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Friday February 27, 2004


Missing bear returned
to front porch

Express Staff Writer

A carved wooden bear that had been a welcoming mascot in front of the Country Cousin store in Ketchum was returned last week after a year-long hibernation.

Sue and Jerry Williams, managers of Country Cousin in Ketchum, found a mid-February surprise on their doorstep last week when a wooden bear that had been stolen from in front of the store was returned wearing a sweater, gloves and a jock strap. Express photo by Willy Cook

The bear, wrapped in a bed sheet and wearing a jock strap, sweater and mittens, appeared on the front porch of the store on Monday, Feb. 23, said Jerry Williams, who helps his wife, Sue, manage the store.

The bear had been missing since last winter, when it was stolen from its front-porch post.

"It was hilarious," said Jerry Williams, addressing the accouterments adorning the bear. "It was definitely funny."

Williams said someone called last week to anonymously report that he knew where the bear was and that it had been arranged to have it returned.

The bear, a long-standing Sun Valley Road watchman, is back at its post and will welcome shoppers into the store, Williams said.



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