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Creepy feelings

Spooked out by Halloween

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s writings

Lowell, MI – My mixed feelings about Halloween are expressed in the photography below and above. On one hand , I love it because I love candy and masks as well as “doing myself up” one year as  Gene Simmons from Kiss.

On the other hand I don’t know what to think about it. You know, kids dressed up as everything from Disney princesses, fairies, superheroes to brides and grooms as skeletons. Each to his own. Who said that all Spirits of Halloween have to be scary?

But flipping back to the first hand, I totally enjoyed the ghost hunt at Fallasburg conducted by the Michigan Paranormal Alliance for the second time last Saturday. Even though it was creepy to listen to the hardsole footsteps of the ghost of teacher Mrs. Richmond. I was also bummed that I couldn’t go to the Masquerade: With a side of Murder at the Candlestone resort in Belding.

Not to mention that the scary event inspires me.

I missed out on a Halloween themed wedding last Friday. But, we watched a spooky movie “Amityville” last night.

According to newgrange.com, Halloween has Celtic roots in the Samhain Festival. Smahain was the division of the year between the lighter half and the darker half allowing  spirits to pass through at its thinnest.

One of the scariest places I’ve ever been to is the  Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain. The Moor mosque is located inside a cathedral as pictured in the feature photo.

Enjoy the sampling. Get spooked.

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Ghosts at Fallasburg

Michigan Paranormal Alliance finds ghost activity at Fallasburg village

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Fallasburg, MI – Just in time for Halloween to get spooked by findings of ghost activity at the Fallasburg pioneer village located three miles northeast of Lowell.

The Saturday night ghost walk organized by the Fallasburg Historical Society in conjunction with the Michigan Paranormal Alliance (M.P.A.), brought out more than 40 people. They split into four groups and set out to hunt for ghosts at different locations throughout the 1840s pioneer Fallasburg village.

As the one-room Fallasburg schoolhouse dipped into pitch black, ghost hunters from group two heard a distinct thump, thump, thump of feet walking by the desks near the windows. And then, came a bang from the storage room. Ghost hunter Peggy Kotecki ran out to see if it wasn’t coming from the outside.

Indeed, it wasn’t.

“I would suspect the most ghost activity would be here at the schoolhouse,” said Ken Tamke, president of Fallasburg Historical society, (FHS) and leader of group one.

Watch the  slideshow below from the Fallasburg Vilage Haunting.

 

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During the first session at the schoolhouse, M.P.A. ghost hunters, Jason and Peggy Kotecki called on ghosts to speak, make noises or to show up. They placed a teddy bear in the second desk.

“Could you light up the fuzzy bear, if you’re here,” Peggy challenged ghosts. “Did you go to school here?”

Jason explained that the darkness heightens the sense of hearing.

“It’s easier to investigate,” he said. “You like to be able to hear things.”

The M.P.A. team members handed out EMF and ghost meters to detect electromagnetic activity indicating that a ghost could be present. If the meter goes above two points, there could be significant activity close-by. At one point, the meter went to 2.5, and the red light started flashing. However, Jason explained, this could be due to movement in the room.

Walking in the dark, group one passed the creepy Tower Farm on the right, and the lit-up Dave Misner house museum on the left. Different museums recorded different activity, accord to the team members.

M.P.A. medium Rosemary Leleiveld with Edwin Leleiveld were stationed at the John W. Fallass house. Rosemary explained the difference between a ghost and a spirit.

“A ghost is a soul that hasn’t crossed over,” Rosemary said. “Spirit is a human soul that has crossed to the other side. The whole idea is to communicate with the ghosts that are present.”

Another group experienced a ghost talking about his lost chair, according to Rosemary.

“It’s true, we moved all the things out of here, including the chair,” said Tamke.

 

Edwin said everything is a matter of energy, even ghosts give out energy.

The small house had a creepy Michigan crawl basement. It was like a labyrinth, and a paradise for ghosts.

The most interesting were the writings by the founders of the Fallasburg village, John and Phoebe Fallass.

“They both were accomplished writers; Phoebe was a poetess,” said Tamke.

On the other side of the Covered Bridge Road shining into the night was the Dave Misner House. The Misner House dubbed as “ground zero” by the FHS members is the society’s treasure depository. It is the only heated building in the pioneer village designed to preserve the collections in proper temperature. It houses gems like the “Fallasburg Footprints,” a property title book, WWI women’s cards, the newspaper scrapbook and the Vergennes Women’s Club yearbook.

“We had a lot of activity around the glass display case with the flowers,” said Lil Kotecki. “EMF’s were going off. There is some kind of energy.”

The ghost meter went off flashing by the case and on the second floor, it went off by a black women’s jacket. A feeble voice could be heard from behind the display.

The hayride was waiting outside. The ghost hunters boarded the wagon and headed up the hill past the Fallasburgh Flats Base Ball field to the Fallasburg Cemetery.

Ghost hunters Lisa Sekeet and David Mason were standing in the middle of the cemetery close to the front white gate.

“We’ve had the most activity here,” said M.P.A. team member Sekeet. “A ghost by the name of William Moon showed his presence by always pointing the rods in the direction of the Moon graves.”

At the Fallasburg Cemetery, the divining rods went crazy; at one-point crossing and then pointing in the direction of the Moon gravesite.

The team picked a person with “abilities’ here to use the divining rods. Divining rods are also used to locate ground water, buried metals, ores and gemstones. Lori from Lowell held the rods that first crossed and then pointed to the Moon gravesite.

“I blocked my abilities, I am trying to get them back with meditation,” she said.

Group one searched the grave’s headstone and footstones. Vergennes resident Catherine Haefner discovered a W. on one of the grave stones. Flashlights and cell phones illuminated the big Moon grave stone.

“I liked the cemetery where the most activity was,” said Haefner.

During the final findings session back at the schoolhouse, Jason Kotecki used an Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) recorder to play back the thumping sounds to all the ghost hunters.

“It sounded like hard sole shoes, like a teacher was coming up,” Jason said.

The M.P.A. team travels around the country to conduct paranormal investigations such as the one at the Fallasburg pioneer village. One of their most interesting locations was the Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky where 63,000 people died of tuberculosis, otherwise known as “The White Plague.”

“You sit for eight to 10 hours in the dark talking to nothing,” said team member Sue Nielsen.

However, the pay-off comes when you do hear or see something.

“It’s that golden nugget, that you’ve been waiting for,” said Peggy.

The participants spoke about their various paranormal experiences.

Amy Ryan of Hastings shared her experience from 1992 when she lived above what was known as “The Haunted Floral Shop” in Grand Rapids. The curtains that she had shoved in the corner were all of a sudden hung up and straightened out.

“It was the real deal,” she said.

Teresa Medich of Burton spoke about her encounters with the dead at the schoolhouse.

“I am really enjoying this, the history and the museums,” she said. “The Tower Farm is really creepy.”

Local villagers’ lore has it that builder Orlin Douglass comes back to haunt the Tower House.

“There’s got to be something out there,” said Peggy, “and we want to know.”

Rosemary said the M.P.A. team has a lot of evidence of ghost activity at Fallasburg.

Some personal experiences included hearing footsteps and knocks in the schoolhouse when everyone was seated and quiet.

At the Fallass House, participants heard voices and knocks, EMF meter and Rem pod activity, as well as shadows.

Participants also reported feelings of being watched at the Misner House.

“It was a great investigation,” said Rosemary. “I think this year people had more personal experiences. Our group is always happy to assist in meaningful endeavors. This is a great example; raising funds for the historical society to maintain and restore the history of Fallasburg, and give voice to the past.”

For more info go to: http://www.m-p-a.org

 

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Reliving it with ghosts

Ghostbusters at Fallasburg

Note: The reason I put this post on my mostly Greenwich Meridian (c) memoir related content blog is because it relates to my past. My husband Ludek Pala and I met at the ZDS school in Stipa, former Czechoslovakia.

Last Saturday, after 41 years, we again sat behind the  desks inside the same school together. This time it was at the one room Fallasburg schoolhouse for a ghost hunting (EVP) Electronic Voice Phenomenon session for the Fallasburg Historical Society.

“You get me to all these weird things that I would have never gone to, if it wasn’t for you,” Ludek  said later.

“You should be grateful then,” I said. “Who else would get you into something like this?”

Speaking about a time machine…hmmmmmmmmm

“Does it exist?”

“This could become our Halloween tradition.”

Pss…photos from the EVP sessions currently not available due to ghosts. Stay tuned for the pics later.

By Emma Palova

EWEmma’s Writings

Fallasburg, MI-

“Put your cell phones in the airplane mode,” advised Edwin Lelieveld, Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA) team member.

It was a spooky Saturday night before Halloween at the Fallasburg historical village.

Ken Tamke
FHS President Ken Tamke during shooting footage by WZZM.

The Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA), the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) and their followers conducted a paranormal investigation inside the Fallasburg museum buildings.

“This has been two years in the making,” said Tina Siciliano Cadwallader, FHS event organizer.

Cadwallader put the first time event together as a fundraiser for the historical society.

The MPA started with an introduction inside the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse museum. We filed in the old creaking and squeaky desks much like the students did some 150 years ago. The classroom filled up and there was standing room only.

The ghost detecting equipment such as gauss meters, temperature gauges and nitrogen goggles laid on a separate table by the old piano.

Fallasburg Historical Society
Fallasburg School museum

After 41 years, my husband Ludek Pala and I were inside the same school again. This time in the Fallasburg one room schoolhouse for some ghost hunting. Our  teachers  were the  FHS president Ken Tamke and the MPA members.  Our classmates were members of the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and other organizations.

And overlooking it all was the principal, that is the ghost of Ferris Miller.

The MPA team set up laser purple dot grids and EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) equipment at each location of the paranormal investigation. That is the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse, John Wesley Fallass House and David Misner House, all of which sit on the Covered Bridge Road. An MPA team member was at each location to interpret the recordings of the EVP sessions.

We divided into three groups, each led by an FHS docent.

Ludek and I were in the BCBS group with  Tamke as docent. We walked down the Covered Bridge Road lighting our way with flashlights. We briefly paused at the Tower Farm, better known as the Tower House. We could not go inside because of its dilapidated interior.

“Two sisters lived here,” said Tamke. “At the time it was normal.”

According to Tamke  there have been reports of haunting at the Tower House.

Local resident Addie Tower Abel, who went to the one-room schoolhouse, said there has been a lot of activity.

“I know about the Tower House, I lived there. So, did my son, they saw a lot of activities,” Abel wrote on Facebook.

Lie Kotecki of MPA conducted the EVP session inside the 1842 John W. Fallass house. The temperature gauge in the middle of the completely restored living room showed 66.6 F. According to the MPA, the temperature drops when ghosts are present causing cold spots. The ghosts also give out electromagnetic fields.

“Drop the temperature if you are inside the house with us,” challenged Lie.

The temperature dropped slightly to 66.2 F.

“Did you live in this house?” she asked. “We have no bad energy.”

Tamke explained the historical facts at each paranormal investigative location aka museum building.

“The furniture was built from the lumber out of a sawmill at Fallasburg,” he said. “Orwin Douglas built the Tower House and John Waters built the David Misner House.”

Back at the schoolhouse, Rosemary Leleiveld reported various ghost encounters.

“I felt a female spirit here,” she said. “Missy or Melissa…..”

But, Tamke said it could have been the ghost of Fallasburg resident Ferris Miller, who had died within the last five years.

The next EVP session followed at the Misner House. The MPA members usually turn off the lights for the sessions.

“The atmosphere veil becomes thinner,” said Peggy Kotecki, MPA team member. “We use radio frequencies and cameras,” she said.

Jason Kotecki, IT engineer at VanAndel Institute, analyzed the EVP recording at the Misner House and reported about other findings. The MPA team conducted an investigation in Allegan.

“Have you been to the old Allegan county jail?” Jason asked.

“Not yet,” said Ludek  smiling.

“Well, we heard a giggle there,” he said.

Peggy, a nurse at Spectrum, said that sometimes she questions her sanity.

“It’s mostly a boring thing to do,” she said. “We do a lot of recordings and a lot of listening. But, you go for the whole package and you relive it.”

During the EVP session, Peggy asked questions:

“What is your name? Did you live here? Did you have children? Did they go to the schoolhouse down the road?”

The MPA does not solicit business and the paranormal alliance does not charge for their investigations.

“The purpose of the investigation is two-fold,” Rosemary Leleiveld said. “We do ghost hunting and we have ghost hunting equipment at each location. You do a ghost walk and learn more of a history of a location. The architecture draws me in.”

For more info on Fallasburg go to www.fallasburgtoday.org and www.fallasburg.org

For more info on MPA go to: www.m-p-a.org

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