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 May 2016The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 27, No. 5 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our April hunt day was a good one as usual. I checked on sites in the Snow Hill area after getting a tip that a favorite spot might be open. As it turns out, I found the farmer in the field discing. I left my vehicle and went over to talk to him. I asked if the club could impose on his kindness and look around again. This was fine with him and also with the landowner. This had been a good, productive spot in the past and I hoped that the discing would loosen up other stuff for us and it did.

Many of us met at the old Fruitland clubhouse and left at 8:30, taking the back roads to Snow Hill. We picked up a load of other people along the way, making a grand total of almost 30 by the time we got to the hunt site around 9:00.

We discussed the boundaries of this wide open territory and members could go anywhere they wanted, as long as they didn't approach a pond on the site. I asked people to meet back at their cars around 11:45 and off we went. Finds were good: several large pennies, a couple of silver dimes and quarters, a silver half dollar, a few neat buttons and a handful of unusual medallions or tokens. Everyone was having fun and the weather was great. Soon it was time for lunch and we headed to Four Seasons Pizza, where I had made arrangements, or to the Golden Arches next door.

Lunch was good. There was plenty of seating and the staff did a great job of filling our orders quickly and efficiently. We showed off and discussed our finds, noting that we were enjoying the easy digging. In less than an hour we were ready to get back in the field.

A few other Seekers joined us after lunch and the fun continued. More good finds turned up and I was glad to see some of our newer members have fabulous luck. We hunted until around 4:00 when we decided to call it a day and a great day it was. Everyone had lots of fun sharing some great finds and there was no problem with holes, especially in the disced field. Later I called the owner to thank him and am confident we can return here in the future.

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I haven't had as much time as I usually do to ride around looking for spots. I hoped to have another hunt in the Vienna area on the property next to our super spot from last month. I took the time to go there but nothing had been done. Grass was knee-high. At the adjoining property, it had been disced and manure spread in prep for more discing and planting. I think we'll have to put this site on hold until a more opportune time.

Bear in mind that this is a bad time of year for us. Farmers are planting and cover crops in the field are too high to detect in but I will continue to look for sites. We havenít missed having a hunt spot in all this time and I hope this streak continues. If you have a spot to share that the owner and farmer don't mind large groups on, please let me or another officer know. Weíre a team working for each otherís enjoyment.

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Thanks to all members who have wished me luck and prayed for my family - it works. My son is doing pretty well as he faces eight weeks of radiation and chemo to reduce his tumor, then removal surgery at University Hospital in Baltimore.

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That's all for this month. I'll see you at the meeting on May 9 and look forward to seeing you in the field.

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster and President


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the penny and nickel coin set raffles was Karen Goodyear. (This drawing brought in $52.)

Magazine raffle winners were Karen Goodyear, Mike Shannahan, Sonny Willing, Julie Pryor and Les Sherrill. Thanks to Wayne Martin and Doug Wilkerson for their donations.

Ted Morlock of Parsonsburg became our newest member.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

Wayne Martin accepted John Rebmanís previous invitation and brought in a nice display of things he has found on the last several club hunts. Members are encouraged to show items that they have found.

Scott Mason asked for clarification on the policy of returning to club hunt sites. Members are allowed to return if they are the person who obtained initial permission, otherwise members aren't allowed back unless at the invitation of the finder of the site. Several people thanked Bill for all the time and effort he puts into looking for sites - this benefits everyone, not just him. Craig encouraged everyone to look for sites for the club and Andy reminded them that they would be allowed to go back on those sites if they were the one(s) who got initial permission.

Andy reminded members that YouTube personalities, the Hoover Boys, will be making a presentation at our next meeting. If you've got a site for them to hunt while they're here, please get in touch with Andy.

NEW BUSINESS

Ron Carter found and returned a class ring. He gets two points for this.

Garrow King found a part for neighbor's lawn tractor, saving the man the $200 a replacement would have cost.

John Rebman brought in a display of finds he made on a recent Civil War hunt in Virginia. Ed Tinus also shared his experiences of attending such a hunt.

Bill thanked everyone for their prayers and support following his son's recent cancer diagnosis.

CLUB HUNT

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

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Bill Mills. He and the club split the $52 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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