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Woman reunited with long lost class ring

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POTSDAM — Benjamin Davis of Parishville was procrastinating at work recently when he came across a Facebook posting by Johnson Newspapers’ Daily Courier-Observer that caught his eye.

That posting read, “We received an email today from a gentleman who has found a Potsdam High School Class Ring from the Class of 1980. The ring is engraved with the initials RJW and has the name Robyn on it. If this ring belongs to you or you may know who owns this ring, please contact us at courier@ogd.com.”

Given the unusual spelling of Robyn, Mr. Davis said he immediately thought he knew the owner: Robyn J. Williams Peets.

“I don’t know too many ‘Robyns’ around here,” he said. “I saw that post and said to myself, ‘I had better give her a call.’”

Mr. Davis is married to her cousin, Terry Fefee, whom he called before contacting Ms. Peets. At first she thought it was a hoax.

She called Ronald R. Hanson of Norfolk, who had contacted the newspaper after coming into possession of the ring.

Mr. Hanson said his son-in-law, Warren LaValley Jr., Winthrop, works for Casella Waste Services and discovered the ring after it fell out of a bag of trash.

“One day he came over and brought the ring with him,” Mr. Hanson said. “I said, ‘Why don’t we see if we can find who this belongs to?’”

He took the ring to Argent’s Silver & Coin Shop in Potsdam, where they cleaned the ring and discovered two inscriptions, the initials “RJW” and the name “Robyn.”

Mr. Hanson, who regularly writes letters to the editor, sent an email to the newspaper describing the ring and leaving his contact information.

The pair made arrangements for her to pick up the ring at FeFee’s Market in Norfolk.

The kicker to the story is that had it not been for Mr. Davis, Mr. Hanson likely still would be looking for the owner of the ring, as Ms. Peets said she has never been on Facebook.

“I don’t even own a computer,” she said. “I’ve never been on Facebook, but all my friends tell me about it.”

Ms. Peets said she hadn’t seen the ring in more than 20 years and had forgotten all about it.

“I don’t even remember losing it,” she said. “I actually forgot all about it until Ben called.”

However, upon seeing the ring, Ms. Peets said, she immediately knew it was hers. “As soon as I saw it, I recognized it,” she said. “It was in beautiful condition, and I really appreciate Ron trying to find me.”

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