Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 10, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Daddy, Wauna Dance?
The City of Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism will host the seventh annual "Daddy, Wanna Dance?” father-daughter dance on June 17. | IC
Full forecast 16C
Smoke traveled nearly 300 miles
Children of SRS workers get hands-on with science
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
Smoke blows into area from
The average age of people at the Savannah River Site dropped dramatically on Thursday, as more than I OO school aged children joined their moms and dads at work.
Children, grandchildren. nieces and nephews of Department of Energy workers and other employees at the Site visited their relatives’ workplace, helped them to complete some simple tasks and mixed fun with education as they learned about science through visual and hands-on activities planned throughout the day.
For 6-year-old Chuck Stanley, who spent the day w uh hts mother. Leah, a IX )E engineer. Thursday morning’s event was a surprise.
“I didn’t know where we were going,” said Chuck, who found out about the event when he arrived at SRS with his mom.
He spent the morning visiting the area where his mother works, learned about temperature and air pressure and even got to hold a baby alligate, which his mom said looked more like a teenage alligator.
Sydney Molina, ll, spent the day w ith her father. Robert, who works with Wacken-hut Sen ices Inc. on the Special Response Team.
Atter watching the K-V demonstration, seeing snakes from the Sav annuli River Ecology Lab and checking out tin; Sites helicopters, Sydney took a break to have a hot dog w uh her dad before going hack out to explore more of the event’s exhibits and meet some of her dad’s
By KAREN DAILY
Staff writer «
Where there’s smoke there’s tire, but the plumes hanging in the humid Aiken air Thursday likely moved in, overnight from fires burning nearly 300 miles away.
National Weather Service forecasters said the smoke initially showed up on satellite images in Columbia around sunrise Thursday . Satellites won’t show the smoke without sunlight, and the overnight infrared images didn’t pick up the smoke moving into the area, leading experts to suggest it sneaked in from the Okefenokee Swamp under the cover of darkness.
The swamp, which has been burning since early May, straddles the Georgia-Florida border. On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that 50 new wildfires had sparked in the area.
The Florida Tunes-Union reported the fires were ignited by recent lightning and were fueled by an extended period of dry, hot weather.
None of the Columbia satellite images show the smoke actually entering South Carolina from the Georgia-Florida swamp, but Meteorologist Chm Liscinsky said the smoke did appear, thick at times, when officials began checking the satellite images around 8 a.m.
“ll may have mov ed in late (Wednesday) night and settled in,’’ he said.
The National Weather Ser-vice wasn’t the only agency receiv mg calls.
Aiken Public Safety and the
Staff photo by Anna Doiianitis
Tre Moulton, 9, who went to work with his grandmother, Karen Rowell, on Thursday, suited up and wore gloves to scoop up sunflower seeds in a mock high security space.
’’She finally gqb to see how we work and interact,”
Karen Rowell, an employee in DOE’s Human Resources department, brought her grandchildren to SRS fhursday and had some help highlighting documents .md making copies.
The kids had a chance to watch their flair stand on end with the help of the static ball and watched a lesson on liquid nitrogen ‘i’m glad they do this because it enlightens them to new experiences,** Rowell said. ,
IX)K-Savannah River operations office manager Dave Moody also
PIMM SM SCIENCE, page 16A
Staff photo by Anna Doiianitis Maia Stefanakos, 5, watched in the mirror as her hair stood on end from the static ball as her father, James, watched.
Aiken County Sheriffs Office received a number of phone calls reporting smoke.
Hitchcock Woods Foundation Executive Director Douglas E. Rabold also spent much of the morning reassuring residents there were no fires burning out of control in the woods. There was no prescribed burning going on in the woods al all, he said.
A caller in the eastern part of Aiken County told the authorities he wanted lire crews to clieek out his neighboring.
Smoke was also reported in North Augusta and parts of Augusta, forecasters said, around 6 a.m. or eat lier.
By late morning, the smoke had moved into the Midlands and parts of the Upstate.
Thom Berry, media relations director tor the I Xrpartmcnl of I It aith and I m ironmenial Control,
PIMM see SMOKE, page 16A
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
to Hi9 mm
Aiken native leads the FedEx St. Jude Classic
► SAHS aiumn Kevtn Risner spent most of the day m front at the FedEx St Jude Classic 11B
Arthur J. Wilson,
Clarence Finley Cunningham Sr.,
Stone Mountain, Ga.
Deaths and Funerals 16A
U.K. nuclear workers visit, observe SRS
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
The CEO of the United Kingdom’s equivalent lo the U.S. Department of Energy w ill tour the Sav almah River Site today as part of a weeklong visit to the United Stales atter a community reception Thursday night at Newberry Hall.
Tony Fountain, CEO of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, said Thursday night after discussions with local leaders that he views the visit as an opportunity to observ e how American sites handle challenges, difficul
ties and opportunities associated w ith decommissioning and cleanup “We are here to learn because there is so much to learn from w hat goes on here,” Fountain said Fountain said that three objectives for his visit are to learn what is going on at U.S. sites, to understand how DOL interfaces w ith contractors and to observe how DOL interacts w ith the community. More specifically, however, he is interested to see SRS’ waste vitrification process as well as progress at the MOX project, since the
PIMM see SRS, page 16A
Staff photo by Anna Doiianitis
Pictured, from left are Dave Pethick, URS president of global management and operations services; Tony Fountain, CEO of the U.K.'s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority; Tom Zarges, URS president of energy and construction; and Dave Moody, DOE-Savannah River operations office manager at a reception hosted by the URS Corporation.
TODAY; Jeremy and Cam debate the next move for SAHS pitcher Andrew Faulkner in the Standard showdown The show will also include college and professional sports segments and questions from the crowd
S I ARRING
Watch the newest episode of “On the Sports Front" on aSTV Channel 95 today at 7 p.m.