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Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

In November I attended a tribute to Sparrows Point workers organized by the Point’s new owners, Sparrows Point Terminal. After the company carries out a $48 million environmental clean-up, they hope to lease space to various companies and turn the site into a 21st century manufacturing and distribution hub. But before moving forward they wanted to recognize the 125 year history of the Sparrows Point steelworks and invited a bunch of state and local politicians, including Senators Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin, to honor the workers who labored on the Point. And they have preserved the Star of Bethlehem that was displayed every year during the Christmas season on top of the Big L furnace. The star is huge and has been remounted on a 12,000 lb base. It’s not yet clear where it will be displayed in the future. But it’s nice to know that the new owners have taken the trouble to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. Merry Christmas!

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