April 17, 2014

Strange bird spotted in downtown Gardner

An American Coot was discovered walking around Gardner’s downtown area last week. Submitted photo
An American Coot was discovered walking around Gardner’s downtown area last week. Submitted photo

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Jina Houston, owner of the Downtowner Cafe, was sitting in front of her business last week when a couple approached her and asked …

Community boasts several haunting hot spots

The Downtowner Cafe, pictured above, is one of several locations in Gardner rumored to be haunted.Downtowner employees say it’s not uncommon for items like coffee and tea pots to flicker on when no one is around or for items to be mysteriously moved from one place to another. The most well-known haunted  location, an old hangar out at New Century AirCenter, was once featured on an A & E television program about haunted places.Staff photos by Mica Marriott

Mica Marriott
mmarriott@gardnernews.com

With its rich history including settlers on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails and its part in settling the Wild West hundreds of years ago, many of the older buildings in Gardner are known for their paranormal …