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Controversial psychic fair peaceful

Auras explored during ‘Spend a Day With Your Angels’
by Martha Quetsch
Elburn—A psychic fair on Saturday that faced opposition in Elburn was a peaceful event, according to all those involved, include protesters, participants, patrons and police.

Scott Masa of Elburn attended the event, “Spend a Day With Your Angels,” and said he found it interesting; although others, including a children’s advocacy organization, found it disturbing.

“I can see where they’re coming from, how there could be different negative energies drawn out with psychic readings,” said Masa, a Community Center volunteer.

During the event Saturday, Jo Volkening, representative of the recently formed local organization, PAK (Parents Advocating 4 Kids), was stationed with other members of the group on the parkway in front of the Community Center, 525 N. Main St. They were seated on lawn chairs, offering free bottles of water and sharing their concerns about the psychic fair with those who would listen. Although they posted signs against the event on a truck nearby, they did not picket.

“We didn’t want to be in people’s face. We didn’t want to be un-neighborly,” Volkening said. “We wanted to be kind and to be as respectful as possible while getting a message across, to maybe rethink whether this is an appropriate venue to hold psychic events, in a place where children frequent.”

She said PAK’s goal is to stimulate dialogue in the community about whether a psychic fair is what children should be exposed to.

“We want to encourage people to go to experts—our pediatricians and psychologists—and ask them if there can be detrimental effects from exposing children to adult ideas such as contacting dead spirits,” Volkening said.

A vigil at the Community Center on Friday evening, coordinated by Elburn minister Gary Augustine, focused on praying that people would not be endangered by the event the following day.

Community Center Board member Jack Hansen called the Elburn police before the event to ask how he should handle any possible disruption that day and they offered to stop by periodically.

Elburn Officer Mike Molitor said in the afternoon that the psychic fair had been quiet.

“Everything has been going just great, no problems,” Molitor said.

Inside the Community Center gymnasium, fair goers and vendors were intermingling, with people receiving toe readings, palm readings, Reiki readings and psychic readings.

One vendor, Sharon Barton of Inner Strength, said she is a chronic healer specializing in “energy work” and “negative ion technology.”

Barton started out as a massage therapist and decided she wanted to do more for people, she said.

Now, she focuses on improving clients’ auras. She removes negative emotion with magnets by moving them over a client’s body, she said.

“I do that about 10 times, that emotion is dissipated,” Barton said.

After having an accident a few years ago, she was not healing properly, and sought the services of another chronic healer, who evened out her aura, or energy field.

“An aura is multi-layered and has to be evened up. Our aura is how we connect to the divine, or our higher power,” Barton said.

During the event, members of Parents Advocating 4 Kids (PAC) including Jo Volkening sat in front of the Community Center offering free water and posting signs opposing the event.
During the event, members of Parents Advocating 4 Kids (PAC) including Jo Volkening (below) sat in front of the Community Center offering free water and posting signs opposing the event.

Another vendor was Larry Zippe, a former high school teacher at Burlington Central who now is a life coach and was trained at an institute in California.

He tries to be a catalyst for people to move forward in their lives, using his intuition to help clients identify what they want from life and what is preventing them from obtaining it.

“Then I fly them into the future away from all the stuff here, all the circumstances, the need for approval. Now they can design their future self,” Zippe said

He starts out with a two-hour discovery session, during which he helps clients discover their values by seeing what brings them joy, or makes them resonate.

“Most people have never done that. They haven’t discovered what they really want, way deep inside,” Zippe said. “I’m your possibilities coach. Many people are stuck in a perspective; I am not. I help them parade out all these perspectives so they see they have a choice. There are many paths to the top of the mountain.”

Like Barton, he said it’s all about aura.

“Staying up there, at that level, takes a lot of owning. The more freedom you have from all the traps, the more you resonate—with your aura, your electricity—the more energy you will have to follow your life’s purpose,” Zippe said.

In a booth nearby, Rebecca Sommers offered information about her paranormal investigation company called Kindred Spirits. Sommers showed visitors her carrying case of equipment she uses in her investigations for people who hire her to determine whether spirits are present in their homes.

When investigating a home, she first sees if what people believe is paranormal in the house actually is from highly charged electrical fields, she said.

“It’s important to identify that there could be a logical explanation for what they’re having happen in the home. We want to seek out all those possibilities, first,” Sommers said.

Sommers uses an electromagnetic frequency meter to find those areas. High readings have been known to make people dizzy, paranoid and as though they are being watched, she said. She uses tape recorders, cameras and infrared meters to try and find paranormal presences, but so far they have deteceted not detected any.

“I have more experiences in Ireland,” Sommers said.

In a castle dungeon in Ireland on a past trip, she felt like someone was standing behind her, making her want to do more investigating there. Sommers conducts travel tours to castles in Ireland that are believed to be haunted. In addition, she offers classes in paranormal investigation.

Main photo: A visitor to the ‘Spend a Day With Your Angels’ (above) at Elburn & Countryside Community Center on Saturday received a toe reading from Teri Freesmeyer. The psychic fair also featured tarot card readers, mediums, paranormal investigators and energy channelers.
Photos by Martha Quetsch

Path of choice

No children were present at the “Spend a Day with Your Angels” psychic fair Saturday at Elburn & Countryside Community Center during the afternoon, except a few infants with their mothers and three children who were with their father picking up their mother, fair vendor and psychic reader Diane Keys said.

Keys’ husband heard about the opposition to the event and said that people should accept that not everyone believes the same things.

“We all have our right to do what we want in life, and whatever path we choose, we choose, and if people don’t like it, they should just carry on with their lives and let other people do what they need to do,” he said.

Psychic fair faces opposition in Elburn

Others say ‘A Day With Your Angels’ OK
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Some village residents, including a minister, are disturbed about an event that will bring psychics and mediums to the Elburn & Countryside Community Center Saturday, saying its focus is dangerous.

However, Denise Vanvliet, who is organizing the event, said “A Day With Your Angels” will be entirely positive.

“No devil worship, nothing like that,” said Vanvliet, massage therapist and owner of Intuition Institute, a community center business tenant.

“A Day With Your Angels” will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Community Center, 525 N. Main St. Vendors and exhibitors will include people offering aura readings, palm readings and Reiki mini-sessions to enhance a person’s energy flow, Vanvliet said.

Gary Augustine, pastor of the Evangelical Fellowship Church in Elburn, does not want children who might be at the community center to be exposed to “the dark side of spiritism and the demonic.” He and other church representatives have gathered together for community-wide prayer meetings since hearing about the event, and they will hold one on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Community Center gymnasium to pray for protection against the dangers they believe it will present.

On Saturday, a group of parents will be at the event representing Parents Advocating 4 Kids (PAK) to suggest with signs and literature that the community center where children congregate might not be the best place for a psychic fair, just as you might not want a shark exhibit in a water slide pool for kids, Augustine said.

The children who will be at the Community Center that day include those attending martial arts and dance classes, which are held in other areas of the building, Community Center Board member Jack Hansen said.

Hansen said he does not see anything wrong with allowing the event to take place at the Community Center, since nothing the vendors and exhibitors plan to do is illegal. The Community Center will receive a rental fee for ”A Day With Your Angels” and for the prayer meeting on Friday.

“We welcome both of these kind of events. They bring people to the community center,” Hansen said.

“Day With Your Angels” also will feature clothing and handbag vendors, and Paisano’s pizza.

Community center announces open gym

The Elburn and Countryside Community Center announces open gym time for the summer.

The gym will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please check in at the office upon arrival. There is a $1 fee per person, and parents are requested to stay to observe their children.

Additionally, the center asks that interested individuals call in advance, as the gym may be rented out ahead of time.

For more information, visit www.elburncommunitycenter.org.

Elburn village notes

by Martha Quetsch

Youth baseball group wants field signs

            Elburn Baseball and Softball officials want to erect two signs at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center playing fields to promote the organization and highlight its sponsors.

            Club representative Steve Woods asked the Elburn Village Board Dec. 15 to approve the request for the signs, which he said would be about four-by-six feet in size and made of thick, corrugated plastic.

            Village trustees said before they OK the signs, they want to see a picture showing what they would look like, and have village staff draft an agreement related to the signs’ maintenance. Woods said the signs would remain in place during the organization’s season, between May 1 through Sept. 9.

Higher village property taxes won’t  increase homeowner bill

            The Elburn Village Board on Dec. 15 approved the amount it will ask the county to levy in village property taxes for 2008, $947,530.

            Trustees OK’d the proposed levy following a public hearing.

            Village officials do not expect the county to approve that amount. Last year, Elburn trustees asked the county to levy $953,502 in village property taxes for 2007; the eventual amount the county approved was $687,451.

            Each fall, the village typically asks the county for a higher levy than it can expect the county to bill in village property taxes the following May, because annual new growth for the year still is uncertain.

            Elburn’s total property value has risen an average of 16.9 percent annually since 2003. If a municipality underestimates EAV growth in its property tax levy request, it will lose the opportunity to place all of the actual new property value on the tax rolls.

            Even if the county approves a higher levy for Elburn this year, the village portion of property tax bills for 2008 likely will be lower than last year, village officials said.

            The reason is that this year, the village will finish paying off a bond it issued in the past to pay for water and sewer system improvements, resulting in a lower village property tax rate.

Commission approves wayside horns for Elburn

            Elburn is another step closer to ridding the community of train whistles, since the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the village’s wayside horn proposal Dec. 3.

            Village officials in July asked the ICC to authorize installation of the wayside horns at the First Street and the Main Street railroad crossings in Elburn as a measure to silence Union Pacific Railroad locomotive whistles in town.

            The total cost of the wayside horn project for both crossings, including engineering and consultant fees, equipment and installation, is approximately $300,000, less than other options village officials proposed in the past to meet federal safety requirements for a quiet zone.

            The village will order the wayside horn system equipment and proceed with installation when they receive it.