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'Bigfoot' lurks around Caledonia

Written by Dale Heberling, Public Opinion Online | Oct 1, 2015 1:05 PM
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A Bigfoot cardboard cutout appears in the woods of Caledonia State Park in Michaux State Forest along the 500 block of Corls Road, Fayetteville. (Markell DeLoatch, Public Opinion)

(Fayetteville) -- Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists traveling in the remote wooded Caledonia area should beware that Bigfoot may be lurking not far from the edge of Corls Road.

A plywood cutout of the mythical creature stands near the gravel track that provides access to a number of cabin homes near the golf course. Courtesy of a York County man who owns a Corls Road cabin, it bears a remarkable likeness to descriptions that come out of the American Northwest of the mythic humanlike creature that some insist is real.

Joe Devilbiss, a teacher retired from Harford County schools in Maryland, said the beastly sight -- 8-feet-tall like the persistent descriptions -- is an extension of Halloween decorating he does at his home in Fawn Grove near the Maryland border.

Devilbiss said he saw the Bigfoot pattern advertised and "just decided" to add it to his fall inventory. He cut the silhouette for his front yard from a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood. Then he made a second one for his cabin.

"I do some craftwork and hang ghosts and skeletons in my yard at Halloween," he said. "I'm a retired industrial arts teacher, so I have some woodworking ability and an affinity for children."

He's learned that his decorations are popular with kids who pass by on school buses.

"The bus driver stopped by my house between his runs for the high school and the little kids, and told me kids always look to see what I have out when they go by in the school bus," Devilbiss said.

He's also gotten feedback from his daughter Beverly, a chemistry teacher at Kennard Dale High School in Fawn Grove, who was quizzed by her students about Bigfoot.

"They (students) were asking her where she lived," Devilbiss said. "Her house is right down the road from mine. When she told them where she lived, they said 'oh, you live at the Bigfoot,' but she told them that's her dad's house."

Devilbiss said his daughter told him some students remarked that Bigfoot's eyes glow in the dark.

"I put some reflective tape on it for its eyes," he said.

Dale Heberlig can be reached at 717-262-4811.


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