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UFO Spotters Probe The Paranormal In Maidstone

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Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 07:25:50 -0400
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Subject: UFO Spotters Probe The Paranormal In Maidstone




Source: The Star Phoenix - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

http://tinyurl.com/yotngn

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

UFO Spotters Probe The Paranormal In Maidstone

By Peter Wilson
The Star Phoenix


MAIDSTONE =97 There's no hesitation in the man's hand as he
sketches the shapes of the UFOs he's spotted near this rural
Saskatchewan community over the years.

"Once you've seen them, you never forget. The images are burnt
into your memory," he says, taking a sip from his coffee cup in
the truck stop restaurant outside this small town near the
Alberta border.

These experiences with the unknown are not so bizarre, according
to a recent report. Numbers released by the Winnipeg-based
Ufology Research Institute show Saskatchewan posted an all-time
record of 98 reported UFO sightings, and Maidstone accounted for
more than half of those reports. That's a big chunk of the total
736 reported sightings across Canada.

Let's call this particular UFO spotter Dave, as he doesn't want
his real name used because he feels his creditability as a
federal employee might be tarnished.

Dave explains that the rocket-shaped craft he's drawn in the
cafe along the Yellowhead was what he saw when he was a
youngster. He'd spotted it when he was with his mother, but her
attention was focused on pulling weeds in the garden as he
observed the object. By the time the stunned six-year-old had
alerted his mom, the UFO had vanished.

Dave's second drawing, a barrel-shaped object, was one he
observed only a couple of years ago when he was driving on a
rural road near town.

"It didn't look at all aerodynamic. It looked odd and moved
slowly. It had a kind of panel on it and had two lines down the
side," he says.

While there were no witnesses to these events, another encounter
he experienced had another set of eyes to record the phenomenon.
Driving with a friend one night, Dave and his companion noticed
bright lights reflecting off their truck. They stopped the
vehicle, jumped out and saw two bright lights in the night sky.
As they watched, the lights merged into one solitary light
before gradually shrinking in size and disappearing.  

Barb Campbell, a former Maidstone resident who now lives in
Paynton 25 kilometres farther down the Yellowhead highway, has
made numerous UFO sightings in the area during the past three
years. From a fireball that shot through the heavens, to what
she describes as a triangular-shaped flying object that hovered
in the night sky over Maidstone last summer, the UFOs she's seen
have made indelible impressions on her.

One UFO encounter in Maidstone that she witnessed alongside her
daughter has made a particularly strong impression.

"We were sitting outside watching the stars when a bright light
appeared from the southwest, heading northeast. It grew brighter
and larger and was flying as high as some helicopters we see
around here," Campbell says.

Perfectly round, the object was silent and about 60 to 80 metres
in diameter. From its underside glowed a constant yellowish-
white light.

"It appeared right overhead, and I waved my arms and yelled to
try and get a reaction, but the object carried on over Maidstone
and out of sight."

Not surprisingly, Campbell strongly believes there's something
very real about UFOs.

"I have seen enough evidence and talked to people who have had
similar encounters to know there's something out there. It could
be aliens or the military, I don't know, but I mean to get to
the bottom of it."

That's one of the reasons she founded the Saskatchewan
Provincial Paranormal Research Centre (SPPRC), which she runs
out of her home. Through her website, www.spprc.org, Campbell
and about 10 other observers scattered around the province
record UFO sightings in Saskatchewan.

The small group of devotees connect the dots, and there are
plenty of them, says Campbell.

"I think there are many people who have had UFO encounters who
do not report them because they are afraid they're going to be
called crazy. That's too bad, because the only way we're going
to get to the truth is by telling our personal stories," she
says.

While Barb and her colleagues continue to record their
experiences on the website, other Maidstone areas residents are
not so convinced that aliens and spaceships frequent their air
space.

"Never seen one, ever," says Caroline Smith, who works at the
seniors' lodge in Maidstone. "Mind you, that could because I
spend too much time working inside. I never get to look up at
the sky," she says with a laugh.

Jenna Wall is a high school student in town. She's surprised at
all the national UFO fame her community has generated.

"Not only have I never seen anything like that, I don't know
anyone else who (has)," Wall says.

Ken Reiter, administrator of the local RM of Eldon, is sitting
on the fence as far as the sightings are concerned. There was a
time when he used to think people who saw UFOs were wacko, but
after a visit to a science centre in the U.S. in the 1980s he
changed his mind.

"One display showed that there had been three documented almost
identical UFO sightings within seconds of each other, all from
places many, many miles apart. Now that makes you think," Reiter
says.


c. The StarPhoenix 2007


[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]



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