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Auburn to host New England Ghost Conference

By Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal

AUBURN, Maine — There will be some demon talk. Some how-to. Some ghosts-we-have-known.

For the paranormally intrigued, there’s the new New England Ghost Conference.

Scheduled for Oct. 29 at the Fireside Inn on Washington Street, it’s drawing speakers from all over New England.

Eddita Felt, a psychic and medium from Lisbon, will offer a spooky but practical guide: “Symptoms of the Haunted House or Business.”

Ian Murphy, founder of the Paranormal Research Association of Ireland, now investigates out of Boston. His theme: “Science in the Paranormal.”

A second Massachusetts guest, Jim LaValley, founder of North Shore Paranormal Investigations, describes himself as a “demonologist-in-training.”

For those after more than talk, the conference includes an out-in-the-field ghost hunt at night.

Stacey Farrington, director of Central Maine Paranormal Investigations, the conference host, said the idea had been kicked around for years. It has been in the works since January. The space has capacity for just over 200 people.

She’ll open the conference at 10 a.m. in the lecture room. A second room will be set up for vendors, psychic readings and other ghost-hunter groups.

“There’s people speaking on technical things, people speaking on not-so-technical things, different areas of the paranormal,” Farrington said. “I feel like we have a good mix.”

Lisa Severy, a mystic and empath from Buckfield, said she’ll share stories from her own cases and from her All Walks Under The Moon paranormal team.

One favorite case involved a woman who asked for help finding her missing granddaughter.

“I said, ‘Don’t say anything more,’” Severy said. “It’s such a frustrating thing in the work that I do. There’s a lot of skepticism. If no one says anything, then there is no question, and that’s important.”

Severy saw two girls. A town that started with a W. Something about a predator.

“[The grandmother] called me the next day,” Severy said. The 14-year-old friends had met a man online. They were found in a town that started with W. She was thrilled to hear that it ended well.

Felt, the Lisbon psychic, said symptoms help distinguish between true hauntings, plausible explanations (maybe lights flicker because wiring is loose or circuits overloaded) and free-ranging entities.

“You can have spirits around you without being in a haunted house or a haunted business,” Felt said. Think a loved one trying to get in touch.

She and her team investigated a Maine optician’s office after complaints that staff felt uncomfortable, heard noises and didn’t like the basement.

“This was a very complex case,” Felt said. “There were spirits in the building that were earthbound that needed to be redirected. There was also an issue with the electricity and one of the employees brought her grandmother, in spirit, to work.”

Central Maine Paranormal Investigations hopes to make the conference an annual event, Farrington said.

The New England Ghost Conference runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. A nighttime investigation starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday; $35 for adults, $15 for children under 18.

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