Twenty sixteen started
off early for P/WMDAS as the Club held its first ever meeting in January. In spite of the risk of snow and ice it was decided
that the financial success of the organization plus its ability to establish a workable hunt plan would be best served by
having a beginning of the year meeting. First order of business was the announcement that the annual Christmas party would
be held at a new location. After many venues were explored the Board finally arranged a contract with the South East Grille
House on Route 6 in Brewster, New York. The facility features ample parking, dance floor with spacious seating and excellent
food. To avoid the complications encountered in 2015 the 2016 gala will require pre-payment in order to attend. This should
eliminate the overcrowding and delays of last year.
In recognition of their many years of service to the Club Treasurer Larry Cohen and Secretary
Don Mayers were awarded Lifetime membership in P/WMDAS. It was noted that Larry is the ONLY Treasurer the organization has
ever had. As a result of the incredible warm winter there were many spectacular finds presented for the Finds of the Month
Competition. The winners are presented in the final section of the Review under each specific class of recoveries.
Although the winter ran above normal temperature wise the ice and snow finally caught up with those
still swinging a coil. New York City Permits became available and members were urged to file their requests as soon as possible
as many new Parks were opened for detecting. Spring hunts are being organized and it appears that as many as four may be available
starting in April and running into early May.
The 2016 Events Cards were distributed to all
paid members in attendance. These cards must be carried to each Club event. As it continues to be more and more of a challenge
to obtain productive hunt sites members were encouraged to join local historical societies and land trusts. These organizations
often provide contacts and event opportunities which eventually lead to access to detectable land. Even if the sites are too
small for a Club hunt they may be sufficient for at least a few members to enjoy.
Several Club members started the spring season
off by detecting the fields of the United Kingdom. All agreed that hunting the UK is a truly wonderful and unique experience.
Not all came back with the Staffordshire Hoard but everyone was ready to return for another great adventure.
The Ragland Farm hunt was a wet, windy day
afield. Finds were minimal but those members able to withstand the rigors of the elements were rewarded with some nice Colonial
artifacts. The event raised $250 for charity. April was a very active one as several additional outings were available before
May first. The second hunt took place on the Weed Farm. While the group had detected there before some new land was available.
The weather was much better than for the Ragland hunt but finds were again scarce. Nevertheless a few nice Colonial coins
and relics were recovered. The return to the Weed property also witnessed some bright sun and warm temperatures. Silver and
US large cents were recovered right in front of the farm. It goes to show that even heavily hunted areas can be kind to those
who persist. No hunt was planned during the period of the New Hampshire BONE as several members travelled north to do battle
with the well-hidden relics of the Granite state.
The last hunt of the
month was on the newly acquired property of the Rusk farm in Marlboro, New York. A wide variety of finds were made ranging
from Colonial coins to modern silver coins, to silver jewelry and also coin silver flat ware and Indian Heads. This was the
best attended hunt of the year to date. Members are anxious to return to scour the many fields which were off limits because
they were planted to seed before the hunt was scheduled.
The issue of finding hunt sites large enough to provide a positive experience for all members took
up much of the April meeting’s time frame. This is an issue which will be addressed in earnest throughout the year.
Reports were presented at the May meeting by members who had recently attended the 2016 BONE. Some
very interesting Colonial finds were made but recoveries were few and far between. There were some issues raised as to the
number of hunters detecting a relatively small area and how heavily hunted some of the sites had been prior to the BONE.
has been prepared to assist the Club in gaining permission to detect new sites. This mailing consists of a 2 part cover allowing
the recipient to return a survey questioner regarding the availability of his or her property. It was suggested also that
when looking for permission to hunt a member should carry a “turn on and go” machine to encourage the land owner
to hunt the site along with Club members. “To Cap or not to Cap”; that is the question. As the Club struggles
to find new land the issue of membership size has been cause for much discussion. Carol Mayers has contacted Western and Eastern
magazine seeking opinions from clubs around the country regarding membership size and its effect on the club’s ability
to acquire productive land. It appears that no one has an answer as to date there has been only one response.
After much discussion the Club voted not to cap the size of the organization but rather to
allow anyone interested in the hobby to join. For this to enable enjoyable
and productive open hunts it was decided to strongly urge attendees to prepay at the meetings in advance for any particular
outing. In addition we will require the Site Coordinator (or comparable position) to monitor payment and to establish the
best possible communication base to make it as easy as possible to acquire new, viable land.
Negotiations were ongoing to secure the local
Lutheran Church which has ample parking and seating space for the expanding membership. Holding and occasional dinner meeting
at the SE Grille House was also being tested.
As no meetings are typically
held during July and August plans were put forth to revisit some of our more productive hunt sites in the fall. These might
included Meade Farm, Mr. Apple, and Rusk Farm. Late fall hunts not only provide usually good, cool weather but at some sites previously planted or unharvested areas which were not available in the spring may be
clear to hunt.
Thanks to the efforts of Kathy and Brian Brouillette plus the negotiating skills of president Don
Mituzas the Club has been able to relocate its meeting place to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Brewster, NY. Ample and predictable
parking space was the prime driving force prompting the search for new accommodations. This facility offers everything we
need to continue operations, attract new members and provide safe and adequate parking.
Vice President Stacy Rosoff has moved from Connecticut to Massachusetts.
We will miss her infectious smile and enthusiasm for the hobby. Her departure has left the office of Vice President open until
the November elections. Kath Brouillette has agreed to fill in until November. She will be assisted by Secretary Don Mayers.
Both Kathy and Todd Olson have expressed interest in running for the position come November.
As might be expected the Finds of the Month
display case was bulging at the hinges as a result of great summer weather and much enthusiasm from the Club members. All
categories were well represented INCLUDING GOLD COIN as no less than three gold coins were recovered this past summer.
Plans have been set forth for the Jimmy See
Classic and the Christmas Party. Both these events have come to define the increased importance of comradery and social interaction
which has made P/WMDAS so attractive to new members.
It’s never too early to plan ahead. Following a lead from Don and Carol Mayers
president Mituzas has been able to negotiate a hunt on 800 acres of historic farm land in Connecticut. The hunt is scheduled
for late March 2017. If productive, there is sufficient acreage to provide outings for several years. Arrangements were discussed
to insure more Club exposure to the Club News and Views section of Western and Eastern magazine. The editor will be provided
a copy of the Year In Review and has agreed to follow Club current events at P/WMDAS’ web site. Don Mituzas is in the
preliminary stages of preparing an article for W&E showcasing the Club’s success in recovering 3 gold coins during
Stormville Hunt was held on a glorious fall day. After years of hunting finds were down a bit, nevertheless the day’s
take exceeded any of the earlier 2016 outings. Surprisingly 3 coppers were dug along with a couple of silver coins and a two
Brian Brouillette has done a great job revitalizing and upgrading the Club web site (http://www.greattreasure.com/) . Members looked forward to the Nor’easters upcoming hunt in Connecticut. Some great finds were made but
“keepers” were found by the lucky or the very skilled. Targets were deep and widely scattered but the quality
was there. A fugio, several state and English coppers, two one Reales and a French copper were brought to light along with
a couple of Barber coins and Indian Heads. THANKS Jessie for a job well done (on to the Catskills). Three members held a “mini
hunt” in NYC. A number of good coins were dug and all in attendance were checked by police for permits. If you go you
may have to show. The 2017 BONE is being planned NOW. If you plan on attending members were encouraged to register early.
Congratulations to Todd Olson who was elected as the new Vice President. Thanks to Kathy Brouillette for accepting the position
of Coordinator of Finds of the Month. Next up: The annual Christmas Party on December 3rd.
2016 comes to a close as P/WMDAS celebrates its annual Christmas Party at a new venue.
Forty-five members and guests enjoyed a fine buffet hosted by Hellen and Dominick at their SE Grille House in Brewster, New
York. Uncharacteristically the weather cooperated with no snow or rain in the forecast. Minelab and Garrett gave us exceptional
bargains on two machines. The EZ 40 and the AT PRO were the shinning lights on a very much star filled raffle table. Conrad
Rasinski took home the EZ 40 and Patty Osmer was the proud winner of the AT PRO. We missed Stacy Rosoff and Fred Shipman at
the gala. Both found it necessary to relocate during the past year. Hopefully they will enjoy sharing the Year in Review with
those still here holding the fort. May their hearts be light and their pouches heavy. What will 2017 bring? No doubt the Board
will be hard at work during the winter setting up as many hunts as possible. Todd Olson will bring new ideas and youthful
vigor to the administration as the new VP and the Brouillette twosome of Brian and Kathleen will surely infuse skills and
enthusiasm to our hobby. The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 4th 2017 unless weather or church schedule
dictates a change. Please enjoy the appendix which contains the complete run down of all the best finds made during this past
year. May all be blessed with good health and peace of mind as we take our winter respite.
Appendix- FINDS OF THE MONTH FOR 2016
Silver Coins: 1839 ½ Dime-Matt Winchester, 1854
Seated Dime-Andy Marussich,1853 Three Cent Silver Andy Marussich,1831 ½ Dime Matt Winchester,1874 Seated Dime with
Arrows-Don Mituzas,1900 Barber ½ Dollar-Ralph Dykeman,1847 Seated Quarter-Jimmy D’Amato,1853 Seated Dime-Mike
Lemoigne ,1876 Seated Quarter-Andy Marussich-1878 Counter stamped Seated Quarter-Boris Privaliklin, Seated ½ Dime –Andy
US Non-Silver Coins:1798 Large Cent-Matt Winchester,1787 CT Copper-Frank Giammattei,1789 Mach Mills ½ Pence-Andy
Marussich,1798 Large Cent-Andy Marussich,1796 Large Cent-Matt Winchester,1838 Large Cent-Don Mituzas-1794 Large Cent-Jimmy
D’Amato,1865 Two Cent Piece-Mike Lemoigne,1788 Vermont Copper-Andy Eichorn, 1786 Fugio-Todd Yerks
Foreign Silver Coins:1790 Type II Half Reale-Don Mayers,1771 One Reale-Andy Eichorn,1776 II Reale-Matt Winchester,1216/1267 Henry III UK
Penny-Boris Privaliklin,1815 Half Reale-Don Mituzas,1774 One Reale-Don Mayers,1759 II Reale-Don Mituzas,1896 Russian Rubble-Boris
Foreign Non-Silver Coins: 1842 Belgium 2 Cent Piece-Don Mayers,1775 Counterfeit Half Pence-Matt Winchester,1723
Half pence-Matt Winchester,1740 Half Pence-Ralph Dykeman,1739 KG Copper-Todd Olson,
Wm. III Farthing-Andy Eichorn,Wm. II Half Pence-Don Mituzas,1721 KG Copper-Andy Eichorn, Roman Coin-Charles
Silver Jewelry: .925 Star of David Ring-Andy Marussich,.925 Ring-Bruce Salvani,.925 Ring-Mike Lemoigne,.925 Cuff
Links-Conrad Rasinski,.925 Bracelet-Andy Marussich,.925 Egyptian god Figure-Mike Lemoigne,.925 Cross-Don Mituzas,.925 Ring
-Andy Marussich,.925 Ring-Conrad Rasinski
Gold Jewelry:14K Ring-Frank Giammattei,14K Ring with diamonds & sapphires-Mike Lemoigne,14K
early 1900’s Ring-Carter Pennington,10K Ring-Matt Winchester,14K Ring with Stones-Roy Roos,18K Ring-Ken Carlson,18K
Tokens: 1852 Bank of Upper Canada Token-Don Mituzas, Hard Times Token-Jimmy D’Amato, Prohibition
Token -Matt Winchester, Henry Harrison Token-Frank Giammattei, Andrew Jackson Campaign Token, Andy Eichorn, Hard Times Token-Frank
Giammattei, Civil War (Union Flag) Token-Andy Marussich, Civil War Token-Boris Privaliklin
Medal: 25th Anniversary Medal
from GM-Ralph Dykeman, Garfield Political Medal-Don Mituzas, 1909 Competition Medal-Matt Winchester, 1917 Lady Warrior Medal-Roy
Roos, 1950’s Swedish Medal-Andy Marussich, Silver Merit Medal-Don Mituzas
Buckles: Bat Wing Buckle-Matt Winchester,
Victorian Sash Buckle with Stones-Don Mayers, Colonial Shoe Buckle-Matt Winchester, Colonial Shoe Buckle-Matt Winchester/Andy
Eichorn, Colonial Bat Wing Buckle-Andy Eichorn, Colonial Bat Wing Buckle-Don Mituzas, Pewter Knee Buckle-Matt Winchester
Giammattei,WWI Sailor Figure -Ralph Dykeman, Star Brick Marker-Andy Marussich, Crotal Bell-Frank Giammattei, Pewter Candle
Holder-Ralph Dykeman, Colonial Spigot Handle-Andy Marussich, Antique Fly Reel-Don Mituzas, Confederate Sword Pommel-Todd Yerks Buttons:
USA Continental Army Button-Andy Marussich, USA War of
1812 Regiment of Artillery Button-Andy Marussich, Continental Army Infantry Button-Todd Olson, US Navy Button ca. 1830-Don
Mituzas, NY Seal Button-Andy Eichorn, Third Battalion Rev. War Button-Andy Eichorn, 8th Regiment MA Rev. War Button-Matt
Winchester, USA Continental Army Cuff Button-Matt Winchester, War of 1812 Infantry Eagle Button with Arrows-Louis Butironi,
Circa 1870 USA Marine Eagle Button-Don Mayers