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 June 2015The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 26, No. 6 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

I toured the Shore looking for places for our May hunt and saw lots of fields planted in corn and some in the process of being planted and therefore unhuntable. But did this mean we wouldn't have a hunt? Of course not!

Most of the nineteen or so Seekers who participated in the monthly hunt met at our old Fruitland clubhouse and then headed out. We picked up a few more at the rest stop just south of the Virginia border and then made our way to a favorite spot of ours. This field had not yet been planted but had been sprayed. It had been a Northern encampment during the Civil War and many good finds had been made here in the past. As the area was so large, I thought we'd find a few more things. With 100% permission from the landowner, our hunt was a go.

We arrived at the site around 10 and I pointed out the vast boundaries of this property to those few who were unfamiliar with it. We hunted until 11:30 or so when we met back at the cars to go to lunch at the Club Car Café in Parksley, a few miles away.

I had made arrangements earlier in the week with our good friend Stacy who takes care of us when we're in town. When we got there, tables and menus were ready and our food was served quickly. It was delicious, as usual. Within a little over an hour, we were back out and on our way to the hunt spot.

I saw a few coins, including several wheat pennies and a V nickel, some neat buttons and small buckles, a few pins and a lot of "neat to find" things. Some stayed later than I did and I understand a few more goodies were found then.

It was a great hunt day and I enjoyed everyone's company. It's not long until we do it all again.

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Land hunt sites aren't great now. Crops, mostly corn, are being planted. Our beach reporter in Ocean View, Bill Winkler of Treasure Quest, says that the beaches aren’t doing much at all but will improve as soon as the summer crowds get on the sand. Please keep your eyes open for possible hunt sites for the club. Talk to the farmer and owner if you can. If not, give me or one of the other officers a call and we'll see what we can do.

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That's all for this month. I hope to see you at our meeting on June 8th, and I'll be looking for you 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, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the Barber era Americana Series coin raffle was Barbara Peters. (This drawing brought in $52.)

Magazine raffle winners were Dan Spielman, Mitch Mitchell and a guest. Thanks to Sonny Willing for his donation.

Several guests were in attendance.

Thanks to Jeff and Elaine Anderson for bringing donuts.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

A person lost her phone on the beach in OC near 9th St.. Julie has contact info if anyone finds the phone.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

There were problems with how the site was left at the last club hunt. A property owner noticed lots of dirt piles with trash left on top of ground or next to holes; trash was also put back into holes. This shouldn't still be a problem as the issue is addressed at every hunt. Scott thinks that this conduct might lead to the club being unable to return to this location. Please police yourself and other members to make sure this is addressed Scott and some friends went back to the site and filled as many holes and removed as much trash as they could find. Marty mentioned that members of the ESTC know that people in the field without pouches aren't taking trash away with them. Trash and unfilled holes would do a lot of damage to tractors. Craig, who has been in and out of the club for a long time, said that this is the first time he's heard of something like this in the history of the club and he would like for pouches to be mandatory at club hunts. Other members also mentioned that people shouldn't dump junk in the parking area of club hunts. Bill asks if you see someone doing this on a club hunt, please call them out on it. Scott MacLane has a few applications for upcoming October hunts at Sandy Point. He also brought several copies of an article telling how to find profit from junk silver.

Cynthia mentioned that the Seekers who went on the Jimmy Sierra tour last year have received their finds back from England. Everyone will bring them to a future meeting for a "show and tell." Several are going back to the UK in August.

NEW BUSINESS

Marty asked members to please turn off phones or set to them to vibrate during meetings.

Earlier Ed asked Julie to send out a request for old lead sinkers. Marty melts this and molds it to use for a children's hunt.

Scott MacLane mentioned that the ESTC had been invited to the Dr. Samuel Mudd house. Marty displayed Civil War artifacts and members helped with Boy Scouts. All had a good time and feel this is good exposure for their club and the hobby.

There will be a Civil War display and re-enactment in Princess Anne on May 16.

Thanks to Marty for the new Finds of the Month mat.

CLUB HUNT

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

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

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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