Sunday, October 30, 2011

G12P'S HALLOWEEN BASH!


The winners of the most publicly popular contest we had
on our web site was a three way tie.  Jon, Jack, and Abbie!
Thanks to all who voted!
 Our Halloween Party was a smashing success!  Everyone went all out to dress up and play some awesome part.  We had ghouls, gangsters, Cleopatra....
The Mad Hatter, gypsies, kitty cats, Lady Gaga, a Pimp, Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and many more.  It was a lot of fun.
Thank you so much to Becky and Jim Buren for Hosting our party in their beautiful home!  It was spooktacular!
Our Crew Member Mary, who has been very ill, is getting much better and was able to attend our party!  We have missed her and hope she gets to return full blast soon!

 It was also our Awards Night and here are the winners and the categories:
1. QUIETEST CREW MEMBER: Alex
2. BEST AT FINDING GHOSTLY HAPPENINGS: Sena
3. BEST WITH A CAMERA:Briana
4. BEST WITH PUBLIC: Jen
5. NICEST CREW MEMBER: Debbie
6. MOST GENEROUS ON CREW: Becky
7. COMES TO THE MOST EVENTS: Will and Briana
8. MOST IMPROVED GHOST HUNTER:-Alan

9. MOST CREATIVE IN THE FIELD:Amber
10. MOST LIKED ON CREW:Mike
11. THE HILLVIEW AWARD:Lisa
12. MOST LIKELY TO GET US ARRESTED:Sammi
13. MOST LIKELY TO BE POSSESSED:Alex
14. MOST LIKELY TO GET SCRATCHED OR PUSHED:
Abbie
15. MOST LIKELY TO MAKE US FAMOUS:KIM16. BEST WITH EVP:

Kim and Amber
17. LOUDEST CREW MEMBER:Sammi
18. BEST NEWBIE: Jack
19. BRAVEST-Jon
20. MOST DEDICATED-Kim
21. MOST EXCITING CREW MEMBER-Jon
22. MOST PUBLICLY POPULAR: Jon, Jack and Abbie
23. MEANEST BITCH ON CREW-Amber (just for a joke)
24. BEST WITH GHOST BOX- Sena
25. MOST DEPENDABLE- Briana

 Everyone was awards with a certificate (thanks to Lisa!  Awesome work Lisa!!)  Everyone worked hard this year and we are now headed into a well deserved rest for a few months.  But look for one or two winter tours, a lots of stories about the things we explore in the county!  We are always researching and looking for new adventures, legends and ghost stories!!!

An Awesome Tour With Venture Outdoors!

Venture Outdoors!

Above is the link to the group we toured with yesterday at Gretchen's Lock!  They were awesome!  We lead them on an adventure along the haunted paths of what was once Sprucevale.  Yes, it was cold and it was raining, but we went any way! 
 I love their enthusiasm!  WE had to walk down this muddy,, slippery hill at one point near the hitching posts and I was worried someone would fall, but they rose to the challenge!  Some even cut through the woods (smart!)  to avoid the mud (but braved the weeds and stickers!).  These were my kind of people!!! 



The scenery was well worth our efforts.  It was a beautiful, blustery fall day and we enjoyed it for what it was.  We also did a Ghost Box Session where one of them had their name mentioned.  We had two Julie's so we are not sure who it meant!  G12P looks forward to working with Venture Outdoors again!  

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Fun At The Calcutta Family Video

 This was our last public outing for the year.  We have done over 20 tours, 4 festivals, 3 parades, 3 camping trips, 1 Hill View Manor adventure, and we gained many new friends.  Thanks to everyone for an awesome season! 

Amber is experimenting with different types of makeup, like latex for example.  She is doing awesome work! 
 Will, as always, provided and awesome costume for our Calcutta Family Video event.  He would say it is all part of the Ghost Hunter mentality.  He'd be right!
We had a great time at the Calcutta Video last night!  Several people dressed up for the occasion.  Amber and Briana were Zombies, Will was an escaped crazy person from Happy Hill Sanitarium, and I was a witch.  We talked to people, passed out cards, and got a free movie for our trouble! 
We have a lot of plans for next years season, which starts in April.  Tours, festivals, contests, fundraisers, Salem Trolley Tours!!!  and so much more!  Over the winter look for more stories of the area as we will have plenty of time to explore and hours and hours to do research! 
Tonight is G12P's Halloween Party and Awards Night.  Ours is a costume party and I am going as the Mad Hatter from Alice In Wonderland.  Expect Pictures tomorrow! 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Our Carnegie Library Adventure

Pictured above is Esther Hale(Abbie), Jake the Night Watchman (Will), Pretty Boy Floyd (Mike), a Shadow Person (Jack), and The Bowman Cemetery Witch (Debbie).  I played Lucy Cobb, the Infamous Mushroom Lady of Sprucevale!  I don't have any pics of me though.  Anyway, we had a great time telling the tales of the county to about 20 people.  Thank you Kim Blevins for inviting us.  We had a great time!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Scenes From Last Night's Spooky Spring Grove Tour


Lisa walked around the cemetery as a
spectre of the night!

On the Oct 26 Spring Grove Tour, we decided to put some costumed characters in there of the people we talked about.  It was AWESOME!!
   Sena portrayed Julia Walls, the Barrel Lady.  Mike played Grover Potts, a murderer who committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest.
We also had unusual costumes like Amber with her head on backwards.  She also did some kick ass make up for for the evening which is another story coming up next!!

We had phantoms roaming the grounds that provided some mild scares for those in attendance.
 Once again my awesome crew were outstanding.  There is a good reason why all these people are on my crew.  They are dedicated, brave, don't mind getting in front of people, and patient because they put up with a lot of demands from me!  Again, they are awesome!
We told the stories with a twist.  Here, Becky is telling the sad tale of Annie Shamp who died from burns when her apron caught on fire.  You see Amber laying on the ground.  Wait till you see her makeup!

 The Unknown Carnival Girl made an appearance as well (thank you Jen!)  and her story was once again repeated.  Even today we hope someone recognizes her!
 Johnny Ashbaugh committed suicide in the 1800's and he was on hand to read his suicide letter. (Thanks to Alex!)
 Abbie and Sammi roamed the cemetery as our Ladies in white!  Nice job girls!
 And then there were the scary ones.  Jon and Jack popped out of several dark areas to give some scares!  Thank you guys! You were awesome!

Becky and I gave the tour, with some help from Debbie and Will, who came as us, G12P.  Becky dressed as an undertakers wife and I was a ghost of sorts.  Becky puts a lot of hard work into this tour every time we give it.  Without her researching skills we couldn't do this tour! 
Thank you to everyone who came tonight.  It was our last public tour of the year. 
Tonight we are at East Liverpool Carnegie Library to tell some County Ghost Stories.  That starts at 5:30 pm.  This is for Children so please bring your kids and come join us for some spooky tales of the area we live in!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

THE NEXT THREE DAYS AND OUR PUBLIC EVENTS

We are busy for the next 4 days in truth, though Saturday is all private.  Today finds us at Spring Grove Cemetery for a haunting that starts at 6pm. We are asking for donations for this long neglected cemetery today.   Expect some costumed characters for this one.  Tomorrow we are at the East Liverpool Carnegie Library to tell ghost stories of the county.  It starts at 5:30pm.  Please call the East Liverpool public library for more details.  And then, Friday we are at the Calcutta Family Video from 5 to 9 for some spooking!  Please come and visit us at any of these locations. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sandy and Beaver Canal Locks 12, 11, 10, and 9.

I often wondered what lock this one was.  It is located on Furnace Road below Lisbon, just up from Camp McKinley.  When I met John Horn of the Sandy and Beaver Canal Association, which was a pleasure, I asked him about it.  I expected to hear several things, like Oh that is number 2 or that was not even on the lock system.  There is this little tiny stream that runs beside it and would never work for the size of Lock this is.  It is a good 20 feet high at least.  So when he said Oh, that's lock number 12, I was shocked.  "Are you sure!"I asked with my jaw gaping open (I was that shocked).  "Yes.  There are several locks above that one.  1 is gone because Rt 172 went through there, but most of the rest from 12 back are there."  said John oh so pleasantly.

So last week Kim (that's me) and Mike (my husband) decided to go and look for some of these locks.  At first we thought we wouldn't find any.  We walked and explored the area, which is quite beautiful.  All of a sudden Mike found these steps.  They are right in the middle of the woods, and I couldn't get up to them fast enough! Sure enough, climbing these moss covered stairs to seemingly nowhere actually lead us to.....
 Lock #11 (I think)   It is more than half gone, though it is right beside the road.   We took dozens of pics of it and I would have been quite happy with this.  We almost stopped and called it a day, but I said we should walk a little farther up, just to be sure there were no more close.  I was glad I did.
Here is Lock #10 (again I think.   There are also Dams and they are different.  The numbering system also has two different numbers for several locks so it is not certain what these are numbered, by me at least.   This Lock is one of my all time favorites.  There are still timbers and boards on the floor of this lock.  I was like a kid at Christmas.  It made me remember why I love discovery adventures.  I know I didn't discover these, but for me they are a personal find.  My goal is to get pics of all the remaining locks.  One of those things on my bucket list.  :)

And while still standing in Lock 10, we could see Lock 9(?).  Much smaller than 10, but still a lock I had never been to.  As it turns out the locks in that area are numbered 2-12.  13 and 14 were located where Camp McKinely is today.  15-21 were all along the creek running beside Lisbon, but they are all gone.  Even in the 195's, when the Sandy and Beaver Canal book was written, these locks were long gone. 
Tomorrow, Oct 22, there is a Sandy and Beaver Canal Event down at Lock 57, just over the PA line.  It starts at noon!  I am so going to be there!  Hope to see you there, too!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

G12P At The Salem Library

 Last night found us at the Salem Library.  We were invited by Teresa Rhodes to come and talk about ghosts in Columbiana County.  We were happy to oblige as that is our favorite topic of discussion!
Also here is a link to the Salem News where they have an article about the event as well!
http://www.salemnews.net/page/content.detail/id/547123/Local-ghost-hunters-share-stories.html?nav=5007
My crew was Mike, Sammi, Briana, Debbie, and Will. 

We showed everyone a little about our equipment, told them what we did, and where we went in the county.  We talked about some of our cases and some of the evidence we have found.

 Will talked about our camera equipment and how it works. 

 Briana and I told stories about the county from Legends to unsolved murder!!!
This is Debbie talking about the temperature gage gun we just bought!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to hear us talk about the past, ghosts, legends and us!  Everyone was awesome!!  We look forward to doing it again!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Trick or Treat Times Around Columbiana County 2011



Here is a link to the Morning Journal which has all the times for the county listed:

http://morningjournalnews.com/page/category.detail/nav/5172/Trick-or-Treat.html
Here are some times for Trick or Treat in the Columbiana County Area.  I will add to this when I find more.
Leetonia - Monday, October 31 - 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Salem - Monday, Octobert 31 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM
East Liverpool - Monday, October 31 - 6:00PM - 7:00PM
East Palestine - Monday, October 31- 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Columbiana - Monday, October 31 - 5:00PM - 7:00PM 
Have fun and be safe!!!!!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Ghost Hunter Does Not Mean Black Magic or Worshipers of Satan

 The question has come up once more about what we do as ghost hunters.  Here are some examples of what we do in our adventures around the county.  And an explanation of what we don't do.


Our version of Jack the Ripper


the ghost of Christmas Future for our Christmas Carol Parade entry

We have been
advertising our haunted and historical Lisbon Tour
seen out there dressed in a wild array of different costumes.  Most of them are dark and spooky.  That is because we are Ghost Hunters and we are portraying ghosts or monsters or sometimes even real characters from our past.  It does not mean we worship Satan or have Satanic rituals.  None of us are practicing Black Magic or going to secret places dressed in dark robes to chant. 
We dress up in costumes to have fun and try to bring some of our history to life  for all to see.  We are all about the SCIENCE OF GHOST HUNTING.  THAT IS ALL.  Just in case you were wondering.  :)

Tour Guides for the Salem Ghost Walk


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Gretchen's Lock Tour Pic

Here are a few pics from our adventure tonight at Gretchen's Lock tonight.  We had a lot of great people come for the tour and they stayed to the end, even in the rain.  Thank you so much to everyone who came out with us to explore Gretchen's Lock.


This is at Gretchen's Actual Lock.  Everyone climbed to the top to see the possible site of Gretchen's
Grave. 


 Will came along dressed as his character, Jake the Night Watchman!  He looked awesome, of course!
Thank you to all who came!  WE hope you all had a great time!  We will be at Spring
Grove Cemetery next on Oct 26 for a fundraiser tour, and on Oct 28 we are at Calcutta Family Video!  Come out and visit us!!!