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Tom Kelly, left, founder of Ghost Magnets with a Twist, and investigator Bon Klein test the sensors used to locate spirits in the Van Wyck Homestead in Fishkill. - Photo by Curtis Schmidt
By Ray Fashona
My first ghost hunt was fascinating and kind of creepy. But
whether it has changed my fundamental skepticism about the existence
of spirits among the living remains to be seen.
It started with an e-mail from Tom Kelly of Beacon who, with his wife Johnna runs a paranormal group called Ghost Magnets with a Twist. The club, whose stated goal is to seek knowledge of the afterlife, has “experience working with historic locations here in the Hudson Valley,” Kelly wrote.
Would we be interested in doing a story? With Halloween approaching, I figured it was a perfect time for a spooky tale. I asked Kelly if he would take me on a ghost hunt and he readily agreed. (I would later learn from several members of the group that spirits aren’t more active on Halloween than any other time of the year. “They aren’t aware it’s Halloween,” someone said.)
Dan Budd, owner of Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café in Red Hook, displays a tray of assorted chocolates. Budd will host a “Learn How to Taste Chocolate” event at his café to kick off Saturday’s Chocolate Festival. Photo by Curtis Schmidt
by jim donick
As the autumn descends upon us, the thought of a cup of hot
chocolate on a chilly day has much to recommend it. In truth, the
thought of chocolate in nearly any form has ever-increasing
The Village of Red Hook has just the solution all set on the calendar for Saturday, Nov. 1. On that day one of the happiest villages in the valley will turn into the chocolate center of the county, or maybe even the state. The entire village is turning out for its first-ever Chocolate Festival.
Participants running and walking in a previous Michael Archer Memorial 5K. -Courtesy photo
By Kristine Coulter
Michael Archer was a well known and well liked member of the City
of Beacon Police Department. Many members of his large extended
family are lifelong Beacon residents. Archer, who died from
esophageal cancer in 2002, will be remembered during the 3rd annual
Michael Archer Memorial 5K. The 5K will take place on Saturday, Nov.
1 at Memorial Park, off of Route 52. Funds raised by the event are
donated to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Archer’s niece Shannon Archer is organizing the event, along with Archer’s brother Kevin Archer.
“Mike was just a great guy. He would always do everything that he could for his family, his friends, his co-workers and anyone who asked anything of him,” said Kevin of his brother. “He had a great sense of humor. We are from a large family, and one of my favorite memories of Mike would be at any family gathering when there would be a gang of little grandchildren wrestling and giggling and who would be at the bottom of the pile, but Uncle Mike, being everyone’s favorite teddy bear.”
Shannon stated, “He had an incredible sense of humor; his presence is very much missed at family events and gatherings. In addition to his love of his family, Uncle Mike was a great friend and a proud Beacon Police officer.” She said her uncle, who was a lieutenant with B.P.D., loved being on the force.
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