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 December 2016The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 27, No. 12 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

The weather and crops sort of cooperated and we were able to get our regular monthly hunt in for November. I was sincerely hoping to get a spot in Virginia for us where some believe that troops had camped. I waited for the beans to be cut and since I had such a hard time tracking down the owner, I had to make a return trip to find him. When I finally got up with him, he told me that when the combine was cutting the last row of beans in the field, they had already started planting winter wheat in the other end of the field. The same thing was true of three other fields that had been open before. This was a real let down because I thought it would be a good spot - and it still might be. I think it will be worth the wait but there's no telling how long the wait will be.

Knowing that we wouldn't be able to hunt in Virginia, I checked some closer spots in Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties and noticed that an old favorite spot near Snow Hill had been cleared but not planted. I finally tracked down the owner at his home where he was cleaning up farm equipment and got his okay for a visit to his property.

Some of us met at the old Fruitland clubhouse on November 19, leaving promptly at 8:30 to head to our destination to the east. When we got to the blinking light near Snow Hill, there was a large group waiting for us and our numbers totaled close to 30 Seekers. We arrived shortly before 9:00, I pointed out the boundaries of this vast property and asked members to meet back at their cars around 11:30 so we could get some lunch at Four Seasons where I had made previous arrangements.

Everybody spread out to look for old treasures of the past. Members were successful because I saw some early good finds like large pennies, a variety of buttons, a few silver dimes and some "whatchamacallits." One hunter found a beautiful Seated Liberty dime, his first in nearly 20 years. By this time we were all ready to grab some chow so we headed out to eat.

The restaurant was all set up for us and our food was delivered so quickly that we were ready to get back in the field in under an hour. A few had migrated to the McDonald's next door but they were ready and waiting when we hit the parking lot.

I decided to try another spot that I had noticed was available on the drive down. I contacted the owner and got his approval so this is the field we went to first in the afternoon. We hunted here for about an hour, finding widely scattered coins and buttons, but it wasn't long before members asked if we could return to the morning site. This was okay by me and it didn't take more than five minutes to pack up and return there. The combination of afternoon fields certainly produced a variety of finds, including silver coins, wheaties, Indian heads and buttons. We also managed to scare up a few more finds like those listed above at our original spot, including a very nice King George copper.

It was a great day with good weather. Everyone got along good and seemed to enjoy the hobby. I hope we can do it again soon. I'll be out there in the meantime looking. If you know of a spot that you haven't checked out yet, turn it over to me or another of the officers and we'll take it from there.

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I'm looking forward to the party on Monday, December 12, our regularly scheduled meeting night, and hope I'm able to attend. There won't be a gift exchange this year but be on the lookout for something under your tree from Santa. It might be one of those big coils that seem to be working so well for people. Keep your eyes open for e-mail in case an early hunt pops up.

I wish each and every one and your families the merriest of Christmas seasons.

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster and President


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the 1962 proof set raffle was Ed Donovan. (This drawing brought in $61.)

Magazine raffle winners were Michael Beaman, Susie Sullivan, Mitch Mitchell and Margaret Bush. Thanks to the donors.

Thanks to John Johnson for bringing in refreshments.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report. He also mentioned that members can pay their 2017 dues or Christmas party fee tonight. He does need to have FMDAC dues in by the end of January. There was more talk about the Assateague hunt. John Johnson will do something next year with no items less than $20. (He thinks there was too much junk jewelry, etc.) Most people thought it was a good hunt and it's not too early to look for volunteers for next year. Tony suggested that participants might have to go somewhere away from the hunt field while targets are placed so they have no idea where prize targets might be hidden. Andy thanked everyone for their support of the hunt.

There was more talk of our Christmas party. Barb went over the menu (the "Eastern Shore Buffet" at Waterman's) and members picked the roasted chicken as our chicken option. We voted against a gift exchange and might do raffles and door prizes instead.

NEW BUSINESS

Andy, Craig and Bill rode and looked at spots last week that might produce some new club hunt sites. They had a bad experience with a farmer who flat out turned down the group because another person had done him wrong. This spoiled the site for everyone. Please make sure to always respect the property owner's rights. Phil gave tips on getting permission: return some historical items, etc. All agreed that little things like this mean a lot. Bill gave the land owner of a recent club hunt site a large cent he had found and the club also paid for his lunch. These gestures were much appreciated.

Thanks to Mark Tomcyzk for donating metal detecting stickers. These are free to anyone who wants one.

Craig wonders whether winners of the Find of the Month categories would rather receive a silver dime instead of golden dollars. Marty asked if they can be Mercury or Barber dimes rather than Roosevelts. Bob Shaffer made a motion to go with silver dimes; this was seconded and approved. We will start awarding silver dimes to Finds of the Month winners in January.

CLUB HUNT

We have a likely spot in Virginia. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Karen Goodyear. She and the club split the $68 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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