Class ring reunited with owner


MECHANIC FALLS – From her reaction to seeing the class ring, it was obvious the long-lost memento from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School had at last been placed around its rightful finger.

After sliding it on her hand Thursday, Cindy Billings Noyes of Minot gazed down at the silver ring with its chunky emerald, seeing it for the first time in 12 years.

“I am so excited to have it back!” said the employee working at Dad’s Place on Pleasant Street, glowing as if the ring were casting a light on her face.

But since it had been so long, she cannot remember where she originally lost the ring or even where she had last seen it.

For about a decade, it was stored in a little box of found objects kept by Bonnie Chabot, who helps run Roland Chabot Demolition company in Auburn. Chabot said she discovers all sorts of things in the nooks and crannies of buildings about to be torn down.

Although Chabot said she cannot recall the exact place she first saw Noyes’ Class of 1990 ring, she said it likely turned up during one of her predemolition, last-chance surveys of a building.

After taking the ring out to clean it recently, Chabot said she was suddenly inspired to find its owner, so she wrote to Sun Spots, a column in the Sun Journal. That set off a chain of communications that ultimately led to Noyes.

But the ring had to take a circuitous route first.

Initially, Cindy Woodworth of West Paris from the Class of 1990 was contacted by Sun Spots when it was learned that the ring belonged to someone named Cindy. Because she, too, had lost her ring about 18 years ago, she went to pick it up from Chabot. On her ride home, however, she discovered the name, “Cindy M. Billings,” etched inside.

Woodworth then brought the ring to the Sun Journal, which took possession of it and published an article about it Wednesday.

Noyes’ cousin read the article, and eventually a call was made to Noyes, who was reunited with her ring Thursday at her workplace.

Noyes said she used to wear the ring all the time and will continue wearing it now.

“It is so beautiful,” she said.

Chabot learned about the reunion of ring and owner in a phone call from the Sun Journal to the company Thursday evening and said she was pleased with the news.

“That’s great,” she said.