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Clover Island art unveiling

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  More than 200 people came out for big unveiling at Clover Island Thursday.  The centerpiece of the project is the new lighthouse, but the center of Thursday's ceremony was a statue.

It's named the Call of the River.  It's designed to represent the importance of the Columbia River to our community.  It's based on a photo decades old, showing two Tri-Cities women on a boat.  Their names were Mabel and Dorothy Smith.  And in attendance Thursday were family members of the women.

"It made the whole family really proud that they made this," Mabel's son, Jim Mills says.  "She was a great lady, so it made me proud."

"The river and the rowboat were a large part of my early life.  I grew up out here along the banks of the river.  It's been a big part of us," adds Mabel's nephew, Roland Smith.

Port of Kennewick leaders say the million dollar renovation will help generate economic development and the new sights will boost tourism.

Port leaders already have plans for more improvements to Clover Island which could come to life later this year.