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SNEADS FERRY — As the cold weather kept a grip on the area, Sneads Ferry’s fish houses were quiet.
 
They worked on equipment, readied boats and otherwise prepared for the boats to start running and fishing to start. A long winter that seems to have continued into spring has had them waiting a bit longer than usual.
 
“We should start seeing things getting started by mid-April,” said Timmy Millis, whose grandfather, Ben Millis, started B.F. Millis & Sons in 1946.
 
The weather, good and bad, has always played a part in the commercial fishing industry, but that’s expected.
 
But in a community where fishing and a love for the ocean are entwined in its history, the closing of one of its fish houses is a reminder of challenges that go beyond Mother Nature.
 
L.T. Everett & Sons ceased operations Dec. 31 after 67 years in business.
 
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