The Ring

Gateway Treasure Hunters Club (GTHC) of Wareham,  MA was contacted by long time member Eleanor Hube.  Eleanor is the owner of J&E Enterprises 54 Old Main St. in South Yarmouth MA. She said she had a request from a man named Patrick Stanton of Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT).  Patrick was looking for help locating a ring for friend named Al Boragine.  Eleanor was asking for some of the members of GTHC to come down to Harwich, MA to assist in the hunt on a warm Saturday morning for the ring.

A little over a year ago, 90 year old Al Boragine a USMC Veteran of Harwich Port, MA was doing volunteer work for HCT clearing some brush and later noticed his Marine Corps ring was missing from his hand where he had proudly worn it for 70 years.

On Saturday June 18, 2016, Members of GTHC gathered at the Harwich Conservation site to hunt for Als’ ring.  Not more than 5 minutes into the Hunt the ring was located and extracted from the ground by member Dr. Mike Meyers.  Mike returned the ring to Al who, with a grand smile,  proudly placed it back on his hand.

Al Boragine joined the United States Marine Corps at the young age of 17 in 1944, during WWII with the 1st Marine Div. in the Pacific.  He served in two armed campaigns in Peleliu and Okinawa. He was assigned to occupation duty in China before returning home and being Honorably Discharged.

Al then worked for N.E. Telephone until his retirement in 1981. He was Married in 1949 and helped raise 3 Sons, one of which followed his footsteps and joined the Marines.   Al still volunteers at the HCT, the USMC League and his Church.

The Gateway Treasure Hunters Club was Thrilled to be part of finding and returning this ring to Al.  We gave him our card in case he or anyone he knew ever need help and presented him with a GTHC Club T Shirt.

As a group we say “Thank You for Your Service to this Our Country.”


Annual Hunt for 2015 POSTPONED – TBD

“I’m Sorry to inform you that due to Changes with the town requirements and new fees and applications we are unable to get things settled with the town in time to organize this years Hunt.. There are a lot of local politcal changes that have changed how we are going to be able to get things organized which will take more time than we have available. If there are any changes we will contact you asap. Thank you for your anticipated understanding.”
~ Thomas Smith GTHC

Monthly Club Meetings

Monthly Meetings are held the FOURTH WEDNESDAY of every month at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Wareham at 7:00 PM.

Guests welcome anytime.

The address is: 462 Main Street, Wareham, MA 02571.

(FROM the West: Take 195 East to Exit 21 (Wareham Route 28). At the end of the exit – go right onto Route 28. Stay right at Texaco Station. Continue past the Congregational Church and green – bearing right at the end of green. Wesley Church is almost immediately on your right.

2014 ~ 22nd Annual GTHC Open Hunt

Well our 22nd annual open hunt has come and gone.  All the planning and preparation helped us have a great event this year.  It went off without a hitch.  There were some changes made from the previous year, we added a lot more prizes, seeded with more fun tokens, contacted a bunch of people and places for donations.  We received a lot of great prizes, bought a lot of great prizes, and had a lot of fun planning and executing the event.

The Hunt Committee met many times during the last couple months leading up to the hunt.  Deciding who to contact, what to purchase, and trying to keep within budget was a fun task.  We spent many nights at the Dunkin Donuts at the Sagamore Bridge rotary planning for our big day.  There were a few times when the staff told us they were closing up the inside and that we would need to think about heading out.  How’s it go?  You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here…

We had help from club members contacting companies, people, and vendors.  Big Kudos go out to club member Mark Parrish, Mark was instrumental with getting in contact with Tesoro out in Arizona, who we purchased a detector from, and received a bunch of prizes  to plant tokens for,  the guys from the National Geographic Channel TV show Diggers sent us some cool tokens which we planted and used for prizes, some wearables, and autographed items.  Mark also asked  GPAA, who made a donation of wearables.  Tom Smith, our Huntmaster contacted who donated gift certificates that became token prizes.  Kent Blethen, our Vice President, contacted Gary Drayton who sent us 3 of his books which he autographed! Kent did a lot of running around as did our President, Brian Rountree, without all their efforts the hunt would not have been the event that it was!  Jenn Nicholas contacted  Detect America  who sent us a box full of items from water bottles to hats to shirts and pouches.  Roy Gouge our Treasurer contacted Outdoor Outfitters, a metal detecting gear distributor,  who sent us a nice variety of prizes from detectors to hats and shirts.  Western Eastern Magazine sent us  two boxes chock full of magazines to pass out.  We handed them out at registration.  Tony Brogna of White’s came and set up a display, he answered questions people had about gear and showed people new items.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to all who helped out at the event.  Many to list, forgive me if I leave anyone out.  Members: Rick B, Bob St. O, Bill L, Harry K, Joe Q, Paul C, and Sandi G.  Non-Member: Stephen M.  Steve “Zak” Zakszewski helped contact the food vendor, set up and seeded the fields.  Karin Smith, GTHC member for taking so many great photos, as well as Leighton Harrington of Under The Radar for sharing his photos.

Some of the prizes at the 2014 event were:  Garrett Metal Detectors (3), TRX White’s Pin Pointer (3), Lesche diggers (3), Treasure boxes with presidential proof sets and  coins, hats, shirts, pouches, travel cases, water bottles, books, commemorative Kennedy coins (3), knee pads, gold panning items, and much, much more.


Extra Extra Tweet All About It!

GTHC Tweets!

We now have a Twitter account.  We’re @GTHC2 – if you have an account please follow us.  We need you to re-tweet our posts.  The idea is to raise awareness of the Open Hunt coming up in May.  Thank you


February Guest Speaker: Tony Brogna of White’s Metal Detectors

February Guest Speaker: Tony Brogna of White’s Metal Detectors

White's Logo

Our guest speaker for February was Tony Brogna of White’s Metal Detectors.  He brought two detectors to show demos on the V3i and the Vision.  He went over the details in regard to the settings, screens, options, battery packs, usage, customizable sections and more.  He brought the new Pin Pointer which sounds like it’s been hard to keep in stock!

Tony kept our attention, gave us great information, and fielded questions from the audience.

Tony’s contact information is:

White’s of New England

Sales area: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, & Rhode Island

Tony Brogna
977 Central Street Stoughton, Massachusetts 02072
Telephone: 1-781-436-8951   Fax: 1-781-436-8954


Tony Brogna

Tony with V3i


White's Gear

The January guest speaker: Howard Hewitt

The January guest speaker: Howard HewittHoward with beads

“GTHC January Meeting was well attended and Howard Hewitts’ Program kept everyone in their seats explaining his passions and experiences in Metal Detecting, Archeology, Historical Research, and historical Finds. His Displays of finds was Wicked Awesome to say the least and to think what we saw were but a tip of the Iceberg of his collections… Thanks to you all who did come it was nice to meet the new people of our FB Group, new members and hope to see more of you in the future. HH” – Tom Smith (Photos from contributed by members, to see more visit our facebook group)


Scusset Beach

It was brought up tonight at our meeting that Scusset Beach will be off limits to detecting.  Let’s contact our State Representative in the area, her name is State Representative Susan Williams Gifford (click on her name to go to contact information page).  Please contact her.

2014 Meeting Minutes


2013 Meeting Minutes

01-13 GTHC Minutes

02-13 GTHC Minutes

03-13 GTHC Minutes

04-13 GTHC Minutes

09-13 GTHC Minutes

10-13 GTHC Minutes

11-13 GTHC Minutes for November 2013 Meeting