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Coworkers Find Out They're Long-Lost Brothers

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NBC-2 News: Gary Nisbet has been working at Dow Furniture in Waldoboro, Maine for seven years.

Gary Nisbet and Randy Joubert

Randy Joubert started here two months ago. They've been together often, making deliveries.

"And people are saying we look like brothers. And we go on deliveries together and we keep getting it," says Randy.

They always laughed it off.

Randy was put up for adoption when he was a baby. But recently he found the name of his birth parents, and was told there had also been a younger brother, born in 1974. Also put up for adoption.

Randy only knew a birth date, and a first name. And a few weeks ago on a delivery he finally decided to address his suspicions.

"Something clicked with me and I said I'm gonna go out this door and ask him a strange question. So I got him up by the truck and said Gary this is gonna sound bizarre but were you adopted? He said Yup. What's your birthdate? June 10, 1974. And I knew, I'm searching for this guy. I said do you have the original birth certificate? Do you know your parents' names? Yup. I said was it Wilfred and Joan Pomnery? Just stares at me How do you know my parents' names? I said those are my birth parents' names. So I been riding around with this guy for a month and a half and he's my full blooded brother. What was that moment like? Phenomenal."

The brothers say they were both in a state of shock.

"This is such a small world. This only happens once in a lifetime. And it happens in Waldoboro. Nothing good ever happens in Waldoboro," says Gary.

Think of the odds. They had been adopted by families in the same county, gone to rival high schools. And been living in this same town the past few years. And never knew.

And for nearly two weeks they kept it secret. No one else at the furniture store knew. That changed earlier this week.

The brothers finally told the store's owners.

"And he said I never would have found him if you didn't hire me to work here. And I started crying," Lisa Dow remembers.

The store employees all threw a big party. And they're still shedding tears days later.

This is a family business. Now two of their own have discovered they're a family, too.

Dana Dow, who owns the furniture store, used to serve in the Maine legislature.

During his last term, Dow says he was persuaded to vote for a bill to give adopted people more access to their birth records.

Without that law, says Dow, Randy and Gary would never have known they were brothers.

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Anonymous September 22, 2009, 2:07 PM

Awesome, heartfelt. We have to keep pushing for more open adoptions. It has touched me personally and I must say it’s necessary for the adoptees and the families that gave them up.

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