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 April 2015The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 26, No. 4 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our March hunt fell on a day with good weather. Mother Nature gave us a break after the previous month's snow and cold. I had spent many trips looking for a dry spot in Somerset County but most were wet. I did happen upon a few dry areas near Allen that I thought would be appropriate for a hunt so I contacted the owner. He graciously gave permission for us to hunt the main site and also told me we could hunt an additional site if it dried out enough to allow access. I wasn’t the only one anxious to get back in the field and I was sure the other Seekers felt the same.

Over fifteen of us met at the old Fruitland clubhouse ready to head to our nearby hunt location and we picked up a few more along the way. The first site was an old productive club hunt spot that has produced many good finds and it's huge in size. We wouldn't fill our pockets with great finds but I thought there would still be some good ones there, and there were.

We hunted until approximately 11:30 when we took an early lunch. The reason we stopped a little earlier than planned is because I had made a trip to our second potential site and saw that it had dried enough for us to hunt. I got clearance for an afternoon hunt and after I made sure there was a parking area to accommodate us, I headed back to tell everyone a new area was now available to us. If we went to lunch sooner, we could get to the new field sooner.

I had made arrangements the previous day for us to eat at our old stand-by, Caesar's Pizza Palace. Lunch was good, as usual. Service was fast, the food was good and we spent a nice time sharing the morning's finds. In a little over an hour, we were out of the restaurant and off to site number two.

This field was unhunted and used to house two old mansions, one I remember seeing. The land was now bare and just waiting for us to swing our coils over it. Hunt conditions were good and some Seekers made excellent finds. The day's finds included wheaties, Indian head pennies, and some silver dimes and quarters I didn't see. There were also some large American pennies found: I saw one of them and it was very nice. My finds consisted of two wheat pennies and 27 pull tabs but I had just as much fun as everyone else and I think we all enjoyed ourselves as it had been a while since we'd been out in the field.

It was a fun day being out with friends and fellow members and I hope to do it again soon. However, spring turkey season has sprung and farmers are beginning to prep their fields for planting. This might hold us back a little but we WILL find places to go.

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On a different note, I talked to a few beach hunters and they tell me things are very slow on the beach. That's to be expected this time of the year but soon people will be flocking to the beach losing goodies. As a result, we'll receive calls from Assateague State and Federal parks to help find lost items. This is a plus for us and for those who help in these efforts. We've got a hit list of people willing to help look for lost items. Pass your name on to Julie if you're interested in volunteering.

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I understand that the paid hunt up in Grasonville went off without a hitch. Over 50 people searched the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, finding tokens, planted coins and local artifacts. The prizes were good and the Shore Seekers and Eastern Shore Treasure Club were well-represented. I hear that many people are already planning to attend next year.

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That's all for now. I'll see you at the meeting on the 13th and hopefully at the hunt on the 18th, if not sooner.

Bill Draper,
President
(and Huntmaster)


Club Minutes

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

The winner of the Americana Series Presidents Collection coin set raffle was Julie Pryor. (The proceeds from this drawing was $32.)

Magazine raffle winners were John Fassel, Dennis Dellies, John Rebman, Bill Mills, Scott Mason and Barbara Peters. Thanks to Tab Brannock and Warren Timmons for their donations.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

Marty and Scott MacLane filled members in on the latest news about the March 28 pay hunt in Queen Anne's county. Quite a few members have signed up and look forward to this event.

NEW BUSINESS

Scott Mason showed off a coil that he sprayed with expanding sealant (used instead of coil cover). This makes coils look like brand-new. Let Scott know if you're interested in having him do the same for you.

Marty introduced his friend, Steve Noga. Steve is one of the founders of the MARS club and is a detector dealer from SC. Steve gave a talk about how he got started in detecting back in 1959. He also talked about the old Nautilus machines (a premier depth detector until very recently). The reputation of this machine spread by word of mouth in the relic-hunting community. The Fisher F-75 has now taken over for depth, followed closely by Garrett AT Pro (jokingly called the "half-price F-75"). One of Steve's premier finds is a 1931 Naval Academy class ring containing over an ounce of gold. Steve was able to find that the owner had perished on the U.S.S. Arizona in Pearl Harbor. Steve also told of a club he was in where some guy kept bringing in gold rings and wouldn't tell anyone where they came from. He was one of the writers of Diamonds in the Surf, a book which convinced a lot of people to start detecting and led companies to start manufacturing water machines. Steve, who has found five gold coins over his detecting life, then answered questions and made recommendations on detector settings in certain conditions. Thanks to Steve for his interesting lecture.

Andy told about his new book, Pirates of the Eastern Shore. This is available for $20.

CLUB HUNT

There is no location for the March hunt. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Crabby Williams. He and the club split the $38 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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