FrOg On-Line #2000-07

Welcome to FrOg On-Line #2000-07, Friday, December 15, 2000


1. Introduction
2. Publications
3. Trotter Dig
4. The Glowing Future
5. "Subscriber" List

1. Introduction

December greetings to all, 51 of us now.

The main purpose of this issue is the announcement of the Trotter Dig at the
NJESA Show this coming April.  This announcement was taken verbatim from the
November 27, 2000 issue of the Fluorescent Mineral Society's "FMS On-Line",
edited/moderated by Doug Mitchell.  I have put some additional 2001 schedule
information in this issue, too.

This is very probably the last FrOg On-Line for the year 2000.  I don't expect
anyone will experience a space odyssey in 2001, but it is my wish that the year
2001 bring a wonderful mineral odyssey to each of you.


2. Publications

I do not recall the date, but I received my Fall/Winter 2000 Franklin Mineral
Museum Newsletter earlier this fall.  This issue features part 3 of Jack Baum's
"The Origin & History of the Franklin Mineral Museum".  Any museum member who
has not yet received his issue should contact the museum.

I received my Fall 2000 Picking Table on Wednesday, November 29.  This issue
features some color photography, the addition of two mineral species to "the
list", a report of some observations of fluorescence under middle wave
ultraviolet, an article about "Comparative Numerology" and which of the world's
mineral collecting localities is best, and other articles.  Any Franklin-
Ogdensburg Mineral Society member who has not yet received his issue should
contact John Cianciulli at "".

I received my Fall/Winter 2000 issue of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Newsletter Monday, December 11.  This issue discusses the acquisition of a big
piece of Stavola Brothers Quarry sandstone with a major size plate of Native
Copper in it, and improved access to an old several hundred foot long tunnel
with an entrance about 40 feet above the current floor of the Passaic Pit.  Any
museum member who has not received his issue within a few days should contact
the museum.

3. Trotter Dig

Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 01:23:12 -0500
From: Doug Mitchell <>
Subject: FMS142:Texas meet,Trotter trip,class lamp,...
To: [...]


-------------------------------------- Trotter dump trip

Subject: 3rd annual Trotter Dump trip,
	 with Franklin show, 28-29 April 2001
Date:    20-Nov-00 at 17:41   

Hi all!

The time has certainly flown this year and I can't believe it's the end of
November already.  I am a little late in getting out this announcement.  Once
again, we will open the property at the end of April, 2001.  This year the
owner will dig out something called a horst, which as far as I can tell is a
pegmatite intrusion into the ore body.  This is in addition to the standing ore
body at the north end, and all the productive areas we have explored already!
I enjoyed the visits of returning diggers, as well as making new friends.
Terry Wilson's night photos were spectacular; and this year I will bring the
portable TripleBright, which is like having 4 SuperBrights in one unit.  We
will light up the night!

Many may have heard that the owner is planning to donate the property to the
Franklin Mineral Museum.  This is true!  The trips these past two years have
helped bring attention and publicity to this area, and I'm sure this has helped
Steve make his decision.  The donation will not affect the dig--the transfer
will not be complete by then, so the majority of the property is still owned by
the Phillips family.  However, the entire dump (except the pond) will
eventually be owned by the museum, and the Board has assured me the digs can
continue as usual.

The text copy of the brochure is below.  Nothing has changed since last year;
same hours, same terms.  I hope to see some folks who could not make it last
year, plus some old friends!  If we're lucky, this year we will be entertaining
a group from France.  Look out Gavin, this group will break the record for
coming the greatest distance (France is farther than the UK, isn't it?)

Those who have night-capable video cameras, bring them along, and witness the
illumination!  This year's slogan is "Bringing back that old-time collecting,"
something Gene Hartstein and I were chanting at the north end as we cracked
spectacular red and green straight from the ore body (on second thought, I'm
glad there was no videotape of that!)  I'm making the list, and checking it
twice, so if you're planning to be part of the 100, it's not to soon to send in
your reservation.  Hope to see many of you!

Don Halterman
1st Vice President
Delaware Valley Earth Science Society

Trotter Dump!  Sterling Hill!
Franklin & Ogdensburg, New Jersey

April 28 & 29, 2001            

along with the 29th Annual NJESA Gem & Mineral Show & Outdoor Swap & Sell!

The Delaware Valley Earth Science Society (DVESS) and the North East Field Trip
Alliance (NEFTA) invite you to share an international collecting experience.
This field trip has attracted dedicated collectors from across the globe.  Be
one of them this year!  Read the following terms, then contact the coordinator
below to reserve your spot
. . .

1. The facilities fee shall be $20 per person for all day and night Saturday.
2. Collecting hours are from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM.  
3. The daylight pound rate is $1 per pound.  The Saturday night rate shall be
   $2 per pound from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM. 
4. The owner shall provide running water, rest room facilities, a dark room,
   electricity, a snack bar, and bulldozer.  UV lights are available for
   purchase at the Franklin Mineral Museum & the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
5. All collectors must carry liability insurance that covers damage to the
   property, such as the insurance offered by the EFMLS to its affiliate clubs.
   Your club must co-sponsor the trip in order to be covered by Federation
   policies.  Collectors may join the DVESS if they have no other means of
   insurance.  Proof of personal liability is acceptable.  Collectors enter at
   their own risk and sign a hold-harmless liability waiver.
6. Standard Federation safety rules apply-safety goggles and substantial
   footwear mandatory (no sneakers or sandals); gloves strongly recommended;
   children under 9 years not permitted. 
7. A minimum of 100 collectors is required.  Attendance is by advance
   reservation-please do not delay!  If you are staying overnight, the hotels
   fill up quickly, so reserve early! 
8. All guests receive a $1 discount coupon for a tour of the Sterling Hill
   Mining Museum on Sunday!
9. We will also dig at Sterling Hill on Sunday: 9 AM - 3:30 PM, $1 per pound.
   There is a $10 admission fee, which applies to the first ten pounds

If this sounds like an opportunity you don't want to miss, send an SASE, proof
of insured club affiliation or proof of personal insurance, and a check for $20
per collector made out to DVESS to

Don Halterman, 1708 Ralston Drive, Mount Laurel, NJ  08054-3351

Please give an e-mail address if you have one; you will receive an information
kit by postal mail or e-mail.

"Bringing back that old-time collecting!"

[I have read of horsts as blocks raised by faulting on both sides, so as to
not be tilted much by the faulting. --Doug]


[ I asked John Cianciulli for more information about the Phillips' donation ]
[ of the Trotter property to the Franklin Mineral Museum; his reply was     ]
[ simply "Trotter is on hold for at least six years.". - moderator.         ]

4. The Glowing Future

Items here are based on information, including a Franklin Mineral Museum flyer,
in the Fall/Winter 2000 issue of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum Newsletter.
The Franklin Mineral Museum flyer did not give specific dates for the events
listed on it.


Saturday, April 21, 2001:
  night mineral collecting, Sterling Hill Mining Museum mine run dump,
       6:30pm - 9pm, Sterling Hill Mining Museum Foundation members only.

Saturday, April 28, 2001:
  NJESA Show, Robert E. Little Community Center and Hardyston Township School,
       9am - 5:30pm.
  Trotter Dig.  see preceding section for details.

Sunday, April 29, 2001:
  NJESA Show, Robert E. Little Community Center and Hardyston Township School,
       10am - 5pm.

May 2001:
  Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Miner's Day Tribute.  Date and times not
       yet available.

Saturday, May 19, 2001:
  mineral collecting, Passaic and Noble Pits, 8am to 3pm, Sterling Hill Mining
       Museum Foundation members only.

June 2001:
  Annual Spring Night Dig, Buckwheat Dump.  Date and times not yet available.

July 2001:
  For Members Only (morning special sales and Buckwheat Dump collecting),
       Franklin Mineral Museum.  Date and times not yet available.

September 2001:
  Franklin - Sterling Hill Show.  Date and times not yet available.

November 2001:
  Annual Fall Night Dig, Buckwheat Dump.  Date and times not yet available.

November 2001:
  For Members Only Days (last week of November gift and mineral sale.  Dates
       and times not yet available.

Sterling Hill Mining Museum

December: open weekends.
          open December 26 thru December 31.
          open other weekdays for group tours by appointment.

January and February: open by special appointment.

March: open weekends 10am through 5pm.
       weekend tours at 11am and 1pm, weather permitting.
       open weekdays for group tours by appointment.

April: open every day 10am through 5pm.
       weekday tours at 1pm.
       weekend tours at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

Franklin Mineral Museum

March: open weekends.
       open weekdays for groups by appointment.

April thru November: open every day.

hours: Monday thruogh Saturday, 10am through 4pm.
       Sunday, 11am through 4:30pm.

guided tours: hourly.

5. "Subscriber" List

NJ   Larry Berger
NC   Alan Borg 
NY   Dick Bostwick
NJ   Mark Boyer
CA   Kevin Brady         kbrady@cslanet.cals
PA   Bob Carnein
VA   Peter Chin          Peter.Chin@USPTO.GOV
NJ   John Cianciulli
NJ   John Corsello
CT   Denis De Angelis
CA   Fred Devito
FL   Sandra Downs
NY   Howie Green
MD   Gary Grenier
MN   Tim Hanson
NY   Tema Hecht
CA   Andy Honig
CA   Mark Isaacs
MI   John Jaszczak
NY   Carl Kanoff
NJ   Steve Kuitems
FL   Roy Lambert
NY   Donald Lapham
NY   Greg Lesinski
PA   Jay Lininger
PA   Mike Logan
CO   Peter Marikle
MD   Bill Mattison
CA   Dan McHugh
NJ   Dan McHugh Sr.
VA   Curt Michanczyk
CA   Doug Mitchell
CO   Pete Modreski
WA   Don Newsome
NJ   Jeff Osowski
AZ   George Polman
NJ   Nathan Schachtman
NY   Paul Shizume
MD   Steve Shramko
NJ   Dave Slaymaker
CT   Charles Sloan
CA   Jane Grover-Smith
CA   Kent Smith
NJ   Chris Thorsten
NJ   Jim Tozour
NJ   Earl Verbeek
PA   John Vidumsky
NM   Dru Wilbur
VA   David Woolley
FL   Herb Yeates
CA   Wayne Young

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