperatures and took to the exposed riverbed while harboring hopes of unearthing a buried treasure – and to get some exercise.
“Believe it or not, I do this for exercise,” Kennedy said. “I’ve been doing this for 40 years.”
Kennedy said he became hooked on the past time when living on the East Coast, where the really good treasures are buried.
“Here everything is just too new,” Kennedy said.
But that couldn’t keep him away from the shoreline where he found a pocket full of muddy coins he had collected in the hour he had been searching. Kennedy said he noticed evidence of other metal-detection enthusiasts who have already scoured the area.
At least 50 feet of riverbed is currently exposed at Rotary Beach because of reduced elevations.
According to earlier reports, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reduced the elevation of Lake Havasu to assist U.S. Bureau of Land Management maintenance crews as they improve a recreation site on the Lake. The Lake will be lowered to 445 feet above mean sea level. It will be returned to its normal operating levels of about 448 feet on or before Jan. 17.
Courtesy Today’s News Herald
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