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 September 2014The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 25, No. 9 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

For our August hunt, I toured the Shore as usual, mostly in Somerset County. The reason for this is that lots of good places seem to turn up there. Most of these good spots, though, were hidden by corn and soybeans but these promise to disappear in the next few months. I decided to try a different location so I traveled to the Fairmount area where there are a lot of old homes. I stopped by an old hunt spot of ours. This house, one of the oldest in the county, still had the same owner and he was open to the club hunting here again. Our goal was to try to locate an arrowhead wrapped around the top with a gold chain. We had tried to locate this before but had been unsuccessful. I took a reading on a duplicate charm and found that it read lower than the gold range. We'd have to turn the discrimination on our machines way down to have any chance of finding it. There were about 20 acres of land for the club to search but I still wasnít sure this would be enough.

I decided to go by an old Academy in the same area to see if I could gain permission for us to hunt here as well. We had been here before about 15 years ago and made some fairly old finds. The building dated from the 1830's and I was sure that something still remained. I remembered who the caretaker was but didn't know if he was still in charge as he would be fairly old by now. I went to his house but found he had moved. Luckily I was able to get his number from a neighbor and I contacted him straight away. He remembered us from our previous outing and readily welcomed us back. (I should also say that some of us had donated items we found to a museum on the property so this may have helped.) Now all was well: we had a place along with a back-up and I headed back to Salisbury for suppertime.

All this information was passed out to club members as usual so there was a fair-sized crowd waiting at the old Fruitland clubhouse on hunt morning. It wasn't long before we were on the road to the depths of Somerset in search of lost treasure. Finds weren't plentiful and there was lots of trash but members did a great job of filling holes and removing trash. Finds I did see included silver dimes, Indian head pennies, some clad coins and a neat old rouge tin the finder thought might have contained a gold coin - to no avail. One Seeker did find a large silver Spanish coin that Iíve heard about but not seen. We hunted until about 11:30 when we took our lunch break.

It didn't take long to get to Caesar's Pizza Palace and lunch was great. Soon a bunch of hungry hunters had their meals in front of them. After a brief period of sharing finds and eating, we packed up and headed to the Fairmount Academy.

Mosquitoes were plentiful and hungry here, though there weren't too many sheep flies. People found lots of coins including Indian heads, silver quarters, clads, small remnants of jewelry and a couple of buttons. This was a hotter site than the one of the morning since we were in direct sunlight, but everyone was having a good time. We stayed until about 3:30 when we decided to call it a weekend - and what a good one it was.

Good friends, good fellowship, good food and good targets with good places to go. What more can a club ask for? I, for one, can't wait until we do it all over again.

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Fields should be starting to open up soon. This will present new opportunities for us.

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Be prepared for our big members' only hunt coming up this October. We hope to have this on the beach at Assateague but there is no definite date yet. I won't be able to find out anything until after Labor Day as the party in charge had asked. I'm targeting a date later in October which would give us two more meetings to make sure everyone is familiar with the hunts and prizes. This will give our team leaders a chance to come up with some new and interesting games for us that they can explain at the meetings. It will also provide a chance to show off the kind of equipment that will be needed at such an event. New members will also be able to ask any questions they may have. I urge all members to be at our next meeting so we can fine-tune our plans.

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That's all for now. I'll see you at the meeting on the 8th of September. Get out and scout the roads. It's pretty this time of year and you just might find the place where Captain Kidd buried his famous treasure. And remember: if you find potential places and donít have the time to look into it, pass them on to me or any of the other officers and we'll see what we can do.

Bill Draper,
President
(and Huntmaster)


Club Minutes

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

The winner of the Nickels of the 20th Century raffle was Garrow King. He donated this set back to the club - thanks Garrow! (Ticket sales for this raffle brought in $52.)

Magazine raffle winners were Margaret Bush, Andy Nunez, Mitch Mitchell and Ramon Obias. Thanks to Jeff and Barbara for their donations.

Chris Wright, a friend of Andy's, was in attendance as a guest.

It was good to see Wayne and Susan Martin back with us again.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

Bill mentioned that we're still planning to have our big hunt later this fall. He plans to contact the park manager at Assateague after Labor Day to get a definite date nailed down. Paul and Darlene, Scott Mason and Ed Tinus volunteered to put on hunts at this event. Bill asked that they have some ideas ready to present to members at the September meeting. People talked about past hunts and the types of equipment that would be needed. Others mentioned the possibility of having the hunt somewhere else if Assateague proves impractical. There will be more discussion at the next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Scott showed off NEL coils from Ukraine. There are claims that they cut down on chatter and increase depth on the Garrett AT-Pro and other detectors. The cost is about $130 which also includes a coil cover and a 2 year warranty. These are sold by golddiggermetaldetectors.com.

A group is going to England on the Jimmy Sierra detecting tour. Everyone wished them luck in finding lots of goodies.

Paul showed off a plastic toilet seat with actual silver coins embedded in it that he bought at a yard sale.

Darlene tried to help locate a lost ring in Ocean City. Ed Tinus also went to look for ring. He went in the water and tried to narrow down the search area using directions from Darlene. He got knocked down many times but didn't find the ring. Thanks to Ed and to Paul and Darlene for trying to look for the lost ring. (The loser of the ring also sent a nice e-mail to the club thanking Darlene for her efforts.)

Elaine also tried to find a ring for someone in OC at 17th St. If anyone finds a ring in this area, she knows the hotel info so it can be returned to the owner.

Dennis found a diamond ring last year and thinks he remembers seeing it posted on Craig's List. If he can find the original post, he'd like to get in touch and return it. Dennis would appreciate having some help in trying to find the original post.

CLUB HUNT

There is no definite hunt site yet for the August hunt. Watch your e-mail for details.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Ramon Obias. He and the club split the $64 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary


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