by Dennis Dalman
At times, the gathering seemed like a funeral, with tears falling and speakers choking back emotions. Later, at the picnic that followed, the sadness was replaced with plenty of happy memories and laughter.
The gathering was a reunion of sorts for former Verso paper-mill employees, who got together May 27 for a ceremony at Veterans Park and a picnic across the street in Watab Park. It was exactly one year ago – May 27, 2012 – when an explosion and fire at Verso killed employee Jon Maus, injured four others and ultimately caused the plant to close forever.