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 August 2015The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 26, No. 8 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our July hunt day was a great one and the weather was perfect. I had spent lots of time riding over the Shore looking for places for a hunt and finally came across one near Snow Hill. Soybeans had just been put in at this site we had hunted before, and the same was true of an unhunted field just across the road. The farmer (and landowner) told me it was fine for us to hunt as long as we replaced the beans, green side up. What a relief! We're lucky to have a spot this time of year and I did also manage to find a back-up spot in case it was needed.

We met at the old Fruitland clubhouse at 8:30, picking up a few more along the way, and by the time we reached the site just before 9:00, our group totaled approximately 25. We were all ready to find relics and treasures from the past and once I pointed out the boundaries to our newer members, off we went.

Our morning hunt was fine weather-wise and while we didnít break any records in terms of finds, I saw a few silver coins, some wheat pennies and buttons and a real nice military medal. It wasn't long before members began to meet at the cars for the short drive to lunch.

As the hunt got underway, I had gone to Four Seasons Pizza in Snow Hill to see if they could accommodate our group. This was no problem and when we arrived just before noon, the tables were all set and the employees ready to serve us. The setting was comfortable, service was prompt and the food was good. In less than an hour we were on the road to site number two.

According to the owner, there had been an old house (now demolished) in the middle of his field. It had been planted but he was good enough to let us go. I saw a few wheats and buttons and lots of aluminum which we picked up and carried away. This was a fun and easy spot to hunt but shortly after 3:00 many were feeling the heat and ready to call it quits. A few went back to the original site but I'm not sure what luck they had. Regardless, it was a fun day for all.

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As usual, sites are now scarce because of planting. Please keep your eyes open for the club. If you can't check a spot out, let me or any of the other officers know and we'll get the job done. Remember that this benefits all of us.

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We talked at the last meeting about our members'-only hunt. Most agreed that the date of October 10 would suit but this is in the hands of the park manager at Assateague. I'll be making a trip to see her soon as I feel that a personal visit brings better results than a phone call. I will also ask about the possibility of us being able to use the youth area and report back on what she says.

We'll be looking for volunteers to lead hunts so come to the meeting with ideas you can explain to club members. In the event we have more than enough hunts for the big day, we'll put it to a vote to decide which ones we'll have on the big day.

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In light of the upcoming hunt, it might be a good time to have another auction to raise funds for prizes. If members approve, this would occur at our September meeting. You can sell equipment so you can upgrade to a newer model. Just bring it in and give us your price. If it sells, you get your money and the club gets anything above this. Donations are also welcome!

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Don't forget that this is the time of year we can expect calls from Assateague and the Ocean City area for help in finding lost jewelry and keys. If you're interested in helping out, contact Julie so she can put you on our hit list. It's a great feeling to find and return a lost item to its owner.

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Speaking of which: last week I received a call from Rick Pollitt. He's the guy I had returned the ID bracelet to about a month ago. I had also found and returned a token to his father years ago. He was calling to ask for help. His friends and family had thrown him a birthday party at a local community center (where I had found his bracelet) and in the course of playing softball, someone had lost their wedding band. 20 or so people had looked for it over the course of two days without luck. Rick finally decided to see if I and any other available hunters could help because I know the location so well.

On my usual hunt day of a Wednesday, Craig East and I went to the spot and within an hour and a half, I was lucky enough to find the platinum band between second base and center field. I contacted Rick and he made arrangements to pick up a lost item for the third time. Ironically enough, the man who lost the ring was from my hometown of Centreville. Small world, huh?

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Finds from the 2014 Jimmy Sierra UK tour will be on display at our August 10 meeting so please attend. I'm looking forward to seeing you there and 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, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the Native American Coin set raffle was Bob Shaffer. (This drawing brought in $37.)

Magazine raffle winners were Tab Brannock, Margaret Bush and Marty Pratt. Thanks to Sonny Willing for his donation.

Guests in attendance were George Test and Steve Sandoe. Both joined the club.

Thanks to John Johnson for providing donuts.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

Applications for the Deep Search Metal Detecting Club open treasure hunt were available. This event will be held in Long Beach, NJ on October 10.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

NEW BUSINESS

Ed Donovan researched the name on a naval sword found in a storage locker. Ed located the owner, the former commander of the USS Cole, Kirk Lippold. He was interested in getting some of the items from the locker back and especially the sword as it had been given to him by his father. Former Commander Lippold gave Ed and Richard Murphy each an autographed copy of his book.

John Rebman is now a dealer for Deus metal detectors. He brought one in to show off. These are very popular in Europe as they are completely wireless, very light and have a fast recovery speed (meaning more targets can be found). John brought in some flyers on the various models and will offer special pricing for club members. John also raffled off several Deus hats. Winners were Jerry McClymont, Craig East and Bill Draper.

The plan is to have our big hunt at Assateague in October. Bill will try to get access to the youth area this year. There is no set date yet; Bill will have to check with the park managers to see which days are open and if the bathhouse (rest rooms) will be available. We need volunteers so come in next month with hunt ideas.

CLUB HUNT

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

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was John Rebman. He and the club split the $35 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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