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Dear Ghostvillagers,

Here at the Ghostvillage world headquarters, it’s back-to-school season. That got me thinking… why do so many schools and colleges have haunted reputations? Sure, some are marred by tragedy, and it’s never a surprise when ghosts follow a tragedy. But others don’t have that back story, yet there are still claims of a haunt.

One aspect of the ghost experience that can’t be understated is the bonding that happens when one person shares a ghost story with another. If it’s a personal account, then the bond is all the larger. When you share an experience you had that you can’t explain, what you’re really saying to the person you’re talking to is, “I trust you.” By sharing the experience you believe that you won’t be ridiculed for what you interpreted as a real encounter.

During our formative school years, these bonds are critical. Children, teens, and young adults are always trying to make sense of the world they live in, and it should be no surprise that ghosts are part of the questions they’re asking.

Whether it be strange sounds, a psychic experience in the school yard, or some other quirky phenomenon, young people spend many hours a week at school and sometimes they see things in hallways and classrooms. Plus, all of the bustling energy of youth and adolescence, and you have a recipe for stories. Whether something paranormal is behind those stories is a matter of opinion.

So this month we’re going to dive deeper into the haunted school yard. If you have your own story to share, be sure to join the discussion in our message board of the month.

Also, is actively seeking contributors. We’re especially looking for news, features, and interviews. Please email us if you’re interested in contributing!

Back to school also means the busy Halloween season has begun. This month I’m finishing up the filming of my next New England Legends episode for PBS, and my event schedule is already jam-packed. I’m still adding more fall dates, but I have plenty going on in the next three months. Be sure to come by and see my new lectures!

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below!

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
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Riding the Haunted Rails of Edaville Railroad

In the deepest, darkest woods of Carver, Massachusetts, lies a park unlike any other--known for daytime fun and nighttime fright.

Ellis D. Atwood laid the groundwork for Edaville Railroad back in 1946, when he began purchasing two-foot gauge rails that were being unused in Maine and shipping them to his 1800-acre cranberry plantation in Carver. He used them to run a 5 1/2 mile track around his bogs, initially to transport cranberries but he soon began moving people around with them as well...and within a few years, the Edaville (named after his initials, E.D.A.) Railroad family fun park was born.

But long before Atwood began plucking cranberries from the grounds, the Native Americans knew there was a strange power over this land. Many of their spirits still roam the Edaville bogs and swamplands, and their spectral fires are often reported from those riding the Edaville train...

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Events Scheduled:

Riding the Haunted Rails of Edaville Railroad - Carver, Massachusetts - August 30, 2014
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Merrimack Public Library - Merrimack, New Hampshire - September 10, 2014 7:00PM
Fantomfest - San Antonio, Texas - September 27-28, 2014
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Wilmington Memorial Library - Wilmington, Massachusetts - October 2, 2014 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the East Bridgewater Public Library - East Bridgewater, Massachusetts - October 6, 2014 6:00PM
Legend Tripping with Jeff Belanger at the Jonathan Bourne Public Library - Bourne, Massachusetts - October 8, 2014 7:00PM
Paracon 2014 Shooting Star Casino - Mahnomen, Minnesota - October 10-11, 2014
Weird Massachusetts with Jeff Belanger - Turner Free Library - Randolph, Massachusetts - October 14, 2014 6:30PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Hudson Public Library - Hudson, Massachusetts - October 15, 2014 6:30PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Hudson Historical Society - Hudson, New Hampshire - October 16, 2014 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Uxbridge Free Public Library - Uxbridge, Massachusetts - October 20, 2014 6:30PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Peterborough Town Library - Peterborough, New Hampshire - October 21, 2014 6:00PM
Ouija: The Most Dangerous Game...or Family Fun? An Evening with Robert Murch and Jeff Belanger - Salem, Massachusetts - October 22, 2014 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Haverhill Public Library - Haverhill, Massachusetts - October 23, 2014 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - North Adams Public Library - North Adams, Massachusetts - October 28, 2014 6:30PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at SUNY Genesee Community College - Batavia, New York - November 7, 2014 7:30PM
Old Mill ParaFest - Dundee, Michigan - November 8, 2014
The Afterlife Paranormal Conference and Film Festival - Chicago, Illinois - November 21-23, 2014
Paranormal Disney World Trip - Orlando, Florida - September 11-13, 2015
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