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LaVO: The longest journey

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A school girl’s ocean-going message in a bottle arrives in Tullytown on the Delaware River tide.

The distance between Garwood near the coast of northern New Jersey and Bucks County is 60 miles. Driving time is about 90 minutes.

For 8-year-old Kimberly Castro, the journey took years.

What she did is something I dreamed of as a child: Put a message in a bottle, toss it in the ocean and hope someone finds it and gets in touch. I thought how neat it would be to tell Kim, now 30, that her bottle has been found.

You can imagine the look on Leroy Blum’s face when he retrieved the sealed root beer bottle resting on the tidal flat of Tullytown Cove, a small boat harbor of the Delaware River estuary.

Leroy was on his morning constitutional with his collie Kramer before opening his auto repair shop. Unsnapping the bottle’s cap, Leroy nudged free a note written by young Kimberly, dated Sept. 27, 1995:

“Kimberly Castro. Lincoln-Franklin School, 2 nd Ave., Garwood, NJ 07027

“I have a dog and a rabbit. I am 8 years old. My birthday is September 30. I have a brother! My hobby is collecting Pogs.

“This is me. (sketch) This is my friend. (sketch of another girl)

“PS, if you find this, please write me.”

Leroy’s first instinct was to alert local media with the “right credentials” to reach out to Kim. No one, however, expressed interest though the bottle had been afloat........

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