In two cities, two class rings found in Maine

Posted June 18, 2010, at 3 p.m.

Two high school rings in two Maine cities are being returned to two strangers today.

A carpenter who lost his high school class ring 27 years ago while swimming in a quarry found it right where he lost it. By coincidence, grounds workers and a University of Maine dispatcher discovered a missing 27-year-old class ring.

When Jason Cottle, a 45-year-old carpenter from Gardiner, saw a picture in the newspaper of the Granite Hill quarry in Hallowell being drained for a mining operation, he decided to go look for his ring.

The Kennebec Journal reported that Cottle found it Thursday on a ledge which, before it was drained, would have been 35 feet under the waterline — right where he and his friends used to swim.

He also found other jewelry, clothing, keys, four pairs of glasses, unexploded blasting caps, $3 in change and a safe with a hole cut in the side. In addition, he says, he found the diving mask he lost when he went looking for the ring back in 1983.

But Cottle isn’t alone.

As reported earlier the Bangor Daily News, two University of Maine grounds workers in Orono found a class ring lost in a snowball fight sometime around 1982 and 1983. The workers turned it over to the University of Maine police.

“It said Shrewsbury High School and the year 1982 was on it and had the woman’s name, Lisa M. Prue, engraved inside,” said grounds worker Steve Stone.

Andy Brown, UMaine’s police communications coordinator, took over the investigation.

“I went to the student records database and found that a Lisa Prue graduated in 1986,” Brown, of Veazie, said Thursday. “That would have made her a first-year student, or freshman, back in the fall of ’82.”

Brown said he would mail the ring back to her today.

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