Message in a 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. It washed up in North Carolina.
Ocean City held a contest in 1985 to reward the vacationer whose bottle traveled the farthest.

"I don't even remember what the prize was," Mark Soifer told the Press of Atlantic City.

The message was written by Heidi Kay Werstler of Trembler's Trailer Park in Pennsylvania and reads, "Thank you for finding me!!! I am from a 'message in a bottle' contest and I was launched Monday, July 1, 1985." It includes contact information for the PR office in Ocean City.
Workers at The Sanderling Resort & Spa in Duck, N.C., found the bottle when they were cleaning up after last week's storm.

That type of contest has long since expired down the shore.

"We couldn't do that kind of contest today -- it's not environmentally friendly," Soifer said.

But Ocean City does want to track down Werstler to award her the long-awaited (albeit forgotten) prize. Heidi, call the island's PR office at 609-525-9300. Oh, and expect a box of saltwater taffy.


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