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UFO conference moving to Unity Township

| Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
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People will discuss the mysteries of the heavens and the earth at the Bishop Connare Center in Unity next month, but not in a traditional way.

On Nov. 4, the center will host the 10th annual Pittsburgh-area conference for the Mutual UFO Network of Pennsylvania, an organization that tracks and investigates reports of Unidentified Flying Objects, said Fred Saluga, state director for Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Though MUFON PA is sponsoring the conference, guest speakers will cover other paranormal topics like cryptozoology and hauntings. A note on MUFON's webpage notes that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg is not endorsing the event by renting space at the center.

Scheduled speakers include:

• Travis Walton, a logger whose alleged 1975 UFO abduction in Arizona was the basis for the 1993 movie “Fire in the Sky.”

• Temple University history professor David M. Jacobs, whose research includes interviewing alleged UFO abductees.

• British journalist and former Ministry of Defence UFO investigator Nick Pope.

• Bigfoot chaser David Paulides.

• New Florence-based newspaper columnist and author Ed Kelemen, whose work has focused on local history and hauntings.

• Fred Saluga, state director, investigator and lecturer on UFOs, conspiracy theories and cryptozoology.

Tickets are available at the door or at mufonpa.com.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or on Twitter @msantoni.

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