LATEST NEWS ENTRIES, SEPTEMBER 2011 THRU NOVEMBER 2011



November 30, 2011


BE PREPARED TO HELP

The detectorists in Louisville, Kentucky, have been pushing to get their parks open for a few years now, and I want to ask all of you who visit here to help. I remember sharing this problem a while back, but was reminded of it when I got an email from Carter Pennington, an old friend, and member of the Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights

According to Carter, the problems started in 2008 when Eddie Black was detecting and he was asked to leave by a parks ranger. He was told he would be arrested even though there was no law against metal detecting. Eddie left and then took the matter up with the Parks Director. When he would not budge, Eddie went to the media where they did a story for Louisville TV . You will notice that the Parks Director talks about damaging grounds and removing artifacts; wrong on both counts. Shortly after Eddie confronted Parks, a specific rule was added stating use of a metal detector is prohibited.


Eddie Black and local detectorists then talked to their Senator, Dan Seum. He drafted and put a bill before the Senate Committee in January 2010; It was State Bill 6 requesting to open up state parks to metal detecting (in specific approved areas). It was sent to the State Commissioner’s Office (State Commissioner Gerry Van Der Meer) where it died a slow death. The following year it was re-introduced again as State Bill 81. Again it went to the State Commissioner office and again it died in committee. Recently they asked Senator Seum to once again put it before the Senate, and he agreed that he would do so in January 2012!

The reason for going to the State level? The city of Louisville keeps telling detectorists that the city parks are "suburbs of the state parks" (huh?), and must follow the same policies. Eddie feels that if they can get into the State parks they will be allowed to hunt the city parks without a problem. Eddie has a letter from the City of Louisville Parks to this effect.

The one sentence that aggrevates me is this..."There being no reliable method to predict whether an objct located by a metal detector is an object of antiquity, until it is excavated, Metro Parks prohibits the private use of metal detectors on the lands under it's management". I can read this fifty times, and still get steamed. Excuse me, but what BS!! There's no way to predict what anyone will dig up, be it by metal detector, shovel, pick, golf club divot, groundskeeper, etc.. And they have the gall to use the word "private". i.e. we are secretative.

Do they not understand that just perhaps we can make them aware of the area's potential cultural resources.....?

I along with the Task Force will be asking for your help later this month in mounting a massive phone/email/letter writing campaign, and at that time we will provide the names/addresses/phone numbers/email addresses of those we need to reach. Stay tuned, and promise to help. We can do this....

Eddie is a member of the Blue Grass Loop and Coil Club . Be sure check out their website.....
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CALL ME MR. PASTA

click on the photo for the recipe.....

Came up with another Pasta recipe, and yep, it's from Emeril Lagasse. Was never a big fan of this guy on TV (too commercial), but love a lot of his recipes. You already know I am a pasta freak, and still offer a reward for someone who can come up with a Pasta diet. In this recipe you must use fresh shrimp, NOT frozen. Yeah, I know it might set you back a few bucks, but if that bothers you, fix something else.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM

My Mom passed away earlier this year, and today would have been her 94th birthday..... Happy Birthday Mom. Love you....



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November 25, 2011


TURKEY DAY

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We are all feeling the effects of ours, even as we look forward to leftovers tomorrow. My wife Fay is not only a terrfic cook, she is a crazy one. She put this baby on the table today, announcing it as a "female" turkey.


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LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY DETECTORISTS NEED OUR HELP

We need to come together and give our friends in Louisville some help. Please check back in a day or so for all the details. If we can do it in Missouri, we can do it in Kentucky. Stay tuned for more info and addresses.


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November 21, 2011


TREASURE HUNTER'S EXPRESS

Just got my fall edition of the Treasure Hunter's Express, and as usual it was full of great info. Paul Tainter is a veritable warehouse of information, and will get your juices flowing with great stories of lost treasures. Have not seen his library but can imagine it's size.... I have to put Paul out there in the company of people like Karl von Mueller, Glenn Carson, Abe Lincoln, Richard Ray, etc....

In the latest issue one of the topics was "Areas to Stash Valuables". I came away with new a new insight to this topic, and most important, hiding places I had never considered. Excellent article!

If you are interested in knowing more about this publication you can email Paul at tretrove@yahoo.com , or write him at EXANIMO room of the Treasure Trove Archives, 335 North Williams Avenue, Fremont, Nebraska 68025.

Paul, thank you so much. Just wish your newsletter came our more frequently!

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TASK FORCE RECOVERY TECHNIQUE VIDEO

Last update I made you aware of the new website for the Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Foundation, and my good friend and Task Force member, Carter Pennington, has offered up this excellent target recovery video. It's well done, and I hope you will share it with your friends and club members. Once again, if you are not familiar with this group, please take the time to visit their website . I like their style a great deal....



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DO YOU LIKE CHILI?

Found a new recipe for chili that is not only easy, but great tasting as well. It's an Emeril Lagasse recipe, and you can find it in the Poor Gourmand link....bottom of page, or click just click on the photo at the right.

(Bubba, goes great with a cold beer....)

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MORE ON DUCHY OF CORNWALL

In John's latest entry (Malamute Saloon) he talked at length about this situation. This is a followup thanks to Nigel at Regton, Ltd.


Brits upset at Duchy of Cornwall Fees

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Hope you all enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend. In my mind it's the best holiday of the year. No need to buy gifts, and most everyone is off. To me it means good food & drink, family and great company. Enjoy, indulge, and then kick back and relax (while you are asking yourself why you ate so much).

Lastly, while you are counting your blessings be aware that there are a great many today who are out of work, possibly losing their homes, and wondering how they will get through the next week. If you know of someone like that be sure to help anyway you can....


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November 18, 2011


MALAMUTE SALOON MILESTONE

When I started Stout Standards back in March of 2010 I had no idea that John Howland would be such a big part of it (jeez, what the hell was I thinking?). His most recent offering is his 50th, and I cannot thank him enough. I often check the number of visitors to my site, and always notice a spike or increase whenever I upload his comments. He obviously has a following (never knew there were so many other crude people out there....).

Much like his postings in the Saloon, being with the man is never dull. I have never known someone who can get you into trouble at the blink of an eye, and beware who you introduce him to. They may cease being friends quickly. His brand of humor can only be defined as sarcastic, rude, crude, obscene, and incredibly funny. He is indeed a guy you would love to have a beer with, and I am grateful to call him my good friend.

To give you an idea of what I deal with, here are a couple of typical emails from him....

Yo Bubba:

Here's the 50th contribution and still no malt whiskies! It's your f@#*king wallet that needs surgery, Ole Pal!

I can't believe that you put my email on the website. That wreath had genuine plastic flowers and cost me an arm and leg. Trouble is they're all looking pretty fit over here, anyone looking a bit groggy over there? I could let you have at 'mates rates'. It's very tasteful and heraldic; two bottles of Merlot, rampant, over a fleur-de-lys with the inscription in Latin...Nil Ligitum Carborundum (which roughly translated means 'don't let the bastards grind you down.)

Waylon

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Yo Bubba:

I preferred bastard! hahahah!

I recall some years ago when spearheading an attack on Britain's archaeological lobby (ie. kicking some ass) I told a couple of them during the beer break that if they wanted "a f@#*king war" they'd come to the right bloke and that for openers, I'd expose some of their shortcomings ( read under-the-counter-coin-sales) and naming names in to the bargain. "You can't." they replied as one. Well I think that's what they said!

Hope things are looking up for you and keep taking the Merlot - with a little Camembert and crackers.

Bestest regards

Waylon

Don't ask me where "Waylon" came from.....just the way he signs his mail. Perhaps he will address this in a future update. In any case please do check out his 50th rant by clicking here!

MANY THANKS BUBBA....THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL
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LATEST UPDATE ON THE TASKFORCE

The NYC Taskforce has a new name and new website! These changes coincided with yesterday's meeting with the NYC Parks commission, where they came away with a couple of minor victories.... the addition of three more parks to the "available" list, and an agreement to keep meeting. Be sure to take time and visit The Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Foundation .

Keep an eye on this organization. They have a purpose, and know how to face adversity......

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MUCH RICHER, BUT STILL SWINGING....
Jethro Carpenter

Jethro Carpenter, finder of the Bredon Hill Roman coin hoard, popped in on Nigel Ingram at Regton, Ltd. Despite his sudden riches, he is still detecting looking for that next big find, and as humble as ever.

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NEW WASHINGTON STATE CLUB

My good friend Dee Sperling just made aware of a new club in Washington. The Treasure Hunters Club of Montesano is looking for new members, and they are located on the Olympic Peninsula about a half hour west of Olympia Washington. Be sure to visit their website for more information.

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November 16, 2011

WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO DO?

Having had surgery on the 7th I was not allowed, nor was I in the mood, to do a whole lot of anything. So, I remembered something I used to preach years ago....."when you have finished reading your owner’s manual, read it again."

I dug out my MTX manual and started reading from page one. Kept going, reading rather quickly and then I hit the CONTROLS section (as in Mode Toggle, Trac Toggle, Gain Adjustments, etc.... I then not only slowed down, I started highlighting a few things. Things that I had thought I understood. Turns out I didn’t.

As a result I took the MXT and did a little bench testing (a.k.a., what you do when you have the itch and can’t scratch). I found the White’s test stix, and experimented with various settings, readouts and audio responses, etc.... I had forgotten how much you learn by doing this every so often. I also wound up taking the owners manual to bed couple of nights. Amazing what you can forget, or assume.

I will always remember those long winters back in New Jersey when my detector pretty much stayed on the dining room table, much to the chagrin of my wife. Talk about going through withdrawal. I remember one of the big tests would be seeing how far away I could wave a coin and still get an audio response. Could never, ever relate that to finds in the field, but what the hell, it was exciting.

So let me repeat my speech of old....Read your owner's manual throroughly, and when you are done, read it again! I have plans to do that with my V3i manual, and I am certain that will be a major project.

I also found the following sites, dedicated to the MXT exclusively. Check them out.....


MXT Diary
Site Specific Hunting With the MXT
The Very Unofficial MXT Users Support Homepage


Remember too that White's has four very good instructional videos on their website. I have revisited those a few times......

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A RELIC HUNTER'S WEDDING

Butch Holcombe (as in the editor of American Digger magazine) shared a wedding photo on Facebook, and it was indeed a real treasure hunter’s event. Be sure to look for more info on this in the next issue of American Digger . (American Digger is also on Facebook). Thanks for the photo Butch...looking forward to the complete story.

Butch Holcome, American Digger Magazine
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ONE THE TV SHOW MISSED

Think most of us are familiar with the TV show "Storage Wars".... This is one that got away and what a bonus for the buyer(s)....

Auction Yields Pirate Treasure

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THE BUBBA'S 50TH IS HERE!

John just sent me his 50th writeup/contribution to the Malamute Saloon (a mean feat for someone who is rarely sober). I will try and upload it in a day or two. Just so you know, when John sends me something for the website I have to read through it very carefully, making sure he hasn't offended some innocent individual, and that his obscenity has not reached an all-time high (if that's even possible). So check back in a day or two, and see what the bastard gentleman from across the sea has to say.....

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November 12, 2011

A SYMPATHETIC AND CARING GUY

Nothing ever changes....just received this from John Howland......

Yo Bubba:

How's the recovery going? Hope your sitting up in bed and being pandered to by Fay. Hope she knows how to open a bottle of Merlot, though I guess you might have to sip it through a straw?

Anyway, ole pal, glad to have you back in the Land of the Living. Get well soon, eh?

Regards

John

PS. Do you know anyone who wants a second hand wreath going cheap?

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DAN KNIGHT'S HALLOWEEN TREAT
Dan Knight, member of the South Jersey Treasure
Hunters Club & Jersey Shore Beach & Surf Hunters

I write often about the South Jersey Metal Detecting Club & the Jersey Shore Beach & Surf Hunters, and I am proud to still have a lot of friends there. One friend Dan Knight was hitting the beaches near Ocean City when his last find of the day was a ring studded with what looked like diamonds. At the time Dan wondered if it were a "trick or treat"....and a few days later Dan posted this on Facebook.....

"The trick-or-treat verdict is in - it's a $ 10,000 + TREAT! I took yesterday's unmarked diamond' ring to a couple of jewelers at lunch today, and all agreed on one thing - who ever had this custom ring made knew their diamonds. It's got a 1 + carat center stone of the highest clarity and color, and there's another 3/4 carat of matched princess' along the sides of the 18K band. Retail value? Between $10 and $15K according to one jeweler. Looks like another W&E "Best Find" entry for the JSBSH Facebook (and SJMDC) gang! Here's two more photo's of her all shined up..."

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FROM THE MEMORY BOX

Joe Cook recently sent me a box of old 35mm slides for use here on Stout Standards. Most of them from the 80's when we were doing so many great things with the FMDAC. It's fun going through them, and I will be scanning them and sharing them at a later date. Thanks Joe....lots of memories already.

Prizes 1987 Convention....18 detectors, 4 Coolers, 4 TV's, Gold, Silver, Cash and new Ford Mustang

Can you book a Casino room now for $90?
White's Alan Holcombe & Rita Smith,
(editor, Treasure Hunting Magazine, UK)
Taken same day. Yours Truly and Alan, mid-80's
Convention Writeup, Searcher magazine, UK, 1986
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THINGS YOU TEND TO FORGET AS YOU AGE....

Having turned 70 this year, and after having medical problems I learned that your treasures are not always around the corner. In fact they have probably been in your front yard for some time.

The year 2011 has taken my Mom, my sister-in-law, my job, and both my wife and I are experiencing health problems. It's been like an ongoing speed bump, and it's caused me to stop and try to smell the roses. I say "try" because I have never been one to slow down, or for that matter, get sentimental. I have pretty much lived the "it is what it is" life. Now? Starting to think twice!

I still love doing all the things I have done in the past. I just can't do them as much or as well. Detecting, playing the guitar, sports, working outdoors, have all suffered, and I have suddenly began to appreciate the fact that I can even think and read about them. No, I am no crippled, or debilitated. I am experiencing what they call "growing old"....

Putting together Stout Standards has probably been one of the best decisions I have made in some time. Not only did it make me seek and sort out old photos (still getting them together), but it made me share ideas, thoughts, memories and resulted in reunions with old friends, many of whom I had given up hope of ever talking with again.

So, a piece of advice.... Grab your detector, get out in the field, and enjoy while you can. Lastly, share your stories, your tips, ideas and your memories with others. You only go around once!!

My goal is for a much better 2012, with lots of new and exciting finds!

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TWO RECENT VIDEO'S

NEW INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO, GARRETT AT GOLD...


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GRAVEDIGGER MAX


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November 10, 2011

BRIEF UPDATE

Many thanks for all the emails asking about my well being/surgeries, etc....I appreciate it very much. Things went well, and just trying now to get back to a normal routine. Scars have to heal, and I need to stop sleeping so much. Hoping to have some new info up in a day or two. Thanks again....

Sorry John, things didn't go "tits up" and you just might need to pay cash for a White's detector....

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November 6, 2011

WET DETECTOR FIELD TEST

Just received my latest issue of Western & Eastern Treasures magazine and noticed that there was a field test of the AT PRO inside. Best of all it was by Ben Myers, my old friend from back East. Ben is not only a great detectorist, but the perfect person to do field tests. This is the first field test for Ben in quite some time, and in fact, the first field test I have seen from anyone in a long while.....

What I like about Ben's field tests, and I might add, what I used to like about Bob Sickler's field tests, was that they weren't all fluff, and often included recommendations on how to do things better next time round.... Whether it was technological or mechanical, both would tell it like it is. This latest field test was no different.

Ben Myers and Ed Fedory...circa late 80's

I started to read Ben's field test, and slowly but surely I was lost. Not because of Ben's review, but because the entire field test was eight pages long....

It was an owner's manual plus, and if it takes eight pages to tell me about a detector I don't need it. Much, too much, information, too many features, too many options, and way too many variables for me. What did I like? Ben's recommendation that the cuff should be adjustable! A simple "mechanical" fix, but one I fully understood. I too have the same problem with the V3i and MXT. The cuff is just not comfortable enough, and the balance is a little off. Also, having to slip my arm in and out of the cuff and strap can be annnoying. Don't ever remember having this problem years ago?

Anyway, I am "still" looking for that very lightweight, easy to use detector. All I want or need is All-Metal, Discrmination, Ground Balance and it should look like the "Troy" models....very small control box, and with adjustable cuff. Don't need a meter, and prefer what used to be the standard, seven inch coil. Oh, and please use knobs/switches and offer cordless headphones...they are fantastic (Thank you White's).

Okay, now that I've pissed off most all my manufacturing friends....what do YOU think?


“Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: You find the present tense and the past perfect"

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UK NEWS....

Find of a Lifetime
Silver Ring Find
Tudor Ring Found

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A GREAT REMINDER

Think I first saw this on Facebook, and I apologize for not remembering who posted it, but I think it's something we all need to remember each and every time we venture out in the field.....



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AND WHERE WERE THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS?

Found the following an interesting story only because these items were found before the area was paved over......Wonder why the Archaeological community wasn't aware of it, and whether or not they gave Mr. Jakes a pat on the back? Suspect they were jealous and pissed! Also note that the finds were shared with the public, FREE OF CHARGE.

Civil War Relics on Display

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HIP HOP DETECTING


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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HIT THE PUB BEFORE THE HUNT


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A TWO FOR ONE EVENT

Amazingly, despite all the snafu's and problems encountered over the past couple of months, I think I have lucked out (Geez I hope I am not jinxing this). After finally ascertaining my hand problem was a severe case of carpel tunnel, the two doc's are joining forces and I am having both surgeries at the same time tomorrow. Hand first, then thyroid....unfortunately it wasn't a buy one, get one free offering. Hopefully home on Tuesday, but if not Barnum will be checking my email and taking my calls.....

Barnum...totally in charge

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November 1, 2011

DON VICKERS RESIGNS AS FMDAC WEBMASTER

Noticed that Don Vickers resigned as the FMDAC webmaster. Big loss in my opinion. Not sure what is going on with the FMDAC, and as much as I hate to say it, I don't care any longer. They have dropped the ball, left the field, took their ball and bat and went home, and left many asking why? Each year they hold a hunt, have a meeting, promise to communicate, and never do....

I now choose to remember that time when the FMDAC was an organization you wanted to belong to and was proud to belong to, and I will never forget the officers and members who worked so hard for so many years to make it that way.


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YOU KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE WHEN.....

Was chatting with my good friend John Howland (as in Malamute Saloon), and telling him about all my medical problems and forthcoming surgery.

His response? "Hey, if it all goes tits-up, can I have your Whites machine?"

What a guy!! You really get to know who you friends are when the going gets tough..... A friend indeed is a friend in need!

Thanks John. I got your White's machine, right here!

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ANOTHER GREAT FIND FROM THE UK....

These things just keep on coming.......


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FORUM....?

Still have a few emails asking why I don't offer a forum here.... The answer is really quite simple. There are already a zillion of them out there. What would one more do for you? Likewise I understand the fascination with metal detecting forums. I just do not have the time to monitor one.

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"DIMEMAN DOES IT AGAIN"

Got the following email from my friend Robbie Morin in Houston, and as usual he was bragging. Then again he has every right to brag....he's putting me to shame with his finds. If you want to know more about Robbie go to YouTube and type in "Dimeman".....

Hi Dick,

There are still old coins to be located, still in the ground. Sunday I took my Fisher F5 out to a small park here in Houston. It's near an old 1940's German Settlement. On the old Google map it looks much like it does today.. The park is next to a creek, and my guess is this where they probably got their water from. It is still wooded with big pine trees and oak trees.

The "Dimeman", Robbie Morin

I scanned around the park equipment getting a handful of clad coins, then started on the grounds. I got a few clad coins that had been there awhile, a wheat cent, an Indian Head cent and my second ever Seated Half Dollar. It was at an angle alongside a tree root and was about 4 inches deep. I plan to go back soon and see what else the area has to offer....looks promising.

Robbie

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CHICAGO RON'S LATEST

Thanks again to Ron Guinazzo (a.k.a. Chicago Ron) for another terrific video. Ron lives and eats treasure hunting, and if you happen to be on Facebook be sure to check out his blog under Chicago Ron.....



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AND MORE FROM ACROSS THE POND....
Bronze Age Treasure Trove

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THANKS BRIAN MAYER....

I have mentioned Brian Mayer many times here on Stout standards, and Brian is a member of the South Jersey Metal Detecting Club , one of the biggest and best in the Northeast. If you are into beach hunting be sure to keep check out their site on Facebook. In the search area type in Jersey Shore Beach and Surf Hunters....




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NICE WRITE-UP FOR THREE SEASONS TREASURE HUNTERS

Thank you to another old friend, Ken Briggs, for sending the following blurb.... Ken is president of the Three Seasons Treasure Hunters Club located in West Central Wisconsin....

TREASURE HUNTERS IN SEARCH OF HISTORY

Be sure to peruse this club's website....lots of great information, and I like the fact that Ken and the gang are involved in a lot of community doings. Thanks Ken for promoting our pastime. You are appreciated...


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FINALLY AN ANSWER

After months of medical tests, which I now suspect were unecessary, they have an answer for my hand problems. Carpel Tunnel! Two CT Scans, MRI, X-Rays, Sonogram, and Electromyograms later I learned I have what I thought I had from day one. Yesterday the doc who did the EMG asked why I had had all the various procedures? I almost had to laugh, except it wasn't funny. Apparently from my symptoms Carpel Tunnel was the most logical explanation, and an EMG would have determined that quickly. Instead this was the last procedure to be recommended. So three months and a lot of dollars later I am hoping to have my hands back soon.

Only consolation was that during one of the CT scans, they found a lesion on my Thyroid, and a sonogram and biopsy later, I will be having surgery to remove half of it on the 7th. Hoping that and the Carpel Tunnel surgery will be it for a while. What a year!!

Thanks to all you who sent emails wishing me well....trust me, compared to millions of others, my ills are minor. And no John, you can't have any of my damn metal detectors....ever!!

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October 28, 2011

A QUICKIE FROM BUBBA, THE DUKE OF MAYFLY

Just received short update from John via the Mayfly Pub , and if you are interested in his inebriated comments, suggestions, recommendatons, dirty jokes, or far-fetched stories, you can find them here . Remember all of John's writings are based on his life and experiences, and that my friends is truly sad...

John's next contribution to Stout Standards will be his 50th, and it should be interesting. He has promised that it will be one to remember, and that scares the hell out of me....

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MINI PIZZA'S

Finally added another recipe to the Poor Gourmand, and it's one Fay and I have made for years. Think we got this from Jacques Pepin (one of his very early shows). Great thing about this recipe is that it's open to interpretation, and whatever you have available.... Check it out by clicking here.

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BUSY KEEPING THE DOC'S IN BUSINESS...

Next couple of weeks will be busy one's for me. More diagnostic tests, a surgery here and there, and more money flying out the door. Anyone who tell's you we don't need a comprehensive health care program in this country is one who has not had to test it to any extent. CT scans, MRI's, Xrays, Sonogram's, EMG's...you name it I have had it. Hoping to feel normal again by first of December, and certainly by the start of 2012....

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TRICK OR TREAT....?

Lastly, forwarding my Halloween wishes to you all.......

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October 25, 2011

GLENN CARSON, ONE OF THE GREATS, RETIRING

Just heard that Glenn Carson has decided to retire, and want to wish him the very best. Glenn is without a doubt a legend in the treasure hunting world, and has shared his experiences and expertise with many, both in person and via his numerous articles and books. I first met Glenn and Mary back in the early 80's in Atlantic City, and it was a special moment for me. You will never meet a more genuine and decent man than Glenn Carson.

Glenn and Sam Abramo, FMDAC Party, 1985
Glenn giving seminar, early 80's

Glenn was a contributing editor for Western & Eastern for many, many years, and his monthly contributions were something I always looked forward to. He could get the juices flowing like no other writer, and you knew his words were backed up by many years in the field. I will miss reading his articles, but I am happy knowing that he will be taking it easy and enjoying life. Of course I say that tongue in cheek, because knowing Glenn he is probably already planning some great adventure.....

Mary and Glenn Carson/FMDAC event early 80's
Glenn, far right...Treasure Expo, Fremont, Nebraska

Thank you Glenn for sharing so much with so many, and for all your help and advice over the years. Fay and I wish you and Mary the very, very best....


FOILED!

Had the batteries charged, the detector out and ready to go out early Sunday, but shortly after midnight we had a helluva thunderstorm. Only consolation was we needed the rain desperately. Beginning November 1st we will be in Stage 3 status for water rationing. A few of the lakes around this neck of the woods are virtually dried up, and Fay and I are looking at another bill for $7,000 to fix our foundation. Welcome to Texas!!


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GREAT VIDEO'S FOR V3i AND MXT USERS

Stumbled across the following video on YouTube, and as a V3i user found it very informative. I was also amazed at the number of related videos this poster shared, all aimed at V3i and MXT user's (MXT is my second unit). If you use either of these machines you will find these informative.


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UK DETECTORIST FINALLY NAMED

Happy to say that the finder of largest hoard of Roman coins ever discovered in the UK is a customer of my very good friend, Nigel Ingram, at Regton, Ltd.. Jethro Carpenter, 43, and his friend Mark Gilmore, 47, were enjoying a walk in the Worcestershire countryside when they stumbled across the country’s largest hoard – 3874 Roman coins, dated between AD 280 – 282. Read more here . Wondering Nigel...think you deserve a piece of the pie? .

Regton, Ltd, is without a doubt the UK's largest and most complete treasure hunting shop. Check them out at Regton, Ltd. If you are ever in the Birmingham area be sure to stop in (if Nigel is there remind him he still owes me twenty bucks!).

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THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN.....

I got thinking about Glenn retiring, and it got me thinking about the "good ole days". You know about those don't you? Well, probably not, unless you are getting along in years. My dad used to talk about the good ole days, and I now I understand the expession. While aging brings on aches and pains, it also brings a lot of yearning for things and events that happened in the past. Guess you can also call it "fondly look back" or "reminiscing?" Then again maybe I am just having brain farts? Who knows?

I often look back at my early TH'ing magazines and see names like Karl von Mueller, Glenn Carson, Jerry Bass, Roy Lagal, Charles Garrett, Abe Linocln, Richard Ray, Michael Paul Henson, Bob Grant, John Punola and Lucile Bowen. I see detector ads from White's, Garrett, Fisher, Teknetics, Tesoro, D-Tex, Bounty Hunter, A&H Electronics, Gold Mountain, C&G Technology, Wilson Neuman,Gardiner, Compass, Elsec, and accessories like the Hole Hog and Depthmaster.

Sure miss those knobs and switches......
A young and handsome John Punola....What happened John?

And speaking of treasure magazines, you could buy or subscribe to Western & Eastern Treasures, World of Treasure, Lost Treasures, Treasure, Treasure Found, Long John Latham's Treasure World, True West, True Treasure, Western Treasures, Frontier Times, Gem & Treasure, Treasure Facts and Old West. There were also great newsletters that came out of the National Treasure Hunter's League, and of course the Exanimo Express and Treasure Hunters Express by Paul & Joan Tainter....

Loved this ad where every brand was shown
White's Di-Series 2, without a doubt my favorite
White's Liberty Di...Fay still uses this
The rugged Master Hunter Series

A few detector "selling points" from the 80's.... 4 1/2 inch meter, adjustable shaft, built in speaker, battery check switch, ten turn tuning, crystal controlled operating frequency, improved reliability, and zero discrimination. Also noted...."Now for the first time a detector that reads the depth of a single coin!" and "GEB requires slower loop sweep". And my favorite digging tool from that era....a long screwdriver with a blunted tip.

Fast forward to 2011, and you find LED meters, target ID, graphic target imaging, surface elimination, multiple frequencies, wireless headphones, preset and user programable programs, target separation sensitivity, searchcoils of any and all configurations, and of course the ever popular electronic pinpointers. As if all this technology, all this equipment weren't enough, today's hunters also make sure to wear a camera to film their finds!

Sorry everyone, but you can have all this. Someday you will understand why I prefer the "good ole days"

A FEW VIDEO'S ("OR SHOULD I SAY TALKIE'S") FROM YOUTUBE





TWO FROM ACROSS THE POND




COUPLE OF GREAT WEBSITES

Just found these and wanted to share them with you... If you have favorite websites, and I do not have them listed in the links area, please let me know. There's a lot of good info out there for everyone....

Metal Detecting Ghost Towns of the East
Exploring History's Treasures

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October 22, 2011

STILL ALIVE, BUT NOT KICKIN ALL THAT MUCH

Once again, don't have much to say or report. Have not been detecting, and incoming news has been been slow. I do appreciate the emails from you all about my aches and pains. At this point in time I am just looking to get through 2011. It's been one lousy year. When I don't get to the State Fair for a corny dog and tornado taters, something's wrong....

My brother Phil sent along this interesting website, and thought I would share it...just might find a photo or two from your neck of the woods...

PENNY POSTCARDS

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NOT BAD FOR A DAY'S DETECTING

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October 17, 2011

NEW DIGGING TOOL

Received the following review/recommendation from Bob Collinsworth, Harrisville, New Hampshire, and wanted to share it. Will also add it to Product Reviews Link. I am always looking for a better recovery tool, especially given the soil I am faced with here in the Dallas area. You need to experience it to understand.... Thanks Bob. Appreciate that you took the time to share this with me and with those who visit here.

Hi Dick:

I just wanted to tell you about a digging tool I bought for Metal Detecting. It is called a "Hori Hori Digging Tool" and was designed by the Japanese for digging Bonsai specimens from very rocky mountainous ground. People who do metal detecting and American gardeners have taken a real liking to this tool because of it's design and strength. It is made in at least two varieties (Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel).

Most of the reviews I have read recommend the Carbon Steel variety because it will not bend . . . ever. With the Carbon Steel variety you will have to rub it down with a coating of oil every now and then because Carbon Steel will rust . That is the kind I got because I was looking for an ultra-strong digging tool that I could use in heavy clay and stony ground without fear of it bending. I am attaching a photo image below.

The whole tool is about 12" long with a 7 1/2" blade. One side of the blade has saw type teeth for cutting through roots and the entire blade is fairly thick and slightly concave to add strength and make digging easier. It is one rugged digging tool. Seriously, this has to be a lifetime type tool! The Vinyl belt sheath that comes with it is a cheapo however, the tool is anything but. I have used mine and in my opinion, it is the best digging tool I have ever seen for coinshooting and recovery regardless of the type of ground covered. I paid right around $30.00 for mine but I have seen them for sale for a bit more and even a bit less since purchasing mine.....

I hope this review helps fellow coinshooters and detectorists.


THOSE DAMN BRITS ARE AT IT AGAIN....

Thanks Nigel Ingram for sharing the following.....

Another Roman Hoard Found
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MORE TO COME

Not a lot to report today.....did not get out this weekend, and the past few days have been trying. Hoping to get some medical problems out of the way this week, and somehow get rejuvenated. Out of work, hurting, and sitting around doing nothing is not good for sure. Hang in there with me....

In the meantime if you have anything at all you'd like to share here please send it along.....

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October 13, 2011

MORE ATPRO TIPS, AND LIFE AS IT HAPPENS FOR THE BIG MAN ACROSS THE POND

John Howland, my good friend and bar mate, has graced Stout Standards again with all the lastest from the UK, and from his screwed up outlook on life. This contribution is John's 48th in the little over 18 months the site has been in existence, and I cannot thank him enough. He has promised something special for the 50th, and I not sure whether to be happy, anxious or worried.... Have experienced too many of his promises (a.k.a. threats) in the past. Stay tuned....

John has added a couple more tips for all you Garrett ATPRO users (along with photos). To read it all, rants included, click HERE .

John recently found this titanium ring with the ATpro
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REENFORCEMENT FROM MY FRIEND BACK EAST

Got a nice email from Joe Cook again, and he offered the following with regards to my post of October 10th (Treasues we Tend to Forget)..........

Hi Dick,

I would like to make a couple comments about your Oct. 10th post if I may.....

I do visit your site almost daily to see what you may have posted and yes, I am an old timer, I do know you, I do relate to your posts, and I do want to reminisce! But in many senses, I am also a newcomer, since I have been away from detecting for such a long time, and just reading the posts on your site is helping me to enjoy our hobby once again!

Joe and his best friend Boo!

I too enjoy looking at the photos you have posted, and as you know I've gone through mine and sent a few of them to you. And yes, they sure brought back some great memories, and I remembered many of the ‘moments’ as clearly as if they happened yesterday!.

I did buy my first detector, found a silver coin, sought out and joined the local metal detecting club. Then I found a detecting partner, who became my life long best friend. We detected together, and sometimes our best finds were the bagel and coffee we had after each outing, and the plans that were made for our next outing, where we were sure we would find that gold coin. And yes, I prefer the term ‘metal detecting’ over ‘treasure hunting’ after the Federation worked so hard to get rid of the negative feelings that ‘treasure hunter’ congers up with most folks.

And I do understand and appreciate the anticipation, participation, the fun and most of all the camaraderie of the scores of friends I have made thanks entirely to the best pastime in the world!

Dick, I know I am not alone in these feelings. I thank you for starting and maintaining this site. It is far and away my favorite metal detecting site on the entire internet. Keep up the GREAT work so that years from now, the newcomers of today will be able to look back and say all the same things that you said in the past and that I, as well as many others I’m sure, agree with.

Joe, thank you so much for the kind comments, and for contributing so much to the site. Over the years I have met a lot of great people by merely swinging a detector, and I am proud to have met you, hunted with you and worked with you. I know what you've contributed to the pastime over the years, and all of us who participate are indebted to you as well. You make me feel like it's okay to be an "oldtimer" even if it hurts to admit it....We had some great times!!

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INTERESTING READS....
Relic from Crusades Found in Scotland
Turn of the Century Suffrage Item found
Who Needs a Detector?
More from Florida's Treasure Coast

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DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS....AMAZING!!


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CROSSING MY FINGERS

Want desperately to get out over the weekend, and have a couple of new places in mind. Hopefully they will be available.... My hand is not a whole lot better, but picking up a new medication tomorrow, and crossing my fingers that it will alleviate the pain until I see the specialist end of this month. It's frustrating because the weather is now getting decent. No rain, tolerable temps, detector ready, batteries charged, and wanting desperately to find something. Even UMO's (Joe Cook's term for unidentified metallic objects). Will keep you posted....


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October 10, 2011

THE TREASURE WE TEND TO FORGET

When I started this website back in March of 2010 it was to be an exercise in putting my limited PC skills to use, and in the process give me a place to document my metal detecting experiences, photos and stories. I have to say I am pleased with my effort, if only in the fact that it is still going, still a work in progress, and still visited by detectorists. I know many of my visitors are old-timers, who either know me, can relate to my posts, or who just want to reminisce. Hopefully there a few newcomers who can still find something here to help them enjoy the pastime just a little more.

I Spent a couple of hours going through old photos the other day, and found a few from the 90's, 80's and even a couple from before that time. They all brought back memories, and a few even took me back immediately to that particular moment. Yes, we are all treasure hunters of a sort, and yes we are all looking to find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. What we tend to overlook in all this is the beginnings, the journey, the process.... whatever you care to call it.

Something piques our interest. We buy a metal detector. We unearth that first good find. We then discover that we are addicted. Next we find the local club, and we find a partner to share the fun. We read, we research, we travel, we ask questions, and we eat, sleep and live metal detecting. Over the top? Probably....but what a helluva lot of fun. Metal detecting takes over much of our life, and we live for the moment when we can dig that next signal, and live on "easy street".

Top two photos....Dan Hamilton, my hunting partner for many years, searching old homesite, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Bottom photo....Dan and I, circa early 2000's

We get together with others for breakfast before heading out to detect. We share signals in the field and we share lunch, going over what we found or didn't. We often wind up with nothing to show for our hours in the field, but that is always overshadowed by what could have been, the fresh air, and the comraderie. Such is metal detecting, or if you prefer, treasure hunting.

You may not understand or appreciate what I am saying here, but somewhere down the road you will. Like many other things, it's not the end result, or the final score, but rather the the anticipation, the participation and the fun that makes this pastime the best in the world.

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When I found the top two photos of Dan I laughed because back then our tools were a detector, a screwdriver and an apron...

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OLD PHOTOS, MISSING NAMES....?

Was going through a few old photos the other day and added a few to the photos link(Photos 18). They will only appeal to those in the photos I am sure. If you are one of those ancient breeds, let me know if you can add names to those I have forgotten. The following is one that goes back to the early 80's, and for the life of me I cannot remember this gentleman's name....

This photo was taken at a hunt in New England, and he was the founder of the Colonial Relic Hunters Club..... If you know him, please let me know. Thanks...

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NEW W.C.JAMESON BOOK

Thanks to Keith Wills for letting me know about this new title.... W.C. Jameson is a local Texas author, treasure hunter and his "Buried Treasures of the American Southwest" is one of my favorites. The new book titled "Treasure Hunter: Caches, Curses, and Deadly Confrontations" can be purchased/ordered at any good bookstore, and is available at amazon.com and as a Kindle download. You can also obtain autographed copies from W.C.Jameson at P.O. Box 989, Llano, Tx 78643. ($18.00 postpaid).

Be sure to check W.C.'s website here
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NO BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE

Call this an advertisement, endorsement, whatever..... I don't care. White's Electronics has, without a doubt, the best customer service, bar none. Yes I have been a long time White's user, but in the last few months they have gone out of their way to help a few folks over and above what anyone might expect. I cannot share specifics, but suffice to say it was extraordinary, and they will have my business until I can no longer swing a coil. I have been privileged to meet most of the folks at the factory, and consider them part of my family. From the individuals you helped and from me, Thank you all....

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AN IMPORTANT REMINDER

A few listings ago here under "Latest News" I mentioned a few problem areas that need our attention. They are still areas of concern, and we need to continue to keep at it, writing, emailing or calling. Please consider the following and do what you can to help everyone else who swings a metal detector....

I KNOW THESE ARE REPEATS, BUT THEY NEED REPEATING! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO HELP
TVA PUTTING PERMITS ON HOLD

Just heard from my good friend Denny Morrison that the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) has stopped issuing metal detecting permits. Apparently they are reviewing the situation and will be making a decision after the first of next year. One can only guess what or who might be behind this action. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts with them, and let them know how disappointed you are. You can do this by visiting the TVA website. Please pass this information along to everyone in your club, as well as to your metal detecting friends. We have enough time to let them know our numbers are many.....

UPDATE FROM BUTCH HOLCOMBE/AMERICAN DIGGER MAGAZINE

Some folks are having trouble accessing the TVA site. instead, here is their email tvainfo@tva.com. Better still, their phone number is 800-882-5263.


FOR WIDEST POSSIBLE DISTRIBUTION. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP.

To anyone who metal detects or otherwise supports this wholesome activity, we need and are asking for your help. The Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights has been advocating for the pastime for over 15 years. We have asked for help from time to time over this period, and some have stepped forward, but this time we need all to step forward to help us effect change. The Task Force asks that you write, email or phone the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to request the following:

That metal detecting be removed from 'prohibited status' in NYC parks and that it be listed instead as a regulated activity.
That the arbitrary rule that prohibits metal detecting within 25' of a tree, be repealed.

These requests should be made to NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Assistant Comissioner Michael Dockett.

Adrian Benepe Michael Dockett
The Arsenal, Central Park The Arsenal North
830 Fifth Avenue 1234 Fifth Avenue, Rm. 213
New York, N.Y. 10065 New York, N.Y. 10029

Email: adrian.benepe@parks.nyc.gov mike.dockett@parks.nyc.gov

Phone 212 360-1305 or 212 360-2778

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FACTS TO USE IN YOUR COMMUNICATION

The only other recreational activities that have "prohibited status" in NYC parks are aviation related and would clearly pose a danger to park patrons. All other recreational activities are designated as regulated uses.

The Task Force has presented evidence to the parks department,corroborated by "Colorado State University" and "Trees New York", that "One of the biggest killers of urban trees is soil compaction." It is clear that the act of retrieving a target located with a metal detector, relieves soil compaction and is therefore actually beneficial to trees. No other park activities, many of which do contribute to soil compaction have been excluded from this 25' circle around trees. (i.e. laying on a blanket).

"Trees New York" states that "Dog urine is acidic and the feces are high in nitrates, both are harmful to trees. There is no restrictive distance with respect to trees imposed on dogs in New York City parks. In fact, dogs even have off leash hours where they can roam around freely. With the arbitrary 25' rule in effect, a total area of 1962.5' of parkland around each tree is closed to metal detecting.


SOME RELEVANT OBSERVATIONS BY TASK FORCE CO-CHAIR AVERY MARDER

When I was in the Prospect Park on "Volunteers Day", we were all assigned tasks to do. I went out with a group to work on maintenance around trees ! Some of us were given shovels, some rakes and others were given PITCH FORKS ! Those with the pitch forks were told to turn the soil after the weeds and undergrowth were cleared away.

"Hmmmmm...think about that - pitch fork, digging in the soil around a tree - to help the tree."

When I lived in Ditmas Park Brooklyn, the neighborhood would get a group of volunteers together every Arbor Day, and we'd go around planting new trees to replace those that were gone for various reasons, and we'd also, under the direction of a representative of the Dept of Parks, "relieve the problems" around the local "tree pits". A tree pit is the area a live tree is growing out of, surrounded by the sidewalk cement. We would clean up the area, remove any decorative bricks or stones that were there, and turn the soil to relieve the compacted situation. This was all done under the supervision of Dept of Parks employees.

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October 4, 2011

DOES YOUR CLUB HAVE A SISTER CLUB SOMEWHERE?

I had a few people email me about Chris Altmann's find in the UK (last update here), and I wanted to tell you how it came about. Chris, his wife Kim, and members of the EARTH Club are able to travel to England and make finds like this because a few years ago they made contact with a detecting club in the UK. They became what you might call "sister clubs", sharing newsletters, tips, finds, etc... I wrote about this connection way back when, and if you are new to this site you can read about it here.

Larry Ehlinger, Stu Copperwheat, Chris Altmann and Lisle Sanborn
of the EARTH Club on their detecting trip to the UK

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OTHERWISE.....

Not a lot to report. Weather is getting nice now, but my pain isn't. Not crippled just yet....just hurting like hell. Hard to explain.

Temps are in the mid 80's, and it's starting to become a typical Texas October...probably THE best month of the year here. Big problem remains rain....none in the forecast, and we will begin serious rationing November 1.

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FEW MORE ITEMS OF INTEREST

Drought Uncovers Treasures

More Stupid Laws


Really Love the following one....thanks Terry Soloman for putting it together, and thanks Nigel for making me aware of it......


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TERRIFIC CLUB WEBSITE

I've bragged about this site before, and now it's even better. Do yourself a favor and check out the new, revamped website of the Nor'easters Club , out of Stamford,Connecticut. Jessie Thompson, president does an outstanding job, and is also a great friend to the pastime. Ask anyone back East, and they will tell you that as well.

Jessie Thompson

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September 30, 2011

GREAT FIND AND GREAT GESTURE BY NEW YORK DETECTORIST

Chris Altmann, a good friend, and member of the EARTH Club in Upstate NY, had a super find in England recently. While metal detecting a large tilled field in Wiltshire, he heard a very loud signal and decided to check it out. He pulled a heavy ovoid shaped ring from the ground, and tucked it into his pouch for later review.

After a little research, he learned it was a Late Iron Age to Early Roman period (100BC to 100AD) bronze terret ring. This bronze loop is where the reins pass through on a chariot or carriage yoke. As you might expect, Chris really wanted to keep the artifact for himself, but decided to donate it to the Wiltshire Heritage Museum, located in the same county as Stonehenge. The museum houses a large Bronze Age collection, as well as artifacts from many other time periods.

Chris worked with Katie Hinds, the museum liaison, to fill out the proper paperwork. The museum director was thrilled to receive the piece, as they only have four terret rings in their collection, two of which are fragments.

Metal detectorists often sell their artifacts, or keep them in their private collections, but Chris felt that by donating this piece to the museum would be more fulfilling, in that museum visitors and researchers would be able to view it for years to come. Chris also feels it's something all of us should consider, even with artifacts from the United States. And most smaller museums and historical societies run on very tight budgets, so the donation of an artifact is always well received. The Wiltshire Heritage Museum is located in Devizes, England. Their website is Wiltshire Heritage Museum

Great find and nice gesture Chris.....thanks from all of us in the pastime!!

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THIS TIME OF YEAR

Late September here in the Dallas area is always one that we look forward to. It usually means cooler temps and better detecting. Kind of a rite of fall if you will. We know it's that time because Big Tex get's put up at the State Fair of Texas. This state fair is truly one of a kind and something everyone should experience if you are ever in Texas this time of year. Great locale, events, concerts, Cotton Bowl football, midway and great eats. Fay and I took in the arrival and set-up of Big Tex on Monday just to get in the spirit.

Watch it Big Tex!!
Almost there....

Now if the "Rain Gods" and the "Pain Gods" will be kind just maybe I can get out and find something good. Actually had some rain last night, and hope to start therapy next week to alleviate some of the pain in my hands.... (above photos by Fay Stout)

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RECENT ITEMS OF INTEREST
Medal Returned
Roman Coin Found
NOT Good PR


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September 27, 2011

JOE COOK....DETECTORIST, GOOD FRIEND, AMBASSADOR TO THE PASTIME

If you visit this site you know who Joe Cook is. He was the president of the FMDAC back in the glory days, but more importantly he is a friend to all of us for what he did to further the pastime. I am also proud to say he is my friend. One of Joe's fortes is his writing ability, and he was kind enough to send along the following fun article. I have a feeling you will all relate to it. I know I did....

by Joe Cook

I love reading Dick’s web site, stoutstandards.com, and would like to contribute more to it than the few pictures and thoughts I have had about different postings. But since I have been pretty much unable to detect for a good number of years because of health issues, I wondered what I could possibly add that anyone in the hobby of metal detecting would enjoy reading. I am not up on the new equipment on the market, so any kind of equipment review is out of the question. I have never been real good at research and used to depend a lot on the fact that I worked construction and got around a lot to find sites to hunt. And I never found the ‘pot of gold’ to talk about even though through the years I have found my fair share of ‘goodies’.

As past President of the FMDAC, I guess I could talk about problems facing the hobby, but I am not even current with all of the problems that the hobby faces today and I depend on Dick’s site to keep me informed about what’s going on. (And a big ‘thumbs up’ to the ‘New York City Task Force’ for doing such a GREAT job!). No, I was trying to think of something that we all could relate to that even I could talk about… Then I looked up on the shelf in my little ‘man cave’ and saw it… my collection of UMO’s! We all have them, we get them most every time we go detecting, Unidentified Metal Objects! I have jars full of them!!

I take and clean up the metal objects that I find that I either don’t know what they are or are items that I consider to be of little or no value. Not pull tabs or bottle caps, but, well, you know, the old toy cars, old dog licenses, old gears from a watch or something, assorted gun shells, old buttons and pins and all kinds of ‘unidentified metal objects’ or as I call them, UMO’s. I put them in old Mason Jars and then put them up on the shelf. Without fail, almost everyone who visits, picks the jars up and looks them over. When they ask me what it is, I tell them just some of the many metal objects that I found metal detecting. Almost without fail the reply will be ‘Oh, you metal detect?’ and that gives me the golden opportunity to talk about the hobby that I love! And many times it use to lead to a chance to hunt their property!!

When I tell people that the items are UMO’s, it seems like an invitation for them to try and identify as many of the objects as possible in the jars! And to my surprise, some of the items I have put into the jars turned out to be ‘keepers’! Anyway, here are a few pictures of a couple of my UMO jars and some of the items in them. I suggest you try to display some of your UMOs and watch how much fun your friends and family have trying to identify them! And don’t forget, if you get a hot lead to go detecting because of it, give me a call to come with you!

I want to take this opportunity to thank Dick for maintaining this site for all our enjoyment. And thanks to the many fine folks who contribute to the site on a regular basis. Why not pick up the laptop and jot down one of your favorite stories to share with us all, heck it’s easy! Even I just did it!!

Three of my jars of U.M.O.'s
A close up of one of the jars
Some of the UMO contests of one jar
See any keepers in here? It's been pretty well picked through! That's the fun of it!

Not everything we find is silver or gold, darn it, but that does not mean it can’t be fun! Take a little time to display your finds, both the good ones and the “U.M.O.’s” and I am sure you will be surprised to see that people will enjoy looking at the ‘junk’ as much as the gold! Happy Hunting!

This was also added to the "articles" link

FMDAC TREASURE WEEKEND VIDEOS/CIRCA 1989

For those of you who watched the Joe Cook "Christmas Present Search" video (see September 22nd posting) here is the 2nd one he sent. It's from the the 1989 FMDAC Treasure Weekend in Atlantic City. Because of it's length it's in three parts (thanks Peter Cook). Also, because of when it was taken the quality is not as sharp.

The first two parts are seminars from the day session, with talks by Rod Hamilton (Tesoro), Charles Garrett, Gerald Costello (NCMD/UK) and yours truly (my 2nd year with Garrett). Part three centers on the Saturday evening banquet, and if you watch nothing else be sure to watch the hilarious video that Joe Cook presented. When I first saw it I laughed till it hurt, and when I watched it again last week I was still hurting. Absolutely one of the funniest bits I've seen....

I was unaware that this video existed, and can't thank Joe enough for sending. Old farts enjoy looking back....





FUN VIDEO FROM ACROSS THE POND


TREASURE IN PRINT

East Yorkshire Metal Detector Festival
Ring returned 16 years later

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September 25, 2011

AT PRO TIPS & MORE FROM THE BAR FLY AT THE MAYFLY PUB

Bubba Howland has again graced Stout Standards with the latest from his home away from home, the Mayfly Pub. I say this because I cannot imagine him anywhere else. When visiting John and Margaret, you head there first..... If, by chance, he's not there, you fear the worst! I must say however that I understand, and wish there were a similar watering hole near here. The Mayfly makes one feel like pulling up a chair for an extended stay. If you ever venture to the UK, make it a point to visit the Mayfly Pub . This is not an advertisement, but if the proprietors, Barry and Julie would like to offer a few pints on the house I'd be most appreciative.

John's latest blog offers an update on his love for the archaeological community, a few more tips on the AT Pro, and of course more laughs. Be sure to check it out here.

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MORE OF THE SAME OLE....

Was watching the weather forecast last night, and guess what? Thanks to el Nino we are facing a dry and hot remainder of the year. Cannot wait for 2011 to end. It's been a year to forget.

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INTERESTING STUFF

Grenade!!
Medieval Seal
Detecting Wales
Iron Age Gold Coins

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NEW YORK CITY TASKFORCE NOW INCORPORATED

As of August 2nd The Task Force has now become the Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights (TFMDR), and a Non Profit 501(c)3 corporation. They are in the process of setting up additional meetings with the Parks Commission, as well as other interested parties. Look for more updates in the days and weeks ahead. Let's wish them well, and remember to keep checking in on their website . It's still a work in progess, but things are on the move and there will be changes soon.

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40 MINUTES EQUALS 1 BARBER DIME AND MORE PAIN

Decided to get off my lazy arse early this morning and try to do some detecting. Between losing my job and the pain in my hands, I was getting somewhat depressed and becoming a hermit. So.... I grabbed my MXT and headed for the vacant lot I had luck at last time out. It's located in an area that is pretty much void of traffic and people, especially on a Sunday.

The weather was pleasant early and I actually forgot about my hand, for about ten minutes....then it started. Hard to explain so I won't. In any case I set my discrimination high in that I didn't want to be digging a lot of junk. I knew I wouldn't last too long doing that. First couple of solid signals turned out to be new pennies. Then nothing but chatter for fifteen or twenty minutes. Hands were throbbing, and I was ready to to pack it in when I got a solid 77 reading, and a depth indication of only 3 inches. First lift of the plug netted a very worn 1903-O Barber dime. Probably graded AG to G, but silver nonetheless. Tried to hang in there a little longer but just couldn't.

Just a vacant lot
Not much, but still silver

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September 22, 2011

THANKS JOE and PETER COOK

Some background to what you are about to watch...

Way back when the FMDAC was in it's infancy we were privileged to attend the Texas Council Conventions. When I say we, I mean Fay and I, Joe Cook and Bruce Hazelman. It was a fun trip, involving a little detecting, a lot of good food and drink, a lot of fun and meeting a lot of great people. After I joined Garrett Joe and Bruce continued to attend the Convention, and made friends. In particular, Larry Cooley and Lee Caldwell. The friendships blossomed, and the comraderie grew. Likewise so did the North versus the South, the Yankee versus the Rebel, the "we can do it bigger" to "tell someone who really cares".

Also entering into the back and forth....the contrasting differences in the soil conditions here in Texas and New Jersey. In the East we had a loamy type of soil. Easy to dig and easy to recover your target. In Texas they had "black gumbo" the meanest of the meanest. If it was wet you couldn't get it off your digging tool or shoes. If it was dry you needed a jackhammer.....

Okay enough. Joe Cook, Bruce Hazelman and Mike Race came up with the idea that they were going to send a Christmas present to Larry and Lee in Texas. What was it? Detected targets found in their neck of the woods (NJ), identities unknown and unchecked.... Watch and enjoy. Keep in mind that this video was done in the late 80's. I love it!



AND THE GIFTS WERE.....?

Lee and Larry got their wrapped presents, and did not want to wait until Christmas. They called Joe, Bruce and Mike, asking if they could take them to their next club meeting and open them there. Reluctantly they said yes. At that meeting....one container held an 1896 Barber quarter in good condition, and the other a 1913 Barber quarter, also in good condition! Also in one container there was another surprise......an ant's nest!

Joe also sent along a video from one of the FMDAC Treasure Weekends in Atlantic City, and I hope to share that here soon....thanks Joe.


Peter Cook, is Joe's son and was kind enough to edit and upload this video to YouTube, and I cannot thank him enough......

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September 21, 2011

A UK LEGEND PASSES AWAY

Just received an email from John Howland about the passing of John Lynn... please read more here. You can find a few of John's videos under Product Reviews here.....

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September 18, 2011

IN A WAITING PATTERN

Stout Standards is now a year and half old, and I am happy to say, still attracting visitors. When I started this website back then little did I know it would be so popular with the trivia folks and old-timers. Suspect it has a lot to do with my ability to keep you interested without offering anything of substance. In any case rest easy.... I ain’t done yet.

I know many of you come here looking for that secret to becoming rich. That one tip that will make you richer beyond your wildest dreams. I promise you....it’s coming. Just keep checking in. When I do post it however, don’t bother to email me I will be somewhere in the South of France with a glass of wine in my hand, and not answering email.

Metal detecting is a fantastic pastime, a fun hobby, and a great leisure activity. I guess there are a few who could call it a livelihood. Unfortunately I am not one of those. Today it’s something I long to do, but long to do in the right places, and without pain, and both are not forthcoming.

When I moved to Texas twenty three years ago I left behind loads of treasure hunting leads, plans and sites that needed further research. My thought was that surely in Texas there had to be more. You know, the rugged West. Ghost towns, bank robbers, Spanish gold and everything else that was shown in western movies. Well, today after all these years I haven’t found them, and yes, I know much of it is my fault.

I have tried to get into the swing of things here, but have found it difficult. First there's the incessant heat. Then you need to add in the worse soil (black gumbo) in the world, and the ongoing Texas need to cement over anything that is green. Every small town around Dallas is nothing more than an extension. No cut-offs, no delineating lines, no buffer zones. Just more concrete, more housing, and more traffic. In New Jersey we had 2 1/2 acres of land, with a brook and a lot of trees. We couldn't see our neighbors, and we lived in an area loaded with colonial history. I miss it a great deal!

Fast forward to today..... I now spend most of my time reading and researching, but most of my hunches have turned out to be wrong and/or the potential sites have turned out to be inaccessible. I will keep at it however because it's pretty much all I can do at this time.

Arthritis has taken over big time, and my hands pain me 24/7. I knew it was inevitable, given my family’s history, but I didn’t realize it would hit me so soon or that it would hurt so much. I used to make a living playing the guitar and bass, but now I am not able play one song on these instruments (but the dogs and cats are happy).

I have an appointment with a specialist this week, and hoping he can provide some relief. I do want to get out detecting again (even if it is the local schoolyard). In the meantime I hope you will continue to visit Stout Standards, and stay in touch. I really do want to offer you that chance to retire rich. To further that process please send money to me at.....


NEW YORK TASKFORCE

For those of you wondering about the New York City Taskforce I hope to have some updated information very, very soon. Lots of plans in the works, but nothing I can share as of now. Be sure to keep checking their website and continue your emails and letters to the Parks Commission.

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LATE YOUTUBE OFFERINGS

From Garrett Electronics

The latest from Chicago Ron

JOE COOK VIDEO

Just received a great video from Joe Cook concerning an adventure from a few years ago, and will be posting it here as soon as I figure out how. Well done, and lot's of fun....


SAVING THE SAYRE BARN

Thanks to the NYC Taskforce members for forwarding the following video. It's one that you might want to share with your local authorities when you are facing setbacks or discriminatory practices. Thanks as well to Minelab for making this available.


TVA PUTTING PERMITS ON HOLD

Just heard from my good friend Denny Morrison that the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) has stopped issuing metal detecting permits. Apparently they are reviewing the situation and will be making a decision after the first of next year. One can only guess what or who might be behind this action. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts with them, and let them know how disappointed you are. You can do this by visiting the TVA website. Please pass this information along to everyone in your club, as well as to your metal detecting friends. We have enough time to let them know our numbers are many.....

UPDATE FROM BUTCH HOLCOMBE/AMERICAN DIGGER MAGAZINE

Some folks are having trouble accessing the TVA site. instead, here is their email tvainfo@tva.com. Better still, their phone number is 800-882-5263.

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FOR WIDEST POSSIBLE DISTRIBUTION. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP.

To anyone who metal detects or otherwise supports this wholesome activity, we need and are asking for your help. The Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights has been advocating for the pastime for over 15 years. We have asked for help from time to time over this period, and some have stepped forward, but this time we need all to step forward to help us effect change. The Task Force asks that you write, email or phone the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to request the following:

That metal detecting be removed from 'prohibited status' in NYC parks and that it be listed instead as a regulated activity.
That the arbitrary rule that prohibits metal detecting within 25' of a tree, be repealed.

These requests should be made to NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Assistant Comissioner Michael Dockett.

Adrian Benepe Michael Dockett
The Arsenal, Central Park The Arsenal North
830 Fifth Avenue 1234 Fifth Avenue, Rm. 213
New York, N.Y. 10065 New York, N.Y. 10029

Email: adrian.benepe@parks.nyc.gov mike.dockett@parks.nyc.gov

Phone 212 360-1305 or 212 360-2778

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FACTS TO USE IN YOUR COMMUNICATION

The only other recreational activities that have "prohibited status" in NYC parks are aviation related and would clearly pose a danger to park patrons. All other recreational activities are designated as regulated uses.

The Task Force has presented evidence to the parks department,corroborated by "Colorado State University" and "Trees New York", that "One of the biggest killers of urban trees is soil compaction." It is clear that the act of retrieving a target located with a metal detector, relieves soil compaction and is therefore actually beneficial to trees. No other park activities, many of which do contribute to soil compaction have been excluded from this 25' circle around trees. (i.e. laying on a blanket).

"Trees New York" states that "Dog urine is acidic and the feces are high in nitrates, both are harmful to trees. There is no restrictive distance with respect to trees imposed on dogs in New York City parks. In fact, dogs even have off leash hours where they can roam around freely. With the arbitrary 25' rule in effect, a total area of 1962.5' of parkland around each tree is closed to metal detecting.


SOME RELEVANT OBSERVATIONS BY TASK FORCE CO-CHAIR AVERY MARDER

When I was in the Prospect Park on "Volunteers Day", we were all assigned tasks to do. I went out with a group to work on maintenance around trees ! Some of us were given shovels, some rakes and others were given PITCH FORKS ! Those with the pitch forks were told to turn the soil after the weeds and undergrowth were cleared away.

"Hmmmmm...think about that - pitch fork, digging in the soil around a tree - to help the tree."

When I lived in Ditmas Park Brooklyn, the neighborhood would get a group of volunteers together every Arbor Day, and we'd go around planting new trees to replace those that were gone for various reasons, and we'd also, under the direction of a representative of the Dept of Parks, "relieve the problems" around the local "tree pits". A tree pit is the area a live tree is growing out of, surrounded by the sidewalk cement. We would clean up the area, remove any decorative bricks or stones that were there, and turn the soil to relieve the compacted situation. This was all done under the supervision of Dept of Parks employees.

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September 13, 2011

THE MAD ENGLISHMAN IS BACK

The Mad Englishman is back, and actually offers up something worthwhile this time around. Could it be he's sworn off the single malts? Nah, ... couldn't happen. No matter..... For all you perverts you can find John's latest ramblings here .

If you have ever have questions, comments, (especially complaints), you can contact John by emailing at john.howland007@ btinternet.com. (007...? Hardly John)

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MORE HEAT!

Thought the hot weather was done beating me down, but guess what? Yesterday was 101 and today it will be 105, breaking the 1980 record of consecutive days over 100 degrees. Today will be the 70th! Rain? Can't remember last time nor can I remember what it looks like. Enjoy metal detecting? Don't move to Texas!

This was once a floating marina at Benbrook Lake, Fort Worth

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September 11, 2011

A DATE WE MUST NEVER FORGET

There's no question that 9/11/2001 will forever be etched in our minds. Much like the Kennedy assasanation we know exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.

Fay and I were in France, and did not learn of the attack until the next day. I know, hard to believe, but true. We got up early that morning (remember.....six hours difference in time) in Casis, a seaside town in Provence, and headed to St. Remy, where we were looking forward to the Wednesday market (9/12).

We decided to stop for lunch around noon in Orgon, a small town about ten miles east of St. Remy. After all that is what one does in France at that time of day. Everything pretty much comes to a stop from noon to 2pm. Lunch is serious business, and something to thoroughly enjoy. We did as we usually do and stopped at the first restaurant we came to, and had a fantastic meal for next to nothing. We think now that we were just about midway through our lunch when the attacks were taking place.

After leaving Orgon we headed to St. Remy, and checked in at our hotel, the Les Antiques. The man at the desk was polite but said nothing about what had or was happening in the States. We dumped our bags, and headed to the Chateau le Baux ruins just outside town. This ancient site was perched atop a very steep hilltop where we could literally see for miles and miles. I remember the breathtaking view to this day, and how I just kept staring.

Ruins of Chateau le Baux

We were amazed that we were the only ones exploring the area, and of course later understood why.... We spent a couple of hours roaming the site, and returned to St. Remy. Since we had a big lunch we decided to save some money and picnic outside our room on the patio. We purchased some cheese, sausage, bread and of course a bottle of the local wine, and had a very relaxing meal. We were tired from all the exploring, showered and went to bed early....

The next morning, as we were getting ready to go to the market, I happened to turn on the TV, and saw videos of airplanes flying into buildings. I had no idea what this was about, and remember saying to Fay, "come here and look at this. Is this for real?".... We were stunned, and I might also add, scared. Scared because we were halfway across the world, and our family was back in the United States.

We were scheduled to fly home 8 days later, but because of the grounding of aircraft we had no idea if the flight would be there for us. We had no choice but to continue on with our trip, but this horrific event was ever present in our minds. The French were fantastic, offering lodging, hugs, and tears. Michel Tocque, my treasure hunting friend, called us that morning and offered his home for as long as we needed. I cannot tell you how grateful we were.

Cafe in St.Remy, September 12th

The next few days were difficult in that local newspapers were non-existent and the places we were staying did not have TV's. Most of what we learned we learned from other travelers along the way. We continued on to Ile le Sorgue, Roussillon, Orange, Vaison la Romaine and back to Paris. Amazingly our flight was not cancelled or delayed, and we were even treated to first class for our return trip, thanks to American Airlines.

On touchdown at Dallas/Fort Worth airport every passenger applauded, and it was a feeling I will never forget. The customs agents were extra kind in their duties, adding "Welcome Home".....

It took us a day or two to fully grasp what had happened, watching continuous TV coverage, seeing video and photos not seen prior. What a horrendous tragedy it was. We would never be the same. I will also remember how everyone came together, and American flags were flying everywhere. We were Americans and ready to stand together against whomever was responsible for this attack.

WE MUST NEVER FORGET 9/11 AND ALL OF OUR FALLEN HEROES

NEAT FINDS IN HOUSTON

Robbie Morin, from Houston, reminded me that the temps were now getting cooler (?) and that it's time to get out in-the-field. To rub salt in the wound he sent photos of his recent finds (and a Silver Dollar to boot).

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MORE FROM BRIAN MAYER

Brian's videos always help to cool things here, and because I have forgotten what water really is....

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HURRICANE IRENE
After the storm
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September 8, 2011

WILL SOMEONE PLEASE SEND RAIN!

Now that we have a cold front (high 80's) in our area we could use rain. Fires are spreading throughout the state, and we desperately need a break. Don't understand the flooding in the Northeast and we can't buy a drop.

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WHAT AN APATHETIC BUNCH OF PEOPLE

Okay, gonna bitch some more... When the NYC Taskforce debuted their website , I decided to share it on three of the most popular metal detecting forums. On one 52 people viewed my post. Responses? Zero! On another 43 views.......zero response. On the third, 37 views, one response, and that was from Robbie Morin, my dear friend in Houston, who always goes out of his way to help anyone.

Sadly someone else's post had over a hundred views and over 30 replies. The topic? How many detectors do you own.....

Not sure what the answer is, but if how many detectors you own is more important than keeping public lands open, we are in serious trouble. I better stop here before I get verbally nasty. Folks, we all better wake up, and wake up quickly.

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MORE VIEWS AND NEWS
Thanks to Nigel at Regton, Ltd. for the following updates.....

Search for Meterorite Gold
Metal Detector Assistance to Divers/Police
Treasure Seekers Find Jewels in UK
Kids Find in UK v

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2011....A YEAR TO FORGET

I apologize for not sharing more "how to" information as of late. 2011 has not been a good one for me, and I am hoping the last part of year will mark a turn around. With deaths in the family, loss of job and some health problems, it's been hard getting enthused about too much. If all goes well the temps will cool, the rains will come, the batteries will get recharged and good things will happen. Hang in there with me....

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September 4, 2011

NYC TASKFORCE LATEST PLAN OF ACTION

One of the reasons I love the NYC Taskforce is their ability to continue battling the forces to be, and their "out of the box" thinking. The following is a good example....

Dear Ms. Kleitman:

This is a formal request under the "Freedom of Information Act" for the following information/documents.

Permission to review all documents showing evidence of damage to trees in New York City Parks, caused by other than natural events. for the period January 1, 2010 to the date of this request. Permission to review all correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, that references or evidences damage to trees caused by the specific activity of metal detecting, for the period January 1, 2010 to the date of this request.

Please advise as to how and when this review can take place. In addition to my email address, I can be reached at 732 276-8251. Thank you for your prompt attention to this request.

Harold S. Lowenfels
Chairman,Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights

Promise to keep you all updated on how things go in the Big Apple, and in turn I hope you will continue to write the Parks Commission, voicing your concerns and your support for the hobbyists who live there. They need to know that we are not going to go away....

When you email or write please be sure to copy Harold Lowenfels.

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INTERESTING SERIES FROM CHANNEL 5 IN BOSTON
Segment One
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September 3, 2011

FOILED AGAIN!!

Well all you folks who emailed me about streaking through the streets naked can relax. Ain't going to happen....

As I expected the predicted rains for this holiday weekend are now out of the picture. Tropical storm Lee decided to head further east, and we remain high and dry. Today will be the 68th day of over 100 degrees, and we could break the 1980 record tomorrow. I have been listening to my "thunderstorm" CD a lot, trying to remember what the hell rain is like.....

This is what our forthcoming COLD FRONT looks like.....don't laugh please. It ceased being funny a long time ago

10 Day Forecast

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A FEW FUN VIDEOS


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NYC TASK FORCE...PASS THE INFO ALONG

Please remember to share the new NYC Taskforce website with your friends. Their battle will take time, and it's important that the whole metal detecting community get's behind the effort. Let's make it a "rallying cry" if you will. If we join together we can take a big bite out of the Big Apple!

Add this to your "Favorites"

www.tfmdrf.org

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