Paranormal group barred from Farmington cemeteries

FARMINGTON — Reactions to a recent paranormal investigation in local cemeteries has caused town officials to request that members of Central Maine Paranormal Investigators not return for a second time Saturday.

Town Manager Richard Davis, who had originally granted approval for group members to walk the cemetery, said he has received some complaints from residents about the appropriateness of the activity after stories of the investigation ran in local papers.

"I felt I needed to listen to these folks too and asked the group not to return," he said Tuesday. The group had planned a second investigation on Saturday, Sept. 4.

"We're really disappointed as we had such good results and a lot of positive feedback, but we understand the town manager's position," Stacey Farrington, director of the Central Maine Paranormal Investigators said Tuesday. "We got a lot of phone calls even from family members with people buried there who were asking if we found anything to let them know. Now they are people we won't be able to help."

After speaking with Davis, she said the group realized it wasn't so much about the group itself but some who felt activity in the cemetery was inappropriate.

"We understand that he has to take into consideration other people's feelings," she said.

The group has not had this response to performing investigations in other cemeteries.

"We're sorry that people feel that way but it's only done for research and education purposes," she added.

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ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

Tony in Wilton I'm so glad

Tony in Wilton

I'm so glad everything is going so well in Farmington that people have nothing to do but try to exercise control over their neighbors' activities. Oh wait, that's what the "new right" does, isn't it.

Freedom for me, but not for thee.

Oh well.

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This is exactly the same

This is exactly the same kind of overreaction to complaints that motivated the same town manager, last June, to ban "political activity" on town property--only that time he got enough stiff notices from respected organizations, to the effect that he was infringing on Constitutional rights, that he withdrew the ban and apologized. It seems this guy just can't resist showing off his power.

People doing psychic research in cemeteries are not doing any harm. Their beliefs about what happens to the human spirit after the death of the body are different from mine, and perhaps different from those of other people in this discussion--but this is a subject on which honest people can differ without being at all disrespectful to anyone.

I believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. I do not believe there are such things as ghosts. But the idea of ghosts has always fascinated people, and it makes good material for stories. I wrote a ghost story myself once. If I believed in ghosts, and I thought there was a ghost in a nearby cemetery who wanted to talk to me, I would go there and listen to it. Wouldn't that be the charitable thing to do?

JONATHAN ALBRECHT's picture

Completely wacko and

Completely wacko and ridiculous. Nothing can be accomplished by these investigations.
But.
Cemeteries are usual town maintained, public property. How do you bar individuals from going there and doing perfectly legal things? If its private, bar any one you like.
My mother used to love to stop at a cemetery and read the head stones and wonder about the lives that they respesented. Should she have been barred.
Seems to me that religious prejudice is the root of the complaints. If it is, then the action of the town manager was wrong.

Jon Albrecht Dixfield

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Well greatgramgrover, do you

Well greatgramgrover, do you need a hug this morning or something? These folks are far from "stupid" for one. Just because you think it's "hogwash and ridiculous" doesn't mean the rest of the world does. So much could be learned from what they are doing, and it's too bad this had to be stopped. Maybe if you did a little reading up on this "hogwash" you would understand it a little more. Now go take your nice pill this morning.

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Well greatgramgrover, do you

Well greatgramgrover, do you need a hug this morning or something? These folks are far from "stupid" for one. Just because you think it's "hogwash and ridiculous" doesn't mean the rest of the world does. So much could be learned from what they are doing, and it's too bad this had to be stopped. Maybe if you did a little reading up on this "hogwash" you would understand it a little more. Now go take your nice pill this morning.

Marjorie Grover's picture

I feel that these action are

I feel that these action are very wrong and disrespectful to our deceased loved ones. I hope they will be barred from all cemeteries in this area and other areas near here. Do your ghost hunting somewhere else you are STUPID and it is a bunch of hogwash and ridiculous.

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