As common in a small – hillbilly town like Verona – everyone knows everyone, or at least knows someone who knows someone who knows…you get the idea; to guide them to the proper channels for an answer on almost anything!
When an e-mail inquiry was received through the Verona High School Alumni website last week regarding a found 1978 VHS class ring; the e-mail chain began with the executive committee. Thanks to advanced technology, the response was within 5 hours.
Here’s the story: A Sunset Avenue resident found a VHS class of 1978 female ring with the initials M E C engraved inside while raking leaves in his backyard. His wife, Erica, contacted the VHS website (www.vhsalumni.net). The dirty, slightly tarnished ring found 35 years later belonged to Mary E Corcoran, VHS class of 1978. Mary remembers the day from over 35 years ago with dread and chuckles. She and a few girlfriends were on the “other side of town”, cutting through a backyard when they heard a loud, angry dog barking at them. In her haste, the ring went one way and she the other. (The ring ceremony at the high school had just been days earlier) She vaguely remembers the ring clinking to the ground but knew it was a goner.
The ring and owner were re-united recently at the home of Erica and Joseph Davila on Sunset Avenue. Among flowers and laughter reliving the day over 35 years ago, Erica thought it funny that the ring was lost the same year she was born! Even more Mary Corcoran’s mom had a similar experience, finding a lost ring in her teen years. When she tried to return it to its rightful owner, she was informed that the Staten Island School, over 20 miles away, did not have any association (like the Verona Alumni Association) that could help them locate the owner. What goes around….comes around OR pay it forward.