RSS Feed
Most Popular Article
Posted on Friday, October 21 - 2005

"Sharon Helfrich never thought the stories she'd heard about unexplained occurrences at the Andrew Bayne Memorial Library in Bellevue were anything more than the product of some fertile imaginations. But then she took over as the library's director in 1998. "People talked about it being ..."

Sharon Helfrich never thought the stories she'd heard about unexplained occurrences at the Andrew Bayne Memorial Library in Bellevue were anything more than the product of some fertile imaginations. But then she took over as the library's director in 1998. "People talked about it being haunted, but I just thought, 'Right, it's a big old Victorian house, so people automatically think it must have spirits living in it,'" said Helfrich, 45. "But then I saw some pretty strange things happening." The numerous accounts of lights and ceiling fans turning on and off automatically, numbers appearing randomly on computer screens, fleeting shadows moving through the halls androoms and the gauzy image of a woman dressed in Victorian era clothing appearing caught the attention of writer Jeff Belanger, who devoted a chapter about the library in his new book "The World's Most Haunted Places." The library is in a three-story house built on 4 acres in 1875 and bequeathed to the borough for use as a park and library by its owner, Amanda Bayne Balph, who died in 1912.

A portrait of Bayne hangs above one of the library's marble fireplaces. In her will, Balph stipulated that no trees be removed from the property. But in 1998, Dutch elm disease claimed the "Lone Sentinel," a more than 300-year-old tree on the estate that was recognized in 1983 as the largest American elm in the state by the Pennsylvania Big Tree Committee. Many believe the tree's removal markedthe start of increased paranormal activity in the library -- possibly the result of Bayne's displeasure at losing the tree. Helfrich's most recent "encounter" -- and among the most startling -- occurred during the past several weeks. "We had workers cleaning in here after the library was closed and after they were done they called me at home at about 11 p.m. to come in and reset the burglar alarm," said Helfrich. "But when I tried to open the door to the basement, The knob wouldn't turn at all. That was pretty strange since there is no lock on that door. There was no reason for me not to be able to open it. I remember saying out loud, 'Come on, Amanda, it's late and I want to go home, stop playing games.'" When Helfrich arrived at the library the next morning,s...

To continue please sign in with your Hotsposz ID... If you are new to Hotspotsz you can register a new ID .

Articles similar to "Ghostly happenings haunt library"

Is Highway Sheila for real?

Recently, a number of people have claimed to have seen ghostly Highway Sheila in the Chatsworth area, which she is said to haunt. Legend has it she is a restless spirit who is often seen by motorists in the middle of the road signalling them to stop. One tale has it that a man stopped to give Highway Sheila a lift one chilly night and lent her his leather jacket. When he dropped her off, he forgot his jacket.The next day, when hereturned to her home to pick it up, the woman who answered the door...

Ghost photographed in Romania

A hotel in Romania has become a local attraction after a photograph of a ghost was published by newspapers and television. The ghost of a tall woman in a long white dress reportedly watches the hallways and staircases of the Decebal hotel, in the Baile Herculane mountain spa.The 150-year-old hotel isbelieved to hide ancient Roman treasure under its foundations and the ghost is said by locals to keep treasure hunters away. The hotel has been closed for renovations for five years but people who ha...

Angry Ghost Caught On TV?

Televisions crews, psychics and paranormal investigators have been flocking to a store in Gloucester, England, that seems to have video proof of the existence of ghosts.After finding the store a mess one morning staff at Poundstretcher on Eastgate Street examined CCTV footage of the night before. What shocked them was the sight of a ghostly figure of a Victorian woman pushing a whole pallet ofgoods to the ground.A bit of research shows that the shop stands on the site of an old Theat...

Ghostly figure photographed on Yorkshire moors

THIS ghostly figure was snapped by a holidaymaker on the moors of North Yorkshire — and experts reckon the eerie photo is GENUINE. Unsuspecting Colin Foster, 34, aimed his new digital camera at the winter scenery during a trip earlier this year. He didn’t spot anything unusual until he returned home from his backpacking tour and began checking the photos he had taken. Colin said: “My girlfriend and I were looking through them when she grabbed my hand and said, ‘Stop’. “She insisted I z...

The South Shields Poltergeist

Danny Penman: Marc and Marianne undressed themselves and quickly slipped under the duvet. Although the heating had been on for many hours, it was unusually cold in their normally snug bedroom. Soon they hoped to be as warm as toast and drifting off to sleep after a hard day looking after their boisterous three-year-old son Robert. Seconds later, Marianne was hit on the head by their son’s toy dog. She sat bolt upright in bed with a bemused look in her eyes. The cuddly toy was clearly aimed at he...

Phantom Call in Iraq

(A true story posted by a reader of Paranormal Phenomena at I am a soldier in the US Army and was recently deployed to the Iraqi desert with a medical unit in support of OIF. We were in the middle of nowhere in these abandoned buildings, and several people have experienced "strange phenomena" while we were there, but this is my experience. One night while I was on guard duty, our duty phone rang. My battle buddy and I assumed it was an emergency and someone was hurt,...

Ghost-hunting skeptics

When Carol Copeland started renovating her World War II-era Stockton home a year ago, things started to happen that were unexplainable, she said. At first, when she came home to find an empty shelf ripped out of her bedroom wall, she blamed it on faulty carpentry. When she heard the sound of footsteps and her name being called aloud, she brushed it off. But when she watched as a shot glass collection flew off a shelf in her living room, she said, there was no denying it anymore. “I always said I...

Shadow people, poltergeists or demons ?

A man details his terrifying experiences with the unexplained during the 1980"s in Toronto, Canada."My experiences took place in the early 80"s in Toronto, Canada, and just like the fellow writing of his experiences on your site, mine also took placein a very old house. The house then was at least 75 yrs old and has since been razed to the ground and a brand new structure built in its place.When my family moved in there we...

Have scientists found proof of ghosts ?

New research in to the acoustics of paranormal sounds may prove that they are neither natural nor human in origin.Conducted by Dr. Barrie Colvin the research is to be published in the respected Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. He found that the properties of sounds thought to be of paranormal origin such as raps, bumps and other noises are fundametally different in their acoustic properties to the type of sounds we otherwise encounter in ourdaily lives. These startling co...

Something strange in the neighborhood? Call ghost hunters

A sliver of a moon illuminates gravestones and a motley group treading slowly over fresh-cut grass. It has been several hours since the search began. Suddenly, the thermal gauge, held in the palm of one member's hand, registers a steady temperature drop: from 67, to 54, then 42 -- and finally to 34 degrees. "It's colder here," the member reports. Just then, the lights on the electromagnetic field detector begin flashing, drawing the group deeper into the grounds. The gr...

  See more similar Articles...

Your Feed back is always appreciated. Send us your views and ideas to help make even better.
Your Feed back is always appreciated. Send us your views and ideas to help make even better.
Your Feed back is always appreciated. Send us your views and ideas to help make even better.

Foldersz is an internal bookmarking system where you can save and organise Hotspotsz content (including this article) into a Folder of your own for later reference.
[ Create a new folder ]
Paranormal Category List (A-Z)

All our articles are sorted under categories and topics, making it easier to cross reference different subjects. Below are all the different categories the articles are sorted under alphabetically.

 Africas Mysteries
 Afterlife & Rebirth
 Alien Abduction
 Alien Encounters
 Ancient Astronauts
 Ancient Egypt
 Ancient Technology
 Animal World
 Area 51
 Atlantis & Lemuria
 Bermuda Triangle
 Biblical Mysteries
 Big foot \ Yeti
 Conspiracy Theories
 Crop Circles
 Crystal Skulls
 Cult Religions
 Easter Island
 European Mythology
 Fairies & Elves
 Forbidden Knowledge
 Fountain of Youth
 Ghosts World Wide
 Giants & Nephilim
 Greek Mythology
 Haunted Places
 Hell & Underworld
 Hindu Culture
 Hitler & WWII
 Hollow Earth
 Holy Grail
 Human Enigmas
 Human Mind
 Jinxes & Curses
 Lake & Sea Monsters
 Living Dinosaurs
 Magical Symbols
 Mayans & Incas
 Men In Black (MIB)
 Mysteries of Mars
 Mysteries of Moon
 Mysterious East
 Mysterious Sri Lanka
 Mythical Creatures
 Mythological Ages
 Myths & Facts
 Native Americans
 Natures Mysteries
 Nazca Lines
 Norse Mythology
 Pagan Culture
 People & Profiles
 Planet X - Niburu
 Polar Shift
 Rare Cryptoids
 Roswell Incident
 Space & Astronomy
 Strange America
 Sumerian Mythology
 The Supernatural
 The Thunderbird
 The Unexplained
 UFO Sightings
 Urban Legends
 Voodoo & Shamanism
 Weird Science
 Witchcraft & Occult
 Year 2012

About Paranormal Phenomena.  Archive of Paranormal Unexplained-mysteries of paranormal.  Yahoo Paranormal Phenomena.  Paranormal Phenomena from wikipedia.  Paranormal Phenomena.  Google Paranormal Phenomena.  ODP Paranormal Phenomena.