Annual treasure hunt begins Tuesday
Don’t ask Carl Stites’ wife where the Cannon Coin is. He said she can’t keep a secret and is the last person he’d tell.
We should all know how she feels. Each year of the Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) treasure hunt, Carl Stites of Stites Eye Care is the one and only person who knows the location of the solid bronze coin that is worth a cool thousand in free gas.
Clues to the hunt will be released beginning next Tuesday at participating businesses. This year those willing to work a little harder will have a better chance of finding the clues.
This year Stites is breaking each clue into three parts so treasure hunters will have to visit more than one participating business to piece together hints. “This will be more fun,” Stites said.
Clues will also be released each week to the Squire, where readers will find them on the front pge.
Stites has already hidden the coin, and said he is “feverishly” working on clues, which he calls a six-month process. The coin is in Cannon Township, is always hidden in a handicapped accessible location and never on private property.
It is about three inches around and has a cannon stamped on one side, a symbol of the cannon for which the township is named.
The cannon was the town symbol, but after youths fired it off at a fourth of July celebration as a joke and one died, the cannon was hidden by the town fathers and never rediscovered, despite years of search.
Now people search for the coin, and the first one to find it will receive certificates for $1,000 in free gas from the Cannonsburg Grist Mill and the Topp Stop.
“Each year it gets bigger and bigger. There are more people looking,” said Stites, who would not offer an early clud of the coin’s location.
“You will have to go to participating businesses and find out for yourself,” he said. The Cannon Township businesses who are taking part this year are ChoiceOne Bank, ChiroHealth, Rockford Self Storage, David P. Fischer, DDS, S&H Greenhouse, Stites Eye Care, Acme Tire and Auto, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Euro Autowerks, Lakeside Car Company, Jim Rasmus-Allstate Insurance, Huntington Bank, Cannonsburg Grist Mill, Rockford Kitchen Design, Topp Stop, Health First Chiropractic and online at www.clipngomobile.com. And watch the Squire each week for clues.