Paranormal Expo to take over rec center

PLATTSBURGH - The Northern New York Paranormal Research Society and the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department are doing it again.

The two organizations are bringing back the Northern New York Paranormal Expo next Saturday, Oct. 16, to the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center. The event, now in its second year, was in high demand from visitors to the inaugural event last October, said NNYPRS founder and president Merrill McKee.

"Our goal was to get about 500 people there last year, but we surpassed that with about 900," said McKee. "I was ecstatic. I was very happy with the response."

This year's expo will feature many of the same kinds of vendors as last year, said McKee, offering books about hauntings, new age products, tarot cards and other items that pique interest of those interested in the paranormal. The expo will once again feature guest speakers from across the region and the Northeast, said McKee. Among the speakers will be David Pitkin of Saratoga Springs, an author of numerous books on hauntings in New York and throughout New England; Vermont author and radio commentator Joe Citro, and Dan Lowenski, a speaker at last year's expo.

"Last year, Dan discussed UFOs. This year, he's presenting a talk called 'The Ark of the Covenant: Movies, Mystery and Myth,'" said McKee. "He's done a lot of research on the ark and its representation in movies. He's even built a life-size replica of the ark."

The NNYPRS investigation team will also be on-hand to discuss the investigation process, which McKee said people found "very interesting" at last year's expo.

"People always want to know more about the equipment the NNYPRS uses," said McKee. "So, some of our team will be talking about that, what we use it for and the equipment our tech guys have even created."

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