Announcements - December 2017
After 45 years of selling metal detectors in downtown Gettysburg, along with our Christian Bookstore, we officially closed the store for business on November 25th with items selling at cost. We have a very limited number of new items left. We also have some used detectors yet to sell very inexpensively. Any of these items may be picked up at our home, 2 miles north of the store, just east of Gettysburg High School, at 225 Ewell Ave. (717) 334-1282.
2 Ted Valcis, who was a member of Pen Mar Historical Recovery Association for a number of years, passed away in his sleep on December 17th. Ted worked together with Don Hinks and other club members on a number of murder cases. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Mary and daughter Susie.
3 For these 45 years, we have always assisted in seeing that any metal detector that needed service was taken care of. Many detectors we serviced here, especially the early White's for which we stocked many parts. Others we would pack up and send to the service center for the customer. From now on, if you require service on any detectors, contact the following for instructions:
9437 Main Street
Manassas, VA 20110
|Garrett||Garrett Metal Detectors
1881 West State Street
Garland, TX 75042
|Fisher||Fisher Research Labs
1465 Henry Brennan Drive
El Paso, TX 79936
|Minelab||Fort Bedford Metal Detectors
190 Oak Shade Road
Pleasantville, PA 15521
|XP Deus||Detector Electronics Corp.
23 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772
|Tesoro||Tesoro Electronics, Inc.
715 White Spar Road
Prescott, AZ 86303
|Teknetics||First Texas Products
1465-H Henry Brennan Drive
El Paso, TX 79936
4 Since 1980, the Pen Mar Historical Recovery Association, a metal detectorists club with members from south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, has been a place where guys and gals can meet others who enjoy the detecting hobby. There are bi-monthly meetings (usually at the National Apple Museum in Biglerville), an annual hunt each October, opportunities to display items located with your detector, etc. See Pen Mar News for more information on this organization and the upcoming meetings.
5 Don Hinks at Gettysburg Electronics would like the following issues of American Digger to complete a set:
- Volume 1, Issue 1
- Volume 1, Issue 5
- Volume 4, Issue 1
- Volume 5, Issue 3
6 For 47 years, Don has dug Civil War artifacts in Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry, Foxes Gap, Turner's Gap, Taneytown, etc. I have been rather reluctant in selling items from my personal collection. There are so many memories involved. Each artifact I dug since around 1970 was numbered and cataloged so that it maintained its history. Now, at 85 years old, I realize I can't take anything with me, so I have decided to part with a large part of my personal collection. I will be selling artifacts from Gettysburg, Antietam, and other areas I have hunted. If interested, see Don or call 717-334-1282.
7 Don and Joan will be several blocks north of our downtown store, near the Gettysburg High School, at 225 Ewell Avenue. You will no longer be able to reach us at our downtown business telephone number 717-334-8634, so call our home phone 717-334-1282.
8 There have been both upsides and downsides for my wife Joan and I, having operated the store for 45 years. On the upside, we have met and have become close friends with a number of our repeat customers, some of whom we have known for 40 years or more. We find that the vast majority of metal detector users are great people. It's been a real pleasure to know them and serve them. We will miss them all.
On the downside for me, being busy at the store six days a week all these years has shifted my priorities from what I was called to do in 1965, being a minister of the gospel. After working in engineering for about 10 years, I went to seminary for 4 years in Indiana, getting a MDiv degree. I planned to spend my life pastoring a bible teaching church. When we opened the Christian Bookstore and Gettysburg Electronics in 1972, we planned to turn the business over to someone else after a couple years, and return to the pastorate.
In the early years at the store, I also pastored a church, and ran the store at the same time until it became too much. I also held campground services at Gettysburg Campground for some years. I let myself get so busy at the store that I have mostly left my real calling. This has been a personal downside for me.
Overall, it has been a great experience serving each one of you. We love you all.
- Don and Joan