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A ghost hunting we will go at Heritage Junction

Posted: August 23, 2008 8:31 p.m.
Updated: October 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.
A rare opportunity awaits the fearless and the stout of heart of the Santa Clarita Valley Saturday when the SCV Historical Society and the American Paranormal Research Association host a ghost hunting party at Heritage Junction Park in New-hall.

“Over the past few years we’ve fielded a lot of questions asking if the buildings at Heritage Junction Park are haunted,” said Pat Saletore, executive director of the SCV Historical Society. “Our standard response has been to be a little evasive and change the subject as soon as possible. Psychics say this and that, you have to make your own conclusions about that and move on.”

Saletore, who often works by herself in the offices of the SCV Historical Society within the old Saugus Train Station, said she occasionally experiences “strange” things.

“I sometimes tell stories that I have heard or experienced, but mostly we have tried to avoid the subject,” she said. “I hear things all the time that I chalk up to spending time in old buildings, my imagination or whatever. Every now and then, though, I find myself walking out to the main entrance calling ‘Hello?  Is someone there?’ — when there isn’t anyone there.”

A few months ago Saletore said the Historical Society was contacted by the American Paranormal Research Association, based in Bakersfield.

“Up to this time, we have had little in the way of scientific investigation into our buildings paranormal possibilities,” she said. “We invited the group to come and check our site out for unseen visitors. It turned out that they actually found things.”

What kind of things? 

“They found primarily EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena, or recordings that are not heard by investigators but recorded on electronic media like tape recorders or digital recorders) and audio recordings that were actually experienced by investigators,” Saletore said. “The really spooky thing is that some of them supported the stories we have been told by psychics who have been invited to visit.”

In addition to the voices, other evidence captured by investigators includes videos of unexplained images.

On Saturday, guests will be able to experience a real “ghost hunt” with experienced paranormal investigators.

Each $185 ticket will allow a guest to enjoy:
n A discussion about ghost hunting procedures and equipment
n Catered dinner
n Ghost hunting sessions in three buildings at Heritage Junction
n A midnight snack
n Sleepover in the Saugus Train Station’s freight room
n DVD of evidence captured after review by APRA sent to each participant

The cost of this experience will be $185 per person, payable in advance, restricted to a maximum of 16 people. Participants will be advised about what to bring and specifics via phone after registration. To register, call Pat Saletore (661) 254-1275.


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