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By Dan Rudy 

Wrangell-hosted SEC was a success


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Wrangell Public Works Superintendent Carl Johnson gives attendees of Southeast Conference a tour of Wrangell's Marine Service Center Wednesday. First opened in 2006, developing the service yard has been an ongoing project for the borough, converting former mill property into a fully-paved, self-service facility. The MSC operates a pair of mobile hoists: a 150-ton Marine Travelift, and a 300-ton Ascom model acquired earlier this year. As a way to boost job creation, the harbor department has limited its services to lifting boats from the water and renting lot space. All other services are provided by private sector vendors.

Despite the at times uncooperative weather, the Borough of Wrangell successfully hosted this year's annual Southeast Conference at its Nolan Center, from Sept. 16 to 18. About 180 visitors arrived for the three-day conference, fully booking every inn, hotel and lodge in town. Volunteers opened their houses to some attendees as well, but to accommodate the remaining attendees Trident Seafoods allowed the conference use of its bunkhouses.

Volunteers were essential to the event's success, fixing refreshments, setting up tables at the Nolan Center, shuttling visitors about and distributing info...

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