Residents, CAPIRS share UFO stories, history
By Pamela Higgins
Kate Boland is familiar with strange phenomenon. Five years ago, while staying at a log cabin she owned in Kent, N.Y., she says that she received some unexpected visitors.
She awoke at 2 a.m. to find she was paralyzed and "feeling as if someone was in the room." "I remember asking myself why the dogs aren't barking," said Boland, who lives in Centerville with her husband Michael and three Shih Tzus. "They said, 'We are not human.'"
The next thing Boland knew she was being transported to a large object that looked like an upside down stadium.
"It reminded me of Shea stadium; the lights were real bright, like headlights," she said. "The closer I got the more afraid I was. I remember screaming I want to go back to earth, I like earth warts and all." She said she never realized how much she loves the planet she lives on until that moment. She found herself back in bed with her three Shih Tzus. All were still sleeping.
Boland shared her story at a recent presentation by the Cape and Islands Paranormal Research Society (CAIPRS) on UFO sightings on Cape Cod. "Roughly three million Americans have reported being abducted by aliens," said Keith Kaestner, lead investigator for CAIPRS.
Both Boland and her husband Michael are near-death survivors and attend presentations of the society occasionally. The area of Kent, N.Y. where Boland had her experience, is located in the Hudson River Valley, which is known for UFO sightings, according to the UFO evidence Web site.
Similarly, Cape Cod has areas where many UFO sightings have been reported, according to Kaestner. "There are lots of sightings in Bourne, Falmouth, Sandwich and Mashpee," he said, noting the proximity to Otis Air Force Base. "Many sightings occur in the Barnstable Harbor area, which is a flight path area for the airport."
Kaestner, a bit of a skeptic, wonders why aliens would travel millions of miles to probe us. "We are too primitive and warlike," he said.
He said society has moved toward a more open door policy towards paranormal and UFO research. "Regardless of how far fetched the story may be, this is the paranormal and the stories are not mainstream," he said. "We will believe you until we can prove it wrong."
Kaestner's presentation included a history of artifacts with UFO related themes. From ancient astronauts painted in caves around 10,000 B.C. in Val Camonica, Italy to Iraqi artifacts from 4500 B.C. with reptilian heads and the Bruges' Summer's Triumph tapestry, with its space saucers, from 1538, human history is full of references to visitors from outer space. "I hope there is more intelligent life out there," said Kate Boland, who wonders where her visitors came from. "We need it."
For more information, check out www.caiprs.org, www.massmufon.com and www.ufoevidence.org
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