GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #49 - September 14, 2005

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

As a child, I considered my neighbors to be the people who lived within sight of my house. As I became a teenager, I stretched the definition of "neighbor" to just about anyone who lived in the same town I did. I had an understood code instilled in me on how we treat our neighbors -- we help each other. If the old couple down the street had some trees blow down in their yard, we went over and the able-bodied people pitched in and cleaned up. We got a thank-you, maybe a cold glass of lemonade, and a better neighborhood for it. 

I'm older now, and my concept of "neighbor" has stretched even further. Since starting Ghostvillage almost six years ago, I've acquired a lot of new neighbors. Some I consider friends, some I hardly know at all, but they're all my neighbors. Some neighbors live in the next town over from me, some live in Europe, some in India, others in Australia, and more than a couple live on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Like all of you, I watched the news footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. My heart broke along with the rest of the world at the sight of the great city of New Orleans suffocating beneath rubble and polluted flood waters, and at the carnage left in small towns and in other cities throughout the Gulf.

Now that Katrina has passed, our neighbors on the Gulf Coast need our help with the cleanup and with putting their lives back together.

Last week I sent an email out to some friends and colleagues... make that neighbors... in the paranormal community and asked that they donate a little of what they do, figuring it would add up to a lot... and boy, did it ever. We have over 80 products and or services donated for a huge paranormal charity auction that is happening on eBay right now. We want to show the world that the paranormal community isn't a bunch of weirdoes -- we're people who care about people. There is more than $2000 worth of autographed books, psychic readings, DVDs, videos, advertising space, t-shirts, magazine subscriptions, and more up for bid right now. 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief effort. You can see all of the items, who donated them, and most importantly, bid on these prizes from this link: Start bidding -- the eBay auctions end September 20th!

You have the opportunity to pick up some great products and services and help your neighbors on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Thank you in advance for your support in this, and please help spread the word about this auction to your friends interested in the paranormal. I'd also like to take a moment to send a big thank-you to Rob McConnell and the entire staff of the 'X' Zone Radio Show for the paranormal radio-thon they put on last night to support this charity auction. It was a great show and the perfect kick-off to this event.

With the Halloween season coming on fast, things in our Ghostvillage will be popping -- check in often and enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.

Supernaturally your neighbor,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of

Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Keri Polinchak of Medford, Massachusetts, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book, The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World, a window sticker, and a t-shirt!

This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link: If it says, "The search is on" then we don't have a winner yet and go ahead and send in your answer. If you see today's date and "We have a winner!" that means you weren't the first to email us. Sorry, please try again next month.

On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.

What are the titles of the 9 auction items in the Paranormal Charity Auction for Hurricane Katrina?

Once we have a winner, we will announce it on our home page as soon as possible. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)

This month's prize: We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book, The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales from Around the World, a window sticker, and a t-shirt!

Didn't win? Want to buy a copy? Click on the graphic.

Supernatural Calendar
The Supernatural Calendar is the place where thousands will learn about your events of interest to the supernatural world. The service is only available to registered members of the message boards, and it's free! We'd like your help filling our calendar in -- so add your events for thousands of Ghostvillagers to see. Here's some of the conferences, happenings, and meetings going on in the next two months:

September 16: 2005 Tulsa Ghost Conference
September 17: San Diego Pagan Pride Day
September 22: Brian Leffler-krcguns on Magick Mind Radio
September 24: Haunted Heartland Ghost Tour
October 1: Ghosts of Griffin Gate
October 2: Las Vegas Paranormal Conference - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
October 11: Jeff Belanger Ghost Chat on Ghostvillage
October 12: Dining with the Dead (and Jeff Belanger)
October 15: Book Signing-"Cape Encounters", Haunted Over Night Stay @ Capone's Place
October 16: Jeff Belanger book signing - Danbury, CT, Jeff Belanger on Graveyard Shift Radio
October 22: Book Signing - "Cape Encounters"
October 23: Jeff Belanger Book Signing Bellingham, MA, Jeff Belanger on Ghostly Talk Radio, Spectral Evidence: Ghost Hunting 101
October 25: Jeff Belanger at Bellingham, MA Library
October 29: Haunted Heartland Ghost Tour
October 30: Ursula Bielski's Black Ball
October 31: Halloween Workshop and Investigation, Haunted Heartland Halloween Tour

Who's Who in the Town Square?
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.

>>feusurlaneige<< - member since September 20, 2004

What is your name?
Tracey Donnelly

How old are you?
A very immature 45-year-old.

Where do you live?
Gosford – known as the New South Wales central coast and one hour north of Sydney, Australia.

What do you do for a living?
I'm a nurse – newly graduated.

How did you come up with your screen name?
"Feu sur la neige" is French for "fire on the snow." I like it because it's a paradox and it is so familiar to me that if someone at work were to call me "feu" I probably wouldn’t blink an eye. I took French lessons for a while. It's nice to pronounce (fur sir la nairje). It’s one energy affecting another -- a warm heart melting a cold one.

What got you interested in the supernatural?
My interest in the paranormal began when I was 13 years old, when I experienced a few common psychic happenings within myself in the form of a precognitive dream, acute intuition, ESP, etc. I always believed in ghosts, but I never had proof. I've only started investigating seriously in the last 18 months, and have experienced more than I ever imagined. I just can't believe it has taken me half my lifetime to experience this.

Have you ever seen a ghost?
I have never seen a ghost with these eyes of mine, but I sure as hell have felt them touch me, blow breath on my face, move things, chill me, heard them walk right up to me, and even felt the emotions of a spirit mother when her children died. Spirits let me see them in my photography. I have communicated with spirits in the company of Paranormal Australia Team, asking the spirit to tap yes or no. This is the most exciting thing that has happened to me. But what does scare me the most is when footsteps walk toward me and stop. I know spirit is right in front of me, but I can’t see them.

What's the one food you couldn't live without?
The food I can't live without is vegemite, naturally. I was raised on this stuff like all Aussie kids, and so are my kids. Nothin' like havin' "vegy" on toast n' gettin' it all over ya face!

Supernatural Library's book reviewer, Lee Prosser, has brought us several new book reviews since our last newsletter.

This past month's Library additions:

Attunements For Day and Night, Rolfing in Motion, and Ritual Drumming From Destiny Recordings [AUDIO REVIEWS]

Forbidden History Edited by J. Douglas Kenyon

Postmodern Magic by Patrick Dunn

The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places Edited by Jeff Belanger [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]

The Hand from A to Z by Judith Hipskind Collins

Offering To Isis by M. Isidora Forrest

Advancing The Witches' Craft by Lord Foxglove

The Temple Of Shamanic Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak

Women of the Golden Dawn by Mary K. Greer

Recent Encounters
We receive personal encounters from all over the world. Many are scary, some are touching, but they are always profound. If you would like to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:

My Cousin By the Pool - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Doppelganger - Perth, Western Australia

The Orb Brushed Beside Me - Blooming Grove, New York [PIC]

The Old Beauchamp House - Grove, Oklahoma

Knocks, Shadows, and Apparitions - Alexandria, Minnesota

The Misty Working Girl - Chicopee, Massachusetts

The Shinto God at Tojinbo Cliffs - Tojinbo, Fukui Prefecture, Japan

My Car Crash Premonition Dream - Atlanta, Georgia

The Ghost Who Pinches Toes - Birmingham, England

A Voice In My Ear - Sitka, Alaska

The Entity From My House - Georgia

Talking to Grammy - Evanston, Illinois

The Ghost Followed Me Home - New Orleans, Louisiana and Santa Rosa, California

This is a new section we have added to This is the place to find press releases and news items on paranormal happenings around the world. If you have a news item you'd like to submit, please see our guidelines.

Paranormal Community Comes Together to Offer Relief to Victims of Hurricane Katrina - September 12, 2005

Author Seeks True Stories for Book on Animal Ghosts - September 9, 2005

The W Network In Canada Seeks High-Spirited Homeowners With a Haunting - August 31, 2005

HAUNT X, 2006 L.A. eXtreme Halloween eXpo - February 16th-20th, 2006 - August 29, 2005 [CONFERENCE WATCH]

Ghosts In Reno? You Bet! - August 24, 2005

Haunted Hamilton Presents the Second Annual Paranormal Summit on October 1, 2005 - August 23, 2005 [CONFERENCE WATCH]

2005 Mid-South Paranormal Convention to Be Held September 24th and 25th at Waverly Hills - August 17, 2005 [CONFERENCE WATCH]

Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to Ghostvillagers. If you have a topic on your mind, agree or disagree with something you read recently, we want to hear from you! For guidelines, click here.

New features added since our last newsletter:

Bide One's Time - Rev. Pat Robertson - by Lee Prosser - September 1, 2005 [COLUMN]

Cedar Key Inn - The Man in the Kitchen by Janice Cottrill - August 29, 2005

The Witchcraft Connection - Resurrection Mary: Part Two - by Lord Foxglove - August 19, 2005 [COLUMN]

Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the supernatural. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please email us for more information.

Events Scheduled:

Las Vegas Paranormal Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada - October 2-4

A haunted dinner and ghost talk with Jeff Belanger and the New England Ghost Project at The Windham Restaurant in Windham, New Hampshire - October 12th. Reservations are $50 per person, which includes dinner and presentation (alcohol beverages sold separately). A $20 deposit per person is required with your reservation and the remaining balance must be paid by October 7th. For reservations contact the Windham Restaurant - 59 Range Road - Windham , NH 03087 Tel: +1.603.870.9270

A Supernatural Evening With Jeff Belanger in Bellingham, Massachusetts - October 25th

A haunted dinner and ghost talk with Jeff Belanger at Stone's Public House in Ashland, Massachusetts - October 27th call +1.508.881.1778 for details/reservations.

Paranormal Radio
There's only one place where you can tune in to the leading paranormal radio programs available online, and that's right here on's Paranormal Radio:

Tune in to: A.P.S.R. Talk Radio, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena, The Ghost Chronicles, Ghostly Talk Radio, The Graveyard Shift, Magick Mind Radio, and The 'X' Zone Radio Show.

Hot Threads in the Community
If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some spam filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your spam folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of the hot topics this month:

After Using a Ouija Board
How do you safely end your Ouija session so no unwanted guests stick around?

Katrina Help and Hoaxes
Beware of viruses and other malware taking advantage of this tragedy.

For Our Members in Katrina's Path
Let us know that you're okay.

Hannah Cranna - The Wicked Witch of Monroe
Accused of being a witch, she wielded strange powers even after her death, until she was put to rest in the ground.

Texas Farmer Claims He Caught Legendary Chupacabra
A Texas farmer has laid a claim that he killed the Chupacabra. But is the proof he's offered the real thing? WARNING: Contains photos that may upset some members.

EVP- Russian Exorcism
Is it real or is it a hoax? You decide for yourself.

Spirit Videos
Welcome to the newest addition to the Ghostvillage message boards!

A Very Active Music Hall?
Check out these photos!

Helping Animals After Natural Disaster
Here's how.

Faith Healing
What are your views on it?

Ghosts in the News
What's that sound? Suburban screams in a small town.

The Name Game
Names of people in alphabetical order.

Welcome New Members
In the last month, the following people have joined our ghostly community. Please welcome:

amarilys, blissmag, sanpaul, hbcken, tl8141, shadow6791, raven_heart_angels, trudelite, satanic_666, originalbranek, Colin Roberts, stormy16438, DarciaMoonz, psychooys, chindalawry, orestpsychi, kri-babee123, fiero88, Kas, starcrystal200, spookednpa, Reality6, cstyx, jessy, mike3, smokeytopaz, tricia_gd, liteboi69, fralmay, Harry in Connecticut, mikend33, fester, Cherie, steph&dani, dragonflysees, Lucy_girl, Dreamflight, jenni22, hylanderhylan, benjimaddenisgod, athy, yetismasher3, ShellyGirl5673, jwan_of_the_dead, Broken Arrow, vegasqueen, pizzaboy9010, tatorc69, teeka1234, xxpunqrawkerxx, keithrfisher, dark kitten, pianomaybedrinking, bandit01, unclippedwings, bearsanddreams, patcrystal, Gerard, hashbrn, DEVILFEANIX, ghosthunter30, GhostyGal, DocH, VanHelsing, Redcoat, nwmps, langdon rd., mystictexan, Emeraldgirl, ichabob, levelriq, jimmoduhme, Arkansas_GeistJager, peaches, Griever, racheyrach, jcrittur, rustyghostbuster, myss911, Lurch, carcassandra, kellyainsley, kellsbells87, dragonqueen630, xEmily, jnscnl, sabra, spruitt420, Pattipat, tiggerkev, kl8c, nica, Vincent Poh, Wpiusa, ghost chaser guy, byzantineshewolf, Houstonn, cagibbons, renie401, CatherineJ, sgoodman, cube, Ralts, Mana, tygerprince, meandde, tex959, tex959959, madiz, babybinx, ElandraWilkins,, Darmo, Nahela, beedham30, pkbii, scaredtodeath, primordial, dHia, unearthed102, Paranormal Podcast, isenephthys, KBEANS, Edward Teach, OrangeZest, Ansca, bkatb, lookin4scarystyuff, hummingbird72, becky j, xyniel, harman, ThePhantomHunters, gaylemedina, cherokee26351, LonelyKins, TATTOOEDHOOKER, DEVILFEANIX_THE_KING, cenvalgal, shronek, nanab5,, kenzie, GRIMEZIE MCG, gupsy, suzanne, CaptHowdy, SevenBizzos, Angelkitten, gypsy, Bildor, devilchild, tc594, DebiC, lawrence mykell, aerosmfrk1, 4kpig, MattLabRat, xo~manda~xo, thekev1130, mandy85, bobman, GhostLover33, angieb67, Black sheep, vancouver paranormal, getshaunted, louisianna, HLBMXR, moomersrocks, sasdilla, brokensonnet, Hari Seldon, Emeraldeyzz, SassyWriter, shelby, spstanle, jules2005j, cheercoach05, xkrlstlx, Kerryn, goommbbaa, charlotteparsons, FleshFall, chellic1994, g.o. chuckwheat, DerangedChaos, Rogue, psturgill, Lunar Park, babydoll, scoobymystery, bucksmom, waynesboroghost, Dhantta, Night_of_the_Black_Panther, JaJay51, lorddraven2000, shanL.chabz, magical_zor, THE HONEY WOLVES, mitzilittle, cbernard55, chantelle369, levk, KatieKintner, Brenda H, khewston, monsterundermybed135, greatdane05, ghostlover101, bryan, nolan58, creepycanada, becksrn, †Alucard†, MistressTinFoil, a_little_fire, mmauren, LadyOwl13, iamwhoiam, Ghostbelle67, txghosthunter, clutch64, a-man, blackmojo, RickDalrymple, DDPat, linds20, tygerlilli, forensic gal mcbride, D.J., ardhanarishvarar, Robaz23, Miss*Medusa, jacsmith_xxx, Albo5000, xxamacxx, mar_bucs04, cyriades, gonepawsup!, haawks_paranormal_research, Meganrr, blkadr, decervantes5, chris's_girl_2005, ghostkittyuk, CindyMay, gloria, suzien, morningsong, Bashzprincess, ladyanna, Nightwalker9911, oLdSoLe,, lisa_veronica, hottie7897, Christine40, lrhodes529, Duamutef, ostasiewicz1972, Sugreev2001, moonlight, Jewel0263, wermachss, frix, believer421, carna4eva, misticalmastermind, SIN, ShmoopieBear, mjtanton, missystar, Dee-Dee, Leslie the surfer, Griffon, and gasher99. Quick Stats:
144,236 Messages in the Town Square Message Boards
8,748 Members in the Town Square
403 "Personal Encounters" published on
337 Paranormal Web sites in the Ghost Links directory
16,202 Subscribers to this newsletter
4,360,439 total Web site "hits" for in August

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