From: Eustaquio Anddrea Patounas <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2003 00:15:13 -0300 Fwd Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2003 11:35:10 -0400 Subject: Crop Circles Draw Curious To Fairfield Source: Woodland Daily Democrat - California http://www.dailydemocrat.com/articles/2003/07/05/news/news90_.txt July 6, 2003 Mysterious Crop Circles Draw Curious To Fairfield A flight to get an aerial view of a series of crop circles discovered earlier this week in Fairfield, netted another surprise - a second field with a crop circle. From MediaNews Group and wire reports Located south of the site where local farmer Larry Balestra discovered 15 large flattened circles and shapes in his wheat field, the newly-discovered circle is smaller with a straight line protruding from it. The smaller circle is located in a field off Suisun Valley Road behind Solano Community College's rear parking area. Rick Roach, Photo Editor of The Vacaville Reporter, discovered the new circle as he and a local pilot were angling for a photograph of the larger crop circles in Balestra's field. "I said, "Hey! There's another one,'" Roach recalled. He snapped several shots of the shape. Scientists, curiosity seekers, media, UFO specialists and even a woman wanting to cure her paralyzed dog have swarmed to Balestra's wheat field at Suisun Valley and Rockville roads during the past week after learning of extensive crop circles imprinted there over the weekend. Balestra, of Suisun City, found the 15 large flattened circles and shapes in his wheat field last Saturday, one of them more than 140 feet in diameter. "What the heck?" Balestra muttered to himself upon walking into the field and making the discovery. He then pulled out his cell phone and told his wife, "You won't believe what I'm looking at." It's unclear whether aliens, teenagers or alien teenagers landed in the field. Whatever the source of the circles, which are drawing onlookers by the dozens, Balestra just wants his crop harvested. "The harvester can't pick this up," he said. The farmer, owner of Larry's Produce on Suisun Valley Road, said the 2.5-foot-high wheat grass must have been pressed late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Balestra noticed an odd shadow in his field as he drove by Saturday morning about 6 o'clock. Despite the conviction of many UFO buffs that extraterrestrials have played a hand in previous crop circle occurrences around the world, Balestra appeared convinced there was a much more earthly explanation to his ruined field. "I guess some people have too much time on their hands," he said. Balestra said someone must have come into the field Friday night and created the intricate designs. Fariba Bogzaran, 45, of West Marin County, a professor of dream studies at J.F.K. University, traveled from Berkeley after hearing of the crop circles. Before getting a firsthand look, Bogzaran contacted the farmer's family members to let them know that "after 10 years of watching crop circles, they would not be harmed by it." In fact, "if it's a genuine one, next year his crop will grow two inches higher," she said. Bogzaran traveled to England last year to study crop circles "with experts in the field." She has been studying the phenomenon for 10 years and spoke in Berkeley a couple months ago on the subject. "The layout of this particular crop circle looks very similar to early crop circles of early England," Bogzaran said.
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