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 September 2018The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 29, No. 9 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

The hot weather continues and while it's not stopping some people from getting out, it's certainly slowing the pace of finds. My favorite YouTube folks seem to be spending their time water hunting for the most part and turning up some great finds in the rivers and beaches elsewhere. Our rivers seem to be full of mud for the most part. Anyway, fall is on its way and I am looking forward to getting back out and turning up some goodies.

Meanwhile, the officers have not been idle and at least 90% of the prizes for the Big Hunt are in hand, including all the grand prizes. The reception at the meeting to the partial prize list was very positive, so I feel we are on the right track. Kellyco threw in a huge amount of extra stuff along with the gift cards, so I think that was a winner. Somebody mentioned their shipping, but each day they have a promo code for free shipping, so whoever the winner is need have no fear.

Next year, we'll solicit people for ideas in writing, since it seemed that this year, nobody said much until we announced stuff, then they wanted to give their opinions. That's great, but it seems backwards to me, so next time, we'll pass around some sheets so you can tell us up front what you liked and didn't like and what you'd like to see next time.

This is going to be a skill hunt day. It's not going to be a scoop and dump and keep on going day. You have to physically pick up the target and put it away and the tokens will be buried so you will have to actually pinpoint and retrieve them with a digger. Yes, you can bring long handled diggers, just don't crater the place. We'll have lunch in between hunts and there will be a sign up sheet at the meeting for people to bring items. The club is picking up the rolls and buns, maybe paper products, but sides, drinks, ice, stuff like that will be needed. And remember, Mike Slovikosky is providing us with the hot dogs and hamburgers.

The meetings continue to go well and the new attendance requirements for going on the club hunts (and Bill can grant exceptions for those who contribute but can't come) was positively received without any quibbles, so I am happy for that. The officers thank you for the overwhelming support as we try to make Bill's job easier.

There are other benefits to attendance as well. This month, we will be drawing among the attendees for a free Holiday Dinner. So when you show up, make sure you sign in. That person could be you. The points tally will be suspended this issue for other info to follow. Thank you for your support and confidence that we are doing the best we can for the club.

That's it for now. If I don't see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field (it's cooling off!)

Andy Nunez,

Hunt Report

The good news is that we were able to have a club hunt in August. The weather was hot but fairly comfortable and more than 20 Seekers stepped out for an excursion to three new fields and one that had produced some Civil War stuff in the past. Some of us met at the old Fruitland clubhouse and we picked the rest up at the Virginia hospitality station on our way to the hunt site, arriving on-scene before 9:30.

When we got to the site, members parked in a neat and orderly fashion. This makes a good impression on landowners and passersby. (Along the same lines, when waiting for the group at a public meeting spot, please park in a similar fashion. The lines of parking spaces are there for a reason.) Our parking area was central to the three new fields, making it easy for Seekers to move between them. We started in the largest field all the way in the back and made our way forward to the other fields at random. I saw some neat Civil War buttons, large American pennies, silver Barber quarters and dimes, Indian heads and wheat pennies. The fields were a bit difficult to walk in because of recent rain but I heard no complaints.

We took a break around 11:30, mainly to get some much-needed water. We hadn't been together in a while and because the finds were good, no one left for lunch opting to stay because they wanted the opportunity to hunt some more. After a short rest period and snack break, members headed back to the fields.

The afternoon finds were similar to those of the morning, with the exception of a neat V.M.I. (Virginia Military Institute) button and some other Civil War-era buttons. A few of us traveled to the previously hunted spot, an old hay field, and found a few buttons but no "biggies." It's no surprise that we quickly made our way back to the morning sites.

Before leaving I toured the field and members are doing a pretty good job of filling holes and carrying away trash. It's easy if you just remember to take "non-keepers" away and throw them out so we don't have to dig them up again.

On my way home, I contacted the owner to thank him for his generosity. He said we were welcome, we were a good club who take care of things and he likes to see people having fun. We might just be searching more of his property in the future.

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This is just a friendly reminder about club hunt spots. These sites are NOT to be returned to except by the person who originally got permission and whoever they might invite to accompany them. Landowners know this and will report any trespassers to me or the appropriate person who obtained permission in the first place.

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I was so glad to finally find a spot for us to hunt. I had done lots of riding and looking and believe me, hunt fields are scarce! I have noticed, though, that some farmers are starting to take corn out but this is a three-step operation before we can get back in these fields. Beans will probably be out in late October, which will open the doors for a few more hunt areas. I'll be out there looking and I hope you are too. As we've said many times before, if you see a good spot but don't have the time to check it out, pass it along to me or any of the other officers.

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Don't forget our big hunt of the year on October 20. We've kept the fee at a very reasonable $30 so please have your checks ready as soon as possible. There are some great prizes to win this year and a lot of fun goes along with that. More info is available elsewhere in the newsletter.

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That's all for this month. Don't forget the meeting on the 10th. Stay cool, have fun and keep swinging!

Bill Draper,

Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

There were several coin raffles. Winners were Skip Hubbs and Hunter Parsons.

Magazine raffle winners were John Rebman, Shawn Layton, Julie Pryor, Hunter Parsons, Cynthia Fassel, Jeff Anderson, Tab Brannock and Mitch Mitchell. Thanks to Dan Spielman, Sonny Willing, Dave Smyth and John Rebman for their donations.

Guests in attendance were Eric from Laurel and former members Dave Smyth and grandson Nicholas Herrara of Wilmington.


Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.


Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

We talked more about the pay hunt. Andy displayed the White's Coinmaster Pro that Dale Clifton of the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum donated. (Thanks to him and also to John Rebman who donated a pair of headphones to go with it.) Our top prize is $500 worth of gift cards from Kellyco. The hunt will be held on October 20 at a field near Salisbury/Pittsville. Thanks to Scott MacLane and ESTC for lending us a coin planter, to Richard Murphy for donating a box of costume jewelry, foreign and other coins and a special thanks to Mike Slovikosky for donating burgers and hot dogs and offering to cook. The cost for the hunt is $30 and you may pay on the day of the hunt or before. (Full details are elsewhere in the newsletter.)

We had more general discussion about the Christmas party. Further details about the party will be made available at the September and October meetings.


Scott MacLane mentioned that the ESTC is selling tickets for a coin raffle. There are 31 coins, each with an average value of $35. A ticket is good for the whole month of January and winners are selected using the Maryland pick 3 lottery winning number. The cost is $5 each or $20 for 5.

Sonny would like to pay for someone's hunt fee if they'll dig for him. They can keep coins but he'll keep tokens. (Someone volunteered to help him out.)

Hunter likes the idea of having to attend meetings to be able to attend the hunt but asked what about those with military obligations (National Guard, etc.) Others mentioned that that's what exemptions are for. We will discuss this more as issues arise.

Mike Slovikosky is going to Crisfield to help look for the lost ring mentioned in an earlier message.

Thanks to John Rebman for donating equipment from his great aunt, Ida Somers. The sale of this brought in $100.


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

The attendance prize winner was Shawn Layton.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Mitch Mitchell. He and the club split the $94 pot. The silver half dollar winner was John Rebman. Additional prize winners were Bob Heimert and Phillip Tyler.

Cynthia Fassel and Manny Ortiz tied for the "Hazard a Guess" raffle and each received a silver fifty-cent piece. Thanks to Barbara for bringing in this month's item, a large tub of toy cars and trucks.

Julie Pryor,

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