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'i 50 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 - ~ONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013 Cape Gazette Delmarva Historic Haunts hosts Paranorma110l By Ryan Mavity ryanm@capegazette.com HAV~Nq~ HAD ~NY GL~.~iST!~ ~N THe, HOUSL [~UT 160 OUT TO Innkeeper Inez Conover says WALH, THE 065 gAC/( bOOt S A F. they arrived before she did, and OP :N AN % g DS they've never left. Most visitors to Bewitched - CHEF PATRICK RICHARDSON and Bedazzled Bed and Break- fast in Rehoboth Beach stay in BEWITCHED AND BEDAZZLED BED AND BREAKFAST rooms straight out of the TV there at the age of 13. Eleanor Jeff Brown said the weekend show "Bewitched" or glamor- was the daughter of Captain featured a course where inexpe- ous Hollywood movies featuring Charles Sigsbee, skipper of the rienced guests could learn about Humphrey Bogart and BetteUSS Maine, which was sunk in paranorma] investigations be- Davis. Havana, touching off the Span- fore conducting one. Brown said But the bed and breakfastish-American War in 1898.about half of the 10 to 12 people also has some long-term guests: Conover said Eleanor's ghost who participated - not everyone ghosts, was first seen on Aug. 3.stayed both days - had prior Conover said as soon as she Aquilla Harris, a staffmember, experience with a paranormal took over the bed and breakfast was doing laundry and saw a investigation. more than a decade ago, she be- little girl standing in the hallway After an inaugural visit in gan hearing the stories, behind her. Conover said Harris November, Brown said this "I had staff literally run out of was so spooked she ran out ofthe investigation yielded similar the building next door a couple house, where Conover had her results, with responses to ques- times, scared to death. Men, not describe what she saw. tions with noise and hits on women," she said. Harris wrote everything down, the investigators' electromag- Conover said ghost encounters even drawing a detailed picture netic field meters. Brown said were first limited to furniture be- of what she saw, noting Eleanor's paranormal beings will give off ing moved around, or a bed that dull complexion and dusty black electromagnetic energy that can was perfectly made one minute shoes, be picked up by the meters. looking like someone had slept "She saw a full apparition,, The investigation also includ- in it the next. Conover said. ed digital audio recordings and Chef Patrick Richardson said, Ghost sightings at Bewitched videotape, both of which Brown "In this house, there's been sev- and Bedazzled have become so said are being reviewed. eral occasions when we haven't common that Conover leaves Conover said paranormal in- had any guests in the house, but I books in each room for guests vestigators have identified four go out to walk the dogs and when to describe what they have seen. children who haunt the houses. we come back the doors are open And that doesn't include other and the beds are messed up. Paranorma1101 paranormal phenomena that she Like someone has been playing The weekend of Feb. 9 sawhas seen over the years, such as around on them." Delmarva Historic Haunts host glass tables being flipped upside The newest ghost is that of its Paranormal 101, a special down, things moving around Eleanor Sigsbee, who was stay- event in which members of the or disappearing and even what ing in the building and died public participate. Investigator seemed like a party going on ;U "!N THIS HOUSL THIII S IEN IEVILI=~{ OCCASIONS WHEN WI RYAN MAVITY PHOTO BEWITCHED AND BEDAZZLED Chef Patrick Richardson says paranormal activity has taken place in the Darren room. Investigators say they have have found evidence of ghosts at the Rehoboth Beach bed and breakfast. downstairs, of my bed. I wouldn't sleep on "I had no sleep. It was like that side of the bed anymore. party central," she said. "You Totally changed my habits for could smell cigarettes, you could life," she said. smell pipes and you could smell Bewitched and Bedazzled is liquor." one of several sites in the Cape She said after two or three Region that Delmarva Historic weeks, she sat in the living room Haunts has investigated. Lewes and said, "OK, guys here's the Historical Society and the Cape story: You guys can party all you May-Lewes Ferry terminal are want, just keep it down, and no among other places that have running up and down the stairs!" been investigated, as well as New She said ghosts are not in all Castle Historical Society and the the rooms, and guests who know Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation about the ghosts before checking in Media, Pa. in can request rooms where no For more information on Del- activity has occurred, marva Historic Haunts, visit Conover said she believed in www.delmarvahistorichaunts. ghosts before owning the bed com. For more information on and breakfast, having had en- Bewitched and Bedazzled, call counters before. 226-3900 or visit www.rehoboth- "In my own home, I saw this bandb.com. guy walk up and sit on the side yes, I saw it the other day. The first sign of spring that was reliable, some- thing I could count on to make my day. We are all looking for that hope of saying hello sun- shine, goodbye winter, as soon as possible. Sure, we have the old-fash- ioned way of looking for that nod. It used to be that red, red robin, scurrying across the still-brown lawn looking for that ripe worm. Or you could just make out the buds on the daffodils peeking through with of the changing seasons - rot- here is get to your nearest home ees that sounds like two dol- their hint of yellow. You could ting wood. That's right, when improvement center and buy phins mating. It's a dead give- go even more traditional by the snow and rain clear the a bunch of tools and duct tape, away. Anyway, once you arrive following the calendar or that area, you will notice your whole since the only repair item you home, you will need to assess weird groundhog in Pennsyl- house may be missing shingles, probably have in your home is a the damage and make a reason- vania. But scientists agree this gutters, antennas and actually set of tweezers. It's not impor- able plan tofix whatever has is far more accurate. I saw the some rooms. Weather will do tant to be specific; any tools will been eaten away by our ecosys- first sign of spring cross in that; it will strip your belong- do. In fact, I would purchase tem or vegan-type insects that front of me on the sidewalk in ings bare. one of those giant kits that is have set up temporary sales Rehoboth; it was a man wearing "K WAS A MAN WEAR N( capable of repairing a stealth offices. Spread out your tools tight short shorts, over blinding bomber. You never know. The so the neighbors think you are milk-white legs and thick black T 6HT SHO :T $HO T5, important point is to look like hard at work. Then as a safety knee socks encased in sandals. OVE g NDiN6 ;% ILH, WHiTE you know what you are talking measure, I would duct tape the Honest! Now you can't get about when you check out at entire house; large craters in the more precise than that. I would k 6S AND THICK BLACk, the loading dock. middle of the living room are so have taken a photo for docu- S.OC 5; ENCASED IN I would name drop a few unattractive. mentation, but it was snowing a 5 NDAkS items like socket wrenches, an You can always Google a little too much to bring him into eighth of an inch and the really repair man; they usually are focus. Sure, anyone can wear One minute you are chatting big one, Tim Allen from "Home pretty reasonable. Of course, shorts in warm temperatures, with your neighbor, leaning Improvement." That ought to that's after they stop rolling but at this time of year and with against the side of your house quiet down the people in line. around on the ground and hold- those China-white legs, it was and the next minute you are You have to be careful around ing their sides from laughter unmistakable, lying amidst molecules of saw- salespeople in these stores; if that just doesn't seem to stop. And just to confirm my suspi- dust, spitting out splinters of they even suspect you are an Or, the heck with it, just go cion that spring was around the wood and picking them out of amateur there will be calls over with the milk-white legs and corner, I was in my back yard your ha lr, the PA system, which is a secret black socks; it's a happier sign, when I noticed my second sign The thing you have to do language to other store employ- believe me.