ATTRACTIONS OPEN, BUT SHUTDOWN AFFECTS LOCAL BUSINESS

by Christian Mower on October 4, 2013

AS THE PEAK OF LEAF PEEPING SEASON ARRIVES, A MARKETING ASSOCIATION THAT REPRESENTS POPULAR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE VALLEY AREA HAS A MESSAGE FOR PROSPECTIVE VISITORS WHO MAY BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE SHUTDOWN OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

THE MESSAGE FROM THE NORTH WOODSTOCK, NEW HAMPSHIRE BASED WHITE MOUNTAINS ATTRACTIONS IS “BASICALLY, NOTHING HAS CHANGED.”

ATTRACTIONS ASSOC. MEMBERS INCLUDE ATTITASH MOUNTAIN RESORT AND WILDCAT MOUNTAIN, THE CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD, MOUNT WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD AND STORY LAND IN GLEN, AMONG OTHERS.

THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HAS AFFECTED THE OPERATIONS OF AT LEAST ONE LOCAL BUSINESS.

JAY POULIN – PRESIDENT OF H.E. BERGERON ENGINEERS, INC. IN NORTH CONWAY, SAYS HIS COMPANY HAS CONTRACTS WITH THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE FOR THREE FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS IN THE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST HE’S BEEN TOLD TO STOP WORKING ON.

HE SAYS IT’S A MINOR INCONVENIENCE RIGHT NOW BUT IF THE SHUTDOWN CONTINUES FOR MORE THAN A FEW WEEKS IT WILL AFFECT HIS COMPANY FINANCIALLY.

A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION’S COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN CONWAY SAYS IT HAS NOT BEEN AFFECTED BY THE SHUTDOWN AND THE CLINIC IS OPEN AND FULLY FUNCTIONAL.

STELLA LAREAU SAYS THE CLINIC HAS ADVANCE APPROPRIATIONS AND WILL REMAIN OPEN. SHE SAYS CLAIMS PROCESSING AND PAYMENTS FOR COMPENSATION, PENSION, EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAMS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH LATE OCTOBER, 2013 BUT IF THE SHUTDOWN CONTINUES FOR A LONG TIME, THE PROGRAMS WILL BE SUSPENDED WHEN THE MONEY FOR THEM RUNS OUT.

FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT VA SERVICES, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.va.gov.

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