Friday, August 28, 2009

Some Great Pics Sent In By Dave McElroy

Dave is an avid photographer and has a deep interest in the paranormal. Above he seems to have captured a mist in the Grist Mill at Gretchen's. Eerie. He checked the temp and discovered it was seventy two degrees inside. Interesting.
This pic was taken by Dave at Bowman's Cemetery. On our adventure there last week, we told of Amy's impression that there was a very mean woman who was lurking in the woods above the cemetery. In her mid 30's, dressed in a long black dress and her hair severely pulled into a bun on the back of her head, she seems to watch anyone who enters the cemetery. She does not come into the cemetery itself. Dave took this pic in the area where Amy felt her presence the most. In about the center you see a strange shadow on the ground in front of Dave. It is not his shadow. Has he caught a shadow person perhaps or the ghost of the mean woman trying to manifest itself? Again, a very eerie pic.

Please note the orb near the center of the picture. It is unlike any I have ever seen. I thought at first it might be a bug, but on closer inspection you can see it is an orb. It is different from most and well worth the closer look.
Thank you Dave for sending these to me. Make sure you put them in your Unexplained photo album. You might have something with these three photos. Keep up the great work!!!

Sorry it took me so long to get back here but-

This is my little mom and I down at Gretchen's Lock on Aug 18. She comes with me on many of my little adventures. I didn't realize when she was having problems this night walking around in the Mill that she was in the beginning stages of a stroke. On Aug 19, she slept all day, and when she finally woke up at 4pm, she couldn't talk. We took her to the emergency room in East Liverpool and from there she was sent to Allegheny Medical Center in Pittsburgh.
While she is much better now, the first few days were touch and go. The funny thing about strokes is that sometimes people bounce back fairly quickly. She is much better now and hopefully will stay that way for a long time to come.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Another Great Picture From Dave!!!!

The picture to the left was sent in by Dave McElroy. He went on the Lusk Lock and Bowman's Cemetery Tour Saturday. In the center of the pic is a beautiful orb. Just one, and my favorite-taken during the day! Beautiful pic Dave!! Keep up the good work!! It reminds me of the orb in the pic on the right. Is it the spirit of the workman who was killed there as legend says? We need to do more research to find out.

I am still sifting through pictures and listening to EVP sessions. It was such a good time! Of course anything that has to do with ghost hunting is fun no matter what!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

And Then We Went To Bowman's Cemetery-Tour Part 2

Bowman's was as expected. For the most part it was calm and serene. Save for a big crash in the woods before we got there followed by a "WHOOP!" sound. I was sorry we missed that. Only Amber and Amy were there for that. This pic is a Glam shot of Amber, Sammi, Billie, and Kim who were doing a ghost watch while others milled around.
The rest of the pics are different shots of the evening that have some interesting orbs in them.
Like this one. The little white stuffed dog moved down the grave stone by itself, stopping on the edge. Jessica put it back and I snapped this pic with the orb above them.
Yet another group picture, complete with orbs. My team mate Amy tends to attract them.
Here, Amy and Becky talk at the entrance to the little Cemetery.
This group came from Minerva. They were really great and said they had a great time. The kids, McKenzie and Nick, were really good at EVP work. Look out Ghost Hunters! They might someday be your next proteges.
For the most part, there isn't anything about Bowman's that I don't like. It is all mysteriously fascinating to me.
Amy sat at the entrance to the cemetery and talked to some of the people, telling them stories and helping them with paranormal events they had experienced.
We talked about ghost hunting and the do's and don'ts for people who are just starting, all the while taking in the atmosphere that is Bowman's Cemetery.
Some of the things we ran into included a box turtle that everyone had a chance to see and pet.
There is a really nice orb here just as we entered the cemetery. I like them like this.
And, much to every one's fear, there was a snake. Of course, this one wasn't any bigger than a night crawler.
And of course, Mike was happy to catch it and take it away from everyone so it wouldn't get hurt. He had hoped to find one on our adventure this evening. We also saw several baby toads and plenty of mosquito's.
This worked so well, I plan on doing it again. Possibly in October. Thank you to every one who came. I hope you had a good time and return to these places often to do your own ghost hunting. Send me some pics if you do!!

Lusk's Lock and Bowman's Cemetery Tour-Part 1

This is every one at Bowman's Cemetery, though I have jumped ahead. We had a great group tonight that was almost the perfect size. I really enjoyed taking them around the area and showing them some of the haunted aspects of Columbiana County.

These are my junior team members, Sammi and Sarah. They were in charge of taking pictures on this tour. Needless to say they did a great job. On October 3, Sammi is headed to PA for a meeting with Kris, Tango, and Steve of Ghost Hunters!! She swears to take lots of pictures and share her story when she returns!
Here is a small group having an EVP session at the edge of the Canal.
Sammi, Dave, and Will using their recorders. Dave is a huge paranormal fan in the county and has much of his own equipment, which he brings to every tour. He is fast becoming a great ghost hunter. Will just started about two months ago. He is the one who provoked Marie a little at Thompson Park and got the great pictures!
I am calling this picture "An Orb Between Two Ghost Hunters." This was taken as we walked down into the canal.
Lusk's Lock is, architecturally, one of the most beautiful of all the Locks for the Sandy and Beaver Canal System. It is Lock Number 27. On the upper side of the lock on the inside is a plaque that has the names of the engineer and builders. The engineer is none other than Edward Gill, Gretchen's father of Gretchen's Lock.
We make our way through the lock slowly as the flowers and weeds are very high. There is no water in this lock any longer. Just the fallen tree, and at this time, us.
Dave makes his way along the trail enduring the heat with everyone else. Ghost hunters know no bounds!
The walls of the lock are very high (at least 20 feet) and many of the ghost hunters here look up in awe, feeling how small they are and how big Lusk's Lock really is.
We had two EVP sessions. They were mostly quiet, though we did get two. One said "Can you hear me?" and the other said one of our guest ghost hunters name "Heidie". She handled that quite well actually. I was impressed.
Here we are leaving for our next adventure-Bowman's Cemetery. At this point we don't know what awaits us, but be are all eager to find out!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Little Cemetery Off Of Black Road In Lisbon

I am sure you have been to a cemetery and saw the markers put on a veterans grave like this. They are made of bronze and denotes what war the veteran fought in. This one represents World War 2. In this little cemetery there are several graves marked with this.
The problem is that most of the veterans in this cemetery died in the 1800's. I believe they are actually veterans of the Civil War.
So now I am on a mission to find out why there are World War 2 markers on Civil War Veteran graves.
I haven't discovered if it is haunted yet. Perhaps one night next week we might go check it out.
It is picturesque and very serene. The view from there is also very beautiful.
I am headed to the library later today to see if I can find out the name of it and some history on it. If you know anything let me know.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Fair Is Over and There Will Be No Gretchen's Lock Party For Me!

The Columbiana County Fair is over and I am glad. I was out there for seven days, fourteen hours a day. I am beat. It was a good week. No ghostly situations to report. Ghosts are so suddle that even if there was some activity, there was too much going on to have noticed.
We made some great new friends, as well as caught up with old ones. This week will continue to be busy. We are getting ready for the big vigil on Aug 28. More to come on that. I am also hosting a charity ghost walk through Lisbon on September 27. More to come on that, too.
I will be out of town on Wednesday, August 12, and I will not be able to attend the party at Gretchen's Lock. Bummer. So, if any one wants to send me some pics of the event, please do. I will post them.
I am headed to sleep. Have a good night. Tomorrow is another day.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Day 4 of the Columbiana County Fair

Things were calm at the fair tonight. Nothing exciting was going on. There was a truck competition that involved racing around the track and jumps. It was noisy and fun.
My continued search for some paranormal activity showed more orbs hovering over the crowd. Smoke and Dust content to watch everyone walking down the midway. The pictures were taken a few seconds apart. Note that they moved a little between the two pictures.
I began my investigation of the city of Lisbon tonight. On September 27 I am giving a ghost walk there that starts at 4pm. It is a charity ghost walk and costs $5 per person.
ALL PROCEEDS will go to the Columbiana County Families Of Homicide Victims to help them get their 5013C for non profit status.
It will be a basic tour to show you where all the haunted spots are that I can find in the city of Lisbon. I have one story so far, about the Ivy Stone Lounge, which is closed now. I also know about the big Pink Mansion on the Hill. It has some ghosts to be sure.
If you zoom in on the building that says Foxes Pizza Den, look at the second floor on the right hand side. I believe there is an apparition in that window. Let me know what you think. I am searching for any stories I can find about the area that has a ghostly nature. If you know any, please email me.
The fair was fairly quiet this evening. The Grand stand emptied early and the midway wasn't nearly as crowded as last night. We closed up early and that gave me a chance to check out Lisbon, a city that seems to have quite a few ghosts. Hope to see you tomorrow at the fair.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Columbiana County Fair Days

I spent some time taking pics tonight and looking for ghosts. I talked to a few people about the Lisbon Ghost Walk on September 27 and like usual, that is enough to get me started. I like to study the patterns that orbs make. Sometimes they look like star constellations, though I have never been able to match one.
As you can see in these pics, sometimes there is only one orb and the very next minute there are many. I always imagined that the orbs were townsfolk from decades past who haunt the city of Lisbon and are attending the fair like everyone else.
Or it could all be smoke and dust. But where is the fun in that? Not to mention, I believe ghosts use whatever they have around them to communicate with you. Even smoke and dust. This is day three for me at the fair with the CCFHV. I will continue to look for some signs that there are ghosts attending the fair. A full apparition in a pic would be perfect.......

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

August 1 Thompson Park Ghost Walk

Here are a few pics from Saturday night at Thompson Park. It was a good time. Some one was using the amphitheater, so we couldn't go down there. we went to Pav #2 instead. Still sifting through the pics to see if we got anything. I am at the fair all week and I am exhausted. Sleep well.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Because I am certain there are ghosts out there, I can not tell you there are no such things as fairies.The first two pictures certainly could look like possible fairies. This bug is so large, it even casts a shadow in the flash.
Logic says it's a bug. But it does not look like just a bug. This one resembles an angel. But, they are just bugs, right? Or maybe Bowman's has a little more than ghosts.
We were able to drive all the way up to Bowman's Cemetery in our car. When we got out, we were met with silence. I walked around, noting the flags that had been left for the veterans buried there. Someone keeps it mowed and keeps the wooden crosses in repair.
Others bring toys to leave at the graves of some of the children whose final resting place is Bowman's Cemetery. I went to the Library and got a list of the people buried there. While the legend for Bowman's says a witch took children there and killed them, I don't see any evidence of that.
We took a lot of pics, and as usual at this little cemetery, there are orbs. I like to study the design a lot of orbs can create.
Mike seemed to attract them. If they are dust, than it is coincidence. If they are more than that, as I believe, than Mike must be pretty interesting to them.

We did a few EVP there in which some one said Amber's name. She is not a cemetery fan. Remember, she is more into Bigfoot. While we sat and listened to what was around us, we heard a big crash through the woods and down into water. "That must be Bigfoot!" she had declared.
We left our own little toys there at the grave of Chauncey, Edna, and Ross Bowman. They were all babies when they died in the 1890's.
We were virtually undisturbed up there for over an hour. It is a very picturesque little cemetery. You seem to hear whispers coming from the woods, beckoning you to come and play hide-n-seek. The more you ghost hunt, the more you become aware of your other senses. Not like a sixth sense, mind you, but your normal 5 senses. Ghost hunting isn't just seeing ghosts, but experiencing them. You hear, smell, and feel a ghost around you. You also pay attention to your own emotions. At Mr. Floyd's you feel danger. At Gretchen's Lock, you feel sometimes great happiness or calm. I have been in houses where I feel very possessive. At Bowman's it is worry. Someone worries there.
Ghosting 12 Paranormal will continue our investigation into Bowman's Cemetery and what resides there.
For anyone who would like to go our there, on Aug 15, at 6 pm, I will be at the parking lot near the YMCA in Calcutta to meet anyone who wants to follow us out there. We will also be going to Lusk's Lock. If you don't hear from me much this week, it is because I am out at the fair. Tonight we will be out at Thompson Park for the ghost walk there at 8pm. We have been having a lot of fun there and hope you can make it out.