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 December 2018The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 29, No. 12 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

The weather has not been treating us kindly here lately, with a lot of rainy weekends, but a few hardy souls have managed to get out and find some goodies. Meanwhile, I talked with Bill and some good sites are opening up here and there so if the weather stays good we should have a nice club hunt after the party.

Speaking of the Holiday party, I hope you got your fees in, because it's going to be more than eating and talking. We are going to have a lot of door prizes, raffles and other surprises lining up. Like the Big Hunt, we are doing everything we can to make these special events as much fun as possible. Your feedback and support are what makes these things possible.

Since there is no meeting for December, your finds since the November meeting will carry over to January. The January meeting will be a busy one. Besides the regular finds of the month, we will also be doing finds of the year, so bring in that special item you think will take the prize. There will be an award for Seeker of the Year, again, based on your feedback throughout the year. There will also be an election of officers as well. No officer has expressed an interest in stepping down, but if you feel you can do a better job, by all means, step up.

Finally, January is dues month. As given in feedback, members want more prizes at the hunts, especially more silver. We can either jack the hunt fee way up, or have a modest dues increase and see what we can do with that extra money. If we still fall short, then we might have to raise up the cost of the hunt as well, but I don't want to get ahead of myself on that. Unless there is strong opposition at the meeting, just be aware that the dues will be $35 this year. Also, the club, as a club, is going to be dropping its support for the FMDAC. Very few members go to the FMDAC events and the paperwork has been trying because of issues with them getting our dues and mailing cards, etc. I urge anyone who wants to support the Federation of Metal Detectors and Archaeology Clubs to sign up as an individual.

The price of silver has dropped $3 an ounce in the last three months due to a strong economy. If the price stays low, I am suggesting that we try to pick up some silver for prizes after we pay off the Holiday Meal. Just remember, if you have a site that can accommodate 30 people, please let Bill know. It's hard to get somebody to agree to let 20 or so vehicles and 30 people ride up farm lanes and dig a lot of holes. It's worse when members just leave the trash on top of the ground and don't fill their holes properly. You might not care if you come back or not, but I do and if you are caught there will be consequences.

Finally, everyone have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and if I don't see you at the party, maybe I'll see you in the field.

Andy Nunez,
President


Hunt Report

November 17 was a beautiful day for our monthly hunt. Jerry gave me a hint about a nearby place where he and his buddies had hunted, turning up lots of nice things. As it turns out, I had also hunted here but not lately. Jerry and I contacted the owner and his daughter and traveled the short distance to the site to make parking arrangements and to look the place over. The owner is a good friend of mine and a former co-worker from police work days. He mentioned that there had been two old homes on this 90-acre property and pointed out where they stood many years ago and graciously granted permission for us to have a hunt there.

The next day, we met at the old Fruitland clubhouse and left promptly at 8:30. The site was only about 10 minutes away and we parked as instructed behind the barn, in a uniform manner and careful to not to make marks in the yard or driveway.

I pointed out where the old homes had been in the nice big cornfield and it wasn't long before over 20 Seekers headed out in different directions. The field had been picked and disked but we had to be careful as it was still wet in spots. It wasn't long before some good things started popping up. I saw a lot of early-date wheat pennies, several large American pennies, a few neat silver pieces and a Flying Eagle penny in great condition. There were also the usual buckles, buttons and odd bits of old farm machinery. It was hard to dig and walk in some spots but members did a great job with filling and covering holes.

It was time for a lunch break around noon. A few drove to Salisbury for a meal at the Corner Grill, while others decided to stay and have lunch on-site. This was fine with the landowner. After a nice break it didn't take very long for us to head back to the hunt field.

Afternoon finds were also good, with more British and American pennies, wheaties, some nice buttons and a few silver dimes, including a Barber or Seated Liberty. One lucky hunter also found a neat World War I dog tag with the last name Parsons. Mr. Parsons, or his relatives, were some of the earlier owners of the property.

It was a great day and everyone had lots of fun. We encountered no problems and had a good time showing off our finds to the owner and his daughter. I'd like to offer a super big "Thank You" to Jerry for sharing his special hunt spot with us. Maybe some others of you have a spot you can share - hint, hint...

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Don't forget that there won't be a regular meeting next month. That also means we won't have finds of the month. Save your finds until January when they'll be worth double points. (For new members, in January you may enter ONE entry in each category and you'll receive double the points. Entries can be anything you find between the November meeting and the January meeting so choose what you put on the table in January wisely.)

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I hope everyone has a great time at the Christmas Party on December 10 at Abbott's in Laurel. Unfortunately, I won't be with you for the first time in 30 years. My son is having continuing health concerns and I think it best for me and my family that I stay close to home this year.

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That's it for this month. I wish you all the Merriest of Christmases and the Happiest of New Years. See you in January at the next meeting or maybe out in the field later in December.

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster


Club Minutes

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

There were several coin raffles. Bob Shaffer won both.

Cindy Mancuso and Marcus Lemasters were in attendance as guests.

Thanks to Jeff and Elaine Anderson for bringing in donuts.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

There was general discussion about the big hunt of October 20. Congratulations to all winners. Hunt poll questionnaires were available. We will use suggestions from these to make next year's event even better. (If you didn't do so at the meeting, please fill in the one included in the newsletter and return via e-mail or to the January meeting for a chance to win a silver half dollar.)

Scott MacLane, President of ESTC, thanks everyone for supporting their month-long coin raffle. They only have 16 tickets left out of 1000.

We had a brief discussion about the Christmas party. The meal 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. Money must be received by December 1.

There will not be a gift exchange at the party but we will be having several raffles, including a charity 50/50 (the club's half goes to a chosen charity). We are also having another raffle for people donating gloves, socks, canned goods and the like to a homeless shelter, but we're asking people to hold these until the January meeting. (Every donation is good for a chance to win a silver round.)

NEW BUSINESS

Andy gave a word of thanks to all veterans and recognized them for their service.

Manny asked about the recent hunt report mentioning the sighting of a copperhead. Several confirmed this and others told about experiences they’ve had snakes while out hunting.

Andy asked for members to please help Bill out by looking for hunt spots.

Tony had several ideas about club hunts including a relay of teams to find a marked coin with the idea of winning a prize. The idea is just to do something different for a change. Others mentioned that these ideas might not work for everyone but all agree that the main idea is to have fun.

Manny suggested an idea for another raffle each month - maybe for a silver quarter.

Bill Mills found and will return a good luck token to its owner and will be added to the Shore Finders List.

CLUB HUNT

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

The attendance prize winner was Barbara Peters.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Scott MacLane. Manny Ortiz was the silver half dollar winner.

Andy Nunez won the "Hazard a Guess" raffle and received a silver fifty-cent piece. This month's item was a bag of candy corn.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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