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 August 2014The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 25, No. 8 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our July hunt was a lot of fun and the weather cooperated though it was hot at times. During my travels, I spotted an old hunt field of ours where we had found some pretty decent old stuff. The field wasn't planted but it had been disced. In fact, it looked better than it did the time we were here before. I contacted the owner to ask for permission to have another hunt and he told me that he would check with the farmer to make sure he had no problems with us being there. The owner did just that and got back to me to let me know that everything was fine for us to have a hunt but that we'd have to leave if the farmer was planting that day. I decided to take a gamble since there was such a heavy concentration of crops planted everywhere else. I called the preacher of a church across the road from our hunt site to ask if we could park on their lot and he readily agreed. Now we were all set for the hunt.

We met at the old clubhouse in Fruitland, then hit the road promptly at 8:30. We picked up a few people along the way and had over 20 members in our convoy by the time we got to the hunt site. I pointed out the boundaries and also let people know that the farmer might be showing up to put in his crop. With this bit of business handled, off we went across the road to begin our search.

This property originally belonged to the owner's grandparents, then his parents, one of whom was raised on the property in a huge brick mansion, since torn down. The owner told me that he would dearly love a memento, something that belonged to his relatives, and I told him I'd try my best to accomplish this goal.

We hunted until approximately 11:30 when we met at our cars to travel the short distance to the Pittsville Dinette for lunch. I saw a few interesting finds and I myself had an old nickel, a token, a piece of a spoon, a small buckle and the remains of an old brooch with the pin still attached. This pin could have belonged to the owner's mother or grandmother and I will definitely give this to him after our next meeting.

We all had a nice lunch at Dave White's but since the farmer had shown up right before we left, that put us in a bind for the afternoon. After we ate, talked and had a little show and tell session, I left to get permission for us to hunt a few sites in the Pittsville area while the other club members waited back at the restaurant.

With mission accomplished, I went back to collect the Seekers. We parked at the site of an old school and we also had permission to hunt at an adjacent property. We looked the fields over and one member found a nice 50-cent piece, while the others of us dug up lots of quarters, dimes and a few old pennies. After things slowed down here, we went to a county park nearby. This park had a nice shady area and was also where there had been an old produce market. People found modern coins and one person was lucky enough to find a pretty china box with a metal hinge. (This goes to show how important it is to have your machines set properly.)

This was a great day. Some of our newer members joined us with their children who seemed to really enjoy the hobby and who were very well-mannered. All in all it was a fun day without a lot of real old finds but we found enough to keep us busy and our pockets bulging.

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Keep your eyes open for spots: if you find any, give us a call!

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If you know of anyone who'd like to make a donation to our big hunt, check with them now. We're still planning to have the hunt in October and it's sure to be a bushel of fun for everyone. One of our top prizes is going to be a Garrett AT-Pro and accessories, along with other great things. We're looking for team leaders and volunteers and we'd like to have at least three separate hunts. If you have any neat ideas, let us know by contacting an officer or a member of the Executive Committee.

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That's all for this month. I'm looking forward to the next hunt in August, wherever that may be. Until then, I'll see you at the next meeting and in the fields of Delmarva.

Bill Draper,
President
(and Huntmaster)


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the Liberty Coin Collection raffle was Jack Bowser.

Guests were Michael, Stephanie, Hayden and Lillian Slovikosky. They became our newest members.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

Bill mentioned that we're still planning to have our big hunt later this fall. More information will be passed along to members as it becomes available. If you would like to volunteer to help, would like to donate prizes or have ideas for the event, please let an officer know.

NEW BUSINESS

Thanks to Dennis Dellies for donating a handmade gavel to the club to help maintain order.

Andy thanked Scott Mason, Jerry McClymont, Les Sherrill and Les' daughters for helping to look for a lost iPhone. Though their efforts were unsuccessful, all gave it their best shot and would be willing to do something similar again.

John Rebman related the story of finding an iPhone on the beach at Ocean City. He was able to track down the owner and return the phone to her.

CLUB HUNT

There is no definite hunt site yet for the July hunt. Watch your e-mail for details.

After the meeting we held a very successful auction. Thanks to Craig for serving as auctioneer and to Garrow, Andy, Scott MacLane and Mitch for helping to make things run smoothly.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Jack Bowser.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary


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