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    found and returned on 11-2-12 news paper article

    Valerie Lynch, 47, is overcome with emotion after getting back a diamond ring she lost 15 years ago from Kent Blethen, left, a family friend who found the ring last weekend outside the home of Lynch's sister in Plymouth, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. Lynch was originally given the 1.2-carat diamond ring by her husband Mike Lynch 20 years ago. The arm of Valerie's niece Chloe Nichols, 5, extends into the picture.Photo: Amelia Kunhardt/The Patriot Ledger

    Read more: Wedding ring missing for 17 years returned to Bridgewater woman - Quincy, MA - The Patriot Ledger
    Tears of joy streamed down Valerie Lynch’s cheeks when she was presented with the wedding ring that she lost outside her sister’s Plymouth home in 1995.
    “I can’t even believe it,” a surprised Lynch said on Friday evening as she sat in the same house where she lost the ring 17 years ago, surrounded by friends and family members. “In my mind, it was gone forever.”
    The Bridgewater woman had taken off her 1.2-carat marquise diamond wedding ring and band at her sister’s house to put sunscreen on her children. After a walk to the beach, she realized that the rings were missing and went back to the house. Neither ring could be found.
    A couple of years later, the band was found, but not the ring.
    “We came back with the metal detectors and searched the yard so many times,” Lynch said. “I had given up on it.”
    Last Sunday, after talking to Lynch’s sister, Vicki Belanger, metal detection hobbyist Kent Blethen of Manomet offered to use his equipment to search the backyard for the ring. Forty minutes later, he had found the ring under an inch of soil.
    Belanger said she was so thrilled about the finding that she invited members of the family over on Friday evening for an unveiling.
    “I couldn’t believe he had actually found it,” Belanger said. “I knew everyone would love to be here when we surprised my sister.”
    Blethen, a member of the Silver City Treasure Seekers in Taunton, has been doing metal detection as a hobby for more than 15 years. He rarely asks for compensation; he says he just enjoys people’s reactions.
    “I charge everyone a picture and that’s it,” Blethen said. “The look on their faces is priceless.”
    Blethen does most of his searches on beaches and in the water on the South Shore and Cape Cod – places where tourists often lose jewelry while swimming.
    He has found wedding rings, class rings, crematory tags and lots of change in his searches. He says the hobby is an art form, and he hopes that by returning lost items he is paying it forward.
    “You hope good karma comes your way eventually,” he said. “But no matter what, it’s a great feeling.”

    Read more: Wedding ring missing for 17 years returned to Bridgewater woman - Quincy, MA - The Patriot Ledger
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    Apr 2012
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    Awesome job Kent !! These are the stories to see the most !

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    Mar 2012
    N. Middle Tennessee
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    Great job! Nice to see how happy she is.

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    Feb 2005
    Bavaria Germany
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    Great story and nice job! HH, Mike

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    Feb 2007
    Bradenton, Fl
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    a big congrats!!

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    Oct 2012
    Fisher F5, T2SE, F2 for the boys, XP Deus
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    The meatheads that want to ban metaldetecting should read stories like this.. GREAT JOB!!! HH

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    Feb 2010
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    Good Karma headed your way. 40 min.s work for a smile like that is surely worth it. WTG

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    Jun 2011
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    Congratulations to the Winner!

    Jan 2010
    New Castle NH.
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    Nice Job. Good stuff comin your way !!
    Desire is oft more pleasant than acquisition

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    Excellent Job. You've done great public relations work for all detectorists with the rings that you've returned over the years. Well done. I hope you gesture comes back to you with good luck on future hunting.

    Silver Tree Chaser
    got Mass Silver?

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