, organizer, said West Virginia CUE will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Eat 'n Park in Steubenville and offer those attending a forum in which to cover everything from unidentified flying objects and ghosts to Bigfoot and other paranormal topics.
is an acronym for Center for Unexplained Events
UNEXPLAINED?EVENTS - Fred Saluga
of Weirton hopes to host a monthly forum to discuss unexplained events, such as UFOs. -- Janice Kiaski
"This is to give the community a better understanding of the paranormal community," explained Saluga, a longtime UFO investigator who has taught free classes on the subject at Eastern Gateway Community College and will have an upcoming 10-week class there in the near future.
"A lot of people have had some type of incident or experience.
They don't know who to talk to, what to say, so we are there.
You can come and talk to the people, and it's therapy, too," he
is confident there will be a good turnout for the initial meeting and subsequent ones.
A former law enforcement officer, Saluga is the state director of MUFON of West Virginia.
, an acronym for Mutual UFO Network Inc.
, is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1969 that's dedicated through its volunteers to resolving the scientific enigma known collectively as UFOs.
He also is a Western Pennsylvania section director of MUFON of Pennsylvania.
estimated that he
has investigated "a couple thousand" UFO reports since the 1970s.
said a discussion he
had in recent months was with an area resident who claimed to have had a "Mothman" sighting in West Virginia about 10 years ago.
Mothman is a legendary birdlike creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia.
was talking to me, and she
was getting goosebumps.
voice started cracking like she
was actually scared telling me what she
was telling me," he
said "shadow people" constitute another example of the paranormal.
"When you look through the side of your eyes and see a shadow, they call them shadow people.
They're actually there they say.
I don't know.
I've never seen one."
The forum is a nonjudgmental setting for people to talk about such topics, according to Saluga
"It is good to get it off your chest.
At lot of people need someone to talk to," Saluga
For information, contact Saluga
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.