From the Chillicothe Gazette, Sunday, July 2, 2000


Bainbridge Family Farm is Newest Host to Mysterious Rings

Sunday, July 2, 2000
By Rami Yoakum

Bainbridge - ET phone home?

Lovers of mysteries and UFO enthusiasts take heed: Paranormal activity is alive and well just east of Bainbridge on U.S. 50.

On the farm of Roscoe and Elizabeth Swartz three genuine crop circles have appeared. They were discovered in a wheat field Thursday by farmer Bob Mark - who was baling hay at the time.

Some possible - albeit maybe not plausible - reasons for their appearance include, but are not limited to: aliens, Druids, Native American mysticism, the recent summer solstice, or maybe they are simply the work of a resourceful and inventive prankster.

Whatever the case may be, the Swartz's have but a short time to enjoy their circles; that field is scheduled to be cut today.

"There's no sign of machinery, but they're so geometrically perfect," said Roscoe, an oral surgeon. "Maybe it has to do with summer solstice." Evidence to the contrary is scarce, "I don't know how anyone could've gotten in or out... nothing's knocked down and there are no tracks - it's a phenomenon we just can't explain," he added.

One of the circles is nearly 40 feet in diameter - but it is the other two that appear most interesting. They contain an inner circle of almost 30 feet in diameter, an outer "ring" of three feet in width that encompasses the center circle. Two "concentric circles," if you will.

The trio of circles are just a few feet apart and are in an area not far from Seip Mound - where ancient earthworks once stood - before losing their battle with the plow. "There's a lot of Indian lore about this area..." continued Roscoe.

The Swartz family has lived on the farm for 31 years and have never seen anything like it. "I think maybe we were invaded by the Druids," Roscoe further hypothesized.

According to Elizabeth and Roscoe, the circles are a welcome break: "Usually the biggest thing they find around here are marijuana plants - and no one knows where they come from either!"

Roscoe said that when he first saw the circles he though "What is this?" then spent some time making crude measurements and taking a few pictures before calling The Gazette. "Every now and then there's some goofy article like this in there - I thought it'd be fun."

Dale Mark was there continuing work on the hay bailing process. "My wife said I'd been dreaming about UFO's," he said - before deciding it might be better not to go on.

Elizabeth, who is an artist, was much more careful with her words. Unlike her husband she seemed dubious of committing herself to the question of their origins. "Whether it's a hoax or not it's still well done," she said, commenting somewhat reluctantly "I better not mention UFOs."

With the hay scheduled to be baled today, and no explanation of their origins likely to come, for now Elizabeth and Roscoe can only ponder the question "Where did they come from?" while the Bainbridge crop circles are soon to be another one of "History's Mysteries."

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