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 July 2014The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 25, No. 7 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our June hunt day was beautiful but hot. After a lot of driving around, I had managed to find an open field for us to hold our hunt in. I contacted both farmers and got permission on a Thursday. They told me they had planted beans but they weren't up yet. I drove by on Friday just to check on things and the seeds seem to have sprouted overnight. I called the farmers again and mentioned this and they said that this wasn't a problem. They advised us to walk with the rows and replace anything we dug up. They also assured me that we would do less damage than the deer anyway. Circumstances weren't ideal but at least we had a place to go.

We met at the old clubhouse in Fruitland and our attendance figure this time was 27. I felt that it would be best for us to travel to the site near Princess Anne the back way so we could avoid traffic. Member Mitch Mitchell, who lives only a mile or so away from the site, would be standing by to help with parking. (The owners had told me that if it wasn't okay for the group to come, they would call to let me know or they would leave the chain up across the driveway. A quick call to Mitch earlier in the morning assured me that the chain was down and our group was welcome.) After I gave members a brief rundown about the site, we hit the road promptly at 8:30. It didn't take very long to get to the site so we were all ready to start the hunt shortly before 9:00. I pointed out the boundaries and reassured some concerned Seekers that the farmers had said it was okay for us to be there and that we wouldn't hurt the beans at all. Members set out hunting and continued until 11:30 when it was time to get ready for lunch. I saw such finds as V nickels, silver dimes, a few Indian heads, some wheaties and lots of buttons, along with the usual aluminum and other trash. We worked with the rows and I'm pleased to say that everyone did an excellent job of filling their holes. After we checked out each other's finds, it was time to head to the restaurant.

Lunch was at Caesar's Pizza Palace in nearby Princess Anne. Our tables were all set and the waitress was ready when we arrived and the food wasn't far behind. Everyone enjoyed lunch and shared our morning's trophies. It wasn't long, though, before we were ready to get back into the field.

Our afternoon hunt site was the Marion school. A modern school is on the site but an old school from the 1800's used to be here. There were also homes in the edges of the modern playing fields. (Margaret Bush helped to obtain permission for us to hunt here and I'd like to thank her for this.) The boundaries at this site were self-explanatory so we were back in the swing of things in no time at all. Quite a few coins were found, including a few older silver ones, along with at least one penknife and a piece or two of jewelry. Digging was easy and everyone did a great job of filling their holes.

We hunted until about 3:30 or so when our numbers were dwindling because of the heat. It was a great day and we were all grateful for a place to go.

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As I've stated before, open spots are rare now. This month (June), I rode the back roads of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset and only found two open fields. I don't know about next month but we'll find somewhere to go. In the meantime, if you run across a spot and can't check it out, give me or one of the other officers a call and we'll look into it.

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Don't forget next month. What's so important about it? It's our big Spring/Summer auction! Auctioneer Craig will be handling things and we'll be accepting donations and helping to sell items for you. I hope to see our past auction master, Col. Doug Wilkerson there as well - he might even lend a hand.

Bring along anything you'd like to sell. If you set a price of $25 and it sells for $30, that's $25 for you and $5 for the club. Donations are gratefully accepted, too! This is a way for us to get a little extra money for our big hunt so we can buy prizes you might win and we can keep the club strong.

(I'd like to suggest that you bring a list of your items and reserve prices to help make things easier for us. Also try to keep your items together on the auction table.)

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That's it for this month's hunt report. I've enjoyed getting together and am looking forward to next month's hunt, wherever it may be.

Bill Draper,
President
(and Huntmaster)


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the Indian Head penny set raffle was Ron Carter.

Winners of magazine raffles were Andy Nunez, Scott Mason, Garrow King, Scott MacLane and Jerry McClymont. Thanks to Jeff Anderson for his donation.

Thanks to John Johnson for refreshments and Margaret Bush for an impromptu piano concert.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

Bill reminded everyone that they can put ads for up to three items in the newsletter for two months for the cost of $1.00.

Bill talked about having a picnic sometime later this summer, possibly at the American Legion in Princess Anne. We will talk more about this later.

Bill also encouraged members to sign up for the hit list to help return lost items.

Marty mentioned that with he and Scott selling both raffle tickets at $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00, it has really increased the profits for the club. Thanks to them for doing this as it really takes the stress off of the officers.

NEW BUSINESS

Scott MacLane gave a report of the ESTC closed hunt. Marty is huntmaster of the event and they had a nice gathering. It was strictly a grass hunt with no digging needed. The hunt site used to be an old carnival ground. Their budget was $1500 in prizes and field coins. All had a good time. Bill mentioned the possibility of having a joint hunt with their club sometime in the future.

Scott also mentioned that his club has received an e-mail from the FMDAC headquarters saying that they might change conventions to only every other year so that they can concentrate on laws and regulations.

Marty would like to ask for the donation of a flyswatter next month.

Bill would like to have an auction next month. Please bring in donated items. Members can also bring in stuff and set a price; anything over the reserve goes to the club. Craig will be auctioneer. Scott MacLane also encouraged people to participate in the auction as their club (ESTC) does the same thing and it's a lot of fun and a worthwhile fundraiser.

Scott Mason has modified a shaft to put on the Garrett AT Pro. This makes detecting a lot easier so there isn't strain on certain arm muscles. He would like to sell them to club members for $25, non-members for $50. (Another company sells something similar for $200.)

Andy's new book about Wilderness and Spotsylvania is now available - see him for more particulars.

CLUB HUNT

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

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was John Rebman.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary


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