By Barb McKay
There is a mystery waiting to be solved on
Dave and Linda Hodgins hold a message that was found in a balloon on Boiler Beach. The balloon made its way from Lake Forest, Illinois, and was found by Linda's sister Deb Richardson and husband Gerry when they were strolling on the beach. (Barb McKay photo)
Two weekends ago a couple visiting from New Hamburg, Deb and Gerry Richardson, took a stroll down the beach to take in the sunset. On the way back, a flash of bright green caught Deb’s eye. It was a deflated balloon with a plastic bag attached. Inside the bag was a note.
“Please read me,” the note said. “This piece of paper was attached to my balloon that I released at our neighbourhood balloon launch on
Deb Richardson said it was lucky to find the balloon because it was stuck in a bunch of reeds in an area of the beach that likely doesn’t see much traffic. She emailed a photo of the note to the girl, named Sara Reynolds, but has not received a response yet.
“We sure hope to hear from her,” she said.
“It’s a phenomenal distance,” Dave said. “It’s the other side of
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On an interesting note, a similar discovery was made in Kincardine 30 years ago. In late March 1984, Krista Graham found a helium balloon in her backyard on Penetangore Row. The balloon contained a note stating that it had been released two days earlier from