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|March 2014||The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club||Vol. 25, No. 3|
Moving along to hunt day Saturday, February 22, the weather was absolutely gorgeous. I was relieved and tickled to know that we had a site and while it wouldn't produce like a schoolyard, I was confident that a few good things would turn up. We left the old clubhouse in Fruitland promptly at 8:30 and met a few Seekers near the site, arriving on-scene about 20 minutes later. We parked in the field near some woods where the owner asked us to park and after members got their gear together, I pointed out the boundaries and told of the good finds that had been made here in the past. With thoughts of finding similar or better things fresh in our minds, we spread out.
Early into the hunt, an older, bolder hunter found a beautiful 1835 half dime in near-perfect condition marked "5 c." This coin was approximately two inches deep and gave a great signal. This was very inspirational and we all hoped to find more. Hunting continued and members found lots of buttons, a few Indian head cents and some wheat pennies but no other silver coins. We met for lunch around noon, as I had instructed everyone, and made our way to Delmar Pizza, a short distance away.
I had made arrangements for us to eat here and when we arrived, tables were all ready for us in the south side of the building. Orders were taken in short order and it wasn't too long (though longer than some would have liked) before our meals were placed before us. The food was delicious and while we all enjoyed everything and had a good time talking about the morning’s events, we were anticipating getting back to a few new fields.
We didn't get back to hunting until about 1:30 and when we got back, I explained about the new field that was available to hunt. Members had to walk to it as it was too dangerous to park along the road and the ground was too wet to support the vehicles. Notwithstanding all this, most made a beeline there and were rewarded along the way with good finds. I saw more Indian heads, wheat pennies, silver quarters and a nice old shield nickel. Later someone showed me two old rings found in the back of the first field, one a small silver child's ring and the other a large man's gold and onyx ring. More nice buttons were found as well.
The day was perfect and we hunted until 4:00, when we said bye bye to Delmar and headed to the home front.
This is our time of the year and if the weather is right, get Outdoors Delmarva! (Apologies to WBOC.) Shortly farmers will be planting fields and places will get scarcer and scarcer. Many hit the beaches and we, as a club, will too. In the meantime, if you find a spot suitable for the club but don't have time to pursue permission, hand it over to me or the other officers and we'll track it down.
Don't forget that Craig still has old map overlays available at a reasonable price. Contact him for more info.
If you haven't yet done so, please pay your yearly dues NOW. The cut off is now and no further hunts will be extended to unpaid members. Please bring your money ($25 for the club, $5 for FMDAC) to the next meeting or mail directly to treasurer Craig East at his address.
Make checks out to Shore Seekers.
I and many other Seekers have noticed that there are some members who have not yet learned the proper way to dig targets and fill holes. This process comes in three phases:
1. Dig a nice hole and retrieve the item. If good, save it; if trash, pick up and put in nail pouch or pocket and carry it away. DO NOT LEAVE ON TOP OF THE GROUND.
2. Kick all dirt back in the hole until it's filled up higher than you started with.
3. Tamp down with your foot or shovel until it's solid and not visible from a distance.
If these things are not done, the landowner or farmer looks out and thinks he has a mine field. It the proper steps are taken, holes are almost undetectable. Please follow the above procedures so there are no complaints from your fellow club members.
I read in the paper and saw on TV about that couple in California who found $10 million in gold coins while out walking Rover and want everyone to know that I'm thinking about trading in one of my machines for a dog.
That's all for this time. Don't forget our meeting on March 10. Be sure to be there and bring in all your finds.
The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.
The winner of the 1997 US mint proof set was Mitch Mitchell.
Winners of magazine raffles were Julie Pryor, Don Surles, Tab Brannock, Margaret Bush, Dan Spielman, Garrow King, Mitch Mitchell, Craig East, Scott Mason, Gary Pulz, Donna Collins, Bill Draper, Scott MacLane and Susan Sullivan. Thanks to Barbara Peters and Richard Murphy for their donations.
Guests in attendance were Don Surles of Smyrna, DE and Les Sherrill of Tyaskin, a friend of Jerry’s. Les later joined the club.
Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.
Minutes were approved as distributed.
The treasurer gave his report.
Club dues are now due - please pay promptly.
Bill showed off the club hats and jacket. Please let him know if interested.
Thanks to Julie Pryor and Toni Mitchell for providing refreshments.
Bill presented a card and gift card to Barbara in appreciation for her years of service.
Marty mentioned the Baltimore Bottle Show at Essex Community College on March 2. More info will be sent to members via e-mail.
A friend of Scott MacLane has a Minelab Excalibur for sale. Please contact Scott for price and details.
Scott Mason showed off sand scoops fabricated from aircraft aluminum and also a stainless steel digger with small basket he is selling. The cost for the scoops is $125 and $25 for the diggers. Contact Scott for more info.
Marty mentioned that he and Ron Carter went to look for boundary markers at an Upper Shore location and found them within 15 minutes. Such actions might help gain access to sites for hunting later on. Bill also mentioned that helping people might lead to sites down the road.
Along the same line, Bill Mills asked about putting something like offers to help in The Guide. Dennis Dellies suggested putting a notice on Craig's List to help find things in return for sites, etc.
There is not yet a definite site for the February hunt. Watch your e-mail for details.
The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Ed Donovan.