SALEM — The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has people around the world hoping, searching and praying for a solution.
On Sunday, the Salem witches will give it a shot.
The Temple of Nine Wells, a local Wiccan and pagan group, will conduct an "ocean blessing and healing" ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Waikiki Beach on Winter Island. Many of the city's Wiccan high priests and high priestesses are hoping to raise local awareness about the present state of the oceans and send out "magickal healing energy."
"As we are all now aware, the world's oceans are presently in great peril," Marc Delaney, public relations director for the Temple of Nine Wells, said in a statement. "Drilling rig accidents and tanker disasters dump vast quantities of toxic crude oil into the sea, jeopardizing fish, birds, marine mammals and polluting shorelines ..."
The noontime ocean blessing will be followed by an afternoon of family activities. At 4:30 p.m., the temple will hold its annual midsummer magick circle.
The ocean blessing is free and open to the public. A $10 donation is requested for the activities that follow.
An animal group in California rescued 100 dogs that were scheduled to be euthanized and airlifted them to shelters around the country, including the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem.
"Project: Flying Chihuahuas" sent 10 dogs to Salem.
The shelter sent a van to pick them up early Tuesday morning at Logan Airport only to discover they were never put on the plane. So the shelter workers went back Wednesday and collected them.
The Chihuahuas — actually Chihuahua mixes — will be available for adoption beginning late today.
"They're really cute dogs," shelter worker Laurie McCannon said.
Salem High seniors weren't the only ones to don a cap and gown recently.
Assistant Superintendent Alyce Davis was in the commencement at Nova Southeastern University in Florida last weekend.