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is a town located in Northeastern Ontario, approximately
390 kilometres (242.0 miles) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Ontario, STAR, 1 March 1916, page 1
FOLKS SEE AEROPLANE?
SECOND MESSAGE TO THIS EFFECT IN PAST
TWO WEEKS RECEIVED IN SUDBURY LAST MONDAY NIGHT - THIS TIME
the second time in the past ten days or two weeks Sudbury
authorities have been advised from eastern points to be
on the lookout for an aeroplane. Singularly both advices
have been received at night. While the council was in session
Monday night the local manager of the Bell Telephone Co.
called up the council chamber to state that reliable persons
in Warren had just communicated to him that an aeroplane
had passed over Warren in the direction of Sudbury and was
apparently following the C.P.R. right of way as a guide
line. Mr. Henderson advised The Star that so far as Warren
people were concerned the communication was serious.
About a week ago the operator at the C.P.R. - C.N.R. diamond
east of Coniston tried to reach Sudbury by phone with a
similar message but was unable to get through on the line.
He raised Garson Mine, who in turn raised Coniston and the
message was transmitted in this manner to Sudbury. He was
equally positive an aeroplane was in the vicinity.
This is as much as Sudbury folks have seen or heard of the
alleged night visitor in these parts, and the question is
where does it come from and where does it go to? Last summer,
local wags created considerable excitement and speculation
by casting up toy balloons, which certainly make an imposing
sight while they last. They rise to a considerable height,
are illuminated, and of course, travel with the air currents.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 2 June 1948, page 3
MODEL OF FLYING SAUCER CLAIMED SEEN AT MISSINABI
A brand new style of "flying saucer" is reported
from the Missinabi area, where four men saw an unusual object
in the sky on Saturday. Unlike the saucers that were so
popular last summer, this object was long and very narrow
and had an added feature - it emitted a heavy drumming noise.
Here is what one of the men , T. Van Scoy, of the Ontario
Department of Lands and Forests, has to say about it:
morning at approximately 8:15 o'clock, two fire rangers
and myself heard a heavy drumming noise, which seemed to
stop and start. Dave Souliere, a ranger who was coming to
work by canoe, yelled to us to come down to the lake and
then showed us this object in the air."
looked like a short strip of very narrow cloud at about
12,000 to 15,000 feet above us. It seemed to be moving about
200 miles an hour and was shaped more or less like an arrow
with light exhaust fumes coming from it."
The rangers who saw the strange object in the sky are experienced
woodsmen not likely to fooled by natural things that fly.
That what they saw was not a cloud they are certain, as
the object was moving to the northeast, against both wind
What they saw is as unexplained as last year's saucers.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 4 February 1950, page 16
FLASH, FLYING FRAGMENTS IN SKY, SAYS CARTIER RAILROADER
A tale of seeing an exploding star at Cartier was told The
Sudbury Daily Star today by C. Paquette, 74 Beech St., who
works as a yardman for the C.P.R. at Cartier. He and two
other workers in the Cartier yards saw the unusual sight
at 2:04 a.m. Thursday, an hour when most people are not
looking at the skies. Even if they were looking up in Sudbury,
they would not likely have seen the explosion because of
city lights, suggests Paquette.
was a slightly foggy night and we couldn't see the stars,
but the moon was good and bright," Paquette said. "All
of a sudden, there was a flash as bright as lightning that
showed on the ground and then bright fragments flew out
in all directions. It was just like a bursting skyrocket."
had to be looking up at the time to see it, for the whole
thing was over in a few moments," he said. "The
star exploded and that was that."
Paquette is certain of the exact time for, as a railroader,
his first impulse when anything happens is to look at his
watch and note the time. That was his reaction when he saw
the exploding star, which appeared in the northwest section
of the sky.
To back up his story, Paquette has Foreman Eddie Poirier
and Yardman Jack Blanchard, who were working in the Cartier
yards at the time. Both live in Cartier.
both saw the same thing I did and commented on it when we
got together afterwards," Paquette said. "It's
a lot easier to see things in the sky in the country than
it is in Sudbury where there is a glow from the street lights
and flashes from streetcars and from Inco."
been working outside all my life and I have never seen anything
like the exploding star."
There is no possibility that the trio mistook an unusually
bright falling star for the explosion, Paquette says, for
he sees the more common falling stars every night. He recalled
that about five years ago, the Cartier yardmen had an excellent
view of a meteor that flashed across the sky and was seen
in most parts of Northern Ontario.
meteor was exciting and it lasted longer, but I have never
seen anything more startling than the exploding star,"
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 19 April 1950, page 20
SAUCERS MAKE 3RD "RAID" TIMMINS SAYS
Timmins, April 19 (CP) - Newspaper telephones buzzed here
as residents reported the third "raid" of flying
saucers on this Northern Ontario community since April 1.
Described as "the size of a house" and flying
at about 700 feet, four Timmins residents reported the phenomena
within an hour after it was seen at 9 p.m.
One of the witnesses said that the "saucer" first
appeared on the sky alone, then darted away to return with
another similar object.
Both appeared as blobs of light against the clouds. The
"raid" lasted about 15 minutes.
On April 7, scores of Timmins residents reported seeing
a "ball of flame" which they thought was a saucer.
About a week before that, four lumber workers saw what they
said was a saucer flying in broad daylight, north of the
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 8 November 1951, page 13
Saucers Or Bingo Cards - Who Knows?
(Special to The Sudbury Daily Star)
ESPANOLA - Those weird happenings in the skies are with
At least one other person besides the two motorists en route
to Sudbury saw the strange phenomenon in the sky on Monday
While Mrs. E. L. Shaughnessy was on her way home after attending
the Odd Fellows bingo, she saw what appeared to be a flash
of vivid blue lightning directly over the KVP plant above
the tall smoke stack.
The sky was perfectly clear at the time, the only visible
sign of a cloud was the huge billows of smoke emitting from
the stack of the mill. The smoke was snow white against
the peculiar flashes in the sky which came at intervals.
The odd happening was in the form of an oversize beacon
light shifting from side to side. The rays made a beam of
light the size of the plant, and every ray had a color that
the rainbow reflected.
The observer was so fascinated by the strange, but beautiful,
object, that she stopped to watch and after one particular
strong flash, everything seemed pitch dark and it was a
minute or so before the outline of the road could be seen.
Perhaps to anyone else the object may have seemed different
but to Mrs. Shaughnessy, it was really something to talk
about and she did just that when she arrived home. However,
no one took the story seriously, they just put it down to
too many bingo cards or something; but the lady still insists
"thar's strange goings on in that thar sky."
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 16 April 1952, page 1
Will Probe Reports 'Saucers' Seen at North Bay
NORTH BAY (CP) - RCAF officials plan to investigate two
reports of flying saucers in this area. The reports came
from airmen stationed here.
WO. E. H. Rossell, a veteran airman with 13 years in the
service, and Flt. Sgt. Reg McRae, a visitor from Weston,
said they spotted a "bright amber disk" in the
sky over the airfield around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The two said the disk came from the southwest, moved across
the airfield, stopped and then took off in the reverse direction.
It climbed at an angle of 30 degrees at "terrific speed"
WO. W. J. Yeo, a master telecommunications superintendent,
and Sgt. D. V. Crandell, an instrument technician, reported
seeing a flying saucer the night of Jan. 1.
saucer appeared to be at great height, probably outside
the earth's hemisphere," they testified. "It appeared
to be moving at supersonic speed."
The disk was described as reddish-orange in color, "similar
to a rock burning."
An RCAF spokesman said Tuesday there is no reason to doubt
the validity of the reports since the men concerned are
seasoned veterans familiar with conventional aircraft.
The two flyers said they were driving toward North Bay from
Rossell's home in the married quarters of the station when
they spotted a "bright amber disk" in the sky
over the airfield at about 8:30 p.m. They said the object
came from the southwest, moved across the field, stopped
and reversed its direction, then climbed at an angle of
30 degrees and disappeared from sight at "terrific
The report submitted by Yeo and Crandell read:
22:54 hours (10:54 p.m.) while making ice at the rink in
the married quarters area at the North Bay station, a flying
saucer was sighted. Direction: Appeared in the northwest
and proceeded to the southeast where it disappeared. Course
altered slightly at times, zig-zagging, climbing and diving."
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 13 August 1952, page 1
Saucers Making Debut Over Soo Area
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. (CP) - Reports of a flying saucer
came to this district Sunday night. Several persons who
say they saw it refrained from saying anything until reports
came from other sections of the district. They were afraid
of being laughed at.
Described as a bluish-white ball, trailing a fluorescent
tail, the object has been reported by four persons in separate
sections of the district. All four said the object flashed
from north to south at "terrific speed" at 10:30
p.m. Two who say they saw the object are police constables.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 5 February 1953, page 3
Seen Again, RCAF Checks
Air Force Officer Prepares Report On Observations
day before an RCAF investigator checked last Thursday's
"flying saucer" reports in Sudbury Wednesday,
a new phenomenon was sighted east of the city by Gordon
Fawcett, 472 Cartier St., who reported the incident this
Meanwhile, Flt. Lt. D. W. Souchen, public relations officer
of North Bay fighter base, returned to North Bay with the
results of a day spent in questioning witnesses to the earlier
appearances, but with no conclusions as to what the silvery,
slowly drifting objects seen Thursday afternoon actually
Fawcett, a bread-deliveryman, was on Moland St. Tuesday
afternoon, facing east at the extreme western limits of
the city, when he spotted a silvery object due east and
about 30 degrees above the horizon. The time was approximately
5:02 p.m., two minutes after the civil defence air raid
siren commenced to sound in a routine test.
was motionless and shone with a silvery reflection, and
it appeared to be elongated," Fawcett told The Sudbury
Daily Star. He estimated its length as a little less than
half the diameter of a full moon, and had the impression
that it was very distant.
Still observing it through the windshield of his delivery
truck, he drove to a store at Eyre and Spruce streets, with
the object in view almost continuously for five minutes.
It was in the same relative position when he entered the
store to deliver bread, and when he emerged shortly afterward.
He turned up Whittaker St., to make some house deliveries,
and when he finished and drove east down Elm St. 10 minutes
later, the object had disappeared. Visibility was good,
but there appeared to be a slight mist on the horizon beyond
the object, he said.
Fawcett said he thought the object was a barrage balloon
of a similar type to those he saw in England during the
Second World War. He thought at the time it might have had
some connection with the siren test.
make these investigations as a matter of routine,"
the RCAF officer from North Bay told The Sudbury Daily Star.
"My reports will be forwarded to the commanding officer
at North Bay for evaluation, and then will be sent on to
Just what the air force thinks the objects might have been,
he declined to discuss. It has been established that a North
Bay jet aircraft was over the area simultaneously with the
sighting of the other objects, but, Souchen said, there
were no other reports of aircraft in the air or balloons
adrift at the time.
Souchen interviewed Rene Pelland, manager of Laberge Lumber
Company, who watched the slowly moving silvery "torpedoes"
for 10 minutes from his office window with two witnesses;
Mrs. Walter Kottick, 262 Bloor, who 20 minutes earlier saw
a cigar-shaped white object motionless over Frood Mine for
a 10-minute period; William Scott, who spotted two shining
objects moving north in formation at 200 miles an hour over
Minnow Lake about two hours later, and others.
In each case, their reports were the same as they had given
to The Star earlier - at various times and places between
3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., two or in some cases one silvery or
white cigar-shaped objects had been seen moving from northwest
to southeast at a low rate of speed. There was no sound,
and the objects passed to the east of the city in the direction
of Lake Ramsay.
They were last sighted by Mrs. T. C. Butler, 707 Griffiths
St., from the corner of McLeod Rd. and Regent St., at 3:45
p.m., and at that time were high over the lake and shining
in the sun.
Scott, standing in front of Chalmers' boathouse on Lake
Ramsay at Austin Airways base, sighted two swiftly-moving
objects travelling north an hour and 15 minutes later.
Souchen said any radar information on the incident had not
been made available to him.
He agreed readily that the air force is interested in identifying
any airborne objects which have not been identified by the
From his questioning of Thursday's observers, The Star has
built up the following picture of what anyone sighting a
"saucer" or any other unusual aerial phenomenon
First, the time. This is vital, in order that the reports
of observers at different points can be checked. If two
observers see the object simultaneously from different viewpoints
and make a note of the direction, the distance of the object
from them can be established, and this gives a clue as to
The length of time it is under observation should be carefully
noted, along with its direction of movement, and approximate
Its size and shape are important. Best comparison for size,
Souchen said, is with some celestial body such as the sun
or moon. The positions of the sun or moon at the time of
sighting should be noted, because of their bearing on reflections.
Sound, color, and color of any flame or glow emanating from
the object are important, along with its brightness. Any
exhaust trails or vapor trails, and any manoeuvres performed
should be remembered, along with the numbers of the objects
and their formations.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 8 August 1953, page 7
'Thing' Back Over City, Seen by Burton Ave. Residents
heard about these flying saucers, but I've always thought
it was just somebody's imagination," said Ted Miron,
378 Burton Ave.
That was before his wife called him into their back yard
Thursday night, after she had seen something sailing through
the skies shortly before 11:30 o'clock. Mrs. Miron had forgotten
to take in some washing and, while getting it in, sighted
the bright flying object approaching from the north.
Travelling at a high altitude and at a slow speed, the "thing"
was about the size of an orange. Behind it trailed a foot-long
flame, which varied from light blue to dull red, she said.
As a crowd of neighbors gathered, the noiseless object hovered
overhead, then turned at a sharp angle before heading west;
it then veered again to disappear to the northeast.
(The local weather office reports that pilot weather observation
balloons are lighted at night by a lantern, so that its
altitude and speed can be recorded by their meteorological
instruments. They are released from the weather station
in North Bay.)
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 17 May 1954, page 1
'Flying Eel' In Espanola Sky
(Special to The Sudbury Daily Star)
ESPANOLA - Flying objects in the sky are again in the news
here. This time, according to eye witnesses, the odd spectacle
seen at about six o'clock in the evening was anything but
a flying saucer. The object reported was described as eel-like.
It had no shiny parts in the brilliant sunlight which prevailed
at the time.
The sky was void of clouds, and a clear view of the phenomenon
could be had by anyone looking up at the sky at that particular
time. There was absolutely no noise and the object disappeared
as if into thin air after hovering over the vicinity of
the Espanola cemetery for some time.
Mrs. Sam Fouceault and her daughter viewed the object until
it disappeared. The Espanola South resident called a relative
of hers who also saw it.
This is not the first time strange things have been seen
in the sky in the Espanola area. What the observant woman
and her daughter saw seems to be altogether different than
anything seen around these parts to date.
And speaking of odd objects in the sky, a tag from a carrier
pigeon or bird of some description was found on a Mead St.
Lawn. The metal tag has Jack Miner's name inscribed upon
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 1 September 1954, page 7
Ball Reported Seen In Bay Sky
NORTH BAY (CP) - A Royal Navy veteran, employed at the RCAF
station here as a mess orderly, said Tuesday he saw a "great,
glowing ball of light" over the station Monday.
Henry Durdle, 40-year-old native of Nova Scotia, said the
object he spotted just before dawn hovered a few feet above
a telegraph pole, shooting out "tremendous sparks,
like knitting needles of lightning."
Durdle said the top part of what he saw was circular in
shape, about six feet in diameter, with a sort of rectangular
box about 15 feet across hanging down underneath. A cone
possibly six feet high projected from the circle and at
its tip was a revolving globe emitting flashes of light.
Frightened at first, Durdle said he watched for a while
and then called others to look. Four men did so. Tony McLeod
said he saw a glow through a window. Leo Blais said he saw
it from a doorway as it was moving away. George Noble, watching
from outside, said he saw it moving upwards. Noble said
it was a "great, glowing ball, like a pulsating heart."
Manley Bailey said he stood with Durdle and watched the
object move possibly a mile away where it paused and hovered
over a bush. The two men said the light expanded and contracted
at about two-second intervals as they watched.
Durdle was born in Canada but his parents died when he was
a baby. He was raised in Scotland by relatives and served
with the Royal Navy for four years.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 2 September 1954, page 1
'Flying Saucer' From Timmins District
TIMMINS (CP) - Appearance of a "flying saucer,"
similar in description to an object reported in North Bay
Tuesday, was reported Monday night over the hydro-electric
plant at Wawaitin Falls, 30 miles southeast of Timmins on
the Mattagami river.
George Sheridan Sr., forest ranger for the department of
lands and forests, said he and five other persons saw a
"yellow ball of light with a red centre" about
10 miles to the south of the hydro dam over Lake Kenogamissi.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 7 September 1954, page 3
Object Back In Sky Over North Bay
NORTH BAY (CP) - A nearby West Ferris business man said
he saw an RCAF plane make a scouting flight around a mysterious
flying object early Sunday.
Harold Pirie said he saw the object, emitting a white light
much too bright to be a star, at about 2 a.m. Then the plane
came from the direction of the North Bay air base with its
running lights flashing, made a complete circle around the
stationary object and headed back to its base.
Mr. Pirie said the object later sped off to the south with
a tremendous red exhaust and disappeared.
Last week three workmen at the RCAF base said they watched
a flying saucer hovering over the base for more than 10
minutes. A few nights later six Hydro workers at Wawaitin
falls, about 245 miles north of here, said they saw a saucer
hovering above the forest for several minutes.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 10 January 1955, page 1
to Shoot at Saucers Cavorting Around Cobalt Area
COBALT (CP) - The New Year has brought more reports of flying
saucers in this northern Ontario mining area.
Bright white discs were sighted Friday and Saturday by at
least 10 persons. Others have banded together and are planning
to take shots at the objects if they prove hostile. But
so far they have been harmless.
A single saucer was observed Friday over Lake Temiskaming
by John Hunt, president of the Cobalt Chamber of Commerce,
Ray Johnson, mechanic at Agaunico Mines, and Al Jennings,
a truck driver. They said it zipped about the sky for almost
On the day after Christmas Mr. Hunt and Willy St. Jean reported
seeing a bright object over the same spot.
In North Cobalt Saturday bright objects were seen by seven
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 13 January 1955, page 5
Bush Pilot Admits Taking Up 'Flying Saucer'
KIRKLAND LAKE (CP) - A bush pilot admitted Wednesday he
was at the controls of the latest "flying saucer"
seen in these parts.
Reports of mysterious flying objects and lights have been
numerous here and in nearby Cobalt and Haileybury since
Dec. 26. However, the pilot, who asked that his name not
be used, said he was not responsible for the earlier reports.
He said he played his little joke Tuesday night because
he knew area residents were "jittery" about unidentified
A reporter for the Northern Daily News here, working on
a hunch, visited a district bush pilot.
I flew back to base at 500 feet," the reporter quoted
the pilot as saying, "I remembered how jittery the
people of north Cobalt were over flying saucers. I just
couldn't resist the temptation of putting out my plane lights
and directing the beam of the landing lights to the ground."
COBALT (CP) - Residents of this Lake Temiskaming community
have their china sizes mixed.
Maurice Parent, 28, his wife, Gregor Ruddy, a neighbor,
and his wife all reported seeing a flying saucer Tuesday
night. They said it was as big as a soup plate.
It was the third time the Parents and Ruddys have reported
the light which has been spotted, according to reports,
five times since Dec. 26.
Mr. Parent said the soup plate-size saucer streaked across
the sky headed north and disappeared over Haileybury.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 3 August 1955, page 13
Saucer' Seen at Sturgeon
By STAR STAFF REPORTER
CACHE BAY - A mysterious crystal ball was reported seen
in the sky at 7:30 p.m. Friday by Marthe Gingras, 19. She
was lying in the grass in front of her parent's farm when
she sighted the object. She notified the rest of the family,
who came and saw it also.
Her mother, Mrs. Alfred Gingras described it as looking
like a plate, eight to 10 inches in diameter, very high
up. It was travelling from southeast to west and going very
slowly above the setting sun.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 21 March 1956, page 3
Flying Saucers Are Back Again
Could it be the Russians are infiltrating Canada's radar
defences and coming close enough to study the activities
of the Nickel Capital of the World?
Two reports of flying saucers being spotted in the Sudbury
area have been received. In both cases they were said to
have disappeared in a northwesterly direction.
Clive Taylor, of R. R. 1, Garson, saw what he described
as "a ball of fire in the sky" northwest of Garson
Taylor spotted the object early in the evening. He said
it stayed around awhile and he was certain it was not an
aircraft. In the distance it looked eight to 10 inches long.
Mrs. Taylor also saw the object.
Mr. and Mrs. George Netzke, 56 Harold St., New Sudbury,
reported having seen a similar object in the sky Monday
Mrs. Netzke described it as a flying saucer. "It looked
like a bright silvery streak and was vertical when we first
saw it," she said. "It turned over horizontal.
In both positions it resembled a pencil. It was too bright
for a jet vapor trail."
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were watching it with binoculars. In
the distance it looked three to four inches long. They watched
it for about three minutes. It turned over and disappeared
in a north-westerly direction.
Mr. and Mrs. Netzke just happened to glance out the window
when they spotted the object.
feel a little foolish reporting it," she said. "Everyone
will think we're crazy."
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 4 February 1957, page 2
'Saucers' In Cobalt District
COBALT (CP) - Tom Cameron, 24, and Bob Cole, 28, blew in
after a spot of ice-cutting and saucer-watching on Lake
Cameron and Cole said they spotted the object in the early-night
sky Saturday and gazed at it for two hours through binoculars
while it swooped and soared.
They said it appeared first as an aura of light in the east
over the treetops. They concluded it was about three feet
across and travelled at speeds greater than a jet plane.
Saucer-watching is old stuff for Cameron's family. Eleven
years ago, they said they saw a dozen small discs swoop
in to a landing 75 feet from where they were cutting a channel
through the ice for a boat.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 12 August 1957, page 3
Light in the Sky May Have Been a Comet
The "bright light with a tail" reportedly seen
in the sky northwest of Sudbury Sunday night "might
have been one of those things the United States government
has been sending up," George Hartman, Paris St. amateur
astronomer, told The Star this morning.
Hartman did not see the light himself, but it was reported
to him as a comet.
Clifford Walton and John McLean, both of 56 Lorne St. N.,
observed the phenomenon for more than half an hour.
was north west of here," Walton related, "under
the big dipper. It seemed to be moving quite fast. It was
away up in the air at first then, in 15 minutes, it was
down near the horizon. We watched it till half-past 11."
Walton described the light as "whitish" and said
it closely resembled the Aren-Rolend comet, observed earlier
Hartman said a "real comet" would not appear to
move, to the naked eye.
The Dominion weather office at the city airport has no information
on the phenomenon.
we have heard," said an official, "is rumor. We
have no report on it."
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 13 August 1957, page 3
Boy, 15, Follows Track Of White Light
The northwestern sky holds a lot of fascination for Clifford
Walton these nights. A "bright light with a tail"
has him guessing.
The 15-year-old amateur astronomer of 56 Lorne St. N., watched
the light for more than half an hour Sunday night. "It
was under the big dipper and seemed to be moving quite fast,"
Walton said. He described the light as "whitish"
and said it closely resembled the Arend-Rolend comet observed
early this year.
Monday night Walton spotted the light again with binoculars.
This time it was "light yellowish and motionless."
Walton raced to the home of a friend, George Hartman, of
Paris St., and together they watched the light through Hartman's
was not quite as bright as on Sunday," Walton related,
"but I believe it's a true comet. It looks very much
like the Arend-Rolend comet which was five million miles
Walton felt that the light was neither a weather balloon,
a flying saucer or anything else but a comet. "It's
impossible that it's just an unnatural phenomenon, but I
don't believe it."
Meanwhile, Walton will keep his eyes trained to the northwest,
impatiently waiting for the sun to go down.
Hartman was more decisive. "It's evidently a comet
of some kind," he said today. "At first I thought
it was a weather balloon, but last night I got a good look.
The tail is more or less transparent."
He explained that a Belgian detected the Arend-Rolend comet
and plotted its course through the sky. "I don't think
that comet has such a short cycle that we would be able
to see it again so soon."
The amateur astronomer brushed off the light's mystery with:
"I think the professional astronomers have been caught
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 27 August 1957, page 3
Fireball Over City May Be Meteor Passing By
Two weeks ago, a comet was seen over Sudbury. Monday, William
Dubreuil, engineer at St. Joseph's Hospital, saw a fireball
over the western part of the city and watched it with his
wife, and son, Ronny, 20, and daughter, Claire, 17, for
nearly 45 minutes.
Dubreuil described the sight as a fireball but said it looked
like a "very big star." It was first seen at about
8:20 p.m. and Dubreuil kept his eyes on it until 9 o'clock.
He did not think it was an airplane because it did not move
fast enough. It eventually disappeared below the horizon
to the north.
The airport weather office reported that the mysterious
ball could have been a meteor because one is said to be
in the vicinity, but had no report on the ball itself.
Sqd. Ldr. C. Anderson, of the RCAF station, said he had
no report as to what the ball could have been. He said it
could possibly have been an aircraft with a light on it.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 3 December 1957, page 3
Light' Could Be Planet Venus
A "mysterious" bright light moving slowly in the
sky in the southwest and then disappearing at the horizon,
was reported to The Sudbury Star Monday night.
started as a small pinpoint like a star, then turned pinkish
red, then bluish-green, and then very bright white and seemed
to be flashing," said Mrs. Bert Teske, 352 Lasalle
Blvd., New Sudbury, when she telephoned Monday night. The
object was seen about 6:20 p.m.
first I thought it was an airplane, then the thing scared
me as I thought it could be something from out of space,"
she added. "It kept blinking on and off."
Amateur astronomer George Hartman, 575 Paris St., informed
The Star that at this time of year, the planet Venus is
very close to the earth and gives an unusual brightness.
sets in the southwest after sundown," he said. "It
is between the sun and us in a crescent shape."
Hartman has a 10-inch telescope of 80-power and has been
studying astronomy as a hobby for years.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 14 April 1958, page 1
Over Minnow Lake Too Early for Sputnik
A bright light, spotted over Minnow Lake, Saturday, could
not have been the Russian Sputnik in its dying rounds, according
to Toronto reports.
Con Kelly, 878 Lakeshore Dr., told The Star he saw a bright
light moving across the sky from the direction of Sudbury
General Hospital toward Coniston at around 8:05, Saturday
Kelly said it was not as bright as a star, but brighter
than an airplane.
Officials at Dunlap Observatory, near Toronto, and at the
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Cambridge, Mass.,
said the time of sighting was too early for Sputnik's scheduled
trip over Northern Ontario.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 19 July 1958, page 3
Astronomer Saw 'Fireball' Over District
A second report of a ball of fire in the sky over Sudbury
district has been received by The Star.
On Friday, Joe Gariepy, of St. Charles said he saw what
appeared to be a ball of fire over Wahnapitae.
This morning a Levack man who is a member of the Royal Astronomical
Society of Canada, recalled seeing a similar thing the previous
Paul Drisdell was watching the sky through a telescope in
the back yard of his home at 107 Hemlock St., Levack, on
July 8 and saw an "unfamiliar object" angle across
the sky from the west to the south. "It was very bright
and 10 times the magnitude of Jupiter." He added that
Jupiter is the brightest object in the sky these days, outside
of the sun and the moon.
been watching the sky for five years now, and I never before
saw anything like this. I couldn't get a closer look at
it through the telescope because it was going too fast."
He said about five seconds elapsed from the time it appeared
until it disappeared over a neighbor's house.
certain this wasn't a meteor. I've seen plenty of them,
and they don't look anything like this thing did. It went
slower than a meteor and kept a steady course without winking."
To make doubly sure, he checked to find out if any meteor
showers were due. The next one was not expected for eight
understand air force pilots can identify an aircraft in
one-tenth of a second. Comparatively speaking, I had plenty
of time to study this thing, and I'm pretty sure it was
no natural manifestation."
He said the object appeared at "just about 10:30. I'm
watching the sky closer than ever these evenings."
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 22 September 1958, page 3
Unknown Of Bright Light Seen Overhead
Do falling stars fall horizontally? Astronomers would say
So what was it William Gowan, Donald St., Neelon Township,
saw flash across the horizon like a falling star about 7:30
p.m. the other day.
Gowan says he doesn't know. He described it as a white light
with a bluish-green tint, about six inches in diameter and
was really sifting," said Gowan. He estimated it at
the speed of a falling star . . . but it was travelling
The RCAF radar station, Falconbridge, said it could be the
reflection of the sun on a high-flying jet plane. They have
intercepted no flying saucers or other unexplained objects.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 24 November 1960, page 3
Describes Odd Light; Might Have Been Satellite
Fifty-six-year-old A. Auvinen, 34 Dell St., today described
an unusual experience he had Wednesday while hunting with
his son, Heikki, and a friend L. Raakkylaine.
The three were hunting deer in Totten Lake area 31 miles
northwest of Sudbury about 6:15 a.m. when they spotted two
streaks of light in the sky.
The first appeared as a fiery red streak which swung in
a semi-circle. The spectre lasted approximately two minutes,
then dropped behind a group of hills across the lake.
Minutes later, a second object streamed across the sky,
going from north to south and tailing a bluish-green light.
The object moved slowly, then disappeared after a minute.
was the funniest light I ever saw," Auvinen Sr. told
The Star. "I have never seen anything like it before."
Asked what he thought it was, he replied that he thought
it might have been an American satellite.
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 17 February 1961, page 13
any men from Mars lately? Another light-in-the-sky story
We are among those Sudburians who report "seeing things
at night." About two or three months ago, we recall
a peculiar red light that drifted across the sky from south
We thought at first the light might be a plane, a helicopter,
or even that U.S. satellite, Echo One. But its unsteady
progress, seemingly haphazard course, precluded any of these.
Since that time, The Sudbury Star has printed a number of
stories touching upon comparable manifestations. One yarn
even embraced a red light which apparently pestered an automobile
on one of the local highways.
Our latest contributor with one of these eerie accounts
is Mrs. Carl Niemi, who lives on Este Dr., at Trout Lake.
Mrs. Niemi says that on clear nights, within the past two
weeks, she and her husband have been seeing a lighted object
in the southeastern sky. This becomes observable between
10 and 10:30 p.m., and lingers until 11:30 to midnight,
when it disappears. There is a resemblance to a star, but
the object is brighter. The brightness, however, is not
constant. The light dims and brightens again at sporadic
intervals. There also are flashes discernible in red, green
In the end, the light watched by the Niemi's dims slowly
and then disappears.
On one occasion, when the object in the sky was quite brilliant,
Mrs. Niemi saw what seemed to be a spotlight momentarily
reflected from Inco smoke.
The smoke at the time happened to be blowing toward the
south. Was there a relation, Mrs. Niemi wonders, between
the effect of a spotlight, and the object in the sky?
As for our own mysterious red light, we saw one a second
time quite clearly, proceeding in a slow and wavering sort
of way from south to north. If it was a helicopter, it was
a silent version, because no sound accompanied the progress
of the object across the sky.
How about you? Have you seen any little men from Mars lately?
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 26 May 1961, page 19
Seeing 3 Satellites
looked like three big stars and they were really travelling."
Mrs. Lloyd Watson, 148 Simcoe St., said she saw three satellites
travelling west to east across the sky at approximately
10:40 p.m. Monday.
son, David, 15, first noticed them. He called us out and
we watched them for about 10 minutes. They were very bright
and travelled in a straight line. You could still see them
after we went back inside the house. It was too cold to
stay outside so I don't know how long they remained visible,"
Ontario, DAILY STAR, 28 July 1961, page 1
Bright Objects In Elliot Lake Sky Baffle 3 Observers
ELLIOT LAKE - Are the Martians coming?
Milliken miner Fred Wehnde isn't sure he saw a flying saucer
early this morning after shift but he knows the two objects
he saw in the air weren't planes, rockets or stars.
was just off shift and after washing up, walked home to
the trailer park," Wehnde said. "I saw these two
bright, shining objects and I thought they were stars at
moved at a tremendous speed, however, faster than any stars
in the sky. They moved in a jerky fashion too. They'd spin
half way round, then spin back half way."
were just a mite larger than a star and very bright like
stars. One was moving north and one south and the one object
flew directly over us."
Wehnde first saw the objects about 3:15 a.m. He watched
them for about half an hour with his partner Tony, and a
neighbor whom they called out of the house to watch.
objects were at a tremendous height and it was only by accident
I noticed their jerky movements. My neighbor Jack Wilson
can't see too well but he could sure see the objects when
I pointed them out to him," Wehnde said.
After half an hour's watch the men got tired of watching
and went to bed.
For all they know the Martians - or whatever they are -
are still up there watching Elliot Lake from their flying
Ontario, STAR, 10 November 1961, page 3
Reports Seeing Strange 'Flying Object'
The sky over Sudbury was reportedly the scene of a "strange
flying object" around 7:45 p.m. Thursday.
Mrs. Jean Dixon, of Ramsey Lake Rd., told The Star today
she spotted the object from the parking lot at the General
was quite large and was flying very low," she reports.
"It seemed to be illuminated in red with a reddish
glow in it. The object moved very slowly and came from the
direction of the General Hospital moved towards the Idylwylde
Mrs. Dixon stated she was accustomed to watching American
"sputniks" passing over Sudbury, but had not seen
"an object like that before."
She said she had observed a plane go over in the same area
a few minutes before the object "and there was certainly
no resemblance between the two."
There were two other people in the area who spotted it also,
Ontario, STAR, 28 January 1966, page 3
Area Men Sight Object, Identity Unknown
An object sighted in the sky Wednesday by three men returning
home from work could not be explained by the RCAF radar
base at Falconbridge today. A spokesman said the report
would have to be classified as an unidentified flying object.
Alex Jerome, of Hanmer, said he and two of his friends were
driving on Highway 69 N., at about 12:45 a.m. when a bright
orange object, about the size of the north star, appeared
in the sky from a westerly direction.
Jerome said the three men watched the object as it arched
from west to east.
object wasn't burning and it didn't have a tail," said
Jerome. "It moved at a constant speed, taking about
10 seconds to disappear in the east. The night was very
The air force base spokesman said there had been no reports
of a UFO and no manoeuvres were being undertaken at that
He added that if the object had been picked up by radar
and classified as a UFO, stations including Falconbridge,
would have been notified. No such report was made Wednesday
Ontario, STAR, 31 March 1966, page 1
Lake Youths Spot Flying Object Heading Northward
ELLIOT LAKE - An object which changed from a dull orange
to a vivid blue appeared in the night sky over Elliot Lake
Wednesday and was seen by a group of five local schoolboys.
Kim Quibell, 10 of 61 Lakeview and Donald Lundy, 12 of 30
Poplar Ave. told The Star Wednesday of their strange experience.
The boys, pupils at Elliot Lake's Central Avenue School
and keen students of astronomy said that they were standing
on the lawn outside the town police headquarters with Robert
Quibell, Craig Bartlett and D'Arcy Rodney.
were looking at a constellation called the "belt of
the hunter," said Lundy "when we saw this orange
glow appear within the star group."
stopped," he said, "and just stayed there. All
of a sudden it changed to a vivid blue and then moved again,
and we followed it right across the sky until it disappeared
almost due north."
Quibell said that the object, before disappearing from view
changed again in color to a yellowish brown.
Lundy's parents, also gazing outdoors at the time confirmed
that they too had witnessed the appearance.
The excited youngsters said that they dashed into the police
station to report what they had seen. "But the cops
wouldn't believe us," said Quibell ruefully.
No other reports have yet been received at The Star's Elliot
Lake office, but checks are being made to see if any other
Elliot Lake residents witnessed the phenomenon.
Ontario, STAR, 27 September 1966, page 5
Are back with us again
Dubious though we may be on the subject of flying saucers,
word keeps coming in from persons who have seen such objects
- or who know someone else who has done so.
Mrs. Hope Armstrong, of Austin Airways, tells of a Capreol
resident who telephoned to say a red and blue saucer was
over her head at that very moment. This viewer obviously
had an unusually direct method of approach. She was calling
Austin Airways with the suggestion that a plane be sent
aloft forthwith. Unfortunately, no plane was readily available
to set off for a closer look. The caller from Capreol was
so insistent, however, that Mrs. Armstrong suggested she
call the radio range division of the department of transport
at Sudbury Airport near Falconbridge.
Ronald Kasch, of that division, had no report of any such
specific call being made. However, radio range does get
occasional reports of Unidentified Flying Objects seen in
this area. None has been seen by any of the men on duty.
The radio range staff invariably suggest that the caller
may have seen a star, a satellite, a planet, or even a passing
plane. Radio range holds to the official attitude that unidentified
flying objects must be classified - as of now - as non-objects.
But now we must record the coincidence that shortly after
the call had come from Capreol, when Mrs. Armstrong returned
home for dinner, she was greeted with another UFO report,
this time from a member of her own family. A nephew, Stewart
Tait, told her of having seen a silvery object, floating
above Murray Mine. Tait, who is a student at the University
of Toronto, had watched the object for half an hour before
it disappeared. Mrs. Armstrong considers her nephew level-headed
and not subject to fanciful ideas. She could not help being
somewhat impressed by the fact of two such reports in a
Ontario, STAR, 22 November 1967, page 17
of People Want to Meet Them
Those Daring Young Men in the Flying Saucers
So you'd like to start an argument. Try throwing out a conversational
If you do, you're likely to find what some air force officers
say they have discovered: many people hope these purported
flying discs really are manned by little men from Mars.
The last big blitz of reported flying objects was in the
1950s when over 5,000,000 Canadians and Americans jammed
newspaper switchboards to relate their stories of alien
Since September, eight unidentified flying objects have
been reported to a Sudbury resident who represents two American
civilian groups involved in UFO sightings. (He wants to
remain unidentified because of the possibility of nuisance
was very bright and changed colors," said Ronald Berube,
of Hanmer, an 18-year-old postal clerk, who with four other
fellow workers watched a UFO hover in the sky for 10 minutes
Earlier this fall, a 15-year-old Whitefish boy said he saw
an object try to land in a field near his home. The boy,
Robert Grant, said he was walking along Highway 17, when
he heard a whining sound. Young Grant told provincial police
his transistor radio was blacked out by the flying object
which had green lights.
Not only do people see "them", but they also talk
to them. Near Cochrane, a lands and forests towerman said
he not only talked to the little fellows, but was given
a ride in a space ship.
The towerman, a University of Toronto student who was manning
a lookout post, said the visitors from outer space were
friendly, spoke English and were furry.
In 1950, the sightings started in earnest. New England towns
were first to report flying objects. Never slow to adopt
anything American, Canada was next.
On April 19, that year, the gold mining town of Timmins
was assailed by what residents described as "UFOs the
size of a home" and flying at about 700 feet. They
said the objects were bright against the clouds.
In February, 1953, there were five incidents of flying objects
reported in The Sudbury Star.
Feb. 3 - Gordon Fawcett, 472 Cartier Ave., saw an object
that was motionless and elongated and shone with a silvery
reflection. He said it was due east, about 30 degrees above
the horizon. He saw it at 5:02 p.m. Fawcett thought it may
have been a barrage balloon of the type he saw in England
during the war.
Feb. 13 - Mrs. L. W. Luke, wife of a former secretary of
the Sudbury and District Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. and
Mrs. Nel Stewart reported a sighting. Stewart, a former
artillery officer, estimated the range at 1,000 yards, and
that its shape and diameter were about the size of a full
moon. He described the color of the object to be that of
a flare or railway fuse. It remained motionless about 20
degrees above the horizon. It suddenly disappeared after
an estimated 20 minutes. Skies were overcast.
Feb. 15 - Ed Zettler, 338 Spruce St., and Pete Bullock,
225 Albinson St., saw a strange shape in the sky in the
western horizon. They said the object appeared to be a long
way off and was obscured by a bluish mist. The object disappeared
from view after 15 or 20 seconds.
Feb. 16 - Mrs. Doug Burton, 736 Long Lake Rd., saw a glowing
red object a few minutes before 11 p.m. She had been reading
about flying saucers and decided to look out the window
herself. It was a fiery red, grew larger as she watched
and then shrank. It gradually disappeared. She said its
edges were silvery. "It looked like a solid silver
ball," she said.
Feb. 26 - Six Coniston men driving west towards Sudbury
saw a shining cigar-shaped object glowing in the sky for
more than 20 minutes, maintaining its height and changing
color, but not moving in any direction. When first sighted,
it was pinkish-red and of an irregular shape vaguely resembling
a pencil or cigar. As they watched, it changed color and
shape. It was 10 p.m. at the time.
Then after an absence of three months, the "thing"
appeared again in the Sudbury sky. On July 11, 1953, Joseph
Read, of Cinotti's Corner near Copper Cliff said: "It
must have been travelling at 2,000 miles an hour. It was
heading northwest. There was a loud humming noise like a
four-motor airplane, but it was going much too fast for
any type of jet planes and it wasn't a jet. It was going
even faster than a jet and it didn't make the same sound."
Then a year later still in the "Saucerian 50s"
a Sudbury man saw men from Mars.
On July 2, 1954, the planet Mars was closer to earth than
ever in the past. On July 2, three men, all about 13 feet
tall, with strange, hypnotic powers visited earth, one report
This was the story told by a Garson Mine employee to men
at the mine first aid station after he recovered from a
dead faint. It is also the story he related to Garson provincial
police and RCAF radar station investigators at Falconbridge.
Ennio LaSarza, 770 Charlotte St., who said he saw the three
men descend from the space ship fainted at the first aid
station after he had been "released from the hypnotic
stare" of one of the men from Mars.
was as white as a ghost and passed out when he got to the
station," one of the employees there said.
According to the first aid attendant's story LaSarza described
the space ship as being 25 feet in diameter, had two electronic
ear-like spurs on its "head"; it had three sets
of arms with claws and six legs. The centre of the "ship"
was described as square with a telescopic projection. LaSarza
said the men were built in much the same manner.
LaSarza told fellow employees that the machine sent out
radio messages - there was some confusion as to whether
they actually spoke to him.
But are saucers real? "Yes," says eminent psychologist
Dr. Carl Jung. "No," says Dr. Donald Menzel, Harvard
Dr. Jung said the unidentified flying objects are real and
"show signs of intelligent guidance by quasi-human
And Dr. Jung also said : "...that the construction
of these machines proves a scientific technique immensely
superior to ours cannot be argued."
saucers are just mirages which you can create in your kitchen
sink," said Dr. Menzel.
mirage is an image caused by a lens of air. The lens can
form when a layer of cold air lies over a layer of warm
air (or the converse). Light rays are bent and focused and
reflected great distances," Dr. Menzel said.
The U.S. Air Force says investigation of flying saucer reports
over a 10-year period produced no evidence that such things
exist. The air force said the mysterious sightings proved
to be balloons, aircraft, astronomical phenomena, birds,
fireworks and hoaxes.
Ontario, STAR, 22 November 1967, page 17
People Laugh, Just Won't Believe
Seems that the only thing missing the other day to make
the "invasion" complete were the little green
While Sudbury area residents went about their daily tasks
oblivious to the rest of the universe, there were strange
Like two young lads being scared out of their wits when
an unidentified flying object put the brakes on their car.
Like the finance corporation manager and his assistant being
followed in their vehicle by another baffling machine.
time we stopped, it stopped," said 25-year-old Ken
Campbell. "Never seen anything like it before."
Campbell and his travelling companion were on their way
back to Orillia from Sudbury when the "object"
suddenly put in its appearance.
was about 6:30 a.m. and we were 10 miles south of Britt
when Barrie woke me up," Campbell stated.
Barrie Price, of Waters township, is assistant manager to
Campbell at a finance corporation office in Orillia. At
weekends, the two travel back to Sudbury, where Campbell
stays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Campbell at 745
Regent St. S.
thing was about half a mile over to our right and seemed
about half a mile up in the sky," continued Campbell.
moved along at exactly the same pace as our car. Naturally,
at that time it was dark, but the object seemed to be silver-colored
and kept flashing as though it were rotating."
stopped the car to get a better look - and the object stopped.
It just stayed there, flashing.
hopped back into the car again but as soon as we started
to move, this thing also moved."
miles later we pulled into a service station and went to
get the attendant to make sure we weren't imagining things."
looked up and saw it too. And it had stopped again just
as it did the first time."
couldn't possibly have been a star, because we took its
position in relation to other stars in the sky. It moved
about far too much."
it disappeared just as soon as it had appeared."
was watching it from the passenger seat and I turned round
to say something to Barrie. When I turned back to the window
- it had vanished."
Meanwhile back in Sudbury citizens were awaking for another
day. Events passed off peacefully until "Lifeline"
suddenly got a frantic phone call from two teenagers "scared
out of their wits."
Their story went something like this:
were coming from Nickel District Collegiate to Coniston
about a quarter-past three. This silver craft with flashing
lights suddenly appeared about 20 feet above the car."
the car stalled. It just seemed to go dead."
looked up and as we did so, the object disappeared."
were really scared," said a Lifeline spokesman, "but
they wouldn't leave their names for fear of being laughed
at by friends."
comment," replied a spokesman at Falconbridge Radar
Base, when asked if anything had been "picked up"
heard of flying machines, but I never thought I'd see one,"
added Ken Campbell.
exams on at the moment. Maybe the lads had hallucinations,"
commented a down-to-earth Lewis C. Briggs, principal of
Nickel District Collegiate.
And there rests the case in yet another chapter of Sudbury's
bizarre experiences with extra-global powers.
Ontario, STAR, 10 July 1968, page 3
'Saucer' But Balloon Travelling Far
A bright object spotted high in the sky northwest of Sudbury
today has been identified as an extra-large weather balloon
on its way around the world.
The balloon drifted over the city at an altitude of 100,000
to 125,000 feet at a speed of 30 to 40 miles an hour, said
Capt. Barry Mitchell, Public Relations officer at the Falconbridge
radar base. The balloon is 65 feet in diameter.
It was released in the United Kingdom about four days ago.
Arrangements were made through Canadian Forces Headquarters
in Ottawa for the balloon to be traced across North America.
The radar base, the Sudbury weather office and The Star
received many telephone calls this afternoon as people spotted
the balloon in the clear sky. Sunlight reflecting off the
balloon helped people to spot it. At least one caller asked
about "the flying saucer."
Ontario, STAR, 26 November 1968, page 1
Lake Man Sights a UFO; 'Like a Star'
ELLIOT LAKE - Rolly Piche, of 124 Mississauga Ave., reported
sighting an unidentified flying object last night and a
quick check with local authorities reveals no confirmation
of his sighting.
Piche said that about 6:45 he was proceeding north on Highway
108 when he noticed a bright moving object in the sky which
trailed a tail of light similar to a shooting star.
While watching the moving light, Piche said that he noticed
a red and green light on it. "It was about 1,000 feet
up...over the townsite it emitted a bright flash of light
similar to the firing of a flash bulb or electronic strobe,"
continued its easterly flight until it disappeared behind
the ski hill travelling in the direction of Nordic Mine,"
Piche was employed by the township on the police force and
is now working at the Elliot Lake Centre for Continuing
Education as a security guard.
Ontario, STAR, 28 July 1969, page 3
Area Men See 'Red Fire Ball'
WALFORD - While most of the town people were glued to their
television sets watching the manoeuvers of the men on the
moon, three Lee Valley men, Jack and Edmond Sonnenberg and
Bob Melcher returning from work, were fascinated by a strange
Enroute home around 11 p.m. near the Allen Fergusson farm,
a bright red ball of fire blinded them momentarily. They
jammed on their brakes and dimmed their headlights. The
brilliant moon-shaped object rose, moved toward the west,
blinked a few times and disappeared.
Ontario, STAR, 17 July 1972, page 1
Lake girl reports sighting of flying object
ELLIOT LAKE - A 16-year-old Elliot Lake girl reported the
sighting of an unidentified flying object early this morning.
Marilyn Coulis, 26 Blackwell Rd., Elliot Lake, and two companions
were returning home between midnight and 1 a.m. when they
noticed a round, orange disc travelling across the sky over
The girl said the object emitted a humming sound with an
intermittent beeping. The object travelled north towards
Elliot Lake and was seen descending north of the town.
Town and provincial police authorities when interviewed
by The Star this morning could give no confirmation of other
Ontario, STAR, 25 September 1972, page 17
UFO sightings reported in the Sudbury area
Two separate sightings of what were described as unidentified
flying objects were spotted over the Sudbury area Saturday
Three youths said they saw an object with no definite shape
whizz through the horizon Saturday at 9:55 p.m.
The youths, Albert Positano, 12, of 164 Boland Ave.; Steven
Archer, 358 John St., and Bruce Emmerson, 158 David St.,
both 13, said the object made a buzzing sound and was as
big as two or three houses. It had a big light in the middle
and two smaller lights on the ends.
Albert was sure it was not a plane. "Planes have red
and green lights while this was pure white. It was surrounded
by a light haze and flew through the clouds," he stated.
The second sighting of the night was made by Robert Hayes,
13, of 1254 Hastings Cres. He and seven others saw a moon-shaped
object in the sky at 8 p.m. The object rotated in the sky
for more than an hour before leaving, Robert said. It was
a green dome with flashing green and red lights flying just
below the clouds, he stated.
The Canadian Forces base in Falconbridge would neither confirm
nor deny the sighting. Cpl. Jean Briand said their radar
did not record an object on the screen, but stated the radar
was designed to spot airplanes hundreds of miles away and
was in a poor position to pick up anything over Sudbury.
Cpl. Briand said that many sightings of UFOs were actually
the planet Venus. It can be mistaken for a flying object,
he added. He also stated that the radar base had been asked
to be alert for a falling meteor Saturday, but never did
spot it. It is possible that the objects seen were part
of the meteor, he stated. However, the objects sighted were
not falling toward the earth in either case.
Ontario, STAR, 21 January 1975, page 7
object in sky reported
TIMMINS, Ont. (CP) - Four Timmins residents reported seeing
an unidentified flying object while on an ice-fishing trip
to Scorch Lake, Ont., Sunday.
Terry McCormick, Leonard Simon, Ken MacNair and Con Pelletier
said they saw a bright object in the sky, about three times
the size of a star, travelling from west to east. They said
it vanished after about one-and-a-half minutes.
Mr. MacNair, a mining engineer, said he had seen shooting
stars before, but "never saw anything like this."
Scorch Lake is 60 miles west of Timmins.
Ontario, STAR, 9 August 1975, page 17
reported seen on Island on five of six nights in row, but
fails to show for reporter
By ROBIN ROWLAND, Star Staff Writer
SHEGUIANDAH - Nothing disturbed the heavens over Sheguindah
Bay on Manitoulin Island Thursday night. (However, on Friday
night a group of four saw it again between 11 o'clock and
It was a bright, clear night here as some of the residents
of the Bayside Cabins resort waited to see if the unidentified
flying objects seven persons had seen during the past four
nights would appear.
Wednesday and Thursday were the clearest nights in some
time, they said. On Wednesday, the UFO appeared spectacularly;
on Thursday, nothing happened.
The first thing spotted Thursday was the bright, red star
Antares, one of the first visible in the summer night. The
star, normally pinkish, appeared to be flashing green, blue
and red. But it did not move and the watchers soon gave
up on it.
(Dr. Robert Garrison, astronomer at the University of Toronto's
David Dunlop Observatory in Richmond Hill said in a phone
interview: "When Antares is low in the sky, the atmosphere
plays tricks. It flashes blue or green color; Antares is
a red supergiant and it normally appears red.")
Later, some spotters discovered other "UFOs";
the running lights of sailboat, the distant illumination
of a Canadian Pacific Railway dock and cabin lights.
As it got colder most of the spectators went away. The clear
sky was perfect for astronomical observation and the faint
stars of the Milky Way were clear and bright.
Finally the only two people left were John Dunlop, 13, and
a reporter. Around midnight the sky was still clear and
sorry you came out here and it didn't show," John said.
John had been looking at the other so-called UFOs and was
able to say they were not the objects he had seen.
John says he first saw the bright oval-shaped object Sunday
night to the east of the resort owned by his mother. The
object, with red, green, yellow and orange flashing lights,
first settled down near Ten-Mile Point on Sheguindah Bay.
he called me Sunday, he was really upset," his mother
Ruth Dunlop said. "He kept saying 'get Bill, get Bill.'
I thought something was wrong with the campsite."
Bill Omnot, a neighbor who works for CP Rail, said he did
not see the UFO Sunday, but did see it on Wednesday.
Omnot described what he saw as a bright oval that lit up
On Wednesday, the UFO came from the west instead of the
east as it had on the three previous nights, John said.
It appeared to hover over a field at one point, he added.
John estimates it came within a quarter of a mile on Wednesday
night. "It lit up the sky, it was the most spectacular
thing I ever saw. It lit up the sky like an aurora, only
Dick Pincomb, 49, a Strathroy purchasing manager, went down
to the lake after John started shouting on Wednesday.
saw three bright lights up in the sky," Pincomb said.
"Two of them blinked on and off."
Mrs. Dunlop said she could not see well Wednesday because
she did not have her glasses, but added the whole sky was
One night, John says, the UFO settled off to the east, then
turned off most of its lights and shot across the lake.
went across by an island," he said. "It was dark,
about the size of two cars. It went too fast for any boat."
you see it up in the sky, you get a good look at it,"
he said. John sketched an oval with lights along its centre.
Bill Fiedler, 14, of West Chester, Penn., says he was with
John Monday night when they saw it.
was two bright lights out in the middle of the lake,"
John said the lights could not have been a boat, while Bill
says he wasn't sure what it was he saw.
One night, John says, three of the UFOs appeared in the
sky. One appeared to be a mother ship. A smaller ship came
down to the lake, he said.
made no noise when it took off," he said, "and
it went up and down; an airplane doesn't do that."
is really a quiet boy," Mrs. Dunlop said. "It's
really got to him."
She said she believed he saw something and added John has
been so excited that he has neglected his chores at the
The Dunlops have lived in Sheguindah for 11 years. John
will enter Grade 8 at Little Current Public School in September.
Although there were 40 to 50 residents and tourists in the
area, only seven people have seen the UFO. Two were not
available for interviews.
There are no reports to indicate what the UFO might be.
Both the Falconbridge armed forces radar station and the
ministry of transport control tower at Sault Ste. Marie
reported nothing unusual over the island in the four days
John and the others saw the objects.
Provincial police at Little Current said there were no reports
of UFOs in the area.
Garrison said no astronomical phenomenon could explain it.
"There is a comet in the sky right now," he said.
"But you'd have to know where it is. A comet doesn't
move fast; it can only be seen moving night to night, not
during the night."
Garrison said the Perseid meteor shower is visible Aug.
1-12 in the area of the constellation Perseus. "It's
quite spectacular," he said. "There are bright
colors as various metals burn up, but what he saw doesn't
fit the description."
Ontario, STAR, 12 August 1975, page 3
UFO sighted by nine on Manitoulin
SHEGUIANDAH - An object with a "metallic shine"
was reported hovering in the air over this resort community
by two of nine eyewitnesses who claim to have seen it Monday
John Dunlop, 13, of this resort town near Little Current,
and a vacationer, John Wood, 17, of Mississauga said today
they were returning from the government dock to their cottages
at about 10:45 last night, when the "UFO" appeared
from a bush area and covered about 200 feet overhead.
After watching the oval-shaped object for about 30 seconds,
the two said they began running back to the nearby Bayside
Cottages to get a pair of binoculars.
In the two minutes it took them to run the quarter mile,
the object rose and moved a bit south. But still, Dunlop
said, the seven cottagers who joined the duo will vow to
having seen the same thing.
It remained stationary for about two more minutes before
it disappeared from sight, said Wood
definitely saw something," he said, qualifying the
statement by noting that he's sure it was neither an airplane
nor a balloon.
night I was shaking for a while, but I'm calm today,"
Wood and Dunlop said they'll be back at the government dock
Ontario, STAR, 16 August 1975, page 3
UFO sighted tenth time
SHEGUIANDAH - Thirteen-year-old John Dunlop saw it for the
tenth time Friday night, a strange flying object hovering
in the skies above Sheguiandah.
Like the other times, it loomed in the distance about 1,000
feet in the air, radiating alternating yellow and red. It
speeds away after little more than a minute.
His previous sightings have been corroborated by several
other cottagers in the immediate vicinity.
He has reported his sightings several times to Canadian
Forces base Falconbridge which in turn has contacted the
David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill. Astronomers there
say no celestial phenomenon explains the object.
Ontario, STAR, 12 November 1975, page 1
jets scrambled on UFOs
More sightings reported; radar base won't
By ROB ROWLAND, Star Staff Writer
A squadron of U.S. Air National Guard F-106 interceptors
were scrambled Tuesday morning to check the skies over Sudbury
for UFOs spotted on radar, The Star learned today.
The jet fighters were sent aloft several hours after the
last Sudbury Regional Police sighting at 7:15 a.m. A North
American Air Defence (NORAD) command spokesman in North
Bay said the fighters were scrambled from the U.S. Air Force
base at Selfridge, Michigan, at 12:50 p.m. local time.
In Colorado Springs, Del Kindschi, a public information
officer for NORAD, confirmed something had been tracked
He said an object was picked up on the Falconbridge radar
about 30 nautical miles south of the station. He added that
whatever was spotted visually by the station personnel -
three glowing lights with dark centres - was not necessarily
the same thing seen on radar.
The U.S. fighters did not find anything when they reached
here, Mr. Kindschi said.
In North Bay, the public affairs officer for 22nd NORAD
division said North Bay-based aircraft did not respond.
Sudbury is part of the 23rd division and for a routine scramble,
such as the one on Tuesday, the response comes from bases
in the 23rd Division.
In a real emergency, planes from North Bay would come, he
Another UFO was reported last night by Sudbury Regional
Police. Two officers, whose names were not released saw
a lighted, blinking object while on patrol on Highway 69
north, from 1:40 a.m. to 2:20 a.m.
The officers said in a report the object was definitely
not a star and displayed different changing colors.
In Nairn Centre, Theresa Bouillon reported she and her two
sons, Roger, 14 and Claude, 13, saw several objects over
their home between 10 p.m. and midnight Tuesday.
The first object was bright yellow and orange and was seen
in the eastern sky, towards Sudbury.
Later, another object, bright enough to hurt their eyes,
was seen to the east, over Espanola, Mrs. Bouillon said.
She said she called provincial police in Espanola but an
OPP spokesman said no other reports were logged at that
At one point, Mrs. Bouillon said, she and her sons saw a
total of four objects in the sky at once. At midnight because
it was cold and they were frightened they went in to go
the first time I've seen one and I hope it's the last,"
A spokesman at CFS Falconbridge had no comment today and
referred The Star to NORAD when questioned about last night's
sightings. In Colorado Springs, Mr. Kindschi said he had
not yet received a report on the Tuesday night sightings.
Ontario, STAR, 4 September 1991, page B1
it or wasn't it?
Did something from beyond earth visit Sudbury Saturday?
Four Kathleen Street residents say they saw a silver-colored
metal disc hovering in the sky over Sudbury just after noon
They are so convinced that what they saw is an unidentified
flying object, they filed a report with the Department of
National Defence through Canadian Forces Base North Bay.
They asked, however, that their names not be used to avoid
They said the disc flew over Sudbury from the north and
hovered over the city.
Air traffic control at Sudbury Airport didn't notice anything
unusual in the sky. And Environment Canada weather technicians
also didn't spot the UFO.
Ontario, STAR, 18 August 2003, page A3
spotted in darkening skies over Ramsey Lake
unclear if red and orange triangle-shaped object witnessed
over Sudbury Yacht Club was natural phenomenon or something
not of this world
THE SUDBURY STAR
peculiar appeared in the dusk skies over Sudbury on Friday
night, but whether it was otherworldly, an optical illusion
or an atmospheric phenomenon is anyone's guess.
Mark Fournier looked across Ramsey Lake as the sun went
down Friday, he saw something that both dazzled and startled
was a large triangle with a small silvery disk at the top,"
he said, describing the shape's colour as a cross between
Indian red and orange.
was scrambling for the phone, and looking for my binoculars.
I don't have a camera, otherwise I would have snapped a
picture of it." - Mark Fournier, on witnessing
a strange phenomena Friday night
stationary shape, he added, appeared to be several hundred
metres above the horizon and was situated just above the
Sudbury Yacht Club.
was standing in his backyard on Roderick Avenue, east of
the heavenly spectacle.
occurence happened between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Friday,
right around the time the sun sets.
one point, Fournier said, the small, luminous disk detached
itself from the top of the triangle, and moved horizontally,
left to right.
first, I thought it was a weather balloon in trouble,"
he said. "But it was too regularly shaped. It was perfectly
defined, and very bright."
was pretty shaken up," he said.
was scrambling for the phone, and looking for my binoculars.
I don't have a camera, otherwise I would have snapped a
picture of it."
image appeared for about 10 to 15 minutes before vanishing,
Nursall, Science North's science director, said many wondrous
things appear in the skies, especially at sunset.
amazing what you see at sunset," he said, "especially
when you're on a lake."
wouldn't rule out mysterious origins for the celestial appearance,
but science does explain many uncommon occurrences in the
skies, he said.
had many discussions with people about the wonderful things
in the sky," he said.
our depth cues get messed up at sunset, where even ordinary
things, like a bird, take on different characteristics.
This thing could have been a sun dog or a high cloud that
gave off unusual reflections from ice crystals.
sure it was something."
said it can be frustrating when people see odd things in
the skies and can't explain them. He remains receptive to
the possibility that it was something that can't be explained.
clippings courtesy of The Sudbury (Daily) Star.