Bald Eagle Chapter of the GPAA
Monthly Newsletter
The Paystreak

April 3, 2016

The Bald Eagle Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association (GPAA) was founded in 2001 to preserve and promote the great heritage of the North American Prospector. The club is dedicated to providing a platform for the exchange of information, presenting an organized voice for recreational and professional prospectors and helping it's members find more gold.
Today, the GPAA has become the worlds largest prospecting organization, but our goals haven't changed one bit. Through television, the internet and print media, the GPAA today provides more information and is a more effective organized voice that ever before. GPAA programs provide places to go, local support, free information service and much more.

April 3, 2016

GOLD - $1233.45 oz.
SILVER - $15.46 oz.
PLATINUM - $983.70 oz

Greg Shreve
Harrisburg, PA

Vice President
Ed Verielli
Lock Haven, PA

Deb Chiappelli-LaSalle

Gary Dutrow
Loganton, PA

Store Manager
Tammie Baney

Outing Coordinator's
Lynn Rothrock

Dates to remember:
(dates are subject to change as we try to schedule outings and other club events)
Mark Your Calendars:

April 9, 2016 Junior Ed Day at Central PA Institute of Sci & Tech Address: 540 N Harrison Rd, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823  Doors open 7:30 AM. Groups begin 9:30 AM.
Apr. 30/May 1, 2016 – Dirt Digging PA Event

May 7, 2016 11:30 AM Regular club meeting at pavilion near regular meeting place. Watch Facebook, club website, and email for any changes.

Apr. 30/May 1, 2016 - 2nd Annual Dirt Digging PA Group Hunt at Cameron County Fairgrounds, Rt. 46 Emporium, PA   Get info here.

Order soon! Bald Eagle GPAA T-shirt

Club t-shirts w/pocket will be ordered in March. Pre-pay and order with Tammie.

Adult sizes S-XL
Maroon or green price –  $10.56  Gray - $8.24
XXL – Add $1 to price   XXXL – Add $2 to price 

CENTRAL LOCATION FOR CLUB EQUIPMENT: the club has agreed that the trailer and all of the club’s equipment be kept in a central location. Gary has offered to store the trailer at his property and a monthly fee was proposed. Someone needs to take the  responsibility of doing a full inventory of the contents. This list needs to be posted inside the trailer as well as all officers having a copy. A sign out sheet will be made for those who are RENTING any equipment.  Recommend that a second club member be present to sign out rented equipment and returns are signed back in. SAME SHOULD BE DONE FOR THE LIBRARY – all books and DVDs should be listed by title and author so we know what we have.  The club has hundreds and hundreds of dollars tied up in equipment and library items and they need to stay inventoried.

* For our club meetings don’t forget to bring along a covered dish to share if you can.  Cash donations are awesome, but, if everyone brings cash and no food we have nothing to eat.

* Every member of this club has POWER…… the power to make suggestions, the power to contact people, the power to make things happen. You don’t have to be an officer to “make things happen” in this club. So if you think of a great idea for an outing (even if for one day), or an event that we should participate in or just an idea you’d like to pursue…Go For It! The key to getting and keeping members is to keep everyone interested and occupied. No one wants to go to club meeting s just to sit and do nothing or go nowhere. Do you know of a place to look for arrowheads, or crystals, maybe it is a small local museum or shop that sells neat gems or fossils. Perhaps you heard of a group doing a metal detecting hunt, or a gem show. Even you  want to go somewhere yourself and would not mind having others join you, gather the info and present it to the club. We know that we are not here to find a bunch of gold in Pa. so we are always looking for other cool things to do. Share your ideas with us!!!!

Club Meetings....The Club's meeting place is the Halfmoon Township Building on Municipal Lane in Stormstown, PA and we meet on the 1st Saturday of each month at 11:30am The Bald Eagle Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association (GPAA) was founded in January 2001 to preserve and promote the great heritage of the North American Prospector. The club is dedicated to providing a platform for the exchange of information, presenting an organized voice for recreational and professional prospectors and helping it's members find more gold.

Directions to the Bald Eagle Chapter Cub Meeting.....

State College: Take 322 North out of State College until you get to Rt. 550 at the flashing light. Turn left and go 4 miles. Turn right onto Municipal Lane in Stormstown and continue down the street, the township building is on the left.

Port Matilda: These directions may seem confusing however it is really just a matter of staying on the main road up and over the mountain. From the traffic light on 220 turn RIGHT (South-East) onto High Rd [High St] and go 0.3 of a mile where you turn LEFT (North-East) onto E Oak St [Oak St], then immediately bear RIGHT (East) onto Beckwith Rd and go 0.2 of a mile. Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-3017 [Port Mountain Rd] and go 0.9 of a mile. Bear LEFT (South) onto SR-3017 [Beckwith Rd] and go 0.8 of a mile. Road name changes to Beckwith Rd < 0.1 of a mile: Turn LEFT (North-East) onto SR-550 [RR-1] and go 1.7 miles and turn left onto Municipal Lane in Stormstown and continue down the street, the township building is on the left.

Altoona Area: Take I-99/US-220 north. Turn RIGHT (East) onto SR-350 [7 Stars Rd] and go 1.8 of a mile. Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-350 and go 0.8 : Bear LEFT (East) onto LR31071 and go 1.4 of a mile, Bear LEFT (East) onto SR-550 and go 1.8. Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-550 [RR-1] and go 5.6 miles. Turn left onto Municipal Lane in Stormstown and continue down the street, the township building is on the left.

From I-80: At exit 158, take SR-150 west. Road name changes to US-220 [SR-150] and go 15.9 miles. Take 322 east up over the mountain at the flashing yellow light turn right onto 550 and go 4 miles. Turn right onto Municipal Lane in Stormstown and continue down the street, the township building is on the left.

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.S. Don't forget to bring a little "something-something" to donate for our Club Store: See Emily for all your prospecting needs.... Pans, hats, T-shirts, vials.

If anyone has any suggestions for the newsletter, please let me know.  I am always looking for tips on prospecting, metal detecting, camping as well as recipes and jokes.  Likewise, if you have questions, maybe we can find a website, and show the questions and answers.

Outing Co-Coordinator: Lynn Rothrock 814-345-5104 or email
( Please Contact Lynn with suggestions for outings, as
well as questions.

Sorry, but we have confirmed that Contrary Creek is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.  The  owner has closed it, and only a very small group is allowed on the property for  prospecting.

FYI - Cold & Flu Season
Just wanted to share this article, with cold & flu season around the corner:
This is a parent and grandparent MUST read!! Family Friends too!
Yesterday, my youngest daughter, Halle who is just 4 years old, was rushed to the ER by her father for being severely lethargic and incoherent in her classroom. He was called to her school by the school secretary who said that she was 'VERY VERY SICK'!
He told me that when he arrived at her classroom, Halle was barely sitting in the chair. She couldn't hold her own head up and when he looked into her eyes, she couldn't focus them.
He immediately scooped her up and rushed her to the closest ER, and then called me. When he got there, they ran blood test after blood test and did x-rays, every test imaginable. Her white blood cell count was normal, nothing was out of the ordinary.
When I arrived at the ER, the doctor there told us that he had done everything that he could do so he was transferring her to SaintFrancisHospital for further tests.
Right as we were leaving in the ambulance, her teacher arrived at the ER and told us that after questioning Halle 's classmates, She had found out that our little girl had licked liquid hand sanitizer off of her hands !!! Hand sanitizer, of all things. But it makes sense. These days they have all kinds of different scents and flavors and when you have a curious child, they are going to put all kinds of things into their mouths.
When we arrived at the Saint Francis' Hospital ER, we told the ER Doctor there to check her blood alcohol level, and yes we did get weird looks, but they did it. The results showed her blood alcohol level was 85% -- six hours after we first took her.. There's no telling what it would have been if we would have requested it at the first ER.
Since then, her school and a few surrounding schools have taken the liquid hand sanitizers out of all the lower grade classes, but what's to stop middle and high schoolers from ingesting this stuff?
After doing research on the Internet, we found out that it only takes about 3 squirts of the stuff ingested to be fatal to a toddler. For her blood alcohol level to be so high, it would be like someone her size drinking 120 proof liquor.
So PLEASE PLEASE don't disregard this because we don't ever want another family to go through what ours has gone through.. Also, watch pets that lick their owners hands! This can also be verified on truth or fiction,

New members - (and old members too) have you ordered your name badges? Only $8 each. See Gary at the next meeting to order, and you could win a gold nugget. (You must be present at the December meeting, and have worn your name badge to at least one meeting to be entered into the drawing)

Are you a GPAA member? Show Debi your GPAA card when you sign in. Need to get some info into GPAA in Ca. Thanks in advance for your help

Much To Do About Nothing”:

  • Be sure to visit our website at for cool happenings of you missed a meeting.
  • Stop by the club store at the next meeting and see what’s new. Emily has been known to trade gold nuggets for sluice boxes!!!
  • The Club Library always has cool stuff on the table every month. Just be sure you sign out your books and videos with Bob otherwise he will hunt you down like Rambo!! No kidding, he will, I’ve seen him do it myself!
  • If you have anything you’d like to add to a newsletter just email me or let me know at a meeting. I am always looking to put something new and interesting in the club mail.
  • Some other sites you might want to check out:
  • Remember our club is YOUR club and we can’t keep it strong without your help.  Club support comes in all shapes and sizes including: helping to set up/tear down at the monthly meetings, helping out for a few hours, the day or for an entire event (such as the Clearfield Show), bringing food for a meeting, donating a raffle prize or items to be used at an event (like gem stones for the kid bags) or donating money to purchase items needed (such as gold for the Jr. Ed Days gold bags).  It also goes without saying that we need members to attend regular outings as well.  It’s not much fun going prospecting all alone all the time! L
  • Are you a scrap-booker? I am and I am looking for any “gold prospecting” scrapbook items so if you see any during your travels please let Debi know where you found them. Thanks.

Collinswoods Properties ---If you need maps, or have any information on these properties, please let me know.

Info for Mountain Creek:
38805 Smoke Ridge Rd, New London, NC
704-463-7749 Billy Tucker (best to call in evenings)

Tom Menna owner of Bulldigger in Johnstown, PA attended the November, 2011 meeting of the Bald Eagle Chapter with a unique tool, the Bulldigger. Originally it was designed as a posthole digger, he had received a suggestion from prospectors about attaching the bulldigger to the end of a drege, and being able to dredge in the water, and remain high and dry. Our club members seemed very interested in this process.
This also has the possibilities for digging out metal detecting finds. It can be used verically as well as horizontally.
You can vist the site via the link to view the video, and for ordering. When ordering, tell them that you belong to a prospecting club, and receive a $10.00 discount. Will ship anywhere in the US for $15.00

IDEAS... Please bring any ideas about where to go or what to do to the meeting. If you don’t like to speak out, you can write it down and put it on the table up front. Make sure that Ziggy’s name is on it, and he can read it for you.
Please feel free to make suggestions for guest speakers.
Likewise, if you have recipes, prospecting tips, or any other suggestions for the newsletter please let me know

New Members... BADGES:  This is mainly for the new members….. Does everyone know that we have an annual nugget drawing for members based on having and wearing your name badge to the meetings?  For every meeting that you attend wearing your name badge, I will put a check mark in the attendance book.  You must be present at the December meeting.  When you attend the December meeting, you will receive a raffle ticket for the nugget drawing for each meeting that you attended wearing your name badge.  (attend 12 meeting, receive 12 raffle tickets)  (Note:  Here the term member applies to member, spouse and dependent children) If you don't have a name badge, we can order one for you, the cost is only $8.00.  Any questions, please see one of the club officers. If you have any articles of interest that you would like to see here, please let me know. Also, feel free to speak up if you know someone who would make a good speaker for one of the meetings; likewise, we want to hear about places to hold some group outings this year.

Club Credit....
The club receives credit not only for new membership and renewals but also some of the GPAA outings that you attend. But you must specify that you are with the Bald Eagle Club. Tim G has more info on this if you have any questions.

The Club Library is available!!!! Check out the recent new acquisitions to the library. Just see Bob S. There is lots of information available to everyone. Books & videos to help answer of your prospecting questions:

Bags of Concentrate. … are available for sale at each
meeting $6.00 each (+tax) - see Gary D

While at our clubs web site feel free to join
the discussions on the message board,
and try to get the chat room “chatting” again

Let's Get the Club’s Chat room is up and running!!!
Log on to talk to your fellow prospectors.
Just log on to and click on Chat room. You can usually catch someone between 7-9pm. Feel free to explore the site, and check out the message board.


Tweaking Google Earth's Settings
Google Earth can also be used to find gold without add-ons. A few simple adjustments and one can unveil a treasure-trove of hidden gold deposits! After doing some extensive studying on ancient river beds and bench deposits, a light bulb popped on in my head. The newest version of Google Earth has an option to show historical imagery. Depending on the area, I have seen the imagery go as far back as 20 years! Although 20 years is not quite "ancient", one can begin to notice changes in the path of a creek. Over time the creek will erode deeper into the bedrock. Over many years of erosion, creeks change their paths and leave gold deposited high above where the creek flows today. This is known as a "bench". Adjust your Google Earth Historical Imagery bar and see what has changed with the area you prospect in. You never know what you may discover and things like this keep the prospecting hobby fun! Click on the following images to view an example of Google Earth's Historical Imagery.

How to pan for gold

Metal Detecting tips: From:
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — With reality shows promoting the lucrative and fun act of relic hunting, the hobby is becoming more popular with casual archaeologists.
But park officials are warning folks to watch out where they dig for history since there are some places in Richmond where those spades and metal detectors are strictly forbidden.
At Gaines’ Mill Battlefield in Hanover all visitors are welcome to enjoy the past: they just can’t steal it.
“We take it very seriously it is protected for the people who fought and died here,” National Park Ranger Tim Mauch said.
Gaines’ Mill is the site of one of the biggest engagements in the Civil War where 15,000 soldiers were killed or wounded. If you walk the park, you’ll notice disturbed ground that may be a sign of illegal activity.
Relic hunters pilfering history at National Parks is a federal crime and U.S. park rangers like Mauch are ready to prosecute.
“We’ve had times where people dressed in camouflage have come and sneaked onto the park,” Mauch said.
If you steal history from a federally owned park it could cost you. If convicted you could pay with your money and time.
“If they are caught they can be fined up to $10,000 and a year in jail or both,” Mauch said.
Tony Rosso, a Civil War buff from Yorktown, enjoys exploring Virginia’s battlefields and is troubled at the holes he saw.
“These holes look a little suspicious. I think it looks like somebody was digging,” Rosso said.
Rosso contends when a crook robs bullets, buttons and buckles from National Battlefields, we all lose.
“Leave it alone and let it rest like the bodies here who died here,” Rosso he said. “It’s a place to come to where the history has been preserved. They are stealing from the American people and destroying sacred ground.”
Mauch said that small souvenir could mean big trouble. In fact, in 2007 two Virginia men were convicted of metal detecting and digging on a Spotsylvania National Battlefield. The pair were sentenced to two years in prison and heavily fined.
A battlefield expert inspected the holes found at Gaines’ Mill and thinks it was not the work of criminals, but animals. But he worries next time it might not be a false alarm.

Camping Recipes: A camping recipe from Pat Frain. This is so easy to make, and you can add whatever you want, and clean up is easy. I made this up last summer and the marina that we keep our boat at and my other boating friends just love it. We have a cruiser which is like a camper, only it sits on the water.
Prep Time: 5 minutes; Cook Time: 30 minutes: Total Time: 35 minutes
• 1 bag shredded hash brown
• 6 eggs
• 1 lb sausage or ham, cooked
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 2 cups shredded sharp cheese
• seasoning salt and pepper
Take an aluminum foil cooking bag sprayed with pam, sprinkle with seasoning salt and put some pats of butter in the foil bag. Open a bag of hash browns, beat eggs, chop onions, pour all ingredients into the bag of hash browns, and mix by squeezing. Then pour the mixture into the foil cooking bag and spread out. Add some salt and pepper, more seasoning salt, and a bit more butter on top of the hash brown mixture. Place the aluminum cooking bag on a preheated grill (medium heat) and turn the bag every five minutes. The bag will start to puff and you can open it to check for doneness.
Servings: 6

Camping Tips:
Tips from Lots of camping tips on this site.
DIY projects and a few tips… DIY Roasting Sticks: Make your own roasting sticks using wooden dowels and wire hangers.
Clever Night Lamp: Make this with a plastic milk jug filled with water and wrapped with a headlamp.
Single Use Salve Packs: Make these with drinking straws and your choice of ointments and salves.
Build A Mobile Kitchen: Make things easy by packing essentials in a box just for trips, includes a checklist to download. Toilet Paper Roll Protector: Protect TP from rain and dirt by storing in a plastic tub (like a Folgers Coffee container).
Newspaper Logs: Make your own firewood with this trick using newspaper & water.

Gemstone Mining in the United States
From: A wide variety of gemstones are found throughout the United States
(There’s a lot of information & pictures on this site for people interested in collecting gem stones.)
A Diversity of U.S. Gemstones
A surprising diversity of gemstones are produced within the United States. Did you know that Montana is the home of world-famous sapphire localities, and that emeralds, rubies, and sapphires are found in North Carolina? Have you ever seen an "Oregon sunstone" that flashes with a copper aventurescence or a cultured freshwater pearl with a golden luster produced in Tennessee? These are just a few of the unique gemstones produced in the United States.

The United States Geological Survey reports that notable quantities of gem-quality beryl, coral, garnet, feldspar, opal, quartz, sapphire, ruby, shell, pearls, peridot, topaz, tourmaline and turquoise are currently produced in the United States. The states with the highest dollar value of gemstone production are listed here in descending order: Arizona, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, California, Tennessee, Montana, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, and Maine.

Small Mines and Recreational Miners
Although the United States produces a diversity of gemstone varieties, the quantity produced is very small. In calendar year 2011 the total gemstone production of the United States was only $11 million. That amount is very very small compared to the $23.5 billion in gemstones that were imported. The United States has greater than a 99.9 percent dependence on foreign gemstone supplies.

Most of the gemstone production in the United States comes from very small mines with just two or three employees who are often part-time or seasonal workers. Very few of the mines have more than a dozen employees and operate during all four seasons of the year. In 2011 only about 1000 to 1200 people in the United States worked in the gemstone mining industry.
Did You Know? If you attend the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (held every February) you can purchase rough or cut stones from most of the important gemstone mines in the United States - and often purchase directly from the person who did the mining. Don't be afraid to ask - they usually enjoy telling you all about their operation. Sometimes the same person mines, cuts and markets the stones!

Much of the gemstone mining in the United States is done by rockhounds (amateurs who search for rocks, minerals, gemstones and fossils as a hobby). Many of them do their rockhounding on public land (areas owned by the government where individuals can collect if they observe the rules). Others go to fee mining sites. These are proven gemstone deposits where visitors can pay a fee, look for gemstones, and keep any that they find.

Why Is Production So Low?
Some of the gemstone deposits in the United States have been associated with major metal deposits which are much more valuable. The gemstone deposits, which are generally very slow to mine, were removed in a rush to get to the much more valuable minerals below. Other gemstone deposits are not operated because they are extremely labor intensive. They would be mined in countries where labor rates are very low - but they can not be operated at a profit at United States labor rates. Other deposits are not mined because environmental or safety concerns make mining unattractive.

Patronage for Domestic Gemstones
Many people really enjoy gemstones produced from domestic deposits. Some mineral collectors favor certain localities and some gemstone buyers (especially tourists) have a strong desire to purchase a "Montana Sapphire" or an "Oregon Sunstone" when they visit those states. This patronage strongly supports the price of stones from certain localities - far above the price of similar-size, similar-quality stones from anywhere else in the world. This patronage also supports a small domestic lapidary industry.

Many people who visit Arizona want to bring home a piece of petrified wood and many people who visit upstate New York want to find a "Herkimer Diamond." There is even one location in Arkansas, Crater of Diamonds, where anyone can become a diamond miner by paying a small fee. These are fun activities, many people enjoy them, and they support the small gemstone industry of the United States.

Memberships: Show your support...Don't forget to get your membership to the GPAA, WWATS, or DEF from the club. Do it through our chapter. We benefit. Do it directly with them but tell them you are doing it through the club and we benefit. It doesn't cost you any more and we benefit. Want to know more about memberships ask a club officer.
Club Credit....The club receives credit not only for new membership and renewals but also some of the GPAA outings that you attend. But you must specify that you are with the Bald Eagle Club. Tim G has more info on this if you have any questions.

Club Store: Emily for all your prospecting needs... Pans, hats, T-shirts, vials.

License Plates....Club license plates are now available for just $5.00.

Other PA Clubs and contact information

Allegheny Chapter Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month
Keith Robertson

Delaware Valley Chapter
Meets the second Saturday of each month
Mike Jones, 215-262-6928

Mason-Dixon Chapter
Meets the second Saturday of each month
Joesph Zeller,

Susquehanna Chapter
Meets the third Saturday of each month
Brady Crist, or Wayne Ordille 570-474-9071

Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the GPAA
Meets the second Saturday of each month
Patrick O'Masters:

GPAA State Claims Director
Open Position

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