Nine Mile 2 down again

Nine Mile Point Unit 2 automatically shut down at about 4:30 p.m. Monday when a worker inadvertently contacted a highly sensitive plant component. All safety systems responded as designed and the plant went offline as expected, safely and without incident.

This issue is unrelated to last week’s shutdown, which was caused by an electrical equipment failure.

Nine Mile Point’s reactor protection system uses highly sensitive equipment to monitor a host of plant conditions and components, constantly looking for signs of a potential issue. When an anomaly is identified, the system is designed to automatically shut down the reactor. 

Station operators informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state officials of the issue. The temporary shutdown does not present a risk to public health and safety and is not expected to impact electrical service to homes and businesses in the region. 

Nine Mile Point 1 and 2 are owned and run by Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.

Nine Mile 2 back on line

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group’s Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 2 is back online and achieved 100 percent yesterday afternoon.

Station personnel completed necessary repairs and post-maintenance testing in order to return the unit to service.

The plant had been safely shutdown on Tuesday due to an on-site electrical component failure on the non-nuclear side of the plant.

2 events set for FMC

During March, the Fulton Medical Center will be the site of two health-related events.

Blood Drive

The Fulton Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the healthcare facility’s lower level conference room.

Members of the public are encouraged to donate a pint of blood during the drive. To make an appointment, call 592-3505. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Those donating a pint of blood are asked to use the Park Street entrance.

Caring and Sharing Breast Cancer 

Support Group

Members of the caring and sharing breast cancer support group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the community room of Oswego Health’s Fulton Medical Center.

Community members diagnosed with breast cancer can be guided through their journey of treatment by members of the support group. The local support group meets the third Tuesday of the month.

In addition to the support group, its members can provide a facilitator 24 hours a day to those that need support before the next meeting.

Liz Schremp, who coordinates the support group, can be contacted by calling 592-7468.

Those attending the support group meeting are asked to use the Park Street entrance to the Fulton Medical Center.            –

Free cancer screening health fair March 11 in Central Square

A free cancer screening health fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Oswego Health’s Central Square Medical Center.

Oswego Health and Oswego County Opportunities Cancer Services Program have teamed up to offer this event that is open to the public.

The event is being held as part of the two health partners activities in March, which is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

At the health fair, free take-home FIT tests, which screen for colon cancer will be available to those age 50 to 64.

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths. It is recommended that all men and women, age 50 or older be screened for colorectal cancer.

Other screenings at the health fair will include free mammograms for those who are uninsured or who meet certain income criteria.

To learn more about eligibility or to make a mammogram appointment, call 592-0830. Free clinical breast exams will also be offered at the health fair.

In addition, health fair participants can take advantage of free bone density screenings, as well as learn more about the health plans available through the New York State Marketplace and about the Healthy Cooking Connections Program, which is open to those with a chronic disease and provides free weekly food boxes to those who take part in nutrition classes.

Healthy free refreshments will also be offered to those who attend the cancer screening health fair.

The Central Square Medical Center is located at 3045 East Avenue (Route 49) in the village of Central Square.

For more information, call Carolyn Handville at Oswego County Opportunities at 592-0830.

THE SPORTSMAN’S WORLD: Will March go out like a lamb?

By Leon Archer

The old saying is, if March comes in like a Lion, it will go out like a lamb, and conversely, if March comes in like a lamb, it will go out like a lion.

If there is any truth to that, the end of the month should be pretty darned good.

In the meantime, there is plenty of ice for the ice fishermen and probably way too much snow and ice for the steelhead fishermen. Both the ice fisherman and the steelheader are a hardy breed.

The conditions on the streams and rivers should be much more conducive for catching those big trout as March slowly starts to mellow. I never fished for them much until April arrived, but once the weather started to get warm enough to tempt me to wet a line, I caught some nice ones.

Fact is, the really good steelhead fishing started on the Salmon River and other area streams after I had nearly given up fishing in the coldest months. I guess I had become a wimp.

I was trying to remember years when March was a docile as a summer night. I don’t have any dates in my head, but sweet thing’s birthday comes on March 27, and I remember us having a picnic on her birthday one year when the temperature was 75 degrees and the daffodils had been in blossom for at least a week and a half before.

I also collected sap a number of years with my father-in-law, Harvey Yerdon, when the ground was getting mostly bare before the end of March, and the maple season was nearly over.

With temperatures finally giving us a little break, it looks like the maple syrup season should be up and running.

Harvey always said there were a few things you needed for a good syrup season. They were: thawing days and freezing nights, snow on the ground – preferably with several crusts – rain, and reasonably calm days.

The season lasted longer if the weather didn’t warm up too much, too quickly. I think the conditions are pretty good this year for a better than average syrup season, but I’m really not much better at predicting the weather than Punxsutawney Phil, so who knows?

One thing is certain, spring always comes. I am a great fan of spring. I like fishing the streams before the rocks have become too slippery for an old guy like me.

I live for the tug of a bullhead at the end of my line on a warm night on Sandy Pond. I take great pleasure in picking up a couple hundred night crawlers on a damp evening. I even enjoy just sitting outside and listening to the spring peepers.

And I love the smell of spring, the odor of promise of great days to come.

After this winter, just about anything March has to offer is going to look good.

I’m hoping for a good bullhead season. My favorite fish is likely still snoring away safely tucked into a soft bottom underneath the ice, but as soon as the sun gets higher, the water starts to warm and the ice gets rotten, his alarm clock will go off. I’ll be waiting for Mr. Whiskers.

Nothing brings back memories any stronger than sitting beside a gas lantern, listening to the frogs and peepers, hoping to see my rod tip jump as a bullhead takes the bait. My father and I passed many pleasant night hours together in friendly competition at the expense of Mr. Whiskers.

It doesn’t get much better than that. It gets my heart pumping just thinking about it.

Yep, I love the spring.

Fulton Squirts team wins JAM tourney

The Fulton Squirt Hockey team sponsored by Chris Nelson Insurance, Fulton Lions Club and Fulton Medical Center took first place in their end of the season league championship JAM tournament. Fulton beat Onondaga in the championship game 3-1 to take the title. Trey White was stellar between the pipes and had many saves. Fulton’s offense kept pressure on Onondaga’s defense for three periods. The forwards were led by Jon Dingman, Brady Zych, Tanner Tetro, Fred White, Caden Waldau, Lucas Nelson, Josh Cook and Nicolas Schremp.  Defensively the team played its best game of the tournament and were led by Logan McDougall, Adam Cooney, Courtney Bednarz, Gino Noel and Andrew Coleman. In the photo are: front Caden Waldau and Trey White, second row Courtney Bednarz, Fred White, Jon Dingman, Brady Zych and Tanner Tetro, third row Andrew Coleman, Gino Noel, Logan McDougall, Lucas Nelson, Adam Cooney, Nicolas Schremp and Josh Cook. Coaches left to right Jamie Tetro, Jeff Schremp and Joe White

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Bowling scores

Monday Night Women’s Michelob/ Shuba 2 Construction League

Bowled at The Recreation Club

Monday March 3, 2014

  • Kathy Fitzpatrick  588- 221, 193, 174
  • Paula Distin          514- 177, 154, 183
  • Della Daniels        514-  182,182, 150
  • Annette Cotton     511- 167, 170, 174
  • Michelle Simpson  506- 159, 170, 177
  • Patty Davis           483- 136, 156, 191
  • Gina Coomey       469- 162, 133, 174
  • Ann Kastler          460- 136, 147, 177
  • Sharon Allen        450- 159, 133, 158

Winning Edge Women’s League

Bowled at Lakeview Lanes

Wednesday March 5, 2014

  • Jackie Coon              594- 183, 206, 205
  • Kathy Pipher             575- 182, 170, 223
  • Theresa Grinnell       546- 174, 194, 178
  • MaryAnn McGregor  518- 175, 170, 173 
  • Dawne Hartranft        514- 143, 198, 173
  • Toni Nelepovitz         504- 177, 147, 180
  • Katie Jodway            492- 140, 188, 164
  • Michelle Terpening   486- 157, 139, 190
  • Ginny Ostness          483- 154, 155, 174
  • Della Daniels            482- 150, 156, 176
  • Tricia Hines              474- 136, 166, 172
  • Linda Yager              472- 133, 193, 146
  • MaryAnn Schreck     471- 128, 150, 193
  • Paula Distin              458- 122, 146, 190

Fulton girls’ basketball looks toward the future

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team took the court this season as a team that lacked experience at the varsity level.

However, Fulton went on to finish the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 7-13 en route to a Sectional Playoff appearance.

The Lady Raiders fell to Jamesville-DeWitt in the quarterfinals of The Class A, Section 3 Playoffs.

This season, Fulton played a very tough schedule, but often answered the challenge.

Fulton Coach Derek Lyons said the experiences his team had this season should help them realize they can play with anyone if they are able to play together.

Looking ahead, Lyons is optimistic about the future of Fulton girls’ basketball.

He feels the promise his young team showed this season could pay off for them in a couple of years. Lyons points out the key to his teams’ success in the future will be its work ethic.

“These kids are hard workers and have the capability to be really good,” he said.

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