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SUMMERSIDE When Felisha Hellberg bought her historic home she didn't realize she was also getting a houseguest.
That guest's a spirit, one that's occupied the house for several years.
"There's nothing negative about it. There's just a presence here," she added. "You can feel it but it doesn't spook me at all."
Her first encounter with the spirit was just hours after she moved in.
"The very first morning I woke up and around the bed there were pennies placed around the bed. My husband and I were the only two in the house," said Hellberg. "How they got there was very strange. Why would somebody do that?"
Things only got more peculiar.
"I was vacuuming one day and the vacuum cleaner kept turning itself off. I thought maybe it was just blocked."
Then she walked out of the room.
"All of a sudden it turned itself back on."
On numerous occasions Hellberg's heard the shuffling of feet. And, each morning around 6, there's a rap on the door.
"I've looked many times and there's no one there. Nobody at all."
Janice Sherry and husband Steve lived in the home in from 1984 to '88.
She, too, felt a spiritual presence in the 19th Century house.
"If you were on the main level and you were going upstairs in the house whenever your nose cleared the landing to the second floor you would smell roses, rose perfume, like a rush of air as if someone was moving."
She believes the spirit is that of former owner Bertha Wood, who lived in the home from 1915 to the time of her death in 1972.
"She always had a great love for the house and was waked there after her death," added Sherry. "I believe that she probably periodically checked on the house or never really left it because she loved it."
Sherry never got a "bad feeling" from the spirit but felt it didn't want to be around others.
"Often times you'd go upstairs and you felt like someone was leaving the upstairs to go downstairs."
Hellberg doesn't plan to spiritually cleanse the house, something she could do herself if she wished.
The ghost only adds more character to the home, said Hellberg.
"You're never alone, I can say that," she said with a chuckle. "It just makes it that much more special."