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Ontario, DAILY STAR, 3 October 1951, page 1
Ball Report Puzzles Authorities in U.S., Canada
HOGANSBURG, N.Y. (AP) - Four northern New York residents
claimed yesterday to have seen a fantastic flying ball,
powered by a motor-driven propellor, land near St. Regis
and Hogansburg, then take off and vanish in the air over
They described the ball as a dark brown rubber or plastic
sphere about four feet in diameter, with no appendages other
than a propellor and a two-foot brass shaft. They said it
bore no markings.
Alex Lafrance, 20; Peter Phillips, 40, and Francis Arquette,
16, told police they saw it land in a field near this Canadian
border Indian reservation, bounce about three times and
stop. They said the sphere took off with a humming noise
at about 25 miles an hour.
Mrs. Angus Cook, 26, a housewife, told a reporter that she
heard a sound like a motor and saw the ball about 400 feet
up in the sky. She said it landed about 200 yards from her
Checks with the United States weather bureau and the civil
aeronautics authority appeared to dispel the possibility
that the object could have been a weather balloon.
James Mason, chief communicator at the Massena airport CAA
station, said the wind velocity at the time was three miles
an hour, hardly strong enough to whip a balloon into the
air from the ground.
In Ottawa, A. D. McLean, controller of Canadian civil aviation,
said: "I don't know of any Canadian machine that corresponds
to that description."
is all I can say."
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 6 July 1954, pages 1 & 3
Visitors at Garson
Police Scoff Women Scared
GARSON - On July 2, the planet Mars was closer to earth
than it ever has been in past. On July 2, three men, all
about 13 feet tall, with strange, hypnotic powers visited
This is the story told by a Garson Mine employee to men
at the mine First Aid station after he recovered from a
dead faint. It is also the story he related to Garson provincial
police and R.C.A.F. Radio station investigators at Falconbridge.
Ennio LaSarza, 770 Charlotte St., Sudbury, who claims he
saw the three men descend from the space ship fainted at
the First Aid station after he had been "released from
the hypnotic stare" of one of the Mars men and ran
was white as a ghost and passed out when he got to the station,"
one of the employees there said.
According to the first aid employee's story LaSarza described
the space ship as being 25 feet in diameter, had two electronic
ear-like spurs on its "head"; it had three sets
of arms with claws and six legs. The centre of the "ship"
was described as square with a telescopic projection. LaSarza
said the men were built in much the same manner.
LaSarza told fellow employees that the machine sent out
radio messages - there was some confusion as to whether
or not they actually spoke to him.
Provincial Cpl. Bill Cook said that Garson provincial police
conducted an investigation into the report, but nothing
had developed from it. First reports that LaSarza was still
hospitalized were denied with the information that he had
returned the same day to finish his shift.
Cpl. Cook said that police received the report shortly after
5:30 p.m. and investigated it. "LaSarza is in his 20's,"
Cook said, "and there didn't seem to be too much the
matter with him when we spoke to him."
Sqdn. Ldr. King at the RCAF radio station said that he conducted
an investigation into the report and "actually found
it to be fictitious. It just didn't corroborate with anything
of what it should be," he commented.
When asked what it should be, King commented that that is
One woman on Skead road said that she was actually afraid
to go outside at night since reports of what has been dubbed
"the monster" have circulated through Garson.
She asked to remain unidentified but added that she was
not the only one who held these fears.
However, reports now circulating throughout the townships
of Neelon-Garson have snowballed by leaps and bounds with
some sincerely believing that the earth was scorched where
the men had stood and limbs were broken from trees along
the path the space ship took on its trip to earth. Police,
however, claim there is no evidence to back up the reports.
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 28 August 1952, Page 3
GLOWING "SAUCER" IN FIELD TAKING OFF
WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) - A Windsor man told today of seeing
a luminous disc-shaped "object" 30 feet in diameter
in a field south of this city.
Gabriel Durocher said he was walking home about 1:30 a.m.
when he saw the object in the field. "It was sort of
blue all over and glowed like phosphorus."
He ran to within 30 feet of the object and "started
yelling at it," he said.
I saw these sparks come out of one part of the sides. They
were blue and yellow and red. The saucer started spinning
and there was a sort of blue mist formed under it and it
went straight up and away."
Four other persons said they saw "something" hovering
over that area of the city where Gabriel said he saw his
Bay, Ontario, DAILY NUGGET, 10 September 1956, Page 9
Red Flying Saucer, Irishman Claims
MONEYMORE, Northern Ireland - (AP) - An Irishman named Thomas
J. Hutchison swore to police today that he captured a flaming
red flying saucer - but it got away.
had difficulty in holding it down," he explained.
Hutchison said he was sitting at home with his wife Maud
about noon Friday, when an object dropped from a low cloud
to the only dry piece of ground in the middle of a bog 200
yards from his front door.
He and his wife sloshed across the bog and found the object
lying motionless. It was egg-shaped, about three feet high
and 18 inches in diameter.
was bright red," said Hutchison, "with two dark
red marks at the end and three dark red stripes. It had
a saucer-shaped base."
kicked it over," said the Irishman, "but it returned
to its original position."
When he got down on his hands and knees to examine the baffling
object more closely, it started to spin.
So he put a hammerlock on the saucer.
police station," said Hutchison, "was the only
place for such a wicked looking thing as this and I started
to carry it there."
But on the way to the village of Loup, Hutchison had to
get through a thick hedge.
put the saucer down for a moment." he said, "and
what do you think? It started spinning again."
Before he had time to throw himself on the queer colored
invader, it rose quickly and disappeared into the rain laden
Police at Loup called RAF station at nearby Aldergrove.
The commander said the object did not belong to the RAF.
When the police sergeant asked the air force officer for
his opinion as to what the gadget might have been, he replied.
would not even hazard a guess."
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 11 May 1957, page 1
Little Men in Grey' Frighten French Village
AMIENS, France (Reuters) - A Hungarian refugee claimed today
that he was nearly attacked by "four little men dressed
in grey" who landed in a flying saucer.
His story of the men and saucer was backed by six residents
Gendarmes investigated tracks on a road near the village
and said they found lumps of a black, lava-like substance.
Michel Sekete, 29-year-old Hungarian refugee, told police
he sighted the saucer just after midnight as he was cycling
home. He said he was "dazzled by a strange projectile,"
hid behind a telegraph pole and saw "four little men"
walking along the road.
four little men came towards me in a threatening manner,"
Sekete claimed. He climbed on his bicycle and pedalled as
fast as he could toward the local railroad station.
me in quickly," he shouted at the watchman. "A
flying saucer has landed and I am being attacked."
Six persons, including the station watchman and his wife,
said they saw the saucer and the little men. They said the
saucer was a reddish color and that after it took off it
hovered for several minutes above the village before disappearing.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 6 August 1957, page 20
Spots 'Saucer,' Footprints Nearby
GALT (CP) - A 15-year-old boy says he saw a flying saucer
hover close to the ground for 40 minutes near here.
Ted Stephenson said Friday he was about 300 yards away from
where the object touched down Tuesday in a gully four miles
northeast of Galt.
He described the craft as round, about 35 feet in diameter
and 10 or 12 feet high, and of a dull aluminum color.
Reporter Ray Frances of the Galt Reporter went with the
boy to the spot Friday. Frances said he found what appeared
to be huge footprints and a series of burned patches on
He said the several footprints were 17 or 18 inches long
and that the yard-square burned spots were scattered over
an area 20 feet across.
Ontario, STAR, 24 July 1963, page 1
Crater Shows Landing
Craft From Another Planet?
LONDON (CP) - The story of the crater in a Wiltshire farmer's
potato field is unfolding like the first chapter of H. G.
Wells' War of the Worlds.
Australian astro-physicist Robert Randall is convinced the
hole was caused by a 600-ton, 30-man flying saucer from
"somewhere in the region of Uranus," the solar
system's second most outward planet.
Army bomb disposal experts now investigating the crater
are inclined to believe it was caused by a 30-year old bomb
eight feet under the surface which recently exploded because
Flying saucer or bomb, the experts admit discovering strange
samples of crystallized carbon in the hole and the presence
of some agent that produces weird readings on their detection
Nobody paid much attention when farmer Roy Blanchard of
Charlton first reported the hole more than two weeks ago.
"Just another meteor," was the general comment.
Then Blanchard's neighbor reported that a nearby cow of
his was suffering from an unusual skin disease. The cow
he said, was flaking as if it had been exposed to immense
heat or radiation.
Dr. Randall decided to investigate and formed the theory
that a space craft made an emergency landing bounced across
three fields and then righted itself.
The forced landing with its tripod suction feet caused the
10-foot wide crater, he announced, and a 50-foot circle
of flattened barley in another field was evidence of the
this was following a definite pattern," he said, "there
were similar authenticated landings in Australia in 1954
and 1955 and in France in 1957 and 1958."
He believes the spacecraft would take about two years to
complete the journey from Uranus and thinks the visit is
peaceful and exploratory.
Ontario, STAR, 29 April 1964, page 1
Flying Object Prompts Probe by Expert
SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) - An astronomer from the Dearborn Observatory
at Northwestern University was here today to examine the
secluded hill where a Socorro policeman reported seeing
a mysterious, egg-shaped flying object.
Dr. J. Allen Hynek was sent to New Mexico after a rash of
reports that unidentified flying objects had been seen in
Policeman Lonnie Zamora said the object he saw Friday was
brilliant white. He said there was a red marking on it like
an upside down V with three lines across the top, through
the middle and at the bottom. He said that from a distance
there appeared to be two figures in white coveralls outside
the object. It flew off with a roar when he approached,
Since Zamora's experience at least six reports have been
made to authorities including one from a youth who said
he fired several shots at something about 100 feet in the
air near Moriarty.
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 30 April 1966, Page 1
Reported By Glowing Object
An unidentified flying object shaped "like a 10-gallon
hat" was reported over oil tanks on Shannon Road, Friday
night, by a 15-year-old girl.
Darlene Wagner, a Mount St. Joseph student, was alone in
her home at 640 Shannon Road when she heard her German Shepherd
dog barking outside. Thinking someone was coming in, she
went to the window and saw the object slowly descending
to the top of an oil tank across the road.
According to Darlene, the object was shaped like a hat.
The crown of the "hat" glowed red and the rim,
blue. There were blue and white flashing lights at each
edge of the brim.
flew really low," Darlene said, "never any higher
than the oil tank". She said the object was in sight
only "about a minute".
Calling a friend, Darlene was met with scepticism and decided
not to report what she had seen until she talked to her
City police said this morning, they had received no reports
of the sighting.
Darlene, today, was emphatic in saying that the object was
"definitely not lightning or an airplane".
Ontario, STAR, 3 May 1966, page 12
Girl Sees UFO Land, Leave
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. (CP) - A 15-year-old girl says she
saw an unidentified flying object shaped like a "ten-gallon
hat" land and take off again near her home.
Darlene Wagner, 15, said she saw the object about 10:20
p.m. descend to the top of an oil storage tank, and then
take off about one minute later.
A reporter investigated but found no evidence of a landing.
Police said there were no other reports of unidentified
Ste. Marie, Ontario, DAILY STAR, 24 May 1967, Page 7
Mechanic Claims Space Visit
WINNIPEG (CP) - Steve Michalak, a 50-year-old mechanic,
insisted Tuesday he saw two strange objects drop from the
sky and that he can "still feel a sort of foul smell
coming from inside me" when he recalls the incident.
Mr. Michalak claims he saw the objects last Saturday near
Falcon Lake, a resort area 75 miles east of here. One of
lost 12 pounds in the last two days and I've been laughed
at, but I thought it was my duty to report what I had seen,"
he said at his home.
The objects were described as being about 35 feet long,
eight feet high, with a three-foot protrusion on top. While
they bore a surface resemblance to stainless steel, they
gave off a glaring red light.
His son, Mark, 19, said that when the craft took off, his
father received burns on his chest. The burns resemble a
pattern, similar to a checker board. "One square has
a number of dots in it while the next one is bare,"
the son said.
The father said he saw a door open on the craft, emitting
a brilliant violet color. There were noises of air hissing
and what sounded like human voices.
When the object took off, it disappeared on the horizon
within a minute.
examined the spot where the craft had settled down and I
couldn't see any prints that might have been left by legs
of any kind. All I saw was a bare spot, circular in shape,
with all the leaves and grass removed by the heat, I presume."
Ontario, STAR, 15 November 1968, page 7
Claims Government Holding Report
WINNIPEG (CP) - Stephen Michalak has suggested that government
fears of causing "national panic" are behind refusals
to release official findings on his 1967 claim of seeing
and touching an unidentified flying object.
In an illustrated, 40-page pamphlet he had published after
what he called his "ordeal," Mr. Michalak, 52,
said he believes that results of the inquiries would "never
be made public."
for the government, it is possible that they are afraid
that they will cause national panic if they reveal all they
know, but it seems to me that they should say something
definite," he wrote.
Barry Mather, NDP MP for Surrey, asked Wednesday in the
Commons for the tabling of RCMP, air force, welfare department,
geological survey and National Research Council reports
on the incident.
In his pamphlet, Mr. Michalak, 52, gives an account of what
members of various teams told him when they accompanied
him to where he said a strange craft landed May 20, 1967,
in the Falcon Lake area 80 miles east of Winnipeg.
He said he pieced together what members of various official
teams said had caused his burns and ill health following
official said my shirt and body was burned by ultrasonic
waves, while another feels that it was a thermal reaction
caused by a blast of hot air under pressure," he wrote.
have said that radiation found at the scene was a product
of nuclear fission, like that emitted from an atomic reactor."
Mr. Michalak, an amateur prospector, said he spotted two
cigar-shaped objects shortly after noon while working a
bush area near the resort centre. One hovered and the other
landed. The airborne object flew away a few seconds later.
After he overcame his initial fear, he said, he thought
he heard sounds similar to someone speaking English and
concluded the craft was a United States vehicle. He said
he called out but received no reply.
Mr. Michalak says he touched the craft, which he described
as about 40 feet in diameter, and burned his glove, stuck
his head inside a hatch and saw a profusion of flashing
The hatch closed and he was burned as the craft took off.
Investigators later found a circular area where the craft
landed, he said. Vegetation in the immediate vicinity had
died. His burned shirt and glove also were found.
Ontario, STAR, 23 May 1969, page 1
Farmer Says Saucers Landed Near Town
CHAPEAU, Que. (CP) - Flying saucers have landed near this
town 100 miles north of Ottawa, according to a local farmer.
Leo-Paul Chaput, 54, says "we were sitting in the kitchen
'round the back when we saw this big white light that lit
up the field. It was just like day."
Chaput's wife and eight children agree. Strange machines
have visited their 10-acre farm several times.
Three large circles of apparently singed or matted grass
are Chaput's evidence. The circles, each 27 feet in diameter
with a perimeter about one foot wide, look as if an object
with legs inside landed on the grass:
Two small singed trees, growing inside one of the circles,
are being analysed by the Ontario lands and forests department
to identify the possible origins of the burns.
Ontario, STAR, 13 April 1974, page 3
sphere baffles U.S. navy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The United States Navy says it
is mystified by a metal sphere found by a family here.
certainly something odd about it," CPO Chris Berninger
said after initial attempts at identifying the 25-pound
object that the Antoine Betz family says appeared outside
their home here recently.
(In the picture above, 12-year-old Wayne Betz wonders if
the sphere is some kind of bugging device.)
going to use a more powerful machine on it and also run
spectograph tests to determine what metal it's made of,"
The family said the ball moves strangely, apparently of
its own volition, and throbs as though a motor were running
The sphere, slightly smaller than a bowling ball, appears
to be made of stainless steel.
Ontario, STAR, 11 September 1974, page 30
think saucer sighting is hoax
LANGENBURG, Sask. (CP) - RCMP Constable Ron Morier says
he doesn't think a district farmer is trying to pull a hoax
with his claim of seeing saucer-shaped objects hovering
about a foot over a slough near his rapeseed field six miles
north of here.
Edwin Fuhr, 36, claims five stainless steel objects stayed
for 15 minutes before leaving. He says there were depressions
in the foot-high grass about 11 feet in diameter where they
Constable Morier visited the farm Monday in this community
120 miles northeast of Regina.
took me out to where they'd seen these things in the grass,"
he said. "I saw the rings."
was there and I doubt it was a hoax. There's no indication
anything had been wheeled in or out and Mr. Fuhr seemed
Constable Morier took photographs and measurements and sent
his information to the National Research Council in Ottawa.
farmers are afraid to work their fields," the constable
said. "At least that's what I hear on coffee row."
Mr. Fuhr says he got down from his swather and moved to
within 15 feet of the objects.
of a sudden I noticed the grass was moving . . . turning
near this thing. I just watched it for about two minutes
and then noticed that the whole thing was turning."
backed up slow. I wasn't going to turn my back on the thing.
When I got back to the swather, I noticed there were another
four to the left of me, all revolving. I just froze on the
seat and didn't move."
was terrified. I froze. I couldn't do anything."
Ontario, STAR, 9 October 1975, page 1
visitor from circular ship
Almost runs over a 'space creature'
BRACEBRIDGE, Ont. (CP) - Robert Suffern of Three Mile Lake
says a spaceship landed about 13 miles northwest of here
Tuesday night and he almost ran over one of its occupants
with his car.
Mr. Suffern said Wednesday the ship was about 12 to 14 feet
across, nine feet high, and circular in shape.
Mr. Suffern said he found the ship while driving around
to investigate "a glow in the sky" seen by his
sister, who lives nearby and telephoned him to say she thought
his barn might be on fire.
He said that a few seconds after he saw it, the ship lifted
straight up from the road in front of the car.
Mr. Suffern said that, on returning home, he had to slam
on his brakes to avoid hitting "some sort of creature."
The creature, he said, was the height of the car fender
and dressed in silver. It had two legs, two arms, a globe-shaped
helmet and walked "sort of like a midget."
The creature turned, took three or four steps, vaulted over
a fence and disappeared.
Mr. Suffern said he raced back to his house and arrived
in time to see the spaceship hover near his home before
crossing the lake.
Mr. Suffern said he was badly shaken by the incident.
all right to think what you would do if you came face to
face with a situation like this," he said, "but
when it actually happens, you are scared because you are
dealing with the unknown."
mean what do you do if they come to the door . . . offer
them a beer?"
Bracebridge is about 30 miles north of Orillia, in the Muskoka
Ontario, STAR, 12 June 1976, page 1
ground displaced by landing gear
Suspect UFO landed near Belleville
COOPER, Ont. (CP) - A Toronto organization says evidence
collected by its researchers indicates that one or more
unknown, unconventional, aircraft are present in the area
of this community about 35 miles north of Belleville.
Neptune Research, a private group that investigates unidentified
flying objects, sent researchers last weekend to the farm
of Reginald Trotter, who reported that three large pieces
of earth had been mysteriously displaced in a field sometime
during the last week of April.
Harry Tokarz, co-ordinator of the research group, said members
of the group found three large triangle-shaped holes in
the field. Soil had been pulled from the depressions to
a depth of eight inches and placed neatly about 20 feet
away, he said.
Mr. Tokarz suggested the earth was displaced by a disc-shaped
object at least 75 feet in diameter.
He said his group assumes some type of heavy aerial craft,
possibly fitted with a tripod form of landing gear, moved
the chunks of earth as it attempted to land on an angle
in the field.
Mr. Tokarz said rock and soil samples have been recovered
from the field and have been submitted for analysis. The
group sends its samples to private laboratories because
it is conducting private investigations, he said.
A spokesman for the Ontario Provincial Police at nearby
Madoc said CFB Trenton asked an OPP officer to take photographs
and measurements at the Trotter farm.
A spokesman at the military base said earlier this week
that the OPP report was forwarded to the Meteorite Observation
Centre of the National Research Council in Ottawa where
the information will be filed for reference purposes.
Mr. Tokarz said investigators will remain in the Cooper
area until early next week to record information and do
research on other reported sightings of UFOs in the area.
Bay, Ontario, NUGGET, 10 October 1989, Page 1
news agency reports UFO landing
MOSCOW (AP) - The official Soviet news agency Tass said
Monday that scientists have confirmed the landing in Russia
of an alien spaceship carrying giant people with tiny heads.
The report was the latest strange tale in the official Soviet
media, which under the policy of glasnost, or openness,
have recently told of other sightings of unidentified flying
objects and alien creatures.
have confirmed that an unidentified flying object recently
landed in a park in the Russian city of Voronezh,"
Tass said in a dispatch from the city, some 480 kilometres
southeast of Moscow.
have also identified the landing site and found traces of
aliens who made a short promenade about the park."
Tass said Voronezh residents saw a large shining ball or
disk hovering over the park. They reported that the UFO
landed and up to three creatures similar to humans emerged,
accompanied by a small robot, Tass said.
aliens were three or even four metres tall, but with very
small heads," the news agency quoted witnesses as saying.
"They walked near the ball or disc and then disappeared
The report was similar to a story last summer in the daily
newspaper Socialist Industry, which told of a purported
"close encounter" between a milkmaid and an alien
in central Russia's Perm region.
Ontario, STAR, 12 October 1989, page 21
aliens visit Soviets
MOSCOW (AP) - A three-eyed alien with a robot sidekick landed
by UFO and made a boy vanish by zapping him with a pistol,
a Soviet newspaper reported this week, in a second day of
strange tales in the state-run news media.
But as the story unfolded from the city of Voronezh, a scientist
who had been quoted in support of the initial report raised
believe all you hear from Tass," Genrikh Silanov, head
of the Voronezh Geophysical Laboratory, cautioned in a telephone
The staid official news agency told the world Monday that
scientists had confirmed that an alien spaceship carrying
giant people with tiny heads had touched down in Voronezh,
a city of 800,000 about 500 kilometres southeast of Moscow.
As many as three aliens four metres tall left the spacecraft,
described as a large shining ball, and walked in the park
with a small robot, Tass reported. A Tass duty officer stood
by the story.
Monday's report spawned rumors in Moscow, including one
that the aliens told Voronezh residents the Earth would
be destroyed by 2000 if people didn't stop polluting it.
Nonetheless, a Communist party paper whose beat is culture
was the only major national daily to print anything about
the UFO on Tuesday. Sovietskaya Kultura said its coverage
was motivated by "the golden rule of journalism: the
reader must know everything."
It quoted witnesses as saying the UFO flew into Voronezh
on Sept. 27. At 6:30 p.m., it said, boys playing soccer
saw a pink glow in the sky, then saw a deep red ball about
three metres in diameter. The ball circled, vanished, then
reappeared and hovered, it said.
A crowd rushed to the site, Sovietskaya Kultura said, and
through an open hatch saw a "three-eyed alien"
about three metres tall, clad in silvery overalls and bronze-colored
boots, and wearing a disc on his chest.
The newspaper, quoting witnesses, gave this account:
The UFO landed. Two creatures, one apparently a robot, exited.
A boy screamed with fear, but when the alien gazed at him,
with eyes shining, he fell silent, unable to move. Onlookers
screamed, and the UFO and the creature disappeared.
About five minutes later, they reappeared. The alien had
a tube about 50 centimetres long, which he pointed at an
unidentified 16-year-old, making him disappear. The alien
went inside the sphere, which took off. At the same time,
the youth reappeared.
and eyewitnesses of the abnormal phenomenon have been questioned
by police workers and journalists," wrote Sovietskaya
Kultura's Voronezh correspondent, E. Efremov.
are no discrepancies in the description of the sphere itself,
or the actions of the aliens. Moreover, all the children
who became witnesses to this event are still afraid, even
Silanov, meanwhile, disputed the Tass report quoting him
as saying the aliens left behind two rocks of an unknown
type. "The rock they described as extraterrestrial
is in fact a piece of iron oxide which could easily have
originated on Earth," Silanov said.
A Tass editor said two reporters have been sent from Moscow
to Voronezh to check on the report filed by the local Tass
correspondent, a "very serious" journalist.
Ontario, STAR, 6 November 1989, page 12
circles found on farms
ARGYLE, Man. (CP) - There's a mystery on Ray Crawford's
land and stumped investigators say anything from bizarre
weather phenomena to visitors from outer space could have
put it there.
Sometime in the last year, an almost perfect circle was
gouged out of a remote patch of the elderly cattle farmer's
property, about 30 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on the
edge of the rock-strewn scrub and bush that comprises the
region between Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg.
There is no sign that anything human had a hand in its creation.
I first saw it, I thought 'Is that all there is?,'"
recalls weekly newspaper reporter Sheila Morrison, asked
by Crawford to check out his odd discovery.
the more you look at it, the more you think how it got there.
It becomes very puzzling."
Crawford's ring is not unique.
Unexplained circles have been found elsewhere in rural Manitoba.
One was accompanied by what looked like the marks of a large
tripod, said Ed Barker, an investigator with the Winnipeg
Planetarium's Centre for UFO Studies. It's the only organization
of its kind in Canada.
Similar circles have also been discovered in Manitoba and
throughout England and one physicist believes they may be
caused by strange weather.
In his book, The Circle Effect and its mysteries, British
physicist Terrence Meaden theorizes they're caused by spinning
balls of air highly charged with electricity, which plunge
downward, leaving a uniform mark.
are still mysterious - nobody has come up with a really
good explanation that covers them all," Barker said.
Crawford's sons found the ring in the midst of a field of
naturally growing hay, 16 kilometres along dirt and gravel
roads from their Hereford cattle farm.
It didn't exist last year and there were no tracks leading
don't know if it's man-made or what it is," said a
puzzled Crawford, standing in the kitchen of his farm house.
"If it's man-made, they must have gone to a lot of
trouble to fool someone."
Barker, who has no scientific credentials and writes scripts
at the planetarium for shows on astronomy, said the ring
was too trampled by the time he saw it to draw any firm
So it could be anything from a weather oddity to a landing
pad for aliens.
Overlapping rings of swirled grain have been found just
south of Riding Mountain National Park in western Manitoba
and a 24-metre circle of dehydrated grain, with three tripod-like
impressions in the ground, was discovered in an otherwise
healthy field near Halbstadt, Man., on the Canada-U.S. border.
Another Manitoba farmer found a near-perfect circle close
to a barbed-wire fence, which had been partially melted
by an intense heat.
In England, more than 600 mysterious circles have been discovered
Nothing unusual was spotted in the sky near the latest Manitoba
But people in Winnipeg and Langenburg, Sask., have sighted
several strange flying objects lately and some are convinced
they were spacecraft.
What does Crawford think of the idea his field is an alien
guess it's possible," he suggested with a slightly
bemused smile. "I wouldn't say it's not right. How
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great deal of excitement was generated in the community
of Galt, Ontario, Canada, in July 1957, when a group of
frightened teenagers came within inches of a "spaceship."
Stephens, a very trustworthy young man, according to his
parents and teachers, said the party of five had accidentally
stumbled upon the object, complete with portholes, as it
rested on two ball-shaped "landing gears" in a
field outside town.
proof of the incident came after an analysis was made of
the scorched earth discovered on the spot. Paul Hartman,
a writer for the Galt Reporter, says the change in soil
composition at the site was incredible. Topsoil dug up from
the landing area glowed in the dark. Also, when grain samples
from the burned patch were studied under a microscope, it
was found that they were healthier and sturdier than the
samples taken from elsewhere in the field. Finally, the
insects there had undergone a certain instability and peculiarity
in character. Ants, where the saucer had touched down, were
larger and stronger-looking than their counterparts in untouched
areas. The ant hills themselves, according to Hartman, were
much higher than usual and a spider which had accidentally
found its way into a jar containing soil from the Galt UFO
landing site, had grown to about 10 times the normal size
for this particular species.
clippings courtesy of The Sault Star, The Timmins Daily
Press, The Kirkland Lake Northern Daily News, The North
Bay Nugget and The Sudbury Star.