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Mitchell Cemetery & Media Attention

This post deals with 2 events. First off, I was giving permission to photography a cemetery that is on the property of a Dublin, Ohio business. This required several emails and coordinating with their PR & security staff. Due to the requirements placed on me, I am not allowed to mention the business, the exact location of the site, or show any pictures that depict their building (which was kind of hard and I was not able to post several of my favorite photos from the shoot).

Mitchell Cemetery

The second piece of of news is that when I visited Salem Cemetery on 10/20/2007, I had the chance to meet with a news paper reporter for The Times Leader. Here is a link to scans of the actual article. I really wish I could have found a copy of it online. This is the first media attention the website has received, so I am pretty excited.

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Agudas Achim Cemetery

I had visited this cemetery last spring and sorta lost the pictures in the shuffle. This is a very cool little Jewish cemetery with lots of intresting stones. It is located basically at the corner of Alum Creek Drive & Integrity Drive in Columbus, Ohio. When I first went there, I drove past the entrance and had to turn around. I would highly suggest not pulling into the cemetery as there is no where to park/turn around.

Feel free to check out my gallery of the cemetery. I hope to have HTML pages written by the end of this weekend.

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Outing with Egypt Valley Paranormal Investigations

I met up with the folks from Egypt Valley Paranormal Investigations (I’ve mentioned them in the previous post). We met at Salem Cemetery, and I got some new pics. Click here to see them. I had a great time meeting the folks, and talking to a news paper reporter from the Times Leader.

The news paper article should appear on Sunday, Oct 28th. I’m waiting to see if myself or the website are mentioned. Wish me luck. I will post any information that relates to the site from the article here.

I also stopped by another cemetery off of SR-147 in Tacoma (near Barnsville, Ohio). I’m working on finding the name for the cemetery. For the time being, I am just calling it the unknown cemetery on 147. Click here to see the pics.

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Cool website I found

I found the following site while searching around on the internet today. I’ve already contacted the the site and find they are really cool. I look forward to possibly meeting with this group and doing some exploring. Feel free to check out their site:
Egypt Valley Paranormal Investigations

I’ve also done some minor maintenance to the site (mainly fixing broken pictures and spelling errors). This year has been a drag, because I’ve got some personal things going on and have not had a chance to do much exploring. I still hope to go out once or twice before it gets cold.

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Contact Script

I found out today that my contact script had died. For anyone that has sent me a message and I never replied, I am sorry. I never got it. I did spend the morning working on a new scripting package. The new package should be a lot more secure, but should look very similar to the old script.

Being as the same script had been running on all 3 of my sites, I will be triple posting this entry.

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Potter's Field (Toledo)

Sunday morning after going to a ham festival (yes, in my personal life I am an amateur radio operator). Myself and some friends were driving back, and wanted to ride past the new E. L. Bowsher High School they are building. As we rode past it, there was a comment about an old cemetery behind the building site.

It was decided to stop and look around, and I took the chance to snap some pics. These pics are from my cellphone, so they are crappy.

Ron, (one of the people I was with) said he thought he had some older photograph’s of the cemetery from somewhere between the 70’s & the 90’s. If I can get my hands on those pictures, I plan to scan them and get them into the gallery.

Click here for a link to the gallery.

Also, upon further research of the area, across the road (now University of Toledo property) sat an insane asylum and/or a TB hospital. There was also a cemetery there that has long since been moved. If that didn’t make this area cool, there is a small creek near there that was a spur off of the Erie canel, and was used to move stuff to the docks in Maumee, Ohio (or so I have been told). I look foward to researching and exploring this area in the future.

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Union Cemetery HTML

This is a quick note that I have written HTML for the Union Cemetery gallery entry. Click here to view the webpage on the domain for this exploration.

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Union Cemetery

Last weekend (5/12) I visited Union Cemetery (off of Olentangy Road). The cemetery is in 2 parts about 1/4 of a mile apart on oppsite sides of the road. I visited the older part. I kind of expected afew more older graves, but overall I was impressed. I’ve not had a chance to write any HTML, but I do have the pictures up in my gallery.

In addition to this, I have some pictures from Pisgah Cemetery (at the intersection of 204 & 256). I need to get those pictures resized and uploaded. I hope to have that done this week.

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Photo Gallery

This post is a dual post both in my personal site blog and the Midwest Lost blog.

You might notice that the site photo gallery looks a bit different. Lately I created a new personal photo gallery. After creating it, I moved all of my personal stuff over from the Midwest Lost gallery and reorganized it to reflect it’s new position as gallery for only Midwest Lost gallery.

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Near Tragedy

This morning I was doing some house cleaning on my hosting account. I have 2 domains, and was just organizing folders and files to make it easier to find what I want to specifically manage. Anyways, after moving the folder that houses the blog, the blog quit working.

I tried reinstalling and new installations, and everything. Finally I found a note on a website to remove a line of code from a config file and that fixed it. But I had lost my configuration with all of my posts and information. I almost cried.

Luckly, I realized in my stumbling to fix the problem, I had changed the config where it calls the database information in the database that holds the blog info. After modifying the config one final time, I managed to recover my blog and restore it to pre house cleaning.

There are several morals to this story. Read the documentation before trying to fix a problem. Sometimes the fix is in front of your eyes and you can save yourself alot of misery.

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