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The Hudson Valley Explorer is the Newsletter of the Putnam/Westchester Metal Detectorists and Archeological Club Inc.

P/WMD&AS Inc. It is based in Brewster, NY and Meets at the Brewster Baptist Church

The Newsletter is available by mail or may be read on the club’s web site www.greattreasure.com

Items of interest may be sent to Editor Carol Mayers at carolmayers@sbcglobal.net






President—Don Mituzas

Vice President—Richard Markert

Secretary—Don Mayers

Treasurer—Larry Cohen

Webmaster—Don Mituzas

Newsletter Editor—Carol Mayers


In This Issue:


Tentative Schedule of Events

Public Lands for the People

Selling Gold Scrap

Third Time the Charm

United We Stand

Buddies Program

Finds of the Month

Patches and Shirts

In Memory

Help Those Who Help Us


Tentative Schedule of Events for 2014
*contingent on finalization of search agreement


Wednesday, April 23 BONE


Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.

Membership Meeting, Brewster, NY


Saturday, May 10, 9:00 a.m.

Search Outing TBD


Thursday, June 5, 7:00 p.m.

Membership Meeting, Brewster, NY


Saturday, June TBD, 9:00 a.m.

Search Outing TBD




Thursday, September 4, 7:00 p.m.

Membership Meeting, Brewster, NY


Saturday, Sunday September 20, 21, 9:00 a.m. *
Search Outing Brant Lake 


Thursday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.

Membership Meeting, Brewster, NY



Saturday, October 18

Rain Date October 19
Search Outing Southeast, NY 


Thursday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.

Membership Meeting, Brewster, NY


Saturday, November 8, 10:00 a.m.  
Rain Date Sunday November 9

Fall Classic Seeded Hunt, Fairfield, CT


Saturday December 6, 7:00pm

Christmas Party Route 6 Tap House

Mahopac, NY



Events Calendar a Work in Progress


The calendar of events continues to evolve as the Board of Directors extends its efforts to acquire new and productive sites for search outings. In order to stay current with Club activities members are reminded to periodically check our web site at (www.greattreasure.com).



                                                 Public Lands for the People


If you need to contact the PLP they have a toll free number 855-757-5263

PLP web site is www.publiclandsforthepeople.org. This will provide up to date info on impending negative legislation.

If you have not received your PLP info card they will be available at the front desk during the next meeting.

Anyone interested in joining PLP as an individual call Paul Coambs @ 805-443-7868.


Land grabs and road closings continue at an alarming rate throughout the country. While areas west of the Mississippi river have so far borne the brunt of these attacks by the US Fish and

Wild Life Service and other government agencies the east is sadly not immune to such activities. Recently as reported in the Pick and Shovel Gazette Maine along with Tennessee are beginning to experience the pain of such activities. Punitive efforts in Maine are directed at shutting down small scale suction gold dredging in many Maine streams and rivers. This is but another example of the government usurping the rights and freedom of American outdoorsmen. With small scale miners in the cross hairs detectorists are sure to fall into the collateral damage category! Members are encouraged to become familiar with the WMA (Western Mining Alliance) and the DRA (Defenders of Rural America). These folks, along with the GPAA (Gold Prospectors of America) and PLP and FMDAC are on the front line fighting for our hobby and freedom.


Selling Gold Filled Scrap



Few moments in the detecting hobby can compare to that first glint of gold in the scoop. Sadly too often defeat is snatched from the jaws of victory when that “glint” turns out to be followed by those dreaded words 14K Gold Filled. With the current high price for gold it is now possible to salvage something from the disappointment of finding gold filled rather that full karat gold. Gold filled pieces will be marked: 1/20 14K or 14KGF. “GF” as a mark does not require weight to be noted. Gold-filled indicates the item is overlaid of 10K gold or better. The weight of gold can be no less that 1/20th the total weight of the metal. This formula can be used to calculate the minimum amount of actual gold in your found item. Armed with this information you can   calculate an acceptable value for the sale of the find. Locating buyers for gold filled jewelry is not always easy. Check the internet. One firm which is active on line is Express Gold Cash; they may be reached at 877-465-3165.



Third Time the Charm


With the Patterson and Groton hunts in the books the 2014 search season seemed off to a painfully slow start. Fortunately the third hunt of the spring at High Falls, NY proved to be a success. Sadly only 14 members chose to attend this event in spite of a spectacular (and badly needed) warm, sunny day. While the area in question had been hunted before there were still many good targets to be recovered. As usual clads were ever present with approximately $30.00 in pocket change recovered. Pesky zinc pennies were dug in fear that the signal might just be high enough to be a disoriented silver dime. Seven silver coins were recovered along with two  pieces of silver jewelry and two fine coppers. Relics were among the missing and very few wheat pennies were reported. Hopefully the next hunt will draw a larger crowd. While a small attendance is great for those digging, it has a negative effect on the Club’s treasury. Nineteen members showed up at Patterson and far fewer drove the long distance to Groton. Since the fees charged to members were insufficient to cover the landowner’s guaranteed minimum the balance ($70.00) had to be withdrawn from the treasury. Members are encouraged to make suggestions which might improve interest in upcoming events



United We Stand


As the 2014 detecting season evolves many P/WMD&AS members have joined hands with our brothers in Stamford, CT and have become dual members of both the Nor’Easters and P/WMD&AS. Many Nor’Easters have done the same. This union serves both groups and serves the hobby in general. We now have a larger treasury, more access to hunt sites and the reestablishment of old friendships. P/WMD&AS members who have not purchased a Nor’Easters card are encouraged to do so. The cost is minimal and the rewards are well worth the cost.

Buddies Program


At the suggestion of incoming president Don Mituzas we have established a “Buddies Program” designed to team up newcomers to the hobby with members who perhaps have more experience and polished skills. The goal is to attract new members, to teach folks basic technique and to prevent neophytes from becoming discouraged and leaving the hobby out of boredom or frustration. While this concept is still in its infancy it will be discussed and expanded at future meeting so that a more formalized program can be made part of the Club’s basic structure.



                                                              Finds of the Month



1901 O Barber Quarter Don Mayers----1802 Large Cent Don Mituzas----1942 Ciri Roy Roos

10K Class Ring Don Mituzas--Silver Bracelet Don Mayers—1800’s Coat Button Carol Mayers


1943 Washington Quarter Don Mituzas—Kyanite & Silver Pendant Ben Carter

Sterling Silver Spoon Ken Sterling


1909 D Barber Quarter Carol Mayers----1865 Indian Cent Conrad Rasinski----1891 Canadian Dime Don Mituzas----Sterling Star Pendant Larry Cohen----Gaming Piece from Musket Ball Carol Mayers----Religious Medal Chris Waugh----Brass Buckle Don Mituzas----1847 Wadhams & Co Sporting Button Don Mayers



                                                Patches and Shirts Now on Sale



Shirts and patches will be available for purchase at the May meeting. We have sold out of xxl shirts but they may be ordered at $23.00 each. Small and medium are also not available but may be ordered for $20.00 each. The price of each shirt includes a free raffle ticket (general or coin) at the next meeting. We still have a modest number of club patches which will also be available in Brewster during the May meeting. Price on patches is one for $5.00 two for $7.00; sorry no free tickets with purchase of patches.


In Memory


It is with great sadness that we report the passing in February, 2014 of long time member and friend Jimmy See. Jimmy was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. His love of history and sense of civic pride and duty made him a valuable asset to our club and our community. His assistance in acquiring quality hunt sites will be sorely missed. Our collective condolences are extended to his friends and family.



                                                            Help Those Who Help US


The following sponsors have been very generous in support of P/WMD&AS Inc. Members are urged to patronize them with your support.


AMERICAN DIGGER                                                                              LOST TREASURE

www.americandigger.com                                                                 Lee Harris Publisher

PO Box 126, Acworth, GA 30101                                                     publisher@losttreasure.com

Phone orders: (770)-362-8671                                                        Subscription: 1-866-469-6224

                                                                                                                  LOST TREASURE ON LINE

TOM TOMS BAGEL CAFÉ                                                                  http://www.losttreasure.com

1515 Route 22 Ste. D2

Brewster, NY 10509

                                                                                                                WHITES OF LONG ISLAND

J-TECH IND.                                                                                         240 Route 112

Custom Welding & Fabricating                                                      Patchogue, NY 11772

Steel-Aluminum-Stainless Steel                                                     Ph/Fax 1-631-447-7196

130 Silvermine Rd.

Seymour, CT 06483

Jason Lubinski (203) 545-9828                                                       HUDSON RIVER METAL DETECTORS

                                                                                                                 1447 Route 44

SNOWS METAL DETECTORS                                                          Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

Authorized Tesoro Dealer                                                                (845) 635-3488

E-Mail: Joe Snow                                                                                 gary@detectorpro.co


Phone- (800) 488-5694

                                                                                                                    ROUTE 6 TAP HOUSE

KELLYCO                                                                                                  Route 6 Mahopac, NY

Metal Detectors Super Store

Toll free1-888-KELLYCO                                                           VALLEY COINS 203 888-3001



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