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 October 2018The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 29, No. 10 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Well, the summer is gone, but it went out with a bang – a wet one. The good news – farmers are cutting corn up and down the Shore. The bad news – the rains are making it hard to get into the fields and a lot of the cornfields have not been bush-hogged as a result. Soybeans still look green, but winter is coming. During the recent monsoons, I took time to catch up on some videos from our local YouTubers and a lot of them beat the heat by hunting in deeper water for items, or at least combing the beaches. This had an interesting side effect.

Besides items found with a detector, a number of sharp-eyed hunters found arrowheads and shark's teeth during their expeditions. Another hunter decided to explore the basement of an old abandoned farmhouse and unearthed a quantity of blue mason jars and old beer crates while braving flooded areas and various vermin and reptiles.

The interesting thing about the mason jars is that ones with the number 13 are highly sought after by collectors, so if you have any, check the number on the bottom. Also, the vintage beer crates were collectible with one being as high as $75. So, treasure, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. To see the actual videos, be sure to look at recent postings by the Hoover Boys and Relic Recoverist.

Bill has been unable to find suitable sites because of the condition of the fields. This is turning into a real problem so once again I implore you – if you are a member and you have a site suitable for 25-30 people, please share it with Bill. As one person put it to me, if you are having trouble finding the "hot spot" on the property, a club hunt will certainly nail it down for you. Otherwise, we may have to consider having two hunts and swapping off the groups after lunch. Or we may have to have a lottery depending on the size of the property among members who come to the meetings and support us. So, again, I ask you, please step up!

Plans are going forward for the Big Hunt on October 20. The prize list is huge and it will take me a couple of days to assign token values. Again, I am using a double-blind system where I assign the token values and somebody else buries the tokens, so that I don't know which tokens are buried where and the planter doesn't know what the tokens stand for, making it fair for all hunters. My understanding is that signups are a bit light, so please consider the prospects of at least finding enough to get your $30 hunt fee back in silver and prizes. A list will be posted of the prizes, but there are gold coins, gift cards, cash, silver of all types and at least 4 raffles for silver rounds, a gold coin, and maybe a 50-50, so bring lots of cash with you. Also, don't forget to sign up to bring something for lunch. We will have two hunts, one at 10 and one after lunch. No gimmicks, no funny stuff, just dig that beep.

Also, bring a good shovel and pinpointer. This is a land hunt in solid ground. You will need to dig for the tokens. Also, I recommend using a detector that does not get interference from other detectors. That is why I use a Tesoro for club hunts because it's not chatty like Garrett's or White's machines when in proximity. OK, that's it for now. If I don't see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field.

Andy Nunez,
President


Hunt Report

Due to time constraints, this will be an abbreviated report. For our September hunt, Bill was able to find an open field in Worcester County which we had searched some years before, but not recently. Some 16 Seekers traveled to the site and their hunting revealed plenty of can slaw, deep iron, as well as buckles, buttons, a few modern coins and a handful of British pennies and halfpennies. Congratulations to all the finders.


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

There were several coin raffles. Winners were Mike Slovikosky and Doug Goodyear.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

There was more discussion of our big hunt. Andy reminded members that they must wear headphones and cover holes just like on a regular club hunt. This is a grass field so smaller diggers or narrower long-handled shovels are more appropriate that huge field shovels. Please bring chairs, tables, and any other things you think you'll need to feel comfortable. We passed around a sign-up sheet so people could write down what side dish or dessert they want to bring; we'll do the same at the October meeting. (Full details are elsewhere in the newsletter.)

We had more general discussion about the Christmas party. Further details about the party will be made available at the October and November meetings.

Scott MacLane spoke of the big coin raffle at ESTC and showed off the prize coins. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

NEW BUSINESS

Jeff and Elaine Anderson have a new White's Coinmaster Pro for sale.

We awarded silver dimes to our newest Shore Finders list members, Mike Slovikosky, Tony Goodyear and Hunter Parsons. Each found and returned a ring or set of keys. Congratulations to all of them. (The purpose of the Shore Finders list is to encourage good deeds.)

Thanks to Tab Brannock for bringing in several nice display cases of arrowheads he has found.

Phil has a tip for permissions. He approached a man who had a 1980's house and also owned a vacant lot nearby. An old map showed that this was near the site of an 1850's house.

Paul Stevens reported that the beach at Assateague State Park was clean the day after Labor Day. He feels that it is hunted all summer long. He did find a few deep quarters near the water and saw a few other hunters working their way down the beach around 6:00 a.m.

Manny mentions that no detecting is now allowed at Delaware State parks because people have not been filling holes. Apparently this now includes Coin Beach except from the high tide line down to the surf. (If in doubt, it’s always best to check with authorities before you risk a fine or forfeiture of your detector.)

John Rebman and others talked about the various detecting-related shows currently on TV including Treasure Quest and Cooper's Treasure.

CLUB HUNT

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

The attendance prize winner was Scott MacLane.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Mike Slovikosky. The silver half dollar winner was Dan Spielman.

Bill Mills won the "Hazard a Guess" raffle and received a silver fifty-cent piece. Thanks to Wayne and Susan Martin for bringing in this month's item, a large jar of coins.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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