(AP) The Massachusetts city that held the notorious witch trials of 1692 has lined up volunteers and port-a-potties to replace services lost when the National Park Service closed its visitor center because of the partial government shutdown.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said on Friday that the timing of the shutdown couldn't have been worse because many of the city's annual visitors show up in October during its "Haunted Happenings."
Nancy Ryan of Manhattan, Ill., says the shutdown is affecting her trip. She said she hopes members of Congress have to come to Salem to use the port-a-potties "because that's where they belong."
Warlock Christian Day says if the shutdown doesn't end soon, Salem's witches may have to come together and "do a little magic to push it along."