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September 27, 2009

Paranormal Expo coming to Plattsburgh

Group investigates UFO claims, haunted houses

To go

Admission to the expo is $6 for adults and $4 for City Recreation Center gym members, students with college ID and senior citizens. Children 12 and under are free. Attendees who bring a non-perishable food item will receive a $1 admission discount.

To purchase tickets or for vendor info, visit the Northern New York Paranormal Expo Web site,

PLATTSBURGH — Since founding the Northern New York Paranormal Research Society in 2001, Merrill McKee has looked for ways to present the paranormal world to the public in a fun and educational manner.

McKee will have the opportunity to do just that on Oct. 24 when the organization teams up with the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department to host the first Northern New York Paranormal Expo at the City Recreation Center.

"It's something I've wanted to do for years," he said. "We are gearing it toward the family fun aspect, and the parents might learn something new."

Based in Malone

The president of the Malone-based organization, McKee leads a team of investigators that has grown to about 20 members since its inception. The team investigates claims of paranormal activity, such as haunted homes and UFO sightings, occurring as far away as Albany and throughout the Champlain Valley and Northern New York regions.

McKee hopes that the expo, at the very least, will inspire participants to open their minds to some of the possibilities of paranormal activity.

"There are a lot of people who have experienced something that they can't explain, from the simple feeling of déjà vu to seeing a spirit in their house," McKee said. "The paranormal research that we do covers a gigantic realm of activity. A lot of people will place us as ghost hunters. But the research that my team does is much more than that. So many people have experienced something they cannot explain, and most of these people are normal, rational people."

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