Beth Quinn writes in the Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record that UFO activity has not slowed down in Pine Bush, New York. The cabin where Whitley Strieber had the “Communion experience” is less than twenty miles away. After 911, a National Guard reservist who was helping with the clean up at the World Trade Center took some photographs. When he got them developed, he noticed dozens of round, blue, semi-opaque spots in the pictures. He showed the photos to his friend Jim Smith, who explained that they were Tesla globes, which can’t be seen with the naked eye but can be captured on film, and are associated with UFO activity. Smith says, “My friend figured there was something wrong with the film, but I knew what they were right away.”

“You mean to tell me you’ve seen these things before?” his friend asked.”Of course,” Smith said. “All the time. After all, I’m from Pine Bush.” Pine Bush is considered to be the UFO capital of the Northeast.

“It’s just part of our lives,” says Sue Wiand, who lives in the area. “I hear stories of sightings all the time standing in line at the grocery store.”

Susan Mann says her husband has had experiences since he was 3 years old. “His most recent encounter happened when he was driving home from work. He got out at midnight, so it was late. His whole car was suddenly enveloped in angel hair ? stuff that’s like white Christmas tree icicles. It’s associated with lots of people’s encounters?The next thing he recalls was lying on a table with two beings nearby. They were speaking in their own language, but John could understand them. One said, ‘He’ll be able to do it.’ The other one said, ‘No, he’s too angry.’ And then John was in his car again. The angel hair had dissipated. He could drive again.”

John DiTuro says, “I was taken when I was 11, but I had been seeing them most of my life. When I was taken, there were bright lights, a table. They’d get close and I couldn’t move away from them. One held up a needle and I could see it glistening. He jabbed it into my head behind my ear. I blacked out. When they returned me, they put me back in bed wrong. My feet were on the pillow. I guess they didn’t know the difference?There are different kinds, different sizes of beings. The most common are the ‘grays’ ? they’re small, 3- to 4-feet tall. There are also the ‘Nordics’ ? beings with large blue eyes and fine blond hair. It’s not OK for them to be doing this.”

Jim Smith says, “I’ve seen so many of the beings, I know exactly how they move. They’re different sizes, different shapes, but when you see them so much, you know they’re not of this earth. Not long ago, I saw this figure ? about 6 foot 6 and dressed all in black ? standing beneath the traffic light in Pine Bush?When she moved, it wasn’t like walking?In Pine Bush, you see things you don’t expect.”

Whitley and Anne remember Pine Bush as being about as typical as a small town in the U.S. can be, unlike the nearby artist’s colony of Woodstock. But in our experience, the visitors mostly come to “ordinary” people, for some reason. (Note: The Communion Letters will start being shipped next week!)

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