SALEM — The sun shone brightly yesterday for Employee Recognition Day at Salem Harbor Station, the final large gathering of workers before the power plant shuts down at the end of the month.
The two-hour outdoor program at the water’s edge featured a barbecue, a hot wings-eating contest and remarks by top officials at Footprint, the plant owner, and from general manager Mike Fitzgerald.
A large group of past and present plant workers gathered for a group photo.
The coal and oil-burning plant, which has been operating more than 60 years, will be replaced by a natural-gas facility in 2016. The final day for the current plant is May 31.
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