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POTSDAM - Benjamin Davis of Parishville was “procrastinating” while at work last Monday when he came across a Facebook posting by The 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 unique spelling of Robyn on the ring, Mr. Davis said he immediately thought he knew who the ring belonged to.

“I don’t know too many ‘Robyns’ around here,” he said, referring to the ring’s owner, Robyn J. (Williams) Peets. “I saw that post and said to myself, ‘I had better give her call.’”

Mr. Davis is married to her cousin, Terry Fefee, whom he called before contacting Ms. Peets.

“He said it could be hers,” Mr. Davis recalled, adding he then called Ms. Peets, who thought he was kidding, not realizing at the time that he had no way of knowing she had lost her class ring.

“She said, ‘No one has found my ring,” Mr. Davis remembered, adding he then asked her when she graduated from high school.

Eventually Mr. Davis was able to convince Ms. Peets that this was not a hoax.

She then called Ronald R. Hanson of Norfolk, who reached out to The Daily Courier-Observer after coming into possession of the ring.

Mr. Hanson explained his son-in-law, Warren LaValley Jr., of 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, knew of the perfect place to start his search, sending an email to the newspaper describing the ring and leaving his contact information so it could be shared with the ring’s owner, if she was ever found.

After Mr. Davis saw the posting and contacted Ms. Peets, she then called Mr. Hanson.

“She said, ‘Oh my goodness. I haven’t seen it in over 15 years.” Mr. Hanson recalled.

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

Mr. Hanson heard from Mr. Davis on Monday that the ring had been picked up.

“Ben sent me an email this morning and said her mom picked it up,” he said Monday afternoon. “It was all polished nice and shiny, but I guess it didn’t fit.”

The kicker to the story is had it not been for Mr. Davis, Mr. Hanson would likely still 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.”

Also ironic, is the fact that Ms. Peets said she had forgotten all about the ring, which she said Thursday she hadn’t seen in more than 20 years.

“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.”

She acknowledged the ring is a little bit too small, but said she is glad to have it back in her possession, along with now having an interesting story to tell.

When asked if she had any plans for the ring, Ms. Peets said she is holding on to the ring and plans on keeping it in her family.

“I’m saving it for my granddaughters,” she said.

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