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 May 2017The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 28, No. 4 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

While I was out looking for hunt spots, I noticed a place close to home. It was an old long-vacant house with an unplanted field on either side of it. I knocked on doors in an effort to find the owner and was able to find out his name. When I got home, I looked up his name in the phone book and made several unsuccessful calls trying to reach him. A friend who also knew the owner gave me his cell phone number and I was finally able to get in touch. I explained what we'd like to do and asked if he would give us permission. He hesitated because he was concerned about liability issues. When I told him that we had forms that we sign releasing an owner from any blame for injuries, etc., he became more receptive. He lived in Pittsville but I finally caught up with him near Willards where he was out disking a field. Once I turned over the liability waiver, we were ready to go.

Our April hunt day started out gray and drab but brightened up considerably by day's end. About 25 of us met at our old meeting spot in Fruitland and drove to our first site of the day, about 15 minutes away. After all the trouble I had had getting this property, I hoped there would be a lot of finds. The site, next to a golf course, looked great but finds were a bit disappointing. One member did find an early date British penny, while others found such things as Indian head pennies, modern coins, a beautiful 1944 Mercury dime and a few dozen golf balls. Finds were scarce but digging was easy. Since we weren't really raking in the finds, we decide to leave early for lunch since I had been able to get permission for us to return to another reliable site.

Lunch was at Denny's, where I had made previous arrangements for us to eat. We were able to get in, share finds, eat and get out in around an hour. Everyone was anxious to get back in the field and hoped we had more success in the afternoon than we had had in the morning.

After lunch, we headed to our second site of the day which was very close to our first one. This was a place we had been in recent months and one that had been very productive. We had hunted on one side of the road but just barely touched the other side. Later in the day of our last hunt, a few members had gone across the road and made some terrific finds. I felt certain that they hadn't gotten it all and I was right!

I saw older and newer members alike make some fantastic finds. There were British coins dating to the early 1700's, American coins dating to the early 1800's and some neat buttons as well. I was impressed by two excellent cape buttons, identical but for their color. There were also some clad coins and a few Indian heads thrown in for good measure.

Digging was easy and most everyone did a great job of filling holes and removing trash. Fun was had by all and we all agreed that this was a fantastic place to hunt and we hope to return in the future.

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Spots are becoming harder to find. Farmers are steadily planting beans and corn but I'll keep looking as I have for the past 29 years and hope to come up with something just as good.

I have been sharing my finds with the landowners and farmers and think it would be a good idea to have a "Finds Box" at meetings so members can donate some of their already displayed finds back to the landowners as a thank you. We've treated them to lunch in the past (or at least asked them) and this seems like a small gesture because otherwise we'd be on our own for places to go. Please donate if you can: this might ensure that we have places to hunt in the future.

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I've talked to Scott MacLane and Marty Pratt, members of the Shore Seekers and officers of the Eastern Shore Treasure Club in Stevensville, about the possibility of a joint pay hunt sometime later in the year. This would benefit both of our groups. Consider the thought and be prepared to give us your ideas.

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That's all for now. I'm looking forward to the next meeting on May 8. As Andy used to say, be there or be square!

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster and President


Club Minutes

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

The winner of the 1 oz. Australia/koalas silver round raffle was Sonny Willing. (This drawing brought in $62.)

Thanks to John Johnson for bringing in refreshments.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

Tony Goodyear donated $65 to a Parkside charity fund in the Shore Seekers' name. This money was collected by students selling items made with pull tabs members submitted. Tony also did a drawing from pull tab donors. The lucky prize winners were Doug Wilkerson and Tony Goodyear. Thanks and congratulations to everyone!

For those who didn't read it in last month's newsletter, Bill buried a lunch voucher at the March hunt. After a long search, this was finally recovered by Elaine. (Congratulations, Elaine!) This proved so popular that we might do it again. Keep your eyes and ears open for further details.

NEW BUSINESS

John Johnson has two shovels available. They are $15 each and have been modified with notches and sharpening. John will also sharpen shovels for $10.

CLUB HUNT

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

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Dan Spielman. He and the club split the $54 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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