Parishioners from St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Annandale were picking up trash along Sleepy Hollow Road on Sunday afternoon when their priest made a surprising find. Amid the cigarette butts and beer bottles was a ring. “At first I thought it was plastic,” said Father Jeff Shankles, who serves the congregation on Columbia Pike. But it wasn’t.
The ring does not appear to be of great value, “but it might be of sentimental value to someone,” Shankles said. The church applied several months ago to care for a mile-long stretch of Sleepy Hollow Road through VDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway program. Parishioners were taking advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures Sunday to do their first cleanup.
Anyone who has lost a ring along Sleepy Hollow Road near Valley Brook Drive may email the church office at email@example.com and describe it to claim it.