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 July 2015The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 26, No. 7 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our June hunt day was a gorgeous one. As usual, I rode the roads of Delmarva looking for places for us to go, settling on a place in lower Somerset County. I also tried to find a back-up but this was next to impossible. The spot I did manage to find was a "farm" specializing in exotic grasses used by places like golf courses and fancy resorts - think DisneyWorld. I had gotten permission to hunt here some years ago but the owner would only allow me to bring one other person along. This is a vast area and I'd found a lot of nice old things in the past. That owner has since passed away and I contacted the current owner, his daughter, to see about permission for the club. Surprisingly she said okay. The property is now up for sale and a club hunt would pose no problem at all.

We left from Fruitland at our usual time of 8:30 and by the time we reached the site just before 9:00, our group totaled some 22 Seekers. I introduced members to our gracious hostess and pointed out the areas we could hunt and our search for treasures from the past got under way.

The Seekers hit the field and found a few pennies, buttons and a nice large American cent, along with the usual junk and unknown relics. Everyone was having a good time but all were looking forward to lunch and the chance to cool off and enjoy some delicious iced tea at nearby Caesar's Pizza Palace.

I had made arrangements earlier in the week for us to eat at Caesar's and when we got to Princess Anne, the tables were all set and the waitresses were on stand-by to take our orders. In a little over an hour, we had eaten, relaxed and were ready to try our luck in the fields again, looking for more goodies.

Earlier that morning, I took time to allow our hostess the chance to do some detecting of her own. (Thanks to Craig for lending her his Garrett 250.) Amazingly enough, she found a nice token and a few other things in the backyard.

Finds in the afternoon were a bit scarcer than in the morning and many left early because of the extreme heat. We called it a day around 3:30 and it was a great day for everyone. There were a few good things found, a good meal and good company and that's the name of the game.

Hopefully when the crops are out at a location near where we were, I'll be able to secure permission for a hunt where there used to be a town in the 1600's. This will have to wait until Fall at the earliest.

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We're in the very early planning stages for our big Fall hunt - probably in October. We need volunteers, ideas for prizes and an approximate number of participants. If we're able to set a date that works for everyone, I'll try to see if I can secure permission for us to use the youth area at Assateague as this will give us ample parking and we won't have as far to carry our equipment to the beach. We've had good prizes in the past and there's no reason we canít have good ones now. We'll talk more about this at the meeting.

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At the meeting, I mentioned finding a silver ID bracelet for a local politician. He planned to attend the meeting so I could return it to him. This didn't work out but he did stop by the house the next day so I could give it back to its rightful owner. He thanked me with a tear in his eye and reminded me that I had found and returned a token to his father some years before. Small world, huh?

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That's all for now. Keep your eyes open for places and I'll do the same. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting or in the field.

Bill Draper,
President
(and Huntmaster)


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the 2007 Presidential Dollar commemorative set raffle was John Rebman. (This drawing brought in $44.)

Magazine raffle winners were Paul Stevens, Barbara Peters, Scott MacLane, Mitch Mitchell, George Test, Garrow King, Tab Brannock and Sonny Willing. Thanks to Dave Smyth for his donation.

Guests in attendance were returning members Dave Smyth and grandson Nick Herrara, George Test, Andy Hannon and Tony Goodyear.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

FMDAC raffle tickets were available. Marty suggested that the club buy some of them. Following a motion, the club bought several books so that we can use the prizes (if we win) for our paid hunt.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

Bill filled members in on recent ring searches. Though unsuccessful, the owners appreciated the efforts of the various Seekers who attempted to find the rings.

Dennis Dellies mentioned that one time he helped find a lost ring. It was located in a garden in a head of cabbage.

NEW BUSINESS

Bill showed off the new Minelab Go-Find detectors. This is a lightweight, foldable model, with a lower cost than other Minelabs. They are available at TreasureQuest in Ocean View.

Crabby Williams mentioned having a problem with his coil and suggested that people change washers after 2 or 3 times in the field (as suggested by detector manufacturer, etc.). He feels that it's a good idea to carry an extra one in case the screws are too tight. Marty suggests that you close coils while screws are still a little tight because repeated opening and closing weakens the side where the bolt goes through. Paul has some glue he has ordered for use in repairing coils that have snapped where bolts go through. This costs $40 a tube but it works extremely well and very quickly. He will share with anyone who needs it.

Along the same lines, Sonny also suggests that you should never fold up glasses when you take them off because it strips the screws.

Bill mentioned that California Seeker Jon Rowles donated some items to the club that he won at his club's pay hunt in his home state. Bill thinks it would be a good idea to use them as prizes at our upcoming member's only hunt. Thanks Jon.

Bill found an ID bracelet with the name of Pollitt on it. Some years earlier, he had found and returned a token with the name of Pollitt, Sr. This is very coincidental. The younger Pollitt was supposed to be at the meeting so Bill could return it but he'll give it back tomorrow. Congratulations to Bill.

Paul and Darlene each recounted stories of how they had either found and returned or helped to return rings to their grateful owners.

CLUB HUNT

There is no location for the June hunt. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was John Rebman. He and the club split the $42 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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