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|October 2014||The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club||Vol. 25, No. 10|
For our first hunt, I received a call from Mark Evans, a retired cop who now works at the Salisbury School. A co-worker had lost his $4000 wedding band while cutting grass. I met him and Eddie King at the school so they could show me the area where they thought the ring had been lost. I was equipped with my detector and hoped that they could help narrow my search area. When they told me where Eddie had been cutting grass, it seemed to encompass the whole school property and I quickly realized that this was a job for all of the Shore Seekers.
I told both men this and said if we had permission to hunt the school grounds, we would be glad to help look for the ring and if we found any other identified jewelry, we would hand it over. They checked with the school principal and vice principal who gave us a big okay for a hunt the following Saturday.
This was great. There was a dorm on the property, which used to be a late 1800's house. I remember seeing it in the past but it has now been remodeled into a beautiful piece of school property.
I asked Julie to send e-mail to members letting them know about this last-minute hunt, hoping we could get a good crowd together. On the day before the hunt, I got a call from Eddie King. He let me know that he had found the lost ring in his washer but the club was still welcome to search the campus.
About 20 of us met at the old clubhouse and there were several more waiting for us when we pulled up to the school. We were met by Mark Evans who showed us where to park and told us that we were welcome to hunt anywhere except the sports fields. Members spread out over this nice property and found lots of clad coins, a few older ones, some jewelry (though nothing expensive or identifiable) and some other odds and ends.
Lunch was at the Village Inn which was easy to get to. Service was prompt and the food was great. We were back at the school within a little over an hour and hunting continued until 3:30 or 4:00.
Later on, I thanked Mark Evans on behalf of the club and he said we would be welcome back some time in the future. A lot of fun was had by all, with easy digging and comfortable weather, plus we were anticipating a another hunt in a few weeks' time.
Now on with the main hunt…
For our regular hunt, I had toured the countryside, as usual, but I enjoy it. I made contact with the owner of one of the neatest places I've seen. The history of the house dates to 1903 but an older home had been here before. The property is known as Melody Manor and it was named that by its original owners who were opera singers. It was also used on weekends as a gambling retreat and there were rumors that Al Capone and some of his associates had visited here in the 1930's.
The owner was reluctant to allow permission for us to hunt but he finally agreed to give us a try. He was there when we arrived and I introduced him to random members of the club. He had asked that we not leave visible holes and that he'd like to see a few of our finds. We also agreed to stay out of his gardens.
A few old coins did turn up. They weren't plentiful but they were good. An 1805 large American halfpenny was found by one of our more experienced hunters. In addition to this coin, a beautiful large American penny, some wheats, a few Indian heads and different relics like buttons were found by our group. It wasn't long, though, before it was time to break for lunch.
We headed the short distance to Caesar's, our "go to" when in the area. Lunch was great and fast and it was soon time to get back into the field.
We headed back to Melody Manor to finish out the day. Finds continued in the same manner as the morning, though nothing spectacular came to light. Our group numbered just shy of 30 and I must say that the site was left looking well. The owner was well-pleased and so were we. He has three or four more old properties in the area and it felt good to know that he was satisfied with us.
It's been a great month for the Seekers and the best is yet to come!
The big hunt is now in place. We have permission to use Assateague State Park on Saturday, October 18. Our three team leaders are Scott Mason, Ed Tinus and Paul and Darlene Stevens, along with their helpers. Prizes for the hunt total about $1400 and there are lots of winners in store. Our grand prize will be a Garrett AT Pro, one of the best machines on today's market. We'll also have a Garrett Pro-Pointer and numerous other prizes. Everyone should go home with something but the park requests that you leave only your footprints.
We'll meet on the main parking lot between 8:30 and 9:00. It's best to park on the south end of the lot so you won't have as far to walk. We'll need help to carry things to the beach so please volunteer. The long-range forecast looks good, but in the event of rain or other unforeseen circumstances, we'll try to do it the next day, Sunday, October 19. The hunt date was chosen because this will enable us to use the beach at low tide, approximately 10:30.
Be sure to equip yourself with fresh batteries, a spare machine just in case (if you have one) and headphones. Side baskets and scoops are almost a necessity as well. (Contact Scott Mason if you need a basket. He has a few available from last year.)
The snack bat will be closed so bring a sandwich, drink (no alcohol, please), a beach chair and make sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
We've kept the fee at $30 per person and this must be paid by our next meeting on the 13th; after that a $10 late fee will be added. We're also accepting no new members until after the hunt is completed.
Remember that this is our one-time-a year members' only hunt, so be sure to be there. Support your club, have fun and enjoy being with a group who enjoys the same hobby you do and it’ll be something to pass on to friends and family for years to come.
At our next meeting, team leaders will discuss their hunts in detail. Each hunt is expected to last no longer than 45 minutes. Be sure to bring your check or cash with you. In the event you can't make it on the 13th, you can also send in your hunt fee to treasurer Craig at his home address.
Make checks out to SHORE SEEKERS.
(Again, the cost is $30 and it must be RECEIVED by October 13.)
That's all for this month. I'll see you at the meeting on the 13th and at Assateague State Park on the 18th.
The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.
The winner of the Susan B. Anthony dollar set raffle was Marty Pratt. (Ticket sales for this raffle brought in $37.)
Magazine raffle winners were Julie Pryor, Elaine Anderson, Ed Donovan and Ed Tinus. Thanks to Warren Timmons for his donation.
We had several guests. One joined the club and a former member, also rejoined.
Thanks to Tab for bringing in donuts and to Jeff and Elaine for bringing in birthday cake for Julie to share.
Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.
Minutes were approved as distributed. The treasurer gave his report. There was general talk of the upcoming members' only hunt at Assateague State Park. The date for this will be October 18. We would like to start at 9:30 and hope to have each of the three hunts last approximately 45 minutes. There will be a break for lunch, but you must bring your own as the concession stand has closed for the season. Headphones, side baskets and scoops are a must.
Each of the three team leaders described their hunts. Paul and Darlene plan to have a contest where participants find playing cards, with the highest poker hand winning. The cards might also be individual winners. Scott's hunt will be a play on the traditional three-card monte. Participants must detect which is a good or bad target and there will be a first through fifth prize. Ed Tinus plans to have a lottery hunt. Each person will draw numbers to pick a spot on the beach. After a certain length of time, people will be able to move out of their spot and scan other areas of the hunt field, all of which have been seeded with tokens and other targets. Ed hopes to have a prize for each hunter.
The hunt fee will be $30 per person, which must be paid by the next meeting. If you haven't paid by then, you will have to pay an additional $10 late fee. We are accepting no new members until after the hunt.
Bill went over the cost of club membership dues for the guests. Club fees are $25 per year, no matter when during the year a person joins. There is also a $5 FMDAC fee. Craig is not collecting these at this time as they are due in January. Beginning next year, FMDAC dues will only be collected until the end of January. If you haven't paid by then but wish to be a member of the Federation, you can pay that organization individually.
Paul Stevens and John Rebman talked about finds they and others made on a recent detecting tour to England. All had a wonderful time and would return again.
Bill told about the special hunt at the Salisbury School. The man's gold and diamond wedding band turned up in his washer but members did find lots of clad coins and some costume jewelry.
There is no definite hunt site yet for the September hunt. Watch your e-mail for details.
The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Mitch Mitchell. He and the club split the $50 pot.