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Jim Perone Speaks on Geocaching

February 11, 2014 - by Lauren Reihl

ALLIANCE, Ohio—Jim Perone, interim associate dean of the faculty and professor of music at the University of Mount Union, spoke about geocaching at the University’s Continued Learning Program Tuesday.

Perone holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from Capital University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in clarinet performance, Master of Arts in music theory, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in music theory from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992.

According to Perone, geocaching is GPS internet-based hobby similar to a scavenger hunt. To get started, log onto geocaching.com to create a profile and find local “caches.” Caches are containers of various sizes that contain a knickknack, a log of all people who have discovered it in the past and a paper stating what geocaching is and requesting that the container is replaced as found, should anyone find it accidentally.

After seeing a program sponsored by the Alliance Historical Society and Rodman Public Library in 2011, Perone took up an interest in geocaching. He took the idea to the Alliance Historical Society to place a cache at the Mabel Hartzell House to bring in more visitors. This geocache, “Historic Lady,” was discovered the day after it was placed.

Perone explained that there is more to geocaching than just the cache object. There are unexpected things everywhere. For example, there is a helicopter hidden in Ellsworth and a medieval looking bell tower behind a housing development in Hartville. This concept of adding value to the “scavenger hunt” is the interesting part of geocaching. It can bring visitors to an out-of-the-way site of historical interest, teach them something new and give them something interesting to talk about with friends and family.

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