Leann Pettit.

PHOENIXVILLE PA – If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to ride in one of those hot air balloons often seen drifting above Limerick (PA) Township early on a calm morning, Leann Petit wants you to wonder no more.

Petit is the editor of The (Phoenixville PA) Phoenix newspaper, and an accomplished cook and traveler too. She and friends took off last week (Nov. 18, 2010) with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team, a company that conducts flights from locations in Montgomery, Chester and Berks (PA) counties. They glided across and above Limerick, enjoying the sunrise and passing by the Exelon Nuclear cooling towers.

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One individual's view from the local road.

LIMERICK PA – Familiar surroundings can look decidedly different, or at the very least can been interpreted in new ways, when seen through different eyes. That may be the lesson to be learned in a Saturday (Oct. 23, 2010) video of Limerick, Royersford and Schwenksville PA neighborhoods, set to music written by Bruce Springsteen.

The video, titled “My Hometown without a large corporation playing Big Brother,” was posted during the weekend and is accompanied by the Springsteen-penned “My Hometown,” although the music is performed by an unidentified musician and singer.

It consists primarily of rural and commercial scenes shot from a moving vehicle, with a particular focus on Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station.

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LIMERICK PA – Bill Maguire, the former operational head of Exelon Nuclear‘s Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, was promoted Thursday (April 22, 2010) to a similar position – site vice president – of the company’s Limerick Generating Station (LGS). He succeeds Chris Mudrick, who has been named Exelon’s vice president for Mid-Atlantic operations.

Before taking the top role at Peach Bottom in June 2008, Maguire joined Exelon Nuclear in February 2008 as vice president for Mid-Atlantic operations from Entergy, where he served as plant manager at the Vermont Yankee nuclear generating facility. Maguire, who has more than 20 years of nuclear energy experience, began his career at Limerick as a system engineer and earned a senior reactor operator license there.

Maguire will have overall responsibility for LGS operations. He “brings a wealth of diversified experience to Limerick,” said Joe Grimes, senior vice president for Mid-Atlantic operations.

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Both units in operation.

LIMERICK PA – The power’s back on at Unit 2 of Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station (LGS), following a planned maintenance outage of about 33 hours.

Unit 2 resumed electricity production Wednesday (March 10, 2010) at 2:26 p.m., Exelon spokesman Joseph Szafran said, after it had been taken off-line Tuesday morning (March 9) at 5:38 so station personnel could repair a water cooling system on the non-nuclear side of the plant. The system provides cooling water to components within the unit’s turbine generator.

All repairs needed “to ensure reliability through the remainder of our operating cycle, especially the peak summer period” were safely completed, according to Limerick Site Vice President Chris Mudrick.

Unit 1 continued to generate electricity during the Unit 2 maintenance outage, Szafran said. When both units operate at full power, he added, LGS generates enough electricity to power two million homes.

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LIMERICK PA – Norfolk Southern general freight train No. 14G rolls eastbound on Track 2, past Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station (LGS), in this brief video filmed and posted Oct. 28, 2009, at the YouTube video sharing service. The train looks as though it’ll rumble right over your face!

For locomotive aficiandos, it should be noted the cars are “behind a horsehead GE and an Abrams switcher 3rd back,” according to notes accompanying the video. We don’t know what that means, but we’ll bet people really into freight trains surely do.

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Framed by trees lining Sanatoga Station Road, Steam bellows from the cooling tower of LGS Unit 1.

Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating Station.

LIMERICK PA – Exelon Nuclear is expected to conduct its routine test tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 2, 2009) at 2 p.m. of emergency siren systems surrounding the Limerick Generating Station. Residents near the plant may hear a steady tone for a period of 3 minutes. The test is performed on the first Monday of each month as part of Exelon’s emergency preparedness program.

The sirens are one of several methods emergency management authorities use to notify the public of emergencies such as fires, floods, tornadoes, hazardous material releases, or nuclear energy plant events.

Additional information on emergency preparedness can be found at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency web site.

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COATESVILLE PA – Exelon Nuclear, which operates the Limerick Generating Station, meets Wednesday (Oct. 7, 2009) at 1 p.m. with members of area media outlets in its Coatesville PA information center for an annual explanation of its plans in case of a nuclear emergency in Limerick, or at its Peach Bottom or Three Mile Island generating stations.

The two-hour event is not open to the general public, but the content of the meeting likely will be the subject of news reports Thursday.

An invitation to the media distributed in mid-September said the meeting would offer “a full understanding of what would happen at the stations – and where public information will emanate – in the unlikely event of an emergency.” Topics for discussion were to include nuclear energy basics, basic radiation protection, emergency planning overview, and a tour of the information center and an emergency operations facility.

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