PETERSBURG-AK Petersburg welcomed the 2009 fishing season and remembered lost loved-ones Sunday afternoon with the annual blessing of the fleet. There was a full crowd for the event at the sons of norway hall. Drizzly weather prompted organizers to hold the event inside. The service typically takes place next door at Fisherman's Memorial Park. Matt Lichtenstein produced this sound portrait of the annual religious and community event, which is a spring tradition in fishing towns around the state of Alaska:
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