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Hidden in Plain Sight: another cool salmon

While driving along Port Avenue recently, I spied a nicely made sockeye (red) salmon wind vane perched atop a tall pole at Icicle Seafoods. It swung back and forth as if swimming upstream, facing the ever-changing gusts of wind.

According to Icicle Seafoods plant manager Charles McEldowney, the wind vane was built by some folks in their Engineering Staff, mostly by Dustin Jenson, chief engineer. In addition to being a very cool and appropriate salmon cutout, it serves a practical purpose: in the event of an emergency response, it shows the direction of the wind.

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Previously, wind socks were used but did not last long with Seward’s high winds. This sturdy little gem has been in operation for the past 3 or 4 years, hidden in plain sight. Check it out the next time you drive past Icicle Seafoods.

Carol Griswold

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