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COLTON – Mary T. Lajoie has more than 30 years of experience investigating what she believes are the north country’s paranormal happenings.

Ms. Lajoie will make an appearance Thursday at the Colton Town Hall, 94 Main St., to discuss the paranormal and answer questions.

Ms. Lajoie is an old hand at talking about ghosts and leading haunted tours.

The first time she was ever clued into the “world of ghosts” Ms. Lajoie said she was 12, living in Ogdensburg and home alone.

“My dad had passed when I was 10,” she said.

Her mom and sister had gone to the grocery store, and Ms. Lajoie was taking care of some food in the kitchen.

“I came back into the living room and I looked over at this couch where my dad used to sit. Sitting in that ash tray was a cigar burning,” said Ms. Lajoie.

Naturally she ran out of the house and then, when she came back inside, “The cigar was gone.”

Following this encounter with what she believes to be a ghost, Ms. Lajoie embarked on a lifetime mission to track down ghosts.

Her resume includes tracking down ghosts at Clarkson University and the Ogdensburg Library.

Melanie Brown, the clerk at the Ogdensburg Public Library, said she hasn’t felt anything at the library that leads her to believe it’s haunted.

That’s not to say she doesn’t believe in ghosts.

Ms. Brown has conducted her own paranormal investigations in Ogdensburg and Potsdam and has felt lots of things that suggest to her that ghosts exist.

“A town that is as old as this one and has as interesting a past – there is definitely a possibility,” she said, speaking of Ogdensburg.

But the Ogdensburg Library is on the route of a paranormal tour Ms. Lajoie offers.

“The library does know they are haunted,” said Ms. Lajoie.

Ms. Brown’s reservations aside she said ghosts are often invoked to explain things at the library.

Ms. Lajoie’s Colton appearance runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Town Hall.

“I’ve been a paranormal investigator for over 30 years, way before it was something cool to do,” she said, adding that she usually turns down requests to do an investigation unless there is particularly compelling evidence.

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