"Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER



The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. was founded in 1969 for the sole purpose study the scientific enigma known as unidentified flying objects or UFOs. Between August 14th and 15th, they will be hosting their annual conference at the Days Inn Conference Center in Columbia, Missouri. Co-Hosted by MO MUFON, the UFO Study Group of Greater St. Louis, QUEST, and the Missouri Investigator's Group.

Speakers and attendees will include Chuck Zukowski (National speaker and UFO researcher), Linda Eastburn (Certified Hypnotherapist and author), Debbie Ziegelmeyer (MUFON Dive Team founder, Dive instructor, State Director for Missouri MUFON, Roswell crash site investigator), Gary Hart (UFO investigator and MUFON Field Investigator) and Joe Palermo (Actor, metaphysician, documentary film maker, Reiki Master) among others.

Cost: $38 per person, or $69 for two (save $7) by August 1. Optional box lunch on Sunday $11.50 ea. Payment can be made by Check or Pay Pal. Vendor tables are still available.

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The Pollard Hotel

Located in the former Montana mining town of Red Lodge, the Pollard Hotel once attracted many of the well known including Buffalo Bill Cody, General Miles, Frederic Remington and Calamity Jane. Built in 1893, this building was the first to be made of brick in the town. Dubbed the Spofford Hotel, it sat between the train depot and the residential portion of Red Lodge. In 1897, a hotel full of guests witnessed the Sundance Kid, Harry Longbaugh, rob the bank on the corner of the building with gun in hand. He was caught but later escaped. Ever since then, guns have been banned from the property.

The Pollard family bought the 35-room hotel in 1902 renaming it the Pollard Hotel and built an additional 25 rooms. There was a spacious lobby, dining room, bar room with card and billiard tables, well-equipped kitchen and a laundry room, with bowling alley and barbershop in the basement. A year after Thomas Pollard purchased the building, the hotel acquired a telephone. Their number was "1" given to them after someone high up was arrested and bailed out discreetly. In 1946, the Pollard was sold. Like so many other hotels, the business went through several name changes until 1991 when the Hotel Company of Red Lodge purchased it. The building went through extensive renovations, transforming it in to the warm beauty it is today.

Many guests visit for the ambiance, history and perhaps to witness resident ghosts. A woman in a yellow dress is often seen on the third floor. Some believe this part of the building contains the bulk of the activity. Witnesses have reported smelling French perfume on the second floor. Those who enter Room 310 often find the light turned on. You can turn it off and leave for a number of minutes but will often return to it being on again. Staff members have reported feeling dizzy and uneasy in Room 312. Some have heard unexplained noises in the basement (there are stories of the Pollard children having a monkey as a pet which allegedly found itself entombed somewhere in this room).

GS Question of the Week

Do you think being unfamiliar with a buildings creaks and groans is responsible for a number of paranormal cases?


In Greek mythology existed a two-head (one head on either end) serpent known as the amphisbaena. It was known to possess the ability to run in either direction. If cut in half, the parts would rejoin as whole. Sometimes depicted with feathered wings, two chicken-like feet, horns, venomous fangs and no fear of cold.

According to myth, the amphisbaena was spawned from the blood dripping from Medusa the Gorgon's head as Perseus flew over the Libyan Desert with it in his hand. Cato's army then encountered it along with other serpents on the march. Amphisbaena fed off of the corpses left behind and lives in the desert.

While some may have feared this creature, others found practical uses for it. Wearing an amphisbaena around the neck would supposedly ensure a safe pregnancy. Women in power wore bracelets in the shape of amphisbaena. The skin of a dead amphisbaena was believed to cure arthritis, rheumatism and colds as well as reduce swelling of hands caused by cold. Nailing the skin of an amphisbaena to a tree before cutting it down will make the tree fall easier and keep the lumberjack warm. By eating the meat of the amphisbaena, a person could attract many lovers of the opposite sex. Killing one during the full moon could give power to someone with pure of heart and mind.

However, some experts believe this creature may have actually been an Indian Sand Boa. Either way, the term "amphisbaena" is used to describe a 158 different species of worm lizards in this zoological suborder.

Fact or Faked - Take 2

The premiere episode of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files certainly stirred up quite a debate last week. I truly believed this show was going to take a few episodes to really grasp an opinion on it. This week, I wasn't totally impressed.

I've seen this video clip before, but can't recall where. Everytime I see it, I always flash back to my childhood trick-or-treating days. We use to get these Tootsie pops with a tissue covering them; made to look like little ghosts. That's what the "creatures" look like to me, particularly the second one. The video is of poor quality. I'm apparently not seeing distinct features as other people are. They compiled several experiments using a neighborhood child and puppet but didn't get the results they were looking for.

So, Bill, Jael, and Larry opted for an investigation of a nearby wooded area (looked more open space than wooded). They experienced quite a bit of equipment failures. Batteries in the walkies and metal detector went out. One of their cameras came and went. One of the cameras was even knocked over. Thermal held up quite well. This is where I started to lose faith in them. They got a distinct heat signature on thermal, but instead of attempting to see what it was, they sat and played spectator. Once it was gone, that's when they went to investigate. If it were TAPS or Josh's crew, they would be running after it, but not these three. They sit with their thumbs up their tailpipes and gawk at it because that's so how mysteries are solved. I guess we'll never know what or who it was. Didn't even check to see if all their mechanical malfunctions on their end afterwards. Just a lot they didn't do but should have.

Ben, Austin and Chi-Lan searched for answers concerning this video. You can see distinct features and how the object moves. I thought it was fake the moment I saw it just by the way it looked and moved but I'm not a UFO expert. Not so much the video but the object. They proceeded with a couple of experiments, including a play on reflection. It was the one with the 20ft UFO balloon that really sealed the deal for me. Instead of calling it a day, they went in search of other eyewitnesses. Ben contacted the local park rangers. Found one that also saw the object. Confirmed it was a balloon. Also stated there was a movie being filmed in the area. Could have been one of their props. I think it's obvious the Preston family saw something in the sky and assumed it was a UFO. I find it amazing that with one phone call this mystery would've been solved. Really no need for experiments or anything.

The Ostrich Inn

Thanks to a 2007 film, the name “Sweeney Todd” has once again become fresh in people’s minds. The story of the murdering barber has been around for a few centuries, but is there any truth to the fictional story? Many over the years have attempted to bridge the gap between fact and fiction. One alleged candidate may have been a 17th Century landlord at one of England's oldest Coaching inns known as the Ostrich Inn.

In 1106 Milo Crispin founded an inn named The Hospice (now believed to be the Ostrich Inn). Dick Turpin used the Inn as a hideout, escaping the Bow Street Runners by jumping out of a window. King John is rumored to have stopped at the Inn on the way to Runnymede to sign the Magna Charta. A former landlord named John Jarman and his wife installed a large trap door under the bed in the best bedroom located immediately above the inn's kitchen. The bed was fixed to the trap door and the mattress securely attached to the bedstead. When two retaining iron pins were removed from below, the sleeping guest dropped into a boiling cauldron. It is believed more than 60 of his richer guests were murdered in this fashion. Their bodies were then disposed of in the Colne River. However, it was the murder of a wealthy clothier named Thomas Cole which proved to be the Jarmans’ undoing. They failed to get rid of Cole's horse. It was found wandering the streets nearby. This led to a frantic search for its owner. Since he was last seen entering the Ostrich Inn, the Jarman’s confessed to the murders. His body was found some time later in a nearby brook. Matter of fact, some say its how Colnbrook got its name (Cole-in-the-brook).

There are similarities in the stories of Sweeney Todd and the Jarmans. Does this mean the identity of the Demon Barber on Fleet Street has been found? Maybe, maybe not. Some believe the story of the Jarmans are a work of fiction as well, supposedly written by the very man who helped unravel their greedy enterprise known as Thomas of Reading. However, there are rumors that visitors were allowed to see the remains of a door that gave access to the room directly from the top of a coach as late as 1925. If these murders did take place at the Ostrich Inn, it may explain the establishment’s haunted status today.

Many members of staff over the years have had experiences with the ghosts in the upstairs restaurant where the original murders supposedly took place. Strange noises, ghostly figures and objects moving by themselves are common experiences at the inn. Thomas Cole is believed to haunt the upper story of the Ostrich Inn. A women in Victorian dress has been seen along with other shadow figures in the upstairs corridors. Staff have opened locked rooms to find lights and electrical equipment switched on. There have been reports of feelings of despair and cold spots in the downstairs ladies restroom believed to be where the pantry was located and where Jarman allegedly stored the bodies of his victims.

GS Question of the Week

Since it's become a hot topic, what do you think the lights over Phoenix are? Flares? Airplanes? UFOs?

Spirit Review

AuthorHouse, January 13, 2010
Paperback, 343 Pages
ISBN: 978-1449023140
Adult (18+)
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Randall Lender established himself as a well known spiritual leader. However, his ideals posed a growing threat to the government, Clergy of the Major Organized Religion, and the New World Order. A secret society known as The Guilders enlist the help of The Warlock out of self-preservation to be rid of Lender once and for all.

During an astral projection session, Lender's soul left his body, and was pulled against it's will in to the body of a mob hitman who recently committed murder. Before he had time to assess the situation, Johnnie McKenzie a.k.a. Randall Lender was arrested for murder. He realizes that he must die to live in order to return to his former body. Will he be able to fight the battle of his before it's too late?

The synopsis for this novel is what perked my interest. Who wouldn't want to read a story about astral projection, warlocks, conspiracy, the mob and organized religion? However, Spirit fell short of my expectations. The general concept is intriguing and creative but it's full of plot holes, junk scenes, unrealistic characters and a bit preachy at times. This book is not for anyone under the age of 18. It contains a ton of profanity and some sexual content. Both tend to take away from the storyline. The author, however, is a huge fan of italics, words in caps, and triple periods.

The majority of the novel came off like it was trying to be something it's not. The mob was written very stereotypical as well as The Warlock. He appears in the opening scene and you don't hear about him again until much later in the book. The reader doesn't even get clues to his true identity. There are WAY too many point of view changes. It's hard to keep up at times. The characters tend to repeat themselves too much. Descriptions are quite repetitive as well. You want to like Lender. He's the good guy, but it's hard to be on his side when he's acquiring feelings for his defense attorney Sandy one minute and having sex with a prison nurse the next.

Essential scenes are totally missing. We get to read about Sandy's best friend Salley dying in a plane crash. We get to read about the defense's psychiatrist's "session" with a dominatrix. However, we don't get to experience Sandy's conflict in whether or not to believe a hitman could really be someone else entirely. We don't get to read about how Lender knew who was behind his body switch. He knew the whole time but we didn't until the very end. The pacing slows between the trial and when the execution takes place. He's preparing for his spiritual battle. It was almost like waiting for the stove to heat up. You're reading the same information over and over but worded differently.

I could go on and on as to why this book wasn't what I hoped it would be. The creative plot is pretty much the only thing going for it.

Mary Knows Best/Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

Mary Knows Best

This will be rather short as there isn't much to say. I'm starting to think these reality family-based shows are becoming quite cookie cutter. They each have something to make them special but yet also same ole, same ole.

Mary Knows Best is centered around psychic/medium Mary O and her eccentric family. I'll admit. I was a little curious concerning what it would be like to live with a psychic. This show answered that question for me. Psychics may seem like shiny new toys (to some), but to have to deal with that ability all day everyday can be quite annoying. The basic formula of this show is Mary O doing readings on her radio show, street, and businesses. Just wherever as it is apart of who she is. This is all mixed in with semi-normal family drama set in Long Island. Bottomline, you get what you see.

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

This is the one I particularly was anxious to watch. You have a team of six individuals, all equipped with their own expertise. Ben Hansen is a former FBI agent and the ringleader of this group. Then there's Jael (journalist and former member of Destination Truth), Larry (effects specialist), Bill (lead scientist), Austin (stunt expert), and Chi-Lan (photograph expert).

They start out in the Situation Room, reviewing various video clips and determining which one has the best potential to pursue further. Ben, Jael and Austin investigated the phantom vehicle in Savannah, Georgia further. They spoke with Officer Wayne Daniels, the cop involved this is bizarre chase, who guided them through what happened that night. Then, the three proceeded with setting up various experiments to determine whether there was a logical explanation or not.

Using a professional stunt driver named Mike Shortt and another member of the Garden City Police Department named Sgt. Shawn Myers. They attempted to recreate two key moments. The first being the U-turn. Some believe a huge distance between the car and cop couldn't be possible in a short amount of time. After one experimental run, it was proven how likely it could be. The second was a little harder, the moment where the car is seen on the other side of the undamaged fence. They tried jumping the fence and was semi-successful except there wasn't enough of an elevation at the actual scene. If you can't go over, you go under. The first attempt brought almost the whole fence down. One minor adjustment and the car sailed right through as if passing through a curtain. The car passes to the other side before the cop or the camera sees what happened. There is your plausible explanation (never really thought it was paranormal anyways).

The second video clip was filmed by Jeff Willes in Arizona. Many people witnessed the phenomena in the video. Larry, Bill and Chi-Lan set out to debunk this one. They first talked to Jeff and borrowed his camera (supposedly the same one that filmed the Lights video). Then proceeded with a couple of experiments. They tried a window pane and a laser. Managed to duplicate the lights but not the movement. Then went on to lanterns attached to balloons hooked up to a dimmer. Duplicated the movement but not the altitude. The option of last resort was a night investigation.

They set up four IR cameras. Larry monitored the cameras and Bill and Chi-Lan searched for trace evidence. They weren't expecting what they found. As Bill and Chi-Lan were exploring the area, they began hearing movement and strange noises, but before they could determine what it was, Larry alerted them to an unusual light in the sky. This light moved from left to right, zig-zagged. They couldn't come up with a logical explanation for it.

I think this show has potential. It's sort of Mythbusters meets the paranormal. Fairly good first episode. Will have to wait and see concerning future ones.

Chupacabra in the Headlines

Earlier in the week, animal control officer Frank Hackett shot and killed an unusual animal in a barn southwest of Fort Hood, TX after hearing it growl at him. Officer Hackett hasn't stated whether or not he believes the creature to be the elusive Chupacabra as he awaits DNA results. However, did comment that “it wasn't normal.”

A few days later, a second unidentifiable animal was killed several miles away by a rancher. While Officer Hackett isn't ready to declare his find a Chupacabra, many believe the second one may be. Some have described these animals as “half alien/half dinosaur dog like creature with a spiny back” or “a vampire dog of some sort with huge fangs and no tail”. Others state “it has a tail”, or “a stubby cropped looking tail”. At this point, it depends on who you talk to.

Hood County Animal Control sent the animal to Texas A&M for testing. Until DNA results are returned Doctors at Texas A&M would only say it's some kind of coyote hybrid. Several of these animals similar in appearance seemed to keep popping up in Texas especially. There has to be a reason for it. Possibly the answer to a lot of Chupacabra sightings?

The Fabulous Beekman Boys Goes Paranormal

Josh and Brent ditched city life to try life as organic farmers documented by Planet Green's newest series "The Fabulous Beekman Boys". After their one year anniversary in Beekman Mansion in Sharon Springs, NY, the boys began witnessing unexplainable activity, dishes began clanking, voices started calling out and floorboards began creaking, witnessed by the boys, their guests and fellow town members. The Beekman mansion was built between 1802 and 1804 by a young soldier named William Beekman who fought in the Revolutionary War and later became a recognized businessman. He and his wife had eight children, only two of which lived to age 20.

According to the tombstones in the Beekman family crypt on the mansion’s property, one child, was killed by “a sleigh going over him” at age nine and a teenage son was “felled by a tree.” Town lore says that another child called Mary, a four-year-old, died in a barn fire. Her name is carved under the floorboards of the center hall of the estate. William outlived all of his children, dying in 1845 at the age of 78.

Eager to learn more about the story behind the carvings, the current residents of the estate, Josh and Brent, hired a team of ghost hunters to explore the mansion, the grounds and the crypt, to look for any signs of Mary, and any other paranormal activity. Supposedly, five ghosts were identified haunting the property: a woman who hums in the attic, a maid who wanders between two bedrooms checking the fires late at night, a man that limps by the road looking for the woman who has a salve for his leg, a man in buckskin who paces between the kitchen and dining room, and little Mary who stands on her tiptoes in the doorways pointing at Brent and Josh, laughing.

Is Beekman Mansion haunted? Tune in to "The Haunting of Beekman Farm" airing on Wednesday, July 14th at 9 pm ET on Planet Green.

GS Question of the Week

Do you there is any truth to the Robin Hood legend?

Galleries of Justice

The guys and gals of Ghost Hunters International are back with a brand new season and three new members. Wednesday night will bring viewers in to the land of Robin Hood. The Galleries of Justice is a museum of Crime and Punishment and is housed in the old Nottingham Shire Hall. The Galleries dates back to 600AD and is the base for Nottingham's original Saxon settlement. It’s not know whether the site was used for imprisonment in the dark ages due to the lack of written records (the first known records date back to 1375).

The Normans invaded and appointed Sheriffs as keepers of the peace and the collectors of taxes, dating back to 1125. However, there is currently no evidence to suggest they were based here from the beginning, but it’s known the site was referred to as the Sheriffs Hall, County Hall or the Kings Hall. Some believe it was the base of Robin Hood’s archenemy,the Sheriff of Nottingham.

There were many discussions the building needed renovations during the 17th Century. However, it took one of the courtroom floors collapsing in 1724 sending the solicitors, jury, public crashing in to the cellars to force their hand. The Hall was re-built between 1769 and 1772 designed by James Gandon from London and costing about £2,500. Centuries afterwards, more additions and renovations took place including additional wings, judges retiring room, barristers, robing room and the office for a clerk. There was also a working police station from 1905 to 1985. The courts officially closed in 1991.

Death by hanging was the main form of execution from Anglo-Saxon times in Britain until capital punishment was abolished in 1964. Up to 1868 all hangings were carried out in public, attracting large crowds looking for morbid excitement and carnival atmosphere. The modern expression Gala Day is derived from the Anglo-Saxon gallows day. After 1868 hangings were moved inside prisons. However, it didn’t stop crowds from gathering outside the gates to see the posting of the death notice.

Today, the Galleries contains the original cells, dungeons, 2 courtrooms, and medieval caves. A fully functioning Victorian courthouse was turned in to a museum. The Galleries of Justice Museum was founded in 1993 by the Lace Market Heritage Trust. The old Shire Hall had stood empty and forgotten for years, until an extensive fundraising campaign turned this gem in to the museum and opened its doors in 1995. Many locations have coveted the highest paranormal honor as the “Most Haunted Location in the World”. Has the Galleries of Justice earned the title?

The cell corridor is full of audio. Visitors have heard strange noises, including footsteps, doors slamming, and the sound of keys rattling. The entrance hall is believed to be the home of four ghosts, a Victorian gentleman, a soldier, and a lady wearing a long gown. The fourth is believed to be responsible for the cold spots. This spirit is believed to be of a little girl who is said to have visited the courts with her father who worked as a court official. She is said to been seen on the stairs and also playing in the Grand Jury room.

The courtroom (the largest of the two) is known for knocking sounds, and terrifying groans. Some have even seen black figures on the balcony. There are also reports of smelling rotting corpses around the large table used by the Clerks of the Court. This table is believed to have been used to lay out the bodies of the convicted convicts who had been executed to serve as an example to others.The Pits have been known to bring on a sudden illness to those who visit. Some have had to even leave the building. People have been touched and footsteps have been heard. Dark shadows have been seen on occasion. 

It’s no wonder the Courtyard/exercise yard has it share of activity. Bodies are buried beneath the ground in this area. Many have witnessed and experienced strange sensations, and seen dark figures. The caves and chapel are believed to be the most haunted areas in the Galleries where remains of animal bones and other artifacts are located. A cross is sometimes thrown across the room. Noises, scratching and bangs have been heard. Dark shadows have been seen walking around the cave. People have been touched, and stones have been thrown at people.

Reader Submission - The Train to Hell

The below story was submitted by Kevin Wood:

Penn Station wasn't always as nice and modern as it is right now. It used to be a terrible place. That commuters and travelers would dread going through. It was nasty, dirty, and full of homeless people. There is one homeless man in particular that stood out from the others that flooded Penn Station. He would stand there and say "it is coming, it is coming for us". When travelers would ask what is coming for us he would just say "the train to Hell". Travelers wouldn't didn't know how to respond to it, so they would just walk away.

One day, the station manager approached the man and said "sir, you are disturbing other passengers, I'm going to have to ask you to leave". Unhappily the man exited the train station, but before exiting he stated "you have all been warned". Later that night (as always) the station emptied. The passengers would usually arrive about 10 to 15 minutes before their train arrived. As midnight approached the 11:59 pm train arrived, picked up its passengers, then left. The station manager was alone in the station lobby. All the passengers remaining left on their 11:59 pm train and the next set of passengers wouldn't be arriving until about 10 to 15 minutes before the 12:30 am train arrived. Business was running as usual for the station manager until he heard a faint whistle in the distance.

He couldn't see anything on the tracks despite the fact that he could easily see them. The whistle stopped, the station manager was confused but he just went back to work. About 30 seconds later the whistle started again, and this time it was louder. Yet he still couldn't see anything on the tracks. He went outside to the loading platform where passengers would board their train. As the whistle grew louder he began to see a dim light in the distance that seemed to be getting closer by the second. Now very confused he watches as the mysterious train approaches the platform. It didn't seem to slow down at all and it was going faster than a regular train would. And as the train passed the station it didn't look like a normal New Jersey Transit train.

As the train exited the station the station manager, now quite frighten, looks in his record book and it shows that no cargo trains pass through at that time nor at that station. And the next passenger train wasn't due in for another 26 minutes. The next day the tracks are invested thoroughly to find any evidence that a ghost train past through the station at 12:04am.

Alexander Inn

The Alexander Inn, originally known as The Guest House, was built in 1943 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It began as a wood framed building, similar to many other war-period “H-plan” buildings, and most importantly served as guest quarters to a number of dignitaries during the top secret Manhattan Project, including Enrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. In 1949, a 44-room addition was completed and went through a name change a year later to The Alexander Inn. The hotel was sold by the government to Mr. W. W. Faw for $34,000 in 1958 and private bathrooms and a ballroom were added, as well as the kitchen was expanded.

The Alexander Inn closed its doors in the mid 1990’s. Since that time it has been privately owned and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but sat empty. Vandals raided the infamous location, tearing up the walls and broke every light fixture in the building. Despite the decades of deterioration and being No. 1 on the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance's inaugural Endangered Heritage list, all hope is not lost. The Oak Ridge Revitalization Effort purchased The Alexander Inn and restoration has begun.

The ORRE and area volunteers are working hard to save the historic property and possibly turn it in to a bed and breakfast or conference center. They are in the process of trying to raise $500,000 by December 31st, 2010. $373,500 will be used to pay off the mortgage with the remainder going to demolish the ballroom, address environmental hazards and the stabilize the primary structure. They have so far surpassed the $20,000 mark, but much work still needs to be done.

The Alexander Inn has a foothold in American History, but is it also haunted? Many believe the very scientists who stayed in The Guest House during The Manhattan Project still roam the historic location. However, actual paranormal activity seems to be scarce. Witnesses have reported hearing footsteps walking up stairs. There are claims of a figure standing in front of a window being seen from the outside. A haunted label may aid in the fund raising effort but this inn is apart of history and should be saved with or without ghosts.

Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille

The fate of Fenton, Michigan was literally in the hands of a poker game. On August 24, 1834, William Fenton played high stakes poker with Robert Leroy and Benjamin Rockwell, winning the right to name the village. A full house allowed Fenton the right to name the city. The main business street was named Leroy and the principal residential street was called Rockwell. The Vermont House was built and owned by Seed and Flint with Mr. Seed being the first landlord.

In 1868, Abner Roberts was owned the hotel, which was renamed the Fenton House. After many changes in ownership, D.W. DeNio purchased it in 1882 and renamed it once again the DeNio House. DeNio underwent major changes in furnishings including a billiard room, bar and sample room along with barn accommodations for 100 horses and a hall 30 by 80 feet in size for public parties. A grand opening party was provided under the management of the Carpediem Club, a social group composed of the town’s leading Citizens. Nearly 200 guests danced the mazy waltz on a canvassed floor in time to the excellent music furnished by an orchestra from Owosso and ate food prepared by DeNio's wife. The Denio House were among the first to subscribe to the telephone in 1883.

The hotel ownership changed hands a couple of more times and around 1916, T.J. Dumanois who owned the Linden Hotel, purchased the Fenton Hotel. Prohibition caused a decline in hotel business, but it was the Great Depression that forced the hotel to temporarily close. After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the hotel reopened under the management of Arthur (T.J.’son) and his wife Margaret Dumanois. The Fenton Hotel is believed to have received the first liquor license in Genesee County after prohibition.

Ray and Ann O’Reilly purchased the Hotel Fenton in 1946, and maintained its reputation for Roadhouse dinners. Hotel Fenton was owned by the O’Reilly’s until the early 1970’s. The next 25 years brought many different owners to the hotel until Nick and Peggy Sorise purchased it in 1997. Then named The Fenton Hotel, the Sorise’s continued to operate it as a white table clothed fine dinning restaurant. In 2006, the hotel went through another round of renovations and a name change as it celebrated its 150th birthday. Today, Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille contains all the original tin ceilings in the dining room, and the foyer looks much as it did back in stagecoach days. Experience the second story's glory days in its tile-floor ballroom, the communal men's and women's bathrooms and the dingy corner room once reserved for the hotel's longtime custodian, Emery.

Some say Emery still roams throughout the hotel. People have reported hearing Emery walking around in his former upstairs digs, his footsteps reverberating in the tin ceiling. Sometimes he thumps on the walls after customers leave to push the hotel staff along. It's believed he is not the only one hanging around the establishment after death. The hotel staff claim a ghost sometimes gropes the arms or buttocks of unsuspecting waitresses. In the bar area, wine glasses hanging by its stem from a slotted nook have been known to suddenly fly off its perch and sail across the bar, crashing and breaking.

There is a recurring case of the mysterious man at table 32. He sits at the table and orders a shot of Jack Daniels on the rocks. The bartender pours the drink, but upon attempting to serve it to the "customer," finds no one sitting at the table. Some believe the ghostly customer is "dying" to have the drink but never has the cash to pay for it much less the physical ability to drink it. Waitresses have spotted a phantom black cat roaming the dining room. Other reports include shutters opening and closing on their own, footsteps, lights flickering and ghostly voices. These are among the many ghostly accounts that can be found at the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille.

GS Question of the Week

In honor of Independence Day and the 50th birthday of our 50-star American flag, there will be no question this week. I hoped all my American brethren had a happy and safe 4th of July.

4th of July Myths

What better way to celebrate the fourth than revealing the truth of some common American independence myths.

1.) Independence Was Declared on the Fourth of July.

Wrong! Independence was declared by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. This is the day according to a letter written by John Adams to his wife Abigail that "will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival." So, why do we celebrate the fourth?
First of all, the Declaration of Independence was adopted on the fourth which is indicated on the document itself. It is believed that is where some of the confusion lies. Basically, the day the document was announced has overshadowed the event itself. Americans first celebrated independence on July 8th with a big party including a parade and firing of guns in Philadelphia.

Secondly, to add to the confusion, a scholar in the nineteenth century came across the letter mentioned above and quietly "corrected" it. So, Adams festival prediction would take place on the fourth instead of the second.

2.) The Declaration of Independence was signed July 4.

A canvas painting by John Trumbull hangs in the grand Rotunda of the Capitol of the United States. It depicts the signing of the Declaration ceremony which supposedly took place on July 4th. Too bad it never happened.

The actual event wasn't all that spectacular. Most delegates signed the document on August 2nd, the same day a clean copy was finally produced by the assistant to the secretary of Congress Timothy Matlack. Several signed later. Their names weren't released to the public until around January 1777. The truth about the signing was discovered in 1884 by historian Mellon Chamberlain.

3.) The Liberty Bell Rang in American Independence.

The story goes that a young boy with blond hair and blue eyes was supposedly posted in the street next to Independence Hall to give a signal to an old man in the bell tower when independence was declared. This scene never happened either. The story was made up by nineteenth century writer George Lippard for a book intended for children called Legends of the American Revolution.

The bell wasn't even named in honor of American independence. It received the moniker in the early nineteenth century when abolitionists used it as a symbol of the antislavery movement. As for the famous crack … it was a badly designed bell and it cracked. End of story.

4.) Betsy Ross Sewed the First Flag.

The house where Betsy Ross supposedly lived may not have been hers. In 1949, the Joint State Government Commission of Pennsylvania concluded in a study that there is no proof she even lived there. If that's not true then what else have we been lied to about?

The story of Betsy Ross sewing our first famous symbol of freedom isn't authentic either. It was made up by her descendants in the nineteenth century. She was just a simple unheralded seamstress.

So, who actually sewed the flag? No one knows. However, we do know who designed it. Records show that in May 1780 Frances Hopkinson sent a bill to the Board of Admiralty for designing the "flag of the United States." While with the hype of the Betsy Ross story he may not get much credit, a small group of his descendants work hard to keep his name alive.

Although the flag we know today was designed by a Ohio high school student in 1958 for a class project. There had been no changes to the flag since 1912 and Robert Heft believed Hawaii and Alaska would soon become official states. His teacher wasn't impressed and gave him a B- but later agreed to bump it up to an A if he could convince Congress to adopt the design. He took on the challenge and a year later Heft asked his congressman, Rep. Walter Moeller, to take the flag to Washington after Alaska and Hawaii were admitted to the union. Early in 1960, Heft received a call from President Dwight Eisenhower who told him his flag design had been chosen from more than 1,500 entries. Heft was in D.C. on July 4th for the adoption ceremony of his flag. Today, that flag design turns 50 (and yes Robert Heft did get that A)!

5.) John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Died on the Fourth of July.

This one is actually true. Adams and Jefferson within hours of each other both died on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the adoption of Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. While this is accurate, there is no proof that Adams dying words were "Jefferson survives."

Now that you know the truth behind some of the lies we've been told over the years, have a safe and joyous 4th of July, even if independence wasn't declared on this day.

Source: History News Network

No One Dies in Lily Dale

Lily Dale was established in 1879, and has become the world’s largest center for spiritual development and the practice of the Spiritualist religion. In 1916, the childhood home of the Fox sisters (The sisters are considered to be the primary founders of modern spiritualism) was moved from Hydesville, New York to Lily Dale, NY, but unfortunately, burned down almost forty years later.The community provides a series of seminars and meetings throughout the year.

In order to live in Lily Dale, the residents must pass a test proving that they are a medium, a healer or more commonly, a psychic of some sorts. Some residents read Tarot cards or palms. There are some numerologists and many mediums that supposedly allow the spirit to speak through them. There are also meetings at the “inspiration stump”, an actual large tree stump in the middle of a slightly wooded area. They each take turns getting up in front of the group of tourists, who gather in a wedding style setup on lawn chairs listening intently. They single people out and give them some answers that they seek.

For a small admission fee, visitors can explore the grounds, which include a museum, The Marion Skidmore Library, Lily Dale Museum and Historical Society, bookstore, a pet cemetery, shops, and a snack bar as well as a variety of daily and weekly scheduled events: mediumship demonstrations, thought exchange meetings, and healing services, among others. Lily Dale was also used as the backdrop for a series of young adult paranormal novels by New York Times Bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub, who grew up a few miles from Lily Dale, New York. The series includes LILY DALE: AWAKENING, LILY DALE: BELIEVING, LILY DALE: CONNECTING and LILY DALE: DISCOVERING. Wendy Corsi Staub has also written an adult bestselling thriller set in Lily Dale entitled IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, published by Kensington Books in 2002. Recently, the town took center stage in the upcoming premiere of the HBO documentary titled No One Dies in Lily Dale.

On Monday, July 5th, viewers will follow visitors on their emotional quests, chronicling their mysterious and deeply personal interactions with the town’s unusual residents. Directed by Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Steven Cantor (HBO’s “Devil’s Playground”), people at home will be able to see why thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to this quaint Victorian community every year. Be sure to watch NO ONE DIES IN LILY DALE premiering THIS Monday, July 5th at 9pm on HBO.

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