Volunteers & Port-A-Potties Help Prevent Government Shutdown From Haunting Salem


How can you shut down a town? A public space? Come on folks, we the citizens own these spaces NOT the government! Don’t wait for or ask permission to visit our public spaces!

CBS Boston

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The partial federal government shutdown is riling witches and visitors alike in the Massachusetts city that held the notorious witch trials of 1692, where officials have lined up dozens of volunteers and some portable toilets to replace services lost when the National Park Service closed its visitor center.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said Friday the timing of the shutdown couldn’t be worse for the city that sees a quarter of its annual visitors during October’s “Haunted Happenings.” The monthlong event — featuring daily Halloween trick-or-treats, a psychic fair and witchcraft expo as well as numerous special events — generates $30 million for the city.

The government shutdown, however, has forced the National Park Service to close its Salem visitor center. The facility provides information on national maritime historic sites and other local attractions and has public restrooms.

“People have stepped up, we got a makeshift visitor…

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