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Residents alarmed as Coast Guard changes foghorns

For Tom Bradbury and his neighbors in York, Maine, the town foghorn is more than just a familiar sound — it represents something greater, like peace itself.

“There’s a sense that someone is on guard, watching over those who are on the water,” Bradbury told the Associated Press. “We find it a very pleasing, comforting sound.”

That’s why many New Englanders are sounding the alarm over a Coast Guard plan to convert old-style foghorns in Maine and New Hampshire to newer technology.

The Coast Guard says the newer technology is activated by mariners via marine radios and is safer and more cost effective. To residents like Bradbury, however, it also results in fewer of the foghorns’ familiar blasts.

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