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Neighbors Worried About Temple Traffic

By January 8, 2013

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Residents in a small town in New Hampshire are upset that a group of local witches have set up a temple on a five-acre residential property. Fortunately, most of the folks who are objecting say that their concerns are related to traffic, rather than the religion itself.

Author Christopher Penczak, co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft in Salem, NH, says the group will host rituals, ceremonies and classes. The new location offered the Temple the opportunity to work in a natural, forested setting. City officials say all zoning requirements are being met, and proper plans were approved by the city.

The group has a total of about 200 members locally, as well as a few hundred globally.

One neighbor said, "You don't want them casting any spells over here or anything but I mean they seem like normal people." So at least there's hope that everyone will be able to get along.

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January 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm
(1) My Pagan Circle says:

If I could see the picture of the property, I could judge if the traffic part is reasonable.

But as I can only go on the description, the temple goers can park somewhere else? I mean there is 200 people, I dont think you are going to be able to fit that many cars on that block, so most will have to park somewhere. Maybe if the town is small enough, most of them will walk.

Who knows? Im gonna look this up and see if I can get a picture.

January 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm
(2) My Pagan Circle says:

“When somebody moves in your neighborhood and say witchcraft, you’re first thing is like ‘well that’s pretty weird’,” says neighbor Scott White. “You don’t want them casting any spells over here or anything but I mean they seem like normal people.”

No offense Patti but you should of put the whole quote. It looks a lot worse with just the bottom half of the quote.

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