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 October 2019The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 30, No. 10 

From The President's Desk

The extended hot weather has made the ground hard as rock. It's been plaguing people all month. Now that Ocean City is winding down, the beach will be dwindling in goodies as well. I see just about all the corn has been cut, some of it has been left with stalks, some bush-hogged flat. In some fields, a grass of some sort is growing rankly along Rt. 12. Soybeans still look green, but that should change soon. It's very difficult for Bill to find a place for the club to hunt at this point, so I ask your indulgence and remind you that anybody can come up with a hunt site that they can refer to Bill.

Our Big Hunt is coming up October 12. If you are going, you need to pay up. There will be more about that in the secretary's report, along with a request for people to sign up for things to bring for lunch. Members requested just one large hunt to cover the entire field, so this will happen, we will give out prizes, eat and that's it. The T-shirts will be passed out at the hunt also, I believe. With $1000 worth of silver in the ground plus a number of prizes (tied to tokens) and a grand cash prize it will be a fun hunt for all. We are still deciding on raffles, so be sure to bring some cash along.

Just a reminder that the holiday party will be Abbott's again this year, but it will be an order off the menu event, everybody paying their own way. You will need to let Jerry know how many people so they can make sure they have enough staff to accommodate us. More on that coming up as well. I want to thank the many people who have volunteered to look for lost items without regard to reward. It is this spirit of giving back to the community that earns us the good reputation we have maintained for the last 30 years.

Finally, thanks to you all for your support, but I really need all members to do their part to look for places to hunt and to be examples to new members and strictly adhere to our rules and hunting guidelines. I am hoping that the weather will cool off some and a lot of farmers will till before planting so we will have a great fall and winter. That's it for now. If I don't see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field.

Andy Nunez,
President


Hunt Report

On September 28, we finally had a delayed hunt. Fifteen Seekers met at our current meeting spot and departed promptly at 8:30 for a short five-mile drive to our hunt spot.

It didn't take us long to get there and when everyone was parked, I pointed out the boundaries. This was a large, open field containing lots of hay bales. A little research showed that there may have been an old school or church across the road a century ago. The owner told me that there had been a chickenhouse on the property years ago but he didn't remember any houses.

It turned out to be a successful hunt and some of the members really hit the jackpot. I saw at least two early-date large American pennies in beautiful shape, and an exceptionally nice cape button, along with other odds and ends.

A few went to nearby restaurants for a quick lunch and returned to continue the hunt. Most were ready to quit around 3:00 and everyone said it had been a fun day for all.

I talked to the owner that day and he was pleased with field conditions. He has no problem with us possibly returning in the future.

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Hunt sites are extremely scarce. Corn is out but the fields need to be cut closer and disked. As a result, don't expect hunts on corn fields anytime soon. Soybeans aren't out for another month or so but when the beans are out, we're in. Because of this, don't look for very many hunts for the next few weeks.

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Be sure to be at the next meeting on October 10, two days before our grand hunt which I'm sure will be terrific. We'll discuss what to do at the hunt and what to expect. I hope we'll have our t-shirts by then or by the hunt at least. We'll discuss prizes, what's for lunch and we'll also accept prize donations from members. See you there!

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Thursday, September 12th 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

There were no raffles.

Guests were Bill Miller of Federalsburg and Phil's girlfriend, Jessica.

Thanks to Jeff Anderson and Bill Mills for cupcakes and pizza to share.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

We talked more about the upcoming members' only hunt. The is October 12. The cost will be $50 but this price includes a t-shirt. We will have more silver coins and fewer tokens this year, with another potluck picnic. There will only be one big hunt and a larger field this year. Members are asked to get their money in as soon as possible.

NEW BUSINESS

Jim Tamosaitis and Bob Jones have both had surgeries recently.

Andy got a call from Bill Cusick of Angola Bay. He wants to sell his property and is looking for property markers (iron rebar). He's found two but needs help looking for the others. Please call 302-945-8969 and identify yourself as a Shore Seeker if you can help.

Andy mentioned that several club members have detectors or other equipment for sale. These will be posted on Facebook.

Guest Bill Miller talked about his collection of tokens and displayed some. He is somewhat of an expert, has many different kinds of tokens and has written articles about his hobby. He believes that every county has someone who is interested in the tokens of that county but is not sure who they may be locally.

Cindy Mancuso gave a talk about her recent experience at the North-South Traders Civil War seminar and hunt in Orange, VA. The cost was $2150 but it was an all-inclusive package: accommodation, food, AT Max package (machine, 2 coils, Z-lynk headphones, Z-lynk pinpointer, hat, shirt, digging tools/shovel), extensive reference library, magazine subscription, detecting experience with noted hunters. Cindy highly recommends it and plans to return in the Spring.

Phil talked going to the Pound the Ground event in early October. The cost is $100 for 2 days of unplanted detecting or $150 for detecting for planted targets. There will be approximately 800 people searching 1500 acres. There will also be food trucks and various dealers/exhibits. Several other members are also going.

Thanks to Dave Smyth for donating a large shark's tooth as a prize for the big hunt.

Jerry passed around copies of the by-laws so everyone now has a copy and no one can say they don't know anything about certain rules.

CLUB HUNT

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

The attendance prize winner was Bob Shaffer.

The Hazard a Guess raffle winner was Scott MacLane.

There was no 50/50 raffle.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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