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 November 2017The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 28, No. 10 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our October hunt day was kind of dreary. The previous few days had been rainy and the cloudy skies proved that the threat of a shower still lingered. This didn't bother the Seekers as we were all anxious for another day in the field. We had permission to meet at our current meeting location and leave our cars if need be. We don't often get this opportunity as there are a lot of activities held at the church hall on Saturdays but I hope we can do it again sometime. We left from here promptly at 8:30 and made our way to the hunt spot on the outskirts of Willards.

This site was a former club one where we found and returned a wedding band to the owner's son about 25 years ago. I talked to the son, and also his father, and got permission for us to search this vast property. There were several old home sites on this land that were pointed out to me by the owner. I relayed this to members and we spread out in various parts of the field. There were some interesting finds including several Indian heads, some wheat pennies, a few silver coins and a handful of buttons.

Earlier, one member had gone to this site and gotten permission for him and his nephew to hunt, not knowing that this was a club site. They found some nice things and one took a particularly nice coin and had it framed and labeled and presented it to the owner as a thank you.

The day improved somewhat as it went on and members enjoyed themselves. The land owner had allowed us to park across from his house and this was our lunch area. People ate at random and returned to various spots throughout the day.

We wound up this fun day around 4:00. Thanks to Tony for awarding the coin to the owner and his family. The owner appreciated it and welcomed us to come back as a club anytime there are no crops in the field.

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It's almost time for our annual Christmas Dinner. Barb has been working her hardest to find a nice place for us after the date at last year's place has already been reserved and I understand that she has come through big time! This year, we will be eating at Fager's Island for the low cost (at least in Ocean City terms) of $20 per person. This will be a plated meal of either prime rib, fresh fish or fish with crab imperial. As in the past, the club will subsidize a portion of the meal's cost. We'll be talking more about this at the meeting so be sure to attend and find out more details.

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Bow and arrow and black powder seasons for deer are in now and will be followed shortly by high-powered rifle season. This makes it harder to find field sites because farmers rent the land out to deer hunters. There's the possibility that we might miss a regular hunt or have it postponed a week to ensure that we're not bothering any hunters (and that we're not mistaken for the animals they're after.) I don't want to risk anyone's safety. If you venture out on your own at this time, please make sure that you wear bright clothing.

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The club lost one of its most generous members recently with the passing of John Johnson. He was a wonderful person and he will be sorely missed. It seems fitting that we honor John in some way. A few of us have been talking about that and we'll discuss it at the meeting.

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I've heard from several members who say that they're not very interested in a big hunt for next year. People have so much other stuff going on that it's difficult for different people to volunteer and come up with new ideas for such a hunt. Instead, people are suggesting a big drawing of a nice detector and other goodies instead. What do you think? We'll discuss this at the next meeting.

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That's it for the hunt report this month. Our next meeting is on November 13. Be sure to be there because we have lots to talk about. I'll see you at the meeting and in the field.

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster and President


Club Minutes

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

There were five coin raffles. Winners were Tony Fascelli, Jeff Anderson, Ed Donovan, Tab Brannock and Susan Martin. (These drawings brought in $66.)

Magazine raffle winners were Wayne Martin, Karen Goodyear, Skip Hubbs, Doug Goodyear, Bob Shaffer, Bill Mills and Ed Donovan. Thanks to Jeff and Elaine for their donations.

Mike Corbin, Tony Fascelli, Doug Goodyear, Francis "Skip" Hubbs, Ash Bonebrake, Andy Wegt, Amy Taylor and her friend Mary were in attendance as guests.

Following appropriate sponsorships, Mike Corbin and Doug Goodyear became the newest Seekers. Congratulations to both.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

Andy renewed talk about raffling off a nice detector for $20 a ticket and having pinpointers as secondary prizes. Many expressed interest in this idea.

NEW BUSINESS

We discussed the upcoming Christmas Party and talked about the two choices currently available: Waterman's Seafood in West OC and EVO in Salisbury. After discussing the merits of each, members chose EVO with Waterman's as a back-up spot. (NOTE: This has changed. More info will be available at the November meeting.)

In regards to the party, several mentioned that they would like a different and more local option than those mentioned. Julie and others said that since many of the places we would consider start booking dates earlier than October, our choices are limited. It might be a good idea to start planning earlier next year for a wider variety of places to choose from.

Craig reminded members to have in their FMDAC dues by next month because he has to mail them in by early January.

There was talk of the members who are currently on a detecting trip in England. They should be home by the end of the week and will have plenty of stories to tell. (All finds over 300 years old must remain in the country until the finds are recorded and properly exported to the US.)

CLUB HUNT

There is no site yet for the October hunt. Please watch your e-mail for details.

Marty mentioned that lots of corn is being taken out which likely means that wheat is being put in. If this is the case, he feels that it may prove challenging to find hunt spots since farmers may not want to mess up their crop.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Ed Donovan. He and the club split the $63 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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