Man seeks home of mystery benchBy Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | September 18,2012A Rutland man thinks he has a bench that an area school may have lost in Tropical Storm Irene, and he would like to give it back.
Carroll Paul said he found the wooden bench in the spring, in an area about 500 feet downstream from Mead’s Falls in Center Rutland.
“A friend of mine was with me and we were looking for residual fiddlehead ferns,” he said.
Two cross-strips in the back were broken, but Paul said the bench was otherwise in good shape.
“It’s pressure-treated,” he said. “I thought it was really well made.”
Paul took the bench home, and repaired and painted it. When he painted it, he noticed the word “varsity” glistening on one of the surfaces, which made him think it came from a school somewhere nearby.
“I couldn’t imagine where it came from,” he said. “The St. Peter’s playground area — I don’t think there would be enough velocity to push it down the falls.”
Paul said he has not called any area schools. He said he did go on Google maps but was unable to pick out a likely candidate.
He also said he did not think the bench was dumped there by human hands.
“It was a long ways from the road and it was right directly behind some other wood that got washed over the falls,” Paul said. “If someone were going to dump it, it doesn’t seem like they’d stand it up and carry it that far down.”
While he did give thought to what he might do with it as he refurbished it, Paul said he had no plans for the bench if nobody claims it.
“I don’t really overlook anything but Library Avenue,” he said.
Paul said the bench’s rightful owner can call him at 775-7872.
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