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Great teamwork aided Cranberry Festival

November 1, 2018


This year, the Warrens Cranberry Festival was faced with a last-minute issue that would have been a devastating blow. One of our cell service providers, without informing the festival, made the decision to not follow through on a contracted temporary tower. Most people wouldn’t think anything of it, but when you bring that many people into the area, no one would get any service. This means that there would be no way a 911 phone call could go out, none of our vendors could do any credit card sales and the local people would have no coverage either. It was going to be a safety issue for those at the festival as well as residents in the area. This was a heavy burden for those of us working at the festival.


Not knowing where to turn, we started making phone calls. We would like to thank Rep. Nancy VanderMeer and staff, Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett and staff, Angie Dickison, state broadband director and staff, the Department of Public Safety and Jim and Nodji Van Wychen. Beginning with Rep. VanderMeer, who started the ball rolling, all these people started making phone calls and working on solving this issue. Through their efforts on the festival’s behalf, a temporary tower was brought in and set up in record time.


This would not have happened if not for the hard work and dedication of these individuals. We are grateful.

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