Ayer’s Cliff is one scary town
and funded in part by the Ayer’s Cliff merchants association.
According to association president Mike Crook, the weekend actives were a huge success in spite of a minor setback.
Following the Halloween activities, which ended around 10 p.m. on
Saturday night, the Halloween displays were vandalised.
Pumpkins were smashed and decorations were torn down and knocked over.
When local merchant Jean Alexandre noticed the damage on Sunday morning, he posted pictures on the What’s Up Ayer’s Cliff facebook page, denouncing the destructive acts.
It wasn’t long before the community mobilized.
“So when is the clean up and restoration,” one person commented.
People from other municipalities even offered to come and help put Halloween back together.
By early afternoon on Sunday there was no sign that there had been any vandalism at all.
Community Activities Coordinator Maïtée Cantin and a team of helpers were quick to repair any damage done and clean up the smashed pumpkins.
According to another Facebook poster, there was a witness who reported the incident and an investigation is apparently underway to find the culprits.
“It was so minor,” Crook said. “I don’t want the takeaway from this to be negative,” he said, focusing on the success of Saturday’s activities.
“It was such a great day,” commented Crook, refusing to let the actions of a few destructive people tarnish a positive weekend in Ayer’s Cliff.
An example of the destruction caused Saturday night by vandals
By noon on Sunday there was no sign of any vandalism