Thursday, December 29, 2011

My new camera took this picture and I am so excited to get to use this out in the field some more!  I want to visit places I have already been just so I can use this camera there.  It is a Kodak Z5010 and I just love it!  In case you don't know what the picture is, I was trying to capture the moon and got more than I thought I would.  Haha!  A look at the moon like I have never truly seen it! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Prospective New Crew Members Meeting Date

All those who were interested in joining our crew, our newbie crew member meeting is Jan. 20, 2012.  I have two possible locations for this meeting and as soon as I get a sure confirmation on a site I will let you know by email or facebook.  We are looking forward to meeting every one interested in discovering Columbiana County's Ghosts with us!

Monday, December 26, 2011

New Equipment For Christmas!

For Christmas this year I got a new camera (Kodak Easyshare Z5010) and a new Olympus Digital Recorder(Note Corder DP-10).  I love Christmas because I always get some awesome new thing!  This year I got two! 
The new recorder is on the left.  It is a lot wider and louder than the older ones.  It does not have a usb port but it is so much easier to hear out in the field!  We used it at Gretchen's Lock on Christmas Eve and it was awesome!
I have a lot to learn with the new camera and look forward to seeing what it can do.  Working with the Newbies we are taking on in February will give me a chance to give both of my new toys a good work out!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Eve At Gretchen's Lock 2011

The unusual "breath" formation on the tree almost looks like
Christmas decorations.  I have never seen anything like it!
Looking as spooky as ever, the Grist Mill
waited for us to arrive on this once-a -year date
in stone silence.
The crew for the evening (besides myself)
was Mike, Amber, and Jon. We had a few
new gadgets to try out from Santa!
We got several pics with our breath in them.
It was cold and when you exhale, your
breath  can hang in the air around you for
a minute or two, depending on how
cold it is.

While the gray mass on Jon is probably their breath, it looks different from the other breath pictures I took.  It looks something like a woman in a  long dress....



We could not enter the Grist Mill because it is very flooded. 
With all the rain we have had, it is no surprise.  Last year it was
all frozen solid. 

We went down to Gretchen's Lock last night to check out the Grist Mill once again. One of the Esther Hale Legends tells the story of Esther a little differently where it concerns the Mill.  It would seem that Esther may have  been a Quaker Preacher who fell in love with a young man who was destined to fight in the Civil War.  Before he left, they agreed on their wedding date of September 29, when her love would return.  When that date came she waited by the Mill all day, but he did not come.  She would proceed to go to the Grist Mill every day for the next 27 years, waiting on her one true love.  Even after she found out he was killed in action during the Civil War, she still continued to wait at the Mill.  According to this Legend, she finally could wait no longer and one night climbed to the third floor of the Mill to hang herself.  Now, if you go to the Grist Mill at Midnight on Christmas Eve, you are supposed to be able to see the word "COME" written on the wall.  It is supposed to be her plea to her love to return to her. 
This is my third year that I have traveled to the Grist Mill to await the word to appear on the wall.  It did not once again. But we did get some nice pictures that were unusual.  We still have to listen to the EVP sessions we did. Amber has an app on her new Ipod and when she ran it, the name Charles came up a couple times.  Curious since we are so close to the Death Site Of Pretty Boy Floyd.  We also stopped on the bridge when we were leaving. There are two new stories for me to work with that I didn't know about.  One is if you stop on the bridge at Gretchen's Lock, put your car in park, shut off your lights, and honk your horn three times, Esther is supposed to appear before your car.  We did that also, but nothing happened.  Another story we have yet to try is where you go to the back parking lot and drive backwards in a circle.  As you are driving like that, Gretchen is supposed to appear in your back seat.  That we plan to use video cameras with.  As soon as we get the EVP sessions listened to, we will let you know if we got anything. 
For now, Merry Christmas to all!!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

G12P's 2012 Schedule

I am currently working on our schedule for next year.  So far I have three dates on the books for Thompson Park.  Besides our tour schedule, which is going to be awesome, I am looking for other things we can do.  You can look for us again at places like the Middleton Festival, the Salt Festival, the Salem summer Parade, hopefully the Pottery Festival, and also places like Rogers Sale, the sale in Newell, and any place else we can find to set up.  If I can find a location, we are also working on a Ghost Hunters Show for July!  Plus we will be camping again!  If you know of any events we could set up for, please let me know!!!!  See you in 2012!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

G12P TOOK SECOND PLACE IN THE EAST LIVERPOOL CHRISTMAS PARADE!!!

Here is the crew that took second place in the East Liverpool Christmas Parade for 2011, with our trophy!  This outstanding group of Ghost Hunters truly deserved it for all their hard work!  Thanks goes out to Briana, and especially Amber, for doing most of the work!  Good job everyone!!  You are awesome!!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

OUR 2011 YEAR

2011 WAS A GREAT YEAR FOR GHOSTING 12 PARANORMAL.  WE WERE ALL OVER THE COUNTY DOING TOURS, EXPLORING AND DOING PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS.  WE SET UP AT FESTIVALS, FAIRS, AND FLEA MARKETS.  WE HAD SEVERAL TOURS ALL OVER THE AREA INCLUDING LISBON, EAST LIVERPOOL, AND SALEM.  WE DISCOVERED NEW PLACES AND THINGS, LIKE THE OLD STEEL BRIDGE IN ROGERS, THE BRIDGE LEADING TO BOWMAN'S CEMETERY, THE POSSIBLE TOMB AT LUSKS LOCK AND MANY OTHERS!  WE INVESTIGATED HILL VIEW MANOR AND SEVERAL OTHER BUILDINGS AND HOMES. WE BROUGHT ON SIX NEW CREW MEMBERS (JACK, ABBIE, ZACK, JACKSON, DEBBIE, AND PAM!).  WE THEN LOST JACKSON IN OCTOBER AND HE IS SORELY MISSED! 
WE WENT CAMPING THREE TIMES AT GRETCHEN'S LOCK OVER THE SUMMER AND WERE IN 5 PARADES THIS YEAR (SALINEVILLE, SALEM, LISBON TWICE, AND EAST LIVERPOOL).  IT WAS JUST ONE FUN ADVENTURE AFTER ANOTHER!  HERE IS A VIDEO TO GIVE YOU A SMALL IDEA OF OUR EXPLOITS!
G12P IN 2011

2012 PROMISES TO BE EVEN BETTER! OUR PLANS INCLUDE GOING TO THE TWIN OPERA HOUSE FOR AN OVER NIGHT VISIT, SEVERAL MORE TROLLEY TOURS OF SALEM, OHIO, SETTING UP AT SEVERAL MORE FESTIVALS AND OTHER EVENTS, AND SO MUCH MORE!  WE ARE ALSO TAKING ON POSSIBLY AS MANY AS 6 NEW CREW MEMBERS IN FEBRUARY AS WE PLAN ON BEING VERY BUSY!  I DECIDED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO TAKE BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, WHICH I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT TO HELP MAKE G12P THE  BEST EVER!!! 
AGAIN, HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!  LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR 2012 SEASON!!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

G12P IN THE THE EAST LIVERPOOL CHRISTMAS PARADE!


G12P SENDS OUT WONDERFUL WISHES TO ALL FOR A

Amber, Sena, and Jen!

VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS--

Amber as the White Queen.


JEN DID AN AWESOME
JOB AS OUR
RED QUEEN!

DEBBIE AS THE
WHITE RABBIT!

AND A HAPPY
NEW YEAR!  SEE YOU IN 2012!!!!!

ENIGMATIC JON AS
THE MARCH HARE!


PAM AS ONE OF OUR
CARDS!

ZACK AS ANOTHER OF OUR CARDS!

WILL AT ASLYN!
THANK YOU ALSO TO:
 LISA AS MALLYUMKIN THE DOOR MOUSE, NEVAYA AS OUR LITTLE ALICE, SENA AS OUR GROWN UP ALICE, BRIANA AND SAMMI AS TWEEDLE DEE AND TWEEDLE DUM (THEIR ACROBATS WERE AWESOME DURING THE PARADE!) MIKE FOR DRIVING THE TRUCK, BECKY, BROOKE , AND AMANDA FOR HELPING TO PASS OUT CANDY, AMBER FOR ALL THE HARD WORK SHE DID ON THE FLOAT, KAR SMITH FOR DONATING THE WAGON TO HAVE OUR FLOAT WITH, AND TO JAYCEES FOR DOING SUCH AN AWESOME JOB AGAIN ON THE EAST LIVERPOOL CHRISTMAS PARADE!  


Jack as Stayn!
LOOK FOR TOURS TO BEGIN AGAIN IN MARCH WITH AN ADVENTURE AT GRIMMS BRIDGE, THE REAL JAKES LOCK, AND GRETCHENS TO START OFF OUR 2012 SEASON! 

BRIANA AND BECKY!

BROOKE!


ABBIE (A NEW GHOST HUTNING CHEERLEADER!)
BILLI, AND SAMMI(OUR ORIGINAL
GHOST HUNTING CHEERLEADER!)


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Smith Auto Part Store Site 11 Months After The Razing

I loved this building.  I often thought there was someone in the top floor watching out the window the last couple Pottery Festivals I attended.  It was built in the 1880's and was on the National Register for Historic Buildings.   This building was torn down in January of 2011.  It was a sad event because it was one more part of East Liverpool's history gone.  You could not save this building. It was beyond that, but I didn't think I would like seeing the spot so empty.


It was Potters National Bank and had a PNB above the door on the left corner.






It did seem empty when they were done.  This picture was taken in the summer.  Right away I did notice the view was better. 
A little park has been built there, complete with a benches.  It is very nice.  Of course, your best view is the highway. 
It is a nice addition to the town .  They built a small parking lot below this area to help with parking for Kent State.  I like it.  It is a fitting replacement for the old Potter National Bank.  You can sit there and enjoy a view of the river area (on the other side of the highway)not seen in about 130 years. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

G12P IN THE LISBON CHRISTMAS PARADE NOVEMBER 26!

 We had a great time at the Lisbon Christmas Parade!  Our theme was Alice in Winterland!  We had a great cast of characters and everyone worked hard on their costumes!!  And the day was so beautiful!   We just hope that the East Liverpool Parade is just as nice! 

The whole crew! 

Will playing Aslyn, the pipe
smoking caterpillar!

Sena played Alice!

Kimberly (me!) played the Mad Hatter!

Alex was our w\White Rabbit and Lisa was the
Door Mouse, Mallyumpkin!

Amber was our White Queen, Jen was the Red Queen, and
Jack was Stayn!



Jon played our March Hare!


Will, Jon, Alex, and Lisa!


Sammi and Briana played
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle
Dum!



The most important of our crew attending were our cards, who
passed out candy to the crowd!  Great job:
Abbie, Zack, Debbie, Louie, and Pam!!! 

Lindsey(from the Virginia Chapter), Alex, and Brooke!
Thank you Lisbon for having us in your parade!  WE look forward to many other events in that awesome little town! 
Next stop is the East Liverpool Christmas Parade December 3 at 5pm.  We will be doing our Alice in Winterland again!  Thank you Briana and Amber for coming up with this wonderful idea! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Does Ghost Hunting Make You Any Money?

G12P consists of 23 people, myself included.  We pay for everything we do our of our own pockets.  We pay for the ink to make the posters, the batteries, the film, the gas, anything with a price tag we all pitch in and pay for ourselves.  Our equipment is either owned by each individual crew member, donated to us, or we work our butts off to earn the money to buy it.  Last year we helped Jaycees out with the Haunted Park to earn the money for our camera system for example. 
Much of our equipment we
buy second hand or get them
as gifts for Christmas and Birthdays.
Because almost everything we do is free, sometimes money can be a problem.  When we did the Johnny Appleseed Festival, for example, we invested over $300 to get ready for it.  It was not the CREW MONEY.  That does not exist.  Each person donated money, like Briana bought our Ink for our printer for example, that was $60.  The posters, glue, and tape were $20.  Gas for the truck to pull our parade float was $75.  Decorations for the float were $83.  That does not include going to Lisbon every day the week before to walk the route for the tour or the hours spent on the research for the tour. We made fliers to advertise our tour also.   We charged $5 per person for the tour of Lisbon during the Johnny Appleseed Festival.  We sold only 31 tickets.  We didn't even make $200.  Our Booth was an awesome success, but the tour was a failure.  No other way to put it but bluntly.  I can't even tell you how much we invest for the fundraisers.  In contrast to our own private ventures, we helped Salem Historical Society make over $1000 for the tours we did in Salem in October.  The use of their Trolley was a deciding factor.  The walking tour did not do well, but the trolley tour sold out and cleaned up!!
We are always trying to come up with ways to buy equipment(most of us ask for stuff for birthdays and Christmas) or to alleviate the cost of the investigations we do.  Some of our tours next year we are going to attempt to charge for.   The ultimate goal is to make them better, buy better costumes, and get better equipment.  We also want to go to some conventions (the Bigfoot Convention in Northern Ohio is on our wish list to attend).  Sponsors would be nice and we may look into that possibility for next year. 
We struggle, but we work as a team and that gets things done.

Our booth at Johnny Appleseed
festival in Sept.
 We are always looking for an old building with some history to do some over night stays.  That is a real money maker also.  The problem is getting the use of a building. Anyway,  just wanted you to know we do not make money doing this.  We do this because we love ghost hunting, history, and helping our community.  And did I say we love ghost hunting? 

Friday, November 18, 2011

ASSYLUM PRACTICES IN THE 1900's

 Columbiana County had at least two villains who were sentenced to asylums for the criminally insane (in Lima, OH.)  Willis Payne, the Arsonist from East Liverpool who started the Adamant Pottery Fire in 1918, killing two men.  One, David Mumwa, he chopped his head, arms and legs off first.  When asked why he did it, he simply said: "I like to hear them scream." 
  http://www.asylumprojects.org/index.php?title=Lima_State_Hospital
 In 1917, a man named John Hart murdered his brother-in-law, Frank Lease, who was the Principal for the Salem High School at the time.  While in prison, he felt that he should have special treatment because he didn't commit just any offense like theft, but he was a MURDERER!  He wanted better food, a softer bed, nicer clothes!  He even wrote to people like the Ford Motor Company, asking them to help him out of jail.  Both men were sent to the asylum in Lima, OH.    Often I have said that their fate was worse than even death.   Mental asylums were horrible places.  They could do anything they wanted to you. 
In Columbiana County there was the Old County Home.  It housed the mentally ill, and the homeless as well.  In the basement of one of these building was found chains connected to the wall with shackles and was used to chain the seemingly uncontrollable.  I wonder if they did other things popular for the times?  Here are a few notable practices for mentally ill patients:
1. Water Treatment

Patients were submerged in ice-cold water for extended periods of time. Sometimes they were wrapped in sheets which had been soaked in ice water and restrained.
2. Shock Therapy
Electric shocks were administered to patients submerged in water tanks or, more commonly, directly to the temples by the application of brine-soaked electrodes. A patient held a rubber piece in his mouth to prevent him from biting his tongue off during the convulsions which followed a treatment.
3. Lobotomy (Original)
Patients had their skulls opened and their neural passages separated midway through the brain. This difficult and arduous procedure killed many people, but those who survived did in fact forget many of their depressive or psychotic tendencies. They also forgot a lot of other things,  and many became catatonic, drooling, needing a diaper, etc.  Yet with so many patients, doctors continued using the practice and even worked to streamline the process. 
4. Lobotomy (Trans-Orbital)
Developed by Dr. Walter J. Freeman in the early 1950s, this simpler lobotomy became something of a craze in mental health circles up through the 60s. Dr. Freeman's method involved knocking the patient unconscious with electric shocks, then rolling an eyelid back and inserting a thin metal icepick-like instrument called a leucotome through a tear duct. A mallet was used to tap the instrument the proper depth into the brain. Next it was sawed back and forth to sever the neural receptors. Sometimes this was done in both eyes. There is some evidence that this method actually helped some people with very severe conditions, but much more often the patient had horrible side effects and in many cases ended up catatonic.  Of course, it killed people too.
They could tie you to your chair or bed for days with minimal care like food or water.  The really uncontrollable were put in a straight jacket naked and thown into a room in the basement or, like in the Old County Home, chained to the wall.  Better prison or death in those days than the chambers of horror that were called Mental Institutions.  For more information please check out
The Ridges in Athens ,Ohio!  This is a place G12P would like to visit!
www.forgottenoh.com/Ridges/ridges