Metal detecting focus of presentation

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A presentation for “An Overview of Metal Detecting in Central New York” will be offered Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rome Historical Society auditorium, 200 Church St., announced the Rome Academy of Sciences.

The free presentation, open to the public as part of the academy’s monthly speaker series, will be given by Larry Ehlinger, a member of the EARTH Metal Detecting Club of Central NY.

A lifelong Rome resident who worked in management at Woods Valley Ski Area in Westernville and retired in 2012, Ehlinger’s presentation will educate and entertain the public regarding metal detecting plus promote the hobby, said the academy.

The first part of Ehlinger’s talk will involve metal detectors and how they work; recovery techniques; places to hunt; state, federal and private restrictions; how to gain permission; community service.

In the second part, he will discuss the 20-plus years of “stuff” that has been accumulated, including some “incredibly valuable” items while others that are historical, interesting and unique, said the academy; Ehlinger recounts finding and returning rings, jewelry, keys and other personal items as well. Also during the second part, he “will tell some crazy, mind-blowing, funny and moving stories that he enjoys sharing,” the academy said.

At the conclusion, Ehlinger will offer his services to anyone who may have lost a ring, piece of jewelry or perhaps just needs to find a property stake, the academy added.

Prior to the presentation, an informal dinner with Ehlinger and the academy trustees will be at Coalyard Charlie’s restaurant, 100 Depeyster St., at 5:30 p.m. It is open to the public, and attendees will order from the restaurant menu. Persons interested in attending can contact Fred Haritatos on or before Monday at FHaritatos@twcny.rr.com or at 315-336-9289.

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