Today in 1983: Four years after the Three-Mile-Island nuclear power plant meltdown, the Salem One reactor in Massachusetts almost causes another disaster when its automatic-shutdown system fails. The water level in one of the plants steam generators falls extremely low today, but, two circuit breakers fail to respond.
The circuit breakers are supposed to trigger control rods that shut down the reactor. By design, the Salem-one breakers need to be oiled every six months. A later investigation will reveal that they have been lubricated only once in the past seven years, and that the wrong lubricant was used.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tomorrow, the Wisconsin Historical Museum presents two lectures: From 11am to noon is Woodland Flutes with Frank Montano, and from 1:30 to 2:30pm is Iroquois Raised Beadwork with Karen Ann Hoffman. A small donation is suggested. These are at the museum, 30 North Carroll Street. More info at 264-6555 for more information, or visit wisconsinhistoricalmuseum.org.
This year, Madison Public Library is offering free tax filing for individuals, courtesy of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA. VITA will be at the Hawthorne Branch of Madison Public Library, 2707 East Washington Avenue on the following Saturdays: February 23rd, March 9th and 23rd, and April 6th, from 9am to 1pm. Appointments are 20 to 30 minutes. If you are married, both you and your spouse must be present. Call the Central Library reference desk at 266-6350 to schedule an appointment or for questions.
The public is invited to the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center Open House – Moving The Center Forward! Neighbors of all ages are welcome to share ideas and suggestions with Wil-Mar Center staff and board of directors about future programming and envisioned building renovation plans.
This will be a casual, drop-in format. Snack and beverage brain food will be provided, along with a staffed activity room including materials for children. More info at 257-6486, or visit wil-mar.org.
Sunday is the Upper Sugar Watershed Association Annual Meeting and Open House, from 1 to 4pm on the campus of Epic Systems, in the Delphi Room of the Andromeda Building, 1979 Milky Way, in Verona. The program will feature an update of the Association’s work and programs, Board of Directors elections, and more. Light refreshments will be served. More info, call 608-437-7707. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.