Meath Hill had a
crop circle; Area residents recall strange
News - Wednesday, July 25, 2007 @ 07:00
Croft believes something unusual happened one night on
top of Meath Hill.
He's just not sure if it was
an unidentified flying object that burned a crop circle
into a farmer's field or something else.
were a lot of questions about it," says the retired AECL
employee reflecting on that day back in the mid-1970's
when he stopped at the side of Highway 17 to see the odd
phenomenon. "I never saw anything like that before in my
Stepping out of his 1972 Plymouth
Fury, he walked over and saw a 14-foot scorched ring in
the near distance. There were three men digging at the
site. They wouldn't tell Mr. Croft what they were doing.
The ground in the middle of the ring had been flattened.
He noticed boulders resting to the sides of the circle.
With the 60th anniversary of an alleged 1947 UFO
crash at Roswell, New Mexico being observed this month,
several area residents have found themselves recalling
similarly strange happenings here.
"I said to myself
'this must have been a small flying saucer'," Mr. Croft
says, looking at a black and white photo he took of the
Pembroke resident Isabel Hudson may have
been one of the few to see the thing that landed on
Sitting on the front porch of her
Cecilia Street home, she looked up into the night sky
and saw a shimmering, reddish ball of light. The light
gradually descended in a southwesterly direction.
"It was something coming down," said Ms. Hudson,
noting that the light vibrated unlike any aircraft she
had ever seen before. "There were things going on that
just didn't look right."
The morning after
sighting the UFO, Ms. Hudson went down to the Meath Hill
crop circle where a large crowd of sightseers had
gathered. The area was cordoned off with mine tape. She
recalls the farmer who owned the property saying
"Somebody's playing a dirty trick on me."
Croft adds that at the time, a federal Agriculture
Department official released a statement saying the
circle was a result of a fungus growth that was
destroying the field's grass.
One theory to
explain crop circles is that pranksters have used
state-of-the-art equipment to create them. However, Mr.
Croft believes the circle couldn't have been fabricated,
as he noticed the fence bordering the field was intact
and there were no tie tracks leading to the site. Ms.
Hudson has no doubt that a flying object caused the
"I still think it was something that
came down from the sky," she said.
the first crop circle in the area. Three rings appeared
in a farmer's field in Pontiac County in 1969. The
circles showed up after several people in Chapeau
reported sightings of a UFO.
UFO sightings are
on the rise this year in Ontario, according to HBCC UFO
Research, a non-profit organization based in British
Columbia that tracks UFO phenomena across Canada. The
organization reports there have been 106 sightings in
the province so far in 2007. People are claiming to have
seen triangles, disks and formations of light. According
to the organization's website, the last sighting of a
UFO in the Ottawa Valley was near Renfrew in April.
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