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    10A • April 1, 2016 • Seaside Signal • seasidesignal.com
Ghostly gathering comes to Seaside
Occult fans bring
conference to Seaside
By Eve Marx
For Seaside Signal
You don’t have to be a be-
liever in spooks and spirits
to enjoy the Oregon Ghost
Conference, coming to the
Seaside Civic and Convention
Center April 1-3.
7he event, noZ in its ¿fth
year, got its start in Oregon
City, but grew so large, its or-
ganizer, Rocky Smith, had to
secure a bigger venue.
It didn’t hurt that Seaside
had a rich occult history.
Seaside, Smith allowed, is
known to be haunted.
“For the past year I’ve been
researching Seaside,” he said.
“There are a couple of places
people talk about being haunt-
ed. I had to weed through the
old stories to ¿nd out what’s
accurate. After talking to vari-
ous business owners and com-
ing back here for research a
few times, I’ve learned some
new ghostly stories.”
There’s a strong connec-
tion between Oregon City and
Seaside, through the industri-
alist and larger-than-life char-
acter Ben Holladay, Smith
said.
Smith is a local historian
and paranormal investigator,
featured on local radio and
television. In 2006 he com-
bined his love of history and
knowledge of the paranormal
founding Northwest Ghost
Tours offering paranormal
tours in Oregon City and Port-
land.
“Oregon City has a lot of
the Oregon Trail and it was
the ¿rst capital in the state of
Oregon,” Smith said. “I grew
up there learning the local his-
tory; I worked at the local mu-
seums, which were in historic
houses.”
Smith worked at Ermating-
er House, built by Francis Er-
matinger in 1845, the oldest
house in Clackamas County.
“I believe the City of Portland
was named there,” Smith said.
Numerous stories are as-
sociated with that house, he
said. One is about a little girl
who loved ribbons. Her spir-
JOHN DUDLEY/SEASIDE SIGNAL
An injured male bald eagle looks forlorn and droopy on a
small log after a fight with another eagle Friday, March 18,
in Gearhart.
SUBMITTED PHOTO/SEASIDE SIGNAL
Vendors at the 2015 Oregon Ghost Conference.
it is believed to still be in the
house. People visiting ¿nd lit-
tle pieces of ribbon hidden in
various places.
Smith leads ghost tours in
Oregon City, which he has
been doing for about 15 years.
Through his involvement,
he met different paranormal
groups and took part in sever-
al events around the Portland
area, smaller conferences and
conventions.
“This tour started in 2012
and I did it for four years in
Oregon City,” he said. “I re-
ally didn’t want to move it.
Then the Seaside Convention
Center approached me, asking
if we’d like to move our con-
vention to Seaside. So this is
our new home.”
General admission is $5,
which affords access to the
vendor area and all confer-
ence speakers and panel pre-
sentations throughout the
weekend.
Conference speakers will
delve into the scienti¿c study
of paranormal phenomenon;
past lives; what it’s like to live
in a haunted house, and more.
Celebrated speakers from pre-
vious conferences include Jay
Verburg from the SyFy show,
“Ghost Mine,” animal com-
municator Karen Anderson;
Aaron Collins of “Paranor-
mal Crossings,” and Nicole
Strickland from the San Diego
Paranormal Research Society.
Eagle dies
after attack by
mating rival
Despite efforts, rescuers
can’t save injured bird
By Lyra Fontaine
and R.J. Marx
Seaside Signal
SUBMITTED PHOTO
Conference Director Rocky Smith leads a ghost tour.
Ghost hunters
The 2016 Oregon Ghost Conference, presented by
PartyLite by Tina Ford, is the Northwest’s largest para-
normal convention. Featuring guest speakers, authors,
and paranormal investigators from throughout the
West, special events include ghost tours, main stage
entertainment, paranormal investigations, classes,
live radio shows, social events, and more. For more
information about the conference, visit oregonghost-
conference.com.
A bald eagle injured in a
¿ght with another eagle did
not survive the weekend.
The ¿ght, possibly over
a mate, took place at Gear-
hart’s Necanicum Estuary
Friday morning, March 18.
“Sadly, the eagle didn’t
make it through his ¿rst
night with us,” Josh Saran-
paa, director of the Wildlife
Center of the North Coast
said Saturday. At about
11:30 a.m. Friday, Gearhart
resident John Dudley was
washing the windows of
his Little Beach home when
neighbor Brian Fennerty
called out, “Are you watch-
ing this?”
Dudley, a photographer,
followed Fennerty toward
the shore where two adult
eagles were brawling. “One
was attacking the other on
the ground,” Dudley said.
The ¿ght began in the
shallow water of the chan-
nel, he said. The injured ea-
gle attempted to ¿nd safety
on the sand, but the attack
continued. When Fennerty
and Dudley approached,
the attacking bird “peeled
off and left the other one,”
Dudley said. The injured
eagle “really looked in bad
shape.”
Through binoculars and
the long lens of his camera,
Dudley could see the injured
eagle sitting on the sand.
Its wings were listless and
hanging on his side and his
head was down.
“He was in bad shape,”
Dudley said. “He looked
dirty, waterlogged and
bloody.” Fennerty called the
Wildlife Center of the North
Coast. Josh Saranpaa, the
center’s director, headed to
Gearhart.
In the intervening time,
Dudley
and
Fennerty
screened the injured eagle
from gawkers and dogs.
“In the space of an hour,
the eagle did seem to recov-
er,” Dudley said. “It started
walking up toward the bank,
and then it took a few short
Àights, so we could tell that
the wings were apparently
all right.” A necropsy per-
formed on the eagle by Sa-
ranpaa and veterinarian Lisa
Lewis of Bayshore Animal
Hospital in Warrenton was
inconclusive.
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