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 July 2016The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 27, No. 7 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

June was a good month. I was fortunate enough to find two spots for us to hunt: the first in the Snow Hill area, the second on the great Eastern Shore of Virginia. As usual, I did a lot of riding around and looking before I was able to narrow it down to just a few spots I thought I might be able to get permission for.

The first spot was a huge field we had hunted once before. There had been several homes on the site and there was a cemetery still there. The field was ready to be planted but when I contacted the farmer, he welcomed us and said that he'd wait to plant until after we'd left that day. We were lucky to be able to park across the road on a different property so we didn’t impede traffic or have difficulty exiting our vehicles near the steep ditches. It looked like things were set for a great day.

The weather was clear and warm and there were about 25 or so of us ready, willing and able to seek out and find treasures from years ago. I saw wheaties and Indian heads, along with some neat buttons and buckles. We hunted until about 11:30 when it was time to head to lunch.

I had made arrangements for us to eat at Four Seasons Pizza in Snow Hill and Big Mac fans could go to McDonald's next door. After about an hour we were all rarin' to get back in the field.

We began to head back to the morning spot but along the way, I saw that a past productive spot hadn't been planted yet. I called the farmer and he said it was fine for us to come hunt - he'd move to another field while we hunted. A few things were found, including a Mercury dime, more wheat pennies and additional buttons.

It was a great day where we lucked out in finding multiple hunt spots, had a good meal and enjoyed each other's company.

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More riding produced our second spot in Virginia. This was another former productive hunt site and I noticed that it was not planted. I got in touch with both the owner and farmer and was told that there was no problem and for us to come on down. We left promptly at 8:30, meeting more at the Virginia visitors' center, and arrived at our final destination around 9:30.

I pointed out the boundaries and a new field we also had permission to hunt. Seekers scattered so I didn't get to see all the finds but I did see multiple Indian heads, nice buttons and few buckles. We hunted until 11:30 when we made our way to the Substation where I had made arrangements for us to have lunch.

The service and food were good, the building was cool and we all enjoyed sharing finds. In an hour we were ready to go back.

Afternoon finds were also excellent with more wheaties and Indian heads showing up. Morning finds I saw but didn't mention earlier were a Civil War artillery button, a 8-10 pound cannonball, also from the Civil War era, and a flying eagle cent. I didn't get to see all finds since some were still there when I left but everyone had a ball.

Farmers are now in the process of planting soybeans and I hope the sites will be open to us in the fall if we continue to take care of these hunt sites.

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We were fortunate to get two hunts in this month and there's no promise of a site for next month but I'll be out there looking and I'd appreciate it if members did the same. If you don't have time to contact the owner or farmer of a likely hunt site, get in touch with me or the other officers and we'll give it a shot.

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It's time to start thinking about our annual big hunt. We have a hunt committee, consisting of officer and anyone who'd like to volunteer. We spend well over $1000 and you could win a biggie - maybe even a new detector! We'll be discussing prizes and hunts over the next few months. We'd like to have three or four hunts, depending on budget and volunteers, and this will probably be in October in the Assateague area when there are fewer people on the beach. Stay tuned.

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That's it for this month. I enjoyed myself at the hunts and hoped you did, too. I'm looking forward to a repeat next month. I'll see you at the meeting and in the fields.

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster and President


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the George Washington 250th birthday commemorative silver half dollar raffle was John Rebman. (This drawing brought in $57.)

Magazine raffle winners were Karen Goodyear, Cynthia Fassel and Cameron Maser. Thanks to for Garrow King and Jeff Anderson for their donations.

Cameron Maser from Federalsburg was in attendance as a guest. He later joined the club.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

NEW BUSINESS

Tony Goodyear spoke to the president of Somerset County Historical Society about the possibility of the club hunting around the Teackle Mansion. Bill suggested that Craig and Mitch contact that group to find out more details.

Bill is trying to contact a local attorney who is a Civil War nut in hopes that he can give a talk and display items. Bill's goal is to find a Civil War hunt spot for the group in the future.

Andy remarked that the club has become so large. He's happy for this enthusiasm but thinks we might need to make some changes. He and others feel that people who attend the meetings contribute to the group (by volunteering, buying tickets, looking for spots, etc.) more than those who only show up at hunts. Please encourage people to come to the meetings because we need to make our club and big hunt better. Many feel that it's not fair to have people just show up at hunts and not bother helping at meetings or other club functions. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find hunt spots for such a large group so Andy asks that members keep looking for hunt spots that are big enough for a large group. It's not fair for Bill to do it all.

John Rebman thanked people for forwarding the info on the Hoover Boys videos which he finds very interesting. Andy and Phil talked a little bit about their recent experience with the Hoover Boys and their detector settings, etc.

Marty asked Julie to put the current price of gold and silver in the newsletter. Several also suggested having this information available at each meeting.

CLUB HUNT

There is no spot for the June hunt yet. The regular date might change due to planting. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Mike Holton. He and the club split the $73 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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