Received a text and subsequent telephone call from Holly and Australian Sheila. Holly has been visiting Ontario to help a dear Friend going through brain cancer. Previous weekend they were at a cottage on Rankin Lake in the beautiful Parry Sound area. Holly had taken both her engagement ring and wedding band off and tied them on her hair elastic then wrapping them around her cell phone. She picked up two oars and before she knew it saw them fling off her cell phone onto the deck. She found her wedding band on the dock but could not locate her white gold engagement ring.
Holly called a number of “ring finders” in a panic and took the first one available out of the Barrie area. Unfortunately, her engagement ring could not be located. She was again in a panic mode as she was heading home to Australia in a weeks time. Holly was extremely upset she called me again. We had made a last minute plan but had to cancel with the severe weather and tornado in eastern Ontario and Quebec with heavy damages. Upon speaking again mid-morning she had mentioned her return home and was desperate. I then finished packing my truck and said “LETS DO THIS – BE THERE IN 3 HOURS”.
We arrived at the cottage location, brought all the gear down and I proceeded to do a short grid from 4′ out from dock in and under. I decided not to do the area under the deck with a rock crib which is very difficult even though I also brought along my Detecnix pin pointer for that spot. Closer I was to shore after 10 minutes with 2 pull tabs, then a nail….there was the strong distinctive tone on the Minelab Excalibur 2!!! At this point I had a snorkel mask on without the snorkel as I left it in my truck. Holly was heading up to my truck to retrieve the snorkel and I said “wait a minute”…
After a few handfuls there was her beautiful engagement ring!! B=I=N=G=O!!
Here’s the video *******
We were both excited. She really didn’t think I was going to find it but she flies home a very happy lady.
I didn’t accept a reward for my “Pay-it-Forward” campaign for a charity donation (Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation) because I consider Holly an “EARTH ANGEL” for being here for a month looking after her dear Friend with cancer. I will Pray for her Friend!!! I was given an invitation if I ever head to the “LAND DOWN UNDER”….Sure going to consider that offer!!
I have already advised Holly of another awesome ring finder in Australia “Jean Williams”!!
Great to meet ya Shiela “Holly”!! Cheers and safe travels back home!!
Had a message come in through the ring finders site from Ellen after she had google lost ring.
Ellen & Stephen was recently married on their lovely property by the waters of Port Carling, Ontario. She had asked her Son Andrew to be the Best Man and surprised him with his late Grand Father’s wedding band. After the nuptials, Andrew decides to go for a swim to cool down but the ring had slipped off his finger to the murky bottom. Two days later he advised his Mother the devastating news. I met Ellen & Stephen two days later on the property. They had advised the ring was in 3′ to 4′ of water… it was just over 5′ up to my ears. I had the tone with my Minelab Excalibur 2 in just 5 minutes but it took another 8 minutes to scoop the ring out between sticks and boards.
This sentiMental Heirloom 10k white/14k yellow late Grandfather’s wedding band is back were it belongs…with FAMILY !! Pleasure to meet this Family and thanks to
Here is the video from this ring recovery & return!!
Another donation to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation greatly received for my “Pay-it-forward” fundraising campaign!!
I received a message from Laura M whom was visiting here Family cottage on Farlain Lake, Penetang, Ontario. Here Husband and 2 Sons were visiting the Family and were flying home to Calgary, Alberta soon. She asked if I was able to locate in 8′ waters with a murky bottom. I quickly replied I could and was available immediately after work.
Severe thunderstorms had rolled in Ontario that afternoon. I had just finished another ring find in the water and the rain came down. I arrived at the cottage, met the Family and brought all the gear down to the bottom. Turns out her Brother-in-Law lost his gold wedding band over 10 years ago as well.
I had sent a message earlier in the day to mark the location with a rock and floating jug to cut down the area to search. The thunder and lightening started so we waited it out for about 10 minutes…and proceeded to gear up. I also brought a magnet for the kids to try magnet fishing….they loved it!
WOW, it was a very silty bottom with 6-8″ of muck so hard to keep a good grid pattern direction. Just over an hour later…..my trusty Minelab Excalibur 2 toned off with a sweet crisp tone. BINGO BANGO!!! There is was!!
Received a text message from Jing & Mark S for a request to assist to find a custom platinum wedding band that was unfortunately lost prior to the wedding ceremony of his best Friend of 23 years. Mark was the Best Man at a wedding ceremony on the lovely ground of the Richmond Hill Country Club. Mark had written explicit details of the days events leading up to the wedding ceremony. This was key in retracing there steps and actions. Prior to the actual wedding ceremony, the photography asked all the wedding party to remove any items such as phones from the pockets. Mark had removed both the Bride’s and Grooms custom wedding bands crafted in China from the jewellers boxes. Mark felt that a number of times he removed his cell phone from his jacket pocket and at those locations the wedding band could likely be at any one of the spots.
We proceeded down the pathway in which the wedding parties travels in golf cart, up over a bridge and then onto a open grass area where the photo’s had taken place. I used my trusty Minelab Excalibur 2 on land and that amazing tone of platinum on “discrimination” makes my detector SING!! Within 5 on the open grass area that wonderful tone sounded off!! I spotted the very small sized platinum wedding band, threw done my machine (gently of course) and raised my arms. Mark & Jing thought I was upset with them as they were standing on either side of the area as I was using them for my grid markers. Both kept moving about. I then started recording for the ‘surprise’.
Here’s the video for the return
The “Best Man” came through for his Best Friend the Groom and his new Wife!!
A lovely Lady named Dori was in her backyard cleaning up her gardens and yard. She felt as though a big bug had landed on her shoulder and she flicked it away. Turns out it was her hearing aid!! The hearing aid was $3,000 !!!
A number of Friends were over and all were on their hands & knees with chop sticks going throught the gardens/mulch for hours.
Her Son had suggested to call someone with a metal detector! THE RING FINDERS came up. She called Steve Zazulyk but he was unavailable and recommended to call me!
I made arrangements to attend that evening. After I arrived we had discussed what had happened! Luckily they put tarps down due to the severe thunderstorms moving in!! We had slightly lifted the first tarp when I spotted her hearing aid. I put my side of the tarp down and asked if we could do a short video for my blog and for good luck. Dori had no idea I had spotted it!
Received a text message from Ron from Erin that another incredible “The Ring Finders” team Steve Zmd recommended me to assist in finding lost truck & tractor keys in my own town!!
Ron was on his lawn tractor cutting 2 acres of grass. He was rushing to finish the grass before dark. After he finished cutting the grass he reached into his pocket and his truck & tractor keys where gone. He searched his property and could not locate them. Lucky he had a back up set of keys to his truck.
I decided to grid the outer portions of the 2 acres using my Minelab Excalibur 2 on ‘pinpoint/all metal mode’. With-in 40 minutes and many darn mosquito bites….I LOCATED THEM!!
He’s one happy camper as it’s pricey to purchase a new set of keys!! Thank you Steve Zmd for the recommendation AGAIN XO
For the last 11 years I have been a participant in the “Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation Snow Run”. February 4th, 2018 was the 19th Annual Snow Run event. Woman only snowmobiling ride raising much needed donations for this amazing Charity.
Every year I try to think up ways to raise donations to out due my previous years fundraising attempts without asking my dear Friends, Family and Co-Workers every year…
You see…here’s a little bit about the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation….
The Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation was established to help women/men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. There are many unforeseen expenses they may face, and which their health insurance program may not cover.
Our mission is to provide financial assistance to women/men in these situations in order to make their fight with cancer a little less challenging.
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer and need our assistance please go to www.kellyshiresfoundation.org and find out more on how we can help you. Our policy and application for financial assistance can be found under the heading “Need Financial Assistance”. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at email@example.com
I try my very best….but in 2017 and 2018 I resorted to my metal detecting skills and decided that through my “The Ring Finders” call outs….I’ll use my PASSION & SKILLS for metal detecting and make my “CLIENTS” …PAY-IT-FORWARD!! I ask for my call-out feed to cover my fuel and a meal…then when I recover the clients lost item…I ask them to “PAY-IT-FORWARD” by making a donation through my fundraising page to the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation.
I really was blown away as you see my this video (as I was doing a live broadcast) that I won this incredible “Kelly Shires Award” for the most INNOVATED WAY OF RAISING DONATIONS FOR THIS CHARITY!!! Out of the $3,600 donations (my highest amount fund raising in the last 11 years participation) I RAISED $2,600 DIRECTLY THROUGH MY RING FINDERS CLIENTS!!! S-T-O-K-E-D & HONOURED I WAS!! In 2017 I raised $1,850 dollars metal detecting.
Here is the link to the video for the award! I was truly in shock but very honoured;
So…I am heading into my 11th year in participating at the 20th annual KELLY SHIRES BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION!! and again…will be insisting my RING FINDER CLIENTS to “PAY-IT-FORWARD”!!
I received a text message from a fellow sled head Mark B to let me know his neighbour lost his 14k gold wedding band somewhere in the snow and to call him right away.
I call Tony H immediately. He advised that he was shovelling the snow and also walked down the road. He advised that the snow plow had just gone by. It was -7C and within 20 minutes of speaking to Tony H and headed down to Oakville.
As the story goes, Tony took off his gloves and within 5 minutes realized his wedding band came off. I started to grid search the driveway. Tony felt it could have been on the roadway so I continued onto the roadway. After 40 minutes I was drawn back to the driveway as the more questions I asked I felt he lost it when he took off his gloves. Within 5 minutes and 2′ off the driveway in 1′ of snow….BAM! Had a great tone on my Minelab Excalibur 2!! Tony was a great sport and very happy not to sleep outside in the dog house in the frigid temperatures!
I have great Friends who notified me that they had sent my ring finder information to a fellow Church member.
Boris T of Mississauga had recently lost weight and decided to participate in a 5km Charity FOAM run at Claireville Conservation Area in Brampton, Ontario.
Met Boris at the location immediately after work. He was AMAZING!! He had spoken to Friends that video taped his participation in the event. They narrowed down the location to the one FOAMED up obstacle. He had is beautiful wedding bank going into, up, over and when he came out…..his precious wedding band was GONE. Boris continued on to finish the race with a very sad heart. His 10th wedding Anniversary was coming up soon…..
I was a bit embarrassed that I had left my Minelab Excalibur2 detector on…the battery was dead. Thank goodness I had a back-up…the newly acquired Garrett AT Pro which I had only played around with. UNDER TWO MINUTES…..I FOUND HIS RING!!! I was amazing…..Boris was overcome with happiness. He was truly so grateful and happy.