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 August 2019The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 30, No. 8 

From The President's Desk

Like the old song says: "It's too darn hot". Some brave Seekers are going out in the early morning or late afternoons, hitting parks and beaches with some success, but most of us are just hugging air conditioners and waiting for the fall. In my travels I see lots of corn in the fields this year, which means banging against corn stalks after the harvest. Some places, like the Carmean property, have soybeans, but corn seems to be the dominant crop this season. We can only hope the farmers go in and bush-hog the fields after they pick the corn.

In other club news, things are moving rapidly for this Fall's Big Hunt. The exact date in October has not been picked yet, but probably around the middle of the month. I have recommended a 30% increase in the amount of silver over last year, less token prizes, and the top prize will be reduced as well. This means more coins, better token prizes and hopefully more fun for all. The silver has already been purchased (just in time as the price seems to be on the increase), so the rest of the time will be spent picking out prizes.

This year, the total fee will be $50, but will include a T-shirt. I think that is more than reasonable for the amount of money we are dumping into the hunt, and am all for it. We haven't had any logo items in a few years, so this is a way to bundle one into the hunt without having to charge too much for it. Anybody who wants to pay for the hunt can start doing so at the August meeting, if they are sure they are free the whole month of October.

The heat has kept us from having a general club hunt, but Bill remains active and if one turns up, keep an eye on your email, because it could come up at any time. It has been good to see Doug Wilkerson back at club meetings and hear some of his reminiscences of times past. I am trying to line up some other speakers to talk about local history, so keep your fingers crossed.

Due to a publishing glitch, Treasures of the Eastern Shore went out of print as the files were lost, but thanks to some help from Doug Goodyear, I was able to restore the original files and new editions of that old classic are back in print as well as its companion, Mysteries of the Eastern Shore. You can get them from me or from Amazon, however you choose.

That's it for this time. Hot weather means little news, but I caution that if you do go out with the "mad dogs and Englishmen," be sure to wear a broad hat and plenty of sunscreen. Otherwise, I will see you all at the meeting because I definitely will not be seeing you in the field.

Andy Nunez,
President


Hunt Report

There is no hunt report this month since there was no club hunt. When the hunts return, Bill's report will return as well.

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Thursday, July 11th 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The coin display raffle winner was Jeff Kniffen. (This raffle brought in $56.)

Other raffle and prize winners were Mike Corbin, Scott MacLane and Doug Wilkerson. Thanks to Cindy Mancuso and Marcus Lemasters for their donations.

Former member Dean Adkins, as well as Phil's girlfriend, Jessica, and her son were in attendance as guests.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

NEW BUSINESS

John Rebman presented Doug Goodyear with a Mercury dime for guessing the correct location in a recent Facebook post. Thanks to Dan Solow for the donation.

Bill mentioned that a rumor that beaches in Delaware are closed to detecting is not true. Tony and others remarked that they go there quite often. Doug Wilkerson mentioned that he has 37 old coppers from Coin Beach and will bring one to show sometime. There were general reminiscences about beach hunting experiences.

Preliminary hunt plans are underway. There will be more silver, fewer tokens, smaller prizes, etc. Jerry will call Kellyco again about donations and Andy will check with DiscoverSea Museum to see if we can get any donations or bargains. Members would like practical things this year, useful items like pinpointers, display cases and the like. Bob Shaffer suggested loupe magnifiers as a possibility while Phil asked about possible discounts on Predator Tools.

Tony made his own "Swingy Thingy" detector strap which broke after a little while. Jerry asked about others experiences with them.

Scott thanked Barb for donating toys (cars, dolls, etc.) she found on beach. These will be used at fishing derbies and events where children will be present. Other members said they will start to save beach finds so they can be donated for this.

Sonny saw something on Facebook about magnet fishing and remarked that it's amazing what people are finding in the water, especially in the UK. Some members are interested in buying magnets and trying their luck here.

John Rebman said that he, Mike Beaman and Keith Kalmbach are going to the UK in September for detecting. John would like for this to become a yearly trip. Several people asked about how to pack detectors for plane trips and John gave them many tips based on his years of experience in detecting abroad.

Congratulations to Barb for finding and returning a lost earring. She gets a silver dime and another entry on the Shore Finders list.

CLUB HUNT

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

The attendance prize winner was Scott MacLane.

The Hazard a Guess winner was Doug Wilkerson. Thanks to Doug Goodyear for bringing in this month's item, a jar of shotgun shell ends.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Sonny Willing. The silver half dollar winner was Susan Martin.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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