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October 5, 2013

N.H. is open for business

Granite State to visitors: We're open for business

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“N.H. State Parks are not part of the government shutdown,” its website said.

Tourists could click on a list of campgrounds and operating hours.

The state tourism website let people know it was mainly business as usual.

“Travel and tourism in New Hampshire has been largely unaffected by the shutdown,” it said.

“Our concern was to make sure people knew we were not part of the shutdown,” spokesman Amy Bassett said.

The federal government shutdown didn’t stop tourists from going north to see the foliage.

“We are still getting our crowds,” said Melissa Puga, rental manager with Rivergreen Resort in Lincoln.

There was no vacancy at the resort, which has 85 units.

“We are full this weekend,” Puga said.

Tourists planning to see the foliage this weekend said the National Forest closure would not affect them.

Bill Needham of Little Compton, R.I., said his family would be checking the foliage as they traveled to Santa’s Village and Franconia Notch.

“New Hampshire’s state parks are the best in New England,” he said.

Benita Black and her daughter, Melanie Koch, of Metropolis, Ill., planned to stay in Twin Mountain.

“We hope this won’t affect us too much,” Black said.

They planned to drive the countryside so Koch could see the New Hampshire foliage for the first time.

Lois Townshend of Plymouth, Mass., was passing through New Hampshire on the way to Vermont for a biking trip with friends. She said the National Forest closure wouldn’t affect them.

“It bothers me in terms of the shutdown because we would like to see the Republicans and Democrats resolve this with some old-time compromise like they used to,” she said.

Needham also was troubled by the politics behind the forest closure.

“No matter how you vote, they seem to be self-serving people who are going to do what they want to do,” he said.

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