Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Meet New Crew Member-Tracy Jackson Reeder

Tracy is from Salem, Ohio.  She is a beautician by trade.  She has long believed in ghosts and is excited to get the opportunity to seek them out.  She will be helping with our Scenic Vista Park Ghost Walk, portraying the beautiful Witch of Hanoverton, Christina Sloan.  She will also be doing the hair for the lady ghosts!  Interested in Tarot, you might also be seeing her at future events reading the fortunes of those interested in hearing what she sees in the cards!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Ghostly Remains of East :Liverpool

 Once upon a time, East Liverpool was the Pottery Capital of the world. There were so many people who lived in the city, there were not enough homes for them to live in.  People lived in alleys, under bridges and in barns so they could have a job in one of the many potteries in and around East Liverpool. 
What happened?
 There are whispers of memory of what this city once was.  If you look in the dark corners, you find the skeletons of homes and businesses that once were.

 When Route 11 came in, three streets were erased from existence.  Three whole streets.  There are not even any ghosts of those buildings left.  What a loss. 
Yet there are some reminders.  I was looking for the old Chester Bridge entrance today and ended up following a path that lead into a forgotten part of the city. The remains of several buildings are there.
 There is also a lot of broken pottery.  This piece, which says "Best Wishes.  Love, Laura" I found in what might have been the remains of an old dump.  It was La Belle and at one time very valuable.
Sometimes you find stairs to nowhere, but at one time they took you to a home or business. There is so much gone from East Liverpool, some of which will never be remembered or thought of again.  Others just leave behind a little mystery that makes you wonder what was there.

Some of East Liverpool's ghostly remains linger for you to see, if you only take the time to look. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dixonville School Built in 1903 And Still Here!

  Dixonville, just outside of East Liverpool, below Thompson Park, has an awesome little historical treasure.  This one room school house is over 100 years old. It is owned by the Campfire Association, and while they would love to restore it, they don't have the money to do so right now. 

 The roof is not falling in, and the windows are mostly covered and protected, so it seems safe for now.  It is definitely a building that should be saved at some point. 
 The school bell is still on the top of the school! I thought that was awesome!
You don't find these every day.  Hidden away, let's hope it lasts another hundred years!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

What's Not To Like About Beaver Creek State Park

 For the most park, nothing.  At least, nothing I will mention anyway.  I love every inch of the park.   This is a picture of an old foundation you can find on the Vondergreen Trail. 
 Here you see Vondergreen's Lock or Lock #38 in the Sandy and  Beaver Canal System.  They look like the remains of castles out in the  middle of no where.  I am glad so many of these beautiful places still exist.
 This is Lock 39, my personal favorite Lock in the Sandy and Beaver Canal System.  According to Jerry Kings web site on the Locks, #39 is the actual Jake's Lock.  I believe it.  We have investigated this lock several times and I would say it is very haunted.
 Heaps Fuller Mill, just up from Lock 39, is a solid reminder that people once lived and worked here. 
 The back side of Lock 39, complete with the Stairs. Not as grand as Lusk Lock, but unique in it's own way.
 Lock 36, at the Pioneer Village, is an awesome sight. You don't realize how big it really is until you put someone down there.  We chose Amber to send down and pose. 
 The Williams House. One word to describe it:
Haunted.

 
 

 Thomas  Malone  Covered Bridge:
Haunted.








And last for this article, the church and blacksmith shop.  This area is one of my favorite sights to visit. It has history,  trails to hike, and ghosts.  What ghost hunter could ask for more?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Two More Investigators Join The Crew

I do not currently have any pictures of them, but we have two new crew members.  Angela Muschweck of East Liverpool and Amanda Vantilburg of La Croft have joined the crew and we are excited to be working with them. Amanda owns a beautiful century home she and her husband, Jeremy are remodeling to live in and Angela is a volunteer fireman for Calcutta.  Since we lost Lance as a crew member recently(ghosts just aren't for him, but he is still interested in Bigfoot), Angela couldn't have gotten here at a better time! More about both of them will be posted within the week.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Newton Falls Public Library "I Geek Ghosts" -Awesome Event

Photo by Lisa Sullivan
Our visit to the Newton Falls Library was great!  We had a fun time talking about what we love to do.  Lisa was there also, talking about her area of expertise; being a sensitive.  She told everyone about her reading on the building and what it was like to be a sensitive. 
We talked about haunted houses and their symptoms; ghosts and shadow people; having a family portrait with your dead relative, and many other ghostly subjects.  We were there for over two hours.  Thank you Carol Baker of the Newton Falls Library for inviting us up.  Newton Falls was awesome and we would go back any time!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lecture On Ghost Hunting At Newton Falls This Saturday, April 13

 Saturday at 2pm you will find us at the Newton Falls Public Library.  I am giving a lecture on Ghost Hunting.  We decided to have a little information on some local areas, so we investigated the library, where they believe they might have a ghost.  Lisa gave them a reading on the building and will be sharing that on Saturday!
 We also did a ghost box session at Sam's Pizza shop on Canal Street and we will be sharing our findings about that.
We also did a ghost box session on the old covered bridge in Newton Falls and you will learn the results of that during the lecture.  Let me just say that Newton Falls is not without it's share of hauntings.  :)



There were about 15 tickets left for this event if you are interested in attending.  Contact the Newton Falls Public Library for more information! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kylie Coleman-The Newest Crew Member for G12P


Kylie Coleman is the newest crew member for G12P.  We go way back, beyond the beginning of Ghosting 12 Paranormal.  She was there when I first started and we hunted for over two years together! She left to pursue a more normal life, got married and had two adorable little boys.  She is now back and with her support, there is nothing G12P can not do!  She is an awesome ghost hunter!  Welcome back Kylie!  I have missed you!!

Work has begun for the Ghost Walk at Scenic Vista Park



We had a meeting at Scenic Vista Park on April 4 to start the prep for our Ghost Walk on May 25.  We have our work cut out for us.  In this picture, the crew is at home in front of the old Spring House.  Pictured above is (back row) Lisa Sullivan, Dennis Martin Jr., Jack Menough, Amber Rodgers and Sammi Baker. (Front row) Tyme McElhaney, Jon McElhaney.
Plotting the route is going to be interesting, though I think once we get that, it will be fine.  We are looking for volunteers for this event.  We need characters, Shadow People (to do some scaring), and White Ladies to point the way.  If you are interested, please contact me at ghosting12@yahoo.com.  I have 7 volunteers so far (thank you Emily, Chad, Nathan, Nicki, Tracy, Josh, and Tracy's mom, whose name I do not know yet).  The event is free and a lot of fun!

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Few Ghostly Minutes in Toronto, Ohio


On our way home from the Bell Nursing Home, we stopped to see this Beautiful piece of Ohio's ghostly history.  It is the Goucher Hotel.  What a history.  At some point, there was a tragic accident inside the building where an elevator cable snapped and several people were killed, including an 8 year old boy. 
I love the old look of this building, but also of the building beside it.

It is the Toronto National Bank, and it looks long closed.  I would love to go inside!  The coolest thing about it however is this......
On the outside of the bank is this box that says Burglar Alarm. It was made by the O.B. McClintock Company, which was around from 1900 to 1947.  I hear they are rare.  I wonder if Toronto realizes they have this little gem?  (they are the Gem City)  I looked up their Historical Society web site, but it has not been updated since 2010.  I would like to see someone save it for their museum at least. 
Here you see the alarm on the side of the old bank.
 
Toronto has many other old buildings I would love to check out.  I hope to spend the day there in the next few weeks and see what else I can find.

Investigating the Bell Nursing Home in Kimbolton, Ohio

 
Jon McElhaney and I went to the Bell Nursing Home in Kimbolton, Ohio to do an all night investigation on April  5. It was a great experience.  I look forward to going back.  We went on a night that was a public investigation and met some really nice people! 
We already have a video out about it.  The first video I watched from our investigation had two EVP on it.  EVP From Bell Nursing Home is now on YouTube.
 
Jon through the lens of the new
goggles we have.
 They also have a haunted doll collection, which you have full access to.  The dolls are certified to be haunted, each by a their ghostly little girl.
 
One room has a creepy, and I mean creepy,CLOWN in it.  You couldn't help but envision it getting up and walking toward you down the long, dark hallways. 




They also offer free coffee during the investigation and anyone who knows Jon knows he loves his coffee.  He was happy!
Here are a few more pics from our investigation.
 


 
In the basement you will find a large blue case with a white cross on it.  Inside is this dummy used to practice cpr on.  Creepy.
For the haunted doll fans there is this truly creepy dolly.  We were calling her Zombie eyes.
This doll came complete with a death certificate.
I was intrigued!
This investigation was a genuine good time and I hope to get my whole crew in on an investigation there later in the summer!
For more information on the Bell Nursing home, here is their web address:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Paranormal Adventures in Newton Falls

 
 

I spent the day Wednesday, April 3 in Newton Falls exploring the area to get ready for a lecture I am giving on April 13 at the Newton Falls Public Library. 
I asked Carol Baker, the fine lady who contacted me about this lecture, what were some of the local ghost stories.  She gave me three.
The first is about the Oldest remaining Covered Bridge in Ohio, which happens to be in Newton Falls. It is the second oldest built in Ohio.  It is also known as a Cry Baby Bridge.  Sadly, it has little to its story.  Girl gets pregnant, tries to hide it from the community, throws it into the river as she is standing on the bridge and the baby drowns.  It's cries can be heard from under the bridge to this day.
 
The historian at the library says that is not a story about this bridge but some other bridge someplace else.  This bridge is very busy, and honestly, I am grateful it is still here.  Way to go Newton Falls for preserving it!  If it is haunted, well, that makes it all that much better!  

I also had lunch at Sam's Pizza on Canal Street in Newton Falls.  I talked to the manager there and he said at one time the building was a dance hall frequented by gangsters.  There is even a little door by the back door used to "check your guns" in.  He was not sure about any of the other stories about the place, but they have no problem with what ever ghost might be in there.  It doesn't bother them and they even seem to like it.  That's my kind of Pizza place.  Their pizza is awesome by the way!  I had a square pizza with my favorite combination of mushrooms, green peppers, and pepperoni.  Awesome crust, too!
The third place that was possibly haunted is the Newton Falls Public Library.  The staff has experienced phantom smells of burnt toast and pork chops.  We are returning next week to do a little work in the library and see if we can find out who is cooking in there!  We will let you know what we find on April 13! 
I also checked out the Newton Falls Cemetery and it was awesome! 
The cemetery is in two sections joined together by this beautiful iron foot bridge.  My cousin, Billi Jo, found it!  She joined me for the day and we had a lot of fun!  I look forward to spending the day again with her!
One mystery for me was finding this mausoleum.  It has no actual markings other than some fading inscriptions on steps beside it. At least three children are inside, from the very early 1800's.  The site is beautiful and I am very interested in learning more about it.
 
Newton Falls has a lot to offer for the dedicated ghost hunter and I am excited to share my findings on April 13, at 2pm at the Newton Falls Public Library!  It is free, but you must contact the library for tickets.  There are only 50 available, so please contact them right away if you want to attend!  Hope to see you there!
 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Battle of Chancellorsville Brought the Death of Stonewall Jackson

 First of all, thank you yet again to Wikipedia for all the helpful information I have been getting from them for the series of articles I am doing about the battles of the Civil War.
The Battle of Chancellorsville was fought from April 30 to May 6, 1863, near the village of Chancellorsville. The campaign pitted Union Army, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker against an army half its size, that of Gen. Robert E. Lee. It became a significant Confederate victory. Sadly it also resulted in the mortal wounding of Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall Jackson by friendly fire. It was a loss that Lee likened to "losing my right arm."  Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (January 21, 1824[ – May 10, 1863) was a Confederate General during the Civil War, and one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Lee.
In the past two years, the battles at Beaver Creek State Park have been lead by Michael Lawson, who plays the character of Stonewall Jackson, usually. Because the battle at Scenic Vista Park is based on the battle of Chancellorsville, he will not be playing that character.   

Micheal  Lawson as Lt.Gen. Stonewall Jackson
pictured with crew member Jennifer Bielskis.
A medical unit set up under a tree at the
battle of Chancellorsville.  Thank you also to

69th New York State Volunteers
1st Regiment Irish Brigade for this picture
On May 2, 1863 Gen. Jackson was accidentally shot by Confederate Pickets( soldiers or troops placed ahead to warn against an enemy advance) and had to have his arm amputated.  He died 8 days later from complications.  His death was a severe setback for the confederacy.
Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
 
 
Another figure for this battle was the Union Commander, Major General Joseph Hooker. 
 
While he had an excellent career as a leader, he is best known for his loss at Chancellorsville.  Considered a ladies man and a heavy drinker (though history has shown he did not drink), his name is often used to describe a prostitute. 
The Union troops numbered 133,868, while the confederate troops were half that number at 60,892.
Casualties included:
Union~17,197 total: 1,606 killed;  9,672 wounded; 5,919 captured/missing
Confederacy~13,303 total;  1,665 killed; 9,081 wounded; 2,018 captured/missing
 
While it went on the books as a Confederate victory, the loss of Stonewall Jackson made it a loss they would never recover from.