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June 19, 2014

Treed trampoline: Woman finds storm-tossed bounce mat in backyard tree

ATHENS — Jackie McDaniel thought nothing of the storm that struck Athens on June 5. 

“I just thought it was a thunderstorm,” the North Hine Street resident said Wednesday.

When the storm passed, McDaniel found she had lost six trees.

“One fell on my neighbor’s home but none on my own,” she said.

Still, she felt lucky. Only five weeks earlier, on April 28, tornadoes had damaged the home of her mother, Marinel Castleberry, who lives just across the street.

“A tree hit her den and garage,” McDaniel said. “My mother was home at the time and she and her dog, Rosie, got in a closet in a bedroom at the other end of the house.”

Since that tornado, Castleberry and Rosie have been living with McDaniel while workers rebuild the den and garage.

On Wednesday, Castleberry entered the backyard of McDaniel’s home and spotted something peculiar in the top of one of the trees … nearly fully intact trampoline on its side and tightly lodged.

“I never noticed it,” McDaniel said. “I haven’t really been in the backyard since the storm.”

She couldn’t have seen the trampoline from any of her rear windows because the low-hanging canopy of a full-grown backyard tree blocks the view.

What puzzles her most about the trampoline isn’t so much where it came from but how she is going to remove it.

She hopes the owner will see the photograph of the trampoline and want it back enough to retrieve it.

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