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 March 2020The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 31, No. 2 

From The President's Desk

This has been the craziest winter ever. I was out on March 1st hunting in shirt sleeves! Today, on the way home, I actually saw a field plowed already on Route 12 (not one we hunt in). I also had a mosquito bother me Monday as well. Next I guess the ticks will be out. That's OK, we still have lots of time before it gets too hot to get out and do some digging.

Finds seem to be more amazing than ever. It took me 30 years to get two 2-cent pieces and in a month I just dug three more. People are finding rare commemorative medallions, Nova Constellatio and Chain cents, along with everything in between. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody got a George Washington Inaugural button before March is done. Members are getting better finds than ever before.

I think everybody was pleased with our new location. It is easy to get to and very roomy. However, the acoustics are terrible so I am going to ask everybody nicely to please keep the chatter down. It echoes all through that room and you have to shout to be heard, so please, do the sidebars out in the big section if you have to talk.

I heard some people had some issues to discuss and when I asked for their names, I got silence, so I will ask publicly. If you have a concern, talk to me about it. Nobody at the top is getting any younger, and I need help for Bill finding sites in the worst way. He is trying hard, but recent tragedies and health issues are taking his time and attention from the Huntmaster task. Help him out. If he's not available, come to me. I'll make sure he gets the message. None of our positions are "for life." I am hoping that the next generation will step up and take on some of these tasks. As soon as I feel that there will be caring and competent replacements for me, I intend to retire from the presidency and let the younger folks take over.

We are at the dawn of a new era of detecting, with technology that allows you to go deeper and find more masked targets than ever before. Coins are being pulled from sites long thought "hunted out." These new technologies need to be understood and exploited while there are still old targets available. As Mike Shannahan puts it: these coins don't have babies. Also, sites are being built over with increasing frequencies. A housing development is going up on Crooked Oak lane where an 1800's mansion once stood and more and more solar farms are popping up in fields. The time to dig these sites is now. Help Bill identify and secure these sites for the club before they are gone.

OK, that's it for now. Get out and get those coins while the weather is mild. I may be a bit late to the meeting because I have been picked as a keynote speaker for a class at Salisbury Middle School's demonstration of their unit on Cryptozoology. So, forgive me if you will, but I am proud to talk to these young folks. You never know, one of them could go on to invent imaging technology for detectors. So, if I don't see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field.

Andy Nunez,
President


Hunt Report

I hope everyone is enjoying our new meeting place. It's important for us not to bring in any food, to put up our own tables and chairs and to put everything away before we leave. We also have permission to meet here on club hunt days, if necessary, and we can leave cars here, too.

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We had our February club hunt on the 22nd. Almost 25 of us met at the old K-mart parking lot in Salisbury and travelled the few miles to our new, unhunted site. I had permission to search the land from the owner, a Rev. Perdue, who told me that several old homes once stood on this huge piece of land, while there was at least one more on an adjoining property. I didn't have the chance to check this place out since it popped up at the last minute so I had no idea what to expect. We were lucky to get this spot as Rev. Perdue usually keeps cattle here.

It didn't take long to get to the site. I pointed out where I was told the homes were and turned the members loose. There were no restrictions on staying here for lunch: members could continue hunting without me being present or they could eat wherever they wanted.

We spent until roughly 11:30 looking for coins and finding a few. I saw or heard about an Indian head penny or two, a few silver quarters or dimes and some interesting buttons. The site wasn't as productive as I had hoped but I was also able to get permission for another spot about 15 minutes away as a back-up. I took people here before lunch, showed them where they could search, then left for a quick lunch nearby.

Several of us enjoyed a good lunch then returned to the afternoon hunt area. Some hunters had already left by then. I understand that a few coins and buttons were found but I didn't see them. Hunting was easy, the weather was pleasant and even though great finds were scarce, everyone enjoyed being out.

It was a fun day for all and it won't be long before we're hopefully doing it again.

I'm looking forward to seeing you and your finds at the next meeting on the 12th. That's it for now. See you at our new meeting spot!

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Thursday, February 13th 7:00 p.m. at Christ UMC Hall.

The proof set raffle winner was Scott MacLane. Thanks to Garrow King for his donation.

Guests were Dean and Gail Massey, Joe Dykes, Joe Thole, former member Don Raleigh and Phil’s girlfriend Jessica.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed though one of Elaine's finds was misidentified.

The treasurer gave his report.

NEW BUSINESS

Several members talked about upcoming events they are participating in, including a boat show, a laser light show, the National Outdoor Show in Lower Dorchester County and another outdoor show in Ocean City.

Bill and Andy went over the rules for our new meeting spot: no food, putting out chairs and tables, cleaning up after ourselves and turning off lights and locking up before we leave.

Andy mentioned his recent appearance on Outdoors Delmarva with fellow Seeker Mike Shannahan and their friend, detectorist Jason Jones.

Marty told members that plastic coin capsules will begin to melt or warp if placed in direct sun. Please place them accordingly so this doesn't happen. Coin supplies like these are available online or locally at Hobby Lobby or other coin dealers.

John Rebman showed off a special display of a favorite find he ordered from Shutterfly. Others commented that someone could make a calendar of find photos.

Phil told of finds he made recently at the Salisbury Park. Even though it is hunted regularly by many people, Phil believes there are still good things to find here.

CLUB HUNT

There is no site yet for the February hunt. The hunt will be postponed for at least a week due to wet fields and cold temperatures. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The attendance prize winner was Bob Shaffer.

The 50/50 raffle winner was Dan Spielman. He and the club each received $63. The silver half dollar winner was Marshall Witt.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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