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 November 2018The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 29, No. 11 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

The weather has now turned more to our liking with corn and beans being harvested and the insects hibernating. We have had a couple of club hunts since last newsletter and the results have been rather good. Colonial coppers, relics and all sorts of coins have been coming out of the ground. With the long range forecast calling for a mild winter, we can expect a blizzard, probably, but if the predictions are true, we should have a good long stretch of relic hunting weather before the heat comes back. Please keep your eye out for large sites that Bill can take the club to. We recently hunted an old reliable spot and were hard put to get modern coins, much less pre-1900 coins, so the need is great. Please do what you can.

I also want to thank everybody who helped make this year's Members' Only hunt such a great success. We gave away a lot of nice prizes and lots of silver. We hope the next hunt will be even bigger, but for now, we are going to assess things and see what we can do in the future. One thing I did like was how the club came together for our potluck lunch. The food was varied and delicious. If I start naming names I know I will forget somebody, so let me just say that you are all a great bunch and it was a wonderful day.

Looking ahead, just remember that coins you recovered at the Members' Only hunt cannot be turned in for finds of the month. Most people know that, but I thought I would put out a reminder for new folks. Next up is our holiday party. The officers have decided that members will only pay $25 per person and the club will subsidize the rent, thanks in no small part to the good participation in the hunt and your generosity throughout the year buying raffle tickets and playing the guessing game. We will try to get out the final menu as soon as possible, but it is a buffet, so the price is right and there will be plenty to choose from. You do need to get your money in soon so we can give Abbott's a head count.

We will be raffling off a platinum coin at the holiday party, and we will be having another raffle but the details are still being hammered out so it will either be in this newsletter or discussed at the meeting, but it is a great idea. Just remember, there will be no regular December meeting, so save your November finds until January. January will be busy because dues are due and it's election time. We will also be awarding Find of the Year and Treasure Hunter of the Year.

Well, that's it for this time. Again, try to help Bill find a club site and please, please, fill your holes. I could not believe that people were not filling their holes at the Members' Only hunt. If such behavior continues, penalties are sure to follow. Going on hunts is a privilege, not a right, so bad behavior has consequences, because it makes the club look bad. Keep our image in mind, and if I don't see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field.

Andy Nunez,
President


Hunt Report

This month's report will be briefer than usual for several reasons. The first of these is that there are a couple of hunts to cover and second is I want to leave room for all the news about the big hunt and the upcoming Christmas party.

Our first club hunt actually happened on September 29 and there wasn't time to include it fully in last month's newsletter. This was a beautiful day, perfect for fun and detecting. I got permission for us to search an old site in Worcester County that we hadn't hunted in several years. I had been told that there was once a home here in the middle of the field and possibly another one near the woods. Seekers spread out and I heard of or saw many large pennies, both British and American, from the early to late 1700's, as well as some pretty buttons and a few buckles. Some who ventured closer to the woods claim to have killed a poisonous copperhead. These can be identified by their blunt nose, copperish color and shorter length. Be aware that there are still lots of snakes out there so be on the lookout. Usually you can see them before they see you so please leave them alone. It's good policy to wear ankle-length or higher boots while hunting in fields at this time of year.

After a good lunch at Four Seasons Pizza in Snow Hill, we returned to the site and made similar finds to the morning - minus the snake.

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Spots are hard to find this year since farmers are later taking their crops out. I did discover that an old favorite spot had the corn out and it had been disked and was ready to be planted and hunted by us for our regular October club hunt. I contacted the owner and farmer and got permission from both for us to enjoy ourselves. I saw a few large American pennies, some buttons and buckles and other "generally found" items. The weather was pretty good since the rain slacked off from earlier in the week. There were certainly no complaints from the 20 or so hunters on hand - about the same number that we had on the earlier hunt a few weeks before.

Lunch was at our usual spot when in the area - Four Seasons in Snow Hill. We had an enjoyable lunch and a well-earned break. In a short time, we were ready to head back to the field where we made finds similar to those in the morning.

All in all it was a fun and enjoyable day and I can't wait until we get to go out again.

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Wasn't the big hunt on October 20 great? Congratulations to everyone who had a hand in arranging things for the day, especially Andy and Jerry, and to anyone else who volunteered in any way. A special thanks to Mike Slovikosky who both donated and cooked some tasty burgers and hot dogs for our hungry hunters. Everyone did their part by bringing in food to share and it was all delicious. The prizes were great and the friendship was even better. I'm already looking forward to next year!

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That's all for this month. Keep looking for hunt spots and let me know if you come up with anything. I hope to see you at the meeting on November 12 or out in the field.


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

There were several coin raffles. Winners were Ron Carter and Sonny Willing.

Cindy Mancuso, Marcus Lemasters and Eric Anderson were in attendance as guests.

Thanks to Tony Goodyear for bringing in cookies which were raffled off.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

There was more discussion of our big hunt. Please bring chairs, tables, and any other things you think you'll need to feel comfortable. We passed around a sign-up sheet so people could write down what side dish or dessert they want to bring. Several new prizes have been added to the current list so there should be something for everyone. The hunt will start around 10.

We had a brief discussion about the Christmas party. The meal, a $50 value, will be a buffet complete with appetizers and desserts at Abbott's on Broad Creek in Laurel, DE. The cost to members is $25 per person. (Note: More info is available elsewhere in the newsletter.)

NEW BUSINESS

We awarded silver dimes to Shore Finders list members, Barbara Peters and Tony Goodyear. Barbara found a wallet and returned it to the Ocean City Police, while Tony returned a gold chain. Congratulations to both.

Members of the Eastern Shore Treasure Club showed off finds from their recent pay hunt. The ESTC also donated a raffle ticket for us to include in the prizes for our big members' only hunt. Thank you!

John Fassel gave a brief report about our hunters (Paul and Darlene Stevens, John Rebman and Keith Kalmbach) currently in the UK on a detecting tour. All are finding good stuff, including a medieval gold coin. John and Cynthia also talked about their experiences on UK detecting trips and finds they made.

CLUB HUNT

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

Winners of silver quarters for July and August finds were Ed Donovan and Mike Corbin.

The attendance prize winner was Tony Goodyear.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Tab Brannock. Tab was also the silver half dollar winner.

Sonny Willing won the "Hazard a Guess" raffle and received a silver fifty-cent piece. Thanks to Barbara Peters for bringing in this month's item, a large jar of bullets and shell casings.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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