Cannon Treasure Hunt starts September 20 Legend has it that back in the 1800s, a cannon was hidden in Cannon Township and has never been found to this day. That legend will be recreated in 2011. A custom coin with a cannon stamped on it has been specially designed and minted for the treasure hunt. The coin has been hidden somewhere in Cannon Township. The coin is no more than four feet off the ground and is not on privately owned property. The Cannon Treasure Hunt also has a new Facebook page where you will be able to chat with other hunters, find hunt instructions, see pictures from past hunts, and know exactly when the coin is found! Two clues to the location of the Cannon Coin will be released every Tuesday starting September 20 until the coin is found. Participating businesses will each hand out one new clue per week. People searching for the coin will have to visit at least two businesses to get all of the clues each week. The person who finds the coin will receive $1,000 in free gasoline.
More clues will be released this year Hunters scouring Cannon Township for a copper coin that will give them $1,000 in free gasoline can begin looking Tuesday, September 21 when the first three of three clues each week are released. The Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) is again holding the annual treasure hunt in the memory of the township’s namesake cannon, hidden by township fathers after it fatally killed one man who was shooting it off as a prank. Today the hunt for the “cannon”—in the guise of a copper coin with the image of the cannon on one side—is worth big money, one thousand dollars in free gas to the hunter who first discovers its hiding place. “I run into people all the time from all over,” said the keeper of the coin’s hiding spot, Carl Stites of Stites Eye Care. “They tell me they love to look for the coin and do it as a family every year.” Stites said the local hunt—it is always within the boundaries of Cannon Township—has expanded its following to quite a distance. The hunt is in its fifth year and rules remain the same. The coin is located on public property, is not more than four feet off the ground, and must be turned in after being found. Clues are released each Tuesday beginning on September 21, and are available at the shops or websites of the participating businesses. Organizers have divided up the clues so that hunters must visit more than one place to find all three clues. For those who are “armchair hunters,” each Thursday edition of the Squire will have the clues of that week on the front page. “People are lined up outside the bank in the morning waiting for us to open,” said organizer Linda Anderson of ChoiceOne Bank on Belding Road. She said other participating businesses have the same experience and people sometimes make the mistake of searching the brush and landscaping of the businesses hoping to find the coin. That’s great fun, and “hunter” sightings are often called in to the Squire so a reporter can run out and interview hunters. However, the coin is never hidden on private property, so searching in the gutter of any of […]
The first week of clues lead to a family search for the Cannon Coin on Thursday, September 17. Hunting for the third year are Luke and Leslie LeDoux (center), joined by family members Bob and Lisa Zabavski (left) and Bob and Kathy Abplanalp (right), holding 14-month-old Zoe. Luke LeDoux said it took him three hours on his day off to track down the completed clues in participating Cannon businesses. He appreciates the added challenge for the hunt. “People who are willing to really work at it have an advantage,” he said. See this week’s partial clues on the front page of the Squire, as well as last week’s complete clues.
For $1,000 in gas… Hunters, on your mark! The race to find the hand-crafted Cannon Coin is underway. This week the organizers of the annual Cannon Treasure Hunt present the public with the first two clues to lead to a prize of $1,000 in gas. Clue One: You may need Obi-Wan Kenobi too, ‘cause this year’s coin is sure hard to view. Clue Two: A knowledge of geometry will aid in your quest – he who knows it will corner the rest. The Cannon Coin is hidden somewhere in Cannon Township on public (not private!) property. Over the next several weeks clues will be released leading searchers closer to the coin’s location. Each Tuesday the new clues will be released at the following businesses: ChoiceOne Bank, Ric’s Food Center, Bostwick Bakery, Euro Autowerks, Stites Eye Care, David P. Fischer, DDS, PC, Lake Side Hair Design, Acme Tire and Auto, Jim Razmus-Allstate Insurance, Rockford Kitchen Design, Bailey’s Quick Lube, Dave’s Transmission, and Pizzeria Grandé. The following websites will also release the clues, suethomarends.myarbonne.com and clipngomobile.com. Participating businesses who are not releasing clues are Morris Builders, Inc., and Herrington Disposal. The clues will also be published here in The Squire. Good luck!