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CNN’s sardine fiasco

THE NATION’S first sardine cannery opened in Eastport, Maine, in 1875, a historical distinction the island town commemorates with what has become a New Year’s Eve tradition: At the stroke of midnight, an 8-foot sculpture of a sardine is lowered from the top of the local art museum, and townspeople line up to kiss the painted wood-and-canvas fish for good luck in the year ahead.

It’s a light-hearted, quirky event, and Eastport residents were plainly happy to share it with CNN correspondent Gary Tuchman, who was on hand to cover the Great Sardine Drop as part of the cable giant’s live New Year’s Eve programming.

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