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 October 2016The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 27, No. 10 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our September hunt was terrific. It was great to finally be able to get away for a while to join the gang for a hunt. I was unable to make the rounds looking for hunt spots but I asked Craig and Mitch to check with the owner of one of our recent hunt spots to see if it was still available. I told them to explain why I wasn't there and why they were doing the asking instead of me. They did so and quickly got an affirmative. I also contacted Dave Parke and got his okay once again for us to use the nice shady park next to the hunt site as a staging and rest area. Now all that was left was lunch. I called Eileen at the Substation and she said she was looking forward to seeing us at lunch since we're Eastern Shoremen the same as them. (On the day of the hunt, she kindly donated a gift certificate to us for our big hunt.)

September 17 was a beautiful Saturday. A group of us met at the old clubhouse in Fruitland, leaving promptly at 8:30. We headed south and met up with more Seekers at the welcome station in Virginia. We arrived at our destination about 20 minutes later and the fields looked absolutely great. I pointed out the boundaries again and away we went looking for treasures of the past.

We had almost 25 people on this hunt. Finds were fantastic and holes seemed to be covered a lot better than they have been in the past. Some Seekers found some fantastic looking large American pennies, a two reale cob in beautiful shape complete with a date, lots of Indian heads and wheaties and a few pretty buttons thrown in. The weather was a little warm but beautiful and it cooled down nicely in the afternoon. What more could we ask for?

The moon was full the night before and we had had some rain earlier in the week which made the ground hot. For as long as I have been detecting, almost 35 years, I have always heard that a full moon makes the coins climb higher to the surface. Fact or fiction? I don't know but there are some club members who will tell you it's true.

We broke for lunch around 11:30. I knew that the field was going to be planted soon and thought we should take advantage of this productive hunt site while we could. Just this once, members could bring their lunch and eat at the picnic tables, continuing their hunt after they had eaten and taken a nice break. About a dozen of us made the trek to the Substation and ate some delicious chow. It wasn't long before we were all back in the field.

The afternoon was as fun as the morning. More large pennies, Indian heads and a variety of interesting buttons and other relics turned up as did a possible duplicate of the Roman coin I found last month.

The day was perfect in all respects. It felt good to get away from home for a few hours to enjoy the club. Most were tired by 3:30 and headed home. I'm sure we'll all mark this day on our calendar as one of the most fun days the club has had. That's all for the hunt report this month.

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Thanks to Craig and Mitch for helping with permission for the September hunt. They made the personal contact to the landowner when I wasn't able to do so. This proves that others besides myself can find and make contacts for the club to share.

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Crops are coming out and the fields will soon be open. Please ride the roads and look for possible hunt sites. If you're unable to contact the owner, pass it along to me or one of the other officers and we'll take it from there.

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I'll see you at the meeting on the 10th. Be there because we've got lots to discuss about our once-a-year big hunt at the beach.

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster and President

Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the George Washington's birthday commemorative half dollar raffle was Bill Draper. (This drawing brought in $52.)

Other raffle winners were Bob Shaffer, Karen Goodyear, Michael Beaman, Cameron Maser and Tab Brannock. Thanks to Andy Nunez, Sonny Willing and Tab Brannock for donations for their donations. (Thanks also to Andy for bringing in some magazines donated by Brad Moore.)

Thanks to Tab Brannock, John Johnson and Steve Sandoe for bringing in refreshments. Thanks also to John Rebman, Andy Nunez, Ed Donovan and Bill Mills for helping with an impromptu birthday party.


Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.


Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

There was more talk of the Assateague hunt. Though some people don't like the beach area at Assateague, this was still the choice of a majority of voters. We still don't have the 20 paid participants we'd like to have but there are hopes we'll reach this number by hunt day. Dan Solow offered some suggestions on how to "level the playing field" as a way to encourage more participation. These ideas will be considered for next year as it's too late to entertain them at this time.

Andy showed off some things that might be in the field or given as prizes at the hunt and also told about other possible prizes. John Rebman showed off a number of items he has available for sale (baskets/scoops, etc.). We want to make this a fun hunt but everyone agrees that there should be a back-up plan in case something doesn't work out (location, etc.) We still have a month left to make final decisions and there will be another meeting before the hunt. Andy, John and Tony mentioned some features of the hunts they're planning. Andy also told of the various raffles he'd like to have that day. We need to make slow changes to see what works and hope to have more people next year.


Bill showed off a new Detech coil. These are available from a number of dealers including club members John Rebman and Bill Winkler.

Darlene told a story of a bad experience she had trying to buy a scoop from an online site. The seller wanted her to pay with some method other than PayPal and when she refused because she had never heard of the seller's choice, the person insulted her.

Andy showed off the current issue of Lost Treasure magazine that has his Hoover Boys article in it. Ed brought in a computer to show the Hoover Boys episode featuring Andy and Phil for those who haven't had a chance to see it.


There is no spot for the September hunt yet. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Bill Mills. He and the club split the $55 pot.

Julie Pryor,

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