Nor'easter Delivers Message In Bottle

Last week's nor'easter helped deliver a message in a bottle that was tossed into the ocean 24 years ago from New Jersey to North Carolina.

Ocean City held a contest in 1985 to reward the vacationer whose bottle traveled the farthest. The message was written by Heidi Kay Werstler of Trembler's Trailer Park in Pennsylvania.

Workers at The Sanderling Resort & Spa in Duck, N.C., found the bottle while cleaning up after last week's storm.

The contest has long since expired. But Ocean City wants to track down Werstler to award her a prize of saltwater taffy.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 26, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    LOL Cactus
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 25, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    Tommy, maybe that sewer alligator (you know the one that's 30 ft long) ate the bottle.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    Taffy. They want to 'track' her down for taffy? How about a nice FREE vacation? Now thats worth 'tracking' someone down for. Keep the taffy. Really.
  • by Matt Location: Grifton on Nov 25, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    That's an awesome story. Nice change of pace of the news.
  • by Tommy on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    I once as a child sent a bottle free down the street drain pipe. Haven't had my note answered either in all those 40 yaers.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    Yeah... taffy... mmmmm. I'd be like WHAT? Ok, I love saltwater taffy but that's not much of a prize to think up for something that they're making a big deal out of reporting on. Seems to me they want the media attention for free and not kick down anything worthwhile to the person getting it for them.
  • by Awesome Location: Greenville on Nov 25, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    George W you're the idiot. No one ever said the contest was in North Carolina!! Pam just said that maybe that city in NJ would award the person a TRIP, yes TRIP like vacation, down to NC where the bottle WAS FOUND!!
  • by Tom on Nov 25, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    To George W, That is not a very nice comment. Love thy neighbor. New Jersey is part of your Country after all.
  • by George W on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    The contest was in New Jersey...idiots.
  • by Sandra Location: Hertford Co. on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    I concur, Pam! A box of taffy with all the money that's floating around Duck? Come on!
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