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 June 2016The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 27, No. 6 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our May hunt day was a great day and the weather was beautiful. I had roamed the roads of Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester and saw that there were very few places to go. I finally found one, talked to the owner and his wife, and got their blessing. Now I only needed to find a spot that could feed a group of hungry Seekers. The only place near by was the Westside Deli (not so far away). They could accommodate eight to 10 people at a time in the store and at the lone picnic table, while others would have to eat in their cars, the parking lot or just standing around. If we ordered early, they'd have things ready for us when we got there - Eastern Shore hospitality at its best. All that was left was to wait and hope for a good report from the weatherman. For a change, he complied.

The Seekers met that Saturday morning at various spots. Some of us left the old Fruitland clubhouse promptly at 8:30, while more of us waited patiently for the group to meet them along Nanticoke Rd. When we got to our destination a half hour or so later, there were about 25 of us raring to go.

I pointed out the boundaries and showed members where the owner told me several old homes used to be and away we went. I saw some nice finds including buttons, buckles, Barber dimes and quarters, Indian head pennies and wheaties and a lot of "guess whats." The hunt fields were as easy to hunt as any I've been in. The hunt was going great and then it was time for a break and some lunch.

Julie had had everybody write down their orders and names and I drove it in to the deli about 10:00. They had ample time to make the sandwiches and cook burgers and we didn't have a wait when we arrived. This experience worked out very well and most of us ate at the few seats in the building or in our cars. Lunch didn't take long at all and we were all anxious to return to our hunt spot.

Afternoon finds were great also. There were more Barbers, Indian heads, buttons, buckles and neat relics. Everyone seemed to be having a ball. I left about 3:30 because of previous commitments. There were a few hunters still in the field so I'm not sure what they found but they all seemed to be having fun and that's the name of the game.

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I had planned for us to have another hunt at one of our favorite spots over in the Vienna area on June 4 but I got a call from the owner a few days before that telling me that the farmer had already planted the site. As it stands, we're welcome back in the fall when the crops are out: something to look forward to!

Speaking of special hunts: setting a goal of having a regular hunt on the second Saturday of the month might not always apply. Some spots might be ready before or after that day. If that's the case, Julie will let you know by e-mail.

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Spots are now getting scarce. Farmers are planting and there are some places where there are already crops in the field. I've been doing lots of riding but not much finding. We haven't missed a hunt in the last 27 years and I'll try to keep it that way.

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That's all for this month. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting and if I don't see you then, I'll look for you in the fields. Keep cool!

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster and President


Club Minutes

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

The winner of the Coins of Yesteryear Mint Set raffle was Brad Johns. (This drawing brought in $77.)

Magazine raffle winners were John Rebman, Kurt Franz and Mike Slovikosky. Thanks to Paul Stevens for his donation.

Thanks to John Johnson for providing donuts.

Guests in attendance were Michael Beaman (who later joined), Robert Adkins, Don Searles and the Hoover Boys: Kurt Franz, Brad Johns and "Redneck Bob" Horst.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

NEW BUSINESS

Cynthia asked people to bring in and wear something jewelry-related that they've found for next month. This will be something different and it will be interesting to see what other members have found.

Andy introduced the Hoover Boys. All of his sites fell through but thanks to Phil Kemmerlin for providing good sites for the Hoover Boys to hunt. Andy commented that he had never seen such a wealth of old silver as when he, Phil and the Hoover Boys hunted before the meeting.

The Hoover Boys made a presentation and told of their past history with detecting. This interest led to a YouTube channel where they show off their hunts and finds. They've made lots of new friends through this channel. They answered general questions and mentioned how they use NEL coils and have a "dig it all" philosophy. They brought in finds to show to members and recounted the extraordinary day they had with Phil and Andy. Both Seekers found something good but the Hoover Boys managed to find five large coppers, two silver three-cent pieces, two Seated Liberty half dimes, two one reals, one one real, one half real, a silver Washington quarter, a silver Roosevelt dime, a tiny gold bead with floral design, an arrowhead plus some other buttons, relics and clad coins. (Most of their finds were made within a 30' x 30' area.) They made a video of this hunt and they'll notify us when it's available on YouTube.

CLUB HUNT

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

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Mike Slovikosky. He and the club split the $88 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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