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 April 2014The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 25, No. 4 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Wasn't hunt day a beautiful day? We were fortunate to have a site large enough to accommodate our sizeable group and we departed from our old Fruitland clubhouse promptly at 8:30 for the short drive there. We met a group of northern travelers at the site near Delmar, making this outing one of our largest to date, with over 30 hunters. We had permission from the organization across the road which owns the property. There had supposedly been three old homes on the site and as soon as I pointed out the boundaries, away we went, looking for buried treasures from the past.

Since this was our only site of the day, I asked members to meet back at the cars around 11:30 so we could get an early lunch and then get back into the field. Morning finds consisted of lots of buttons, some wheaties and Indian head pennies. I saw a silver quarter and a silver dime found by a newer hunter and also saw an interesting George II British coin severed in half.

Conditions were perfect for hunting and members did a fair job of filling in holes. I heard of others which were filled in by people in the course of hunting and this is something we need to work on: it's not right for someone to have to cover in holes that they haven't left. Everyone was having a good time and then all of a sudden it was time to eat.

We drove to Pittsville, a 15-minute ride away with no traffic obstacles. When we arrived the tables were set, the waitresses were prompt in taking our orders and we were soon eating a great meal. After eating and sharing our usual war stories, it was time for us to head back to continue what we were doing before lunch.

When we got back to the site, we spread out in the vast fields and I saw a few more wheat pennies, buttons, Indian heads and a few silver coins. I also saw some neat relics and one of the best looking bale seals I've seen. The president from the club across the road came to meet us and was impressed with what he saw. He invited us to come back as a club since the property probably won't be planted - an ace in the hole for us. I also met his right hand man who takes care of maintenance. He was inquisitive and also invited us to return. It's a good feeling knowing we have so many hunters and that people are pleased with the way we take care of things. That's why it's important to create a good impression by orderly parking, taking trash away and filling holes in their entirety (filling in with dirt and tamping with feet). These efforts are what landowners or tenants look for and if we please them, more than likely we'll get an invitation to return.

It was a great day and I think everyone enjoyed it - I know I did. It's a good thing to see good people enjoy a good time and hopefully we'll be doing it again real soon.

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Farmers will be beating the ground to death now to get their crops in as soon as the ground firms up from all the rain and melted snow. This means less places open and more checking to look for these and then gaining permission. With that in mind, our hunt dates might alter. Club hunts might not always be on the scheduled day but you will be notified by e-mail or phone so we can all get together.

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I'm always looking for help in finding sites. If you know of a spot but don't have the time to pursue it, please pass it along to me or any of the other officers and we'll check it out.

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I'd like to form an Executive Committee made up of our current officers and our past officers to help with planning some of our extracurricular activities like picnics, parties and our big hunt. Barbara, Cynthia, Doug, John R. and Andy: your club needs you! Put your thinking caps on and start coming up with some ideas.

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I'd like to make a clarification about the Find of the Month categories. The only category with NO clad coins allowed is Oldest Dated Coin. If you have an unusual or interesting item, then the Miscellaneous or Relic category is the place for it.

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That's all for this month. Don't forget the meeting on April 14 and bring in all your finds to share.

Bill Draper,
President
(and Huntmaster)


Club Minutes

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

The winner of the 1995 US mint proof set was Andy Nunez.

Winners of magazine raffles were Scott MacLane, Jerry McClymont, Bill Mills, Scott Mason, Tab Brannock and John Paul Cullen. Thanks to Doug Wilkerson and Sonny Willing for their donations.

Please check at home for an issue of Treasure Search you might have won at auction. It has rail bike instructions and Doug would like to have it back.

Don Raleigh, a former member, has rejoined the club. Also in attendance was Steve, a friend of Marty’s.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

NEW BUSINESS

Thanks to John Johnson and Bill Mills for providing refreshments. Craig was approached by a member who suggested that the 50/50 raffle might generate more revenue if moved up earlier in the meeting. Ed mentioned that someone could also sell tickets all during the meeting. This was; approved by majority of members and will start at the next meeting.

Scott Mason displayed scoops, diggers and dowsing rods he has made or had made. These have universal aluminum T-handles with interchangeable high-grade stainless steel blades/shovels/scoops, etc. See Scott after the meeting for more info.

Doug Wilkerson talked about how dowsing rods work and displayed the use of them. Bill and Andy mentioned that Doug used dowsing rods at a hunt on the Western Shore and won a prize. Doug's experience with dowsing rods dates to approximately 1960.

Craig also told about an experience with dowsing rods. He had an early set of them, baited them with a silver coin, and found a silver quarter in his yard. Later he used them to find a lost calf. He has found that they work best on "need, not greed." Craig suggests that members check out the American Society of Dowsers for in-depth information.

John Rebman showed off a White's MX5 machine ($599.95 retail price). This is an intermediate-level detector. John also handed out White's catalogs. He keeps most models in stock (except for gold machines) and also stocks headphones and other detecting accessories. John offers a discount to members with valid club cards. See John for more info after meeting.

CLUB HUNT

There is not yet a definite site for the March hunt. Watch your e-mail for details.

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

Julie Pryor,
Secretary


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