Lancaster New Era from Lancaster, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1980 · 1
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Thursday, September 18, 1980
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Clog Emergency Cooling System Thousands of Tiny Clams Shut Nuclear Reactor LITTLE ROCK. Ark. (AP) -An onslaught by thousands of tiny Asian clams has halted operations of a reactor at the Arkansas Nuclear One power plant, creating what one official describes as a nightmare. Operations at the plant were curtailed again Wednesday as workers cleaned inch-long clams from the reactors cooling system. The clean-up has been under way for more than a week. This thing is a nightmare, said Gene Herrington, a spokesman for Arkansas Power & Light Co., operator of the plant. The flow of water into the reactor buildings emergency cooling system was clogged by the clams, forcing the shutdown of Unit 2 on Sept. 4. The clams also have been found in the water supply of Unit 1, which already had been shut down due to an equipment malfunction. The clams, known as Corbicu-la Fluminea, were brought into this country in the mid-1930s as food for Chinese laborers who were building a dam in the state of Washington. The tiny clam is considered a delicacy in China. Since its importation, the clam has spread southward and eastward through water channels. Each has the reproductive organs of both sexes, so its reproduction is prolific. The nuclear plant, near Russellville, takes its water supply from Lake Dardanelle, which in turn is fed by the Arkansas River. The river, and now the lake, have become home to the clams. The clams entered the nuclear plant as larvae too small to be caught by a screen that filters out everything larger than three-sixteenths of an inch. Inside the plant, the larvae grew into clams and began reproducing. Parts of the inside of the reactors emergency cooling system look like ocean oyster beds, said John Griffin, AP&Ls director of nuclear operations. Utility employees gleaned two large buckets, weighing between 400 and 500 pounds apiece, of the clams after cleaning an intake bay where water is drawn from the river. Inside, theyve attached themselves to the pipe, the walls of the pipe and to each other. Griffin said. On some pipe, the clams have grown in and closed the diameter down to half the original size. The problem is, the air coolers are like a car radiator. The tubes arent in a straight line, so you can't just take a rod to clean out the shells. He said the cleaning involves shooting water backwards through the system in an effort to dislodge the clams, then increasing the use of chlorine to kill them. Nuclear One isnt the first plant disrupted by the clams. Other facilities depending on river water have had similar problems with them in recent yearsi AP Wirephoto Biologist Bob West of Arkansas Power & Light Co. displays one of the clams that clogged pipes and forced the shutdown of a reactor unit at the plant. Today's Chuckle Every man is a fool for at least five minutes a day. Wisdom consists of not exceeding the time limit. Lancaster New Era Metropolitan Lancaster 1975 Estimate U.S. Census 341,300 Local Weather Fair and cooler tonight, lows low to mid 50s. Mostly sunny Friday, mid to upper 70s. (Details on Page 3) . 103rd Year-No. 32,433 METROPOLITAN EDITION LANCASTER, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 18, 1$80 Price 20$ Daily Home Delivered $1 .20 A Week New Era Photos by Richard Hortzlor Tom and Cindy Hampton, owners of Tuc- Road at Rawlinsville, The Hamptons planted the quan Vineyard, the newest winery to open in the first 150 vines of commercial grapes that started county, smile proudly over nine varieties of the wine industry here, wines produced at their small plant on Drytown 200,000 Bottles Will Be Produced This Year After 1 2 Years, County Wine Industry Is a Pa. Leader By JACK POLLARD New Era Staff Writer Lancaster County has produced a prize-winning wine, among the 43 varieties now bottled here. At left is a white wine named Colonnade which twice took awards at Eastern Grape Growers conferences. It is produced by Nissley vineyards at Bainbridge. At right, a picker cuts off a large bunch of Aurore grapes in the Nissely vineyards. It started unnoticed in 1968, when a Rawlinsville couple stuck 150 spindly brown vines in the soil behind their house. It grew largely unappreciated throughout the 70s. But now, nourished by a handful of Pennsylvania Dutch area farmers, the wine and grape industry of Lancaster County rivals those in other areas of the state. And, say those pioneering grape growers who discovered what the succulent fruit can do here, all signs point to escalating growth for the industry in the 80s. As surprising as it may seem, after a mere 12 years of growth, the vineyards of the Conestoga and Susquehanna Valleys this year will produce: 43 wide-ranging varieties of wine bearing the trademark of Lancaster County whites, roses and reds, from semi-sweet to tartly dry. 200,000 bottles of wine, or more, enough to stretch from Lancaster to Gettysburg, if placed end to end. $700,000 in gross revenue, conservatively estimated; far more, if the grape pickers strike continues in California. Wages of about $150,000 for 45 to 50 part-time and full-time wine workers. In fact, so attractive has this Pennsylvania Dutch country become for grape growers and winemakers that two years ago it7 enticed the states oldest producing wiriery, Conestoga Vineyards, into Lancaster City. With four of the states 22 commercial wineries now in operation here, Lancaster County winemakers have equalled the number in Erie County, the longtime state leader. Erie County, however, where vineyards were planted in 1850, far outstrips any other county in the Commonwealth in total wine production. As a comparison, four winemakers in the vineyard center of Northeast, Erie County, annually produce some 95,900 gallons, according to state Liquor Control Board figures. A New Era survey of Lancaster winemakers shows that local wine production this year will reach about 40,000 gallons. Nissley Vineyards, near Bainbridge, owned by retired contractor Richard Nissley, is the largest producer and bottler in Lancaster County. It is expected to cork an estimated 100,000 bottles this season. The largest vineyard keeper, with 35 acres of grapes planted, is Lancaster County Winery Ltd., operated by husband and wife team Todd and Suzanne Dickel on Rawlinsville Road at Willow Street. Conestoga Vineyards, previously located at Birchrunville, Chester County, expects to cork 35.000 bottles at the former Queen Dairy building on S. Queen Street. Owners Martin and Arthur Keen have chosen Landisville for their vineyards.. Tucquan Vineyards the ' newest commercial seller, but the oldest grower hopes to put out 10.000 Dottles of wine from their Rawlinsville grapevines. A fifth winery, Mount Hope Vineyards, which also owns Mazza Winery at Northeast, lies just beyond the Lancaster border See WINE Page 4 1st of Kind Here; Will Prevent Layoffs pDnirafta Fin efts oS RUSIlDoan y.S. Loaot An Ephrata shoe tirm, which has lars from a Philadelphia bank, plus a are adversely affected by foreign im- been hard-hit by sales of imported direct loan of one million dollars from ports . shoes and high interest rates, got a the Administration. William Rohrbach, president of $2.5 million loan from a federal agen- The loan was announced by Rep. the company which manufacturers a cy today to help it continue operations. Robert S Walker of Lancaster, and complete line of specialty shoes for Officials at Fleet Air Corp. of shoe company officials praised Walk- children, said today that the loans will Ephrata said the loan will protect its er's role in helping the company to ob- be usecj t0 bolster the sagging finances 250 jobs, with the prospect of creat- tain it. 0f the firm, which has been especial- ing many more jobs, contributing sig- Aides m Walkers otfice said ly hard hit by foreign competition over nificantly to the total economic stabili- today that they believed this was the the past several years. ty in Ephrata. first. EDA loan of this type to be grant- Rohrbach credited Walker with Without the loan, a shoe company ed in this area. helping to make arrangements for the official said, layoffs would have oc- The loans are made possible financing, which he says will be used curred and the future of the business under the Economic Development As- t0 consolidate and satisfy past due ac- itself would have been in doubt. sistance Act first passed in the early counts as well as settle outstanding The loan, from the United States 1960s and last amended in 1977. The bank loans. Economic Development Administra- loans are aimed at assisting business- The companys financial condition tion, was in the form of a guaranteed es whose workers are suffering a high loan of one and one-half million dol- incidence of unemployment or who See FLEET Page 4 But No Sign of Missing Girl Search Nears Key Level of Berks Landfill Authorities this morning expressed optimism that the exhaustive search of a Berks County landfill might soon uncover evidence that will show what happened to 15-year-old Evelyn Fisher of New Holland. They are encouraged about the spot they are digging in now, District Attorney Michael H. Ranck remarked this morning. An estimated 50 searchers, the largest turnout since Monday, gathered at the New Holland Liberty Fire Hall this morning for a briefing. The overall turnout at the landfill numbered about 75. Police said about one-third of a 75-yard-square target area has been searched. Overnight showers made the soil-covered rubbish soggy. Workers at the scene said the landfill today is covered with about one inch of mud and trucks are slipping. State police Sgt. Harry Latsha this morning expressed gratitude for the turnout of volunteers which have averaged about 50-60 each day. Another search is planned for Friday and, once again, volunteers are needed. There is no word as to whether search efforts will be conducted over the weekend. Since Wednesday of last week police and volunteers have been meticulously combing through tons of rubbish. searching for a yellow trash bag that police believe contains human remains. Sometime prior to Aug. 25 the yellow bag was deposited in a trash barrel near Schoeneck. On Aug. 25 a crew from Milford L. Fry garbage removal, Denver R2, emptied the barrel into a truck and proceeded to the landfill, See MISSING GIRL Page 2 Information 291-8811 Home Delivery 291-8611 Want Ads 291-8711 New Era News Desk 291-8733 New Era Sports 291-8777 Family & Womens Dept. 291-8755 Other Depts. 291-8811 Sunny Friday, But Showers Here For Weekend A beautiful late-summer day is forecast for Lancaster County on Friday, but scattered showers might mar some parts of the weekend, according to National Weather Service. . The Saturday-Sunaay forecast calls for cloudy weather with some showers, caused by a cold front that is now drifting this way from the Plains states. High temperatures will be in the 70s, and overnight lows in the 50s. The Friday forecast calls for mostly bright, sunny weather with comfortable temperatures in the 70s. Gardener Charged Chester Co. Doctor's Wife Slain The wife of a prominent Chester County physician was stabbed to death in her home Wednesday, and a part-time gardener has been arrested by state police and charged with the womans murder. The dead woman is Robin Parker, 35, Chadds Ford Rl, wife of Dr. Francis Parker, a Wilmington Medical Center pathologist. Mrs. Parker lived with her husband and two child, en in a large home on Fairville Road in Pennsbury Township. Being held without bail at Chester County Prison is George Smith Sr , 42, of Chadds Ford. He was arrested about 8 p.m. Police said a neighbor jotted down the license number of his car after it left the home Sgt. Roger Nydes, Avondale state police, said Mrs Parker s 7-year-old son got off a school bus about 4pm and discovered his mother s naked body on the floor of an upstairs bedroom. The woman sustained multiple stab wounds, police said Police say Mrs. Parker was killed sometime between 9 a.m. and 4 pm. Police said Smith formerly was a gardener for the Parkers and probably was admitted to the home voluntary bv Mrs. Parker, who knew the man. Nydes said Mrs. Parker was alone in the home at the time. He said Smith apparently forced the woman upstairs to a bedroom. There were signs of a struggle. Police said Mrs. Parker was stabbed repeatedly with a small knife. She had stab wounds all over her back, chest and abdomen," Nydes said. Nydes said police found physical evidence on Smith that led them to believe he was the womans attacker. Plans to Liquidate Rocky Springs To File for Bankruptcy READING Rocky Springs Amusements Inc., operator of the Rocky Springs park south of Lancaster, today announced it would file for bankruptcy. The co-owners said in U.S. Bankruptcy Court here that they would file for bankruptcy under a legal provision which calls for liquidation of the corporations assets, mainly the park property. The co-owners, Benjamin R. Brookmyer and Mary E. Corthouts. were in court today initially to face an involuntary bankruptcy petition that was brought by three of their Lancaster creditors. The creditors AA Electric Supply Co. Inc.; Tristate Electric Supply Co. Inc, and United Twine and Paper Co., Inc. had filed a petition on Aug. 13, seeking to have the corporation's assets sold to satisfy alleged unpaid bills in excess of $10,000. . Rocky Springs, headquartered at 1441 Millport Road, was supposed to file a response to that petition by Sept 3, but didnt. In today's 30-minute proceedings, Judge Thomas M. Twardowski was told Rocky Springs would file for bankruptcy on its own. The corporation had two choices under the bankruptcy code. Chapter 7, which Rocky Springs selected, calls for liquidation of the business ; Chap- See ROCKY Page 2 New TMI Alert? Relax, It's Just a Radio Rebroadcast A Philadelphia radio station this morning caused quite a stir when it played a tape recording of its March 28. 1979, news show announcing a general alert at Three Mile Island. Apparently a number of listeners thought the KYW broadcast was live and were concerned that another accident had taken place at the nuclear power plant near Middletown. The Nuclear Regulatory Com--mission started receiving calls from concerned listeners about 11:30a m. What happened was that (KYW) was doing a 15th anniversary tape of extremely newsworthy items. " NRC spokesman Thomas C Elsasser said Elsasser said there were no problems at TMI this morning t 1

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