MERCER COUNTY —
Doggonnit, it’s hot!
These are the days panting dogs die for, the sultry essence of summertime, when sweat beads form shortly after walking outside on many foreheads and the air is thick with the mugginess that supercharges late afternoon thunderstorms.
“Yesterday and today were pretty good days,” Robin Maule, a manager at the Buhl Farm pool said.
The pool business thrives in times like these, she said.
There were more than 200 people who came to the pool Sunday who stayed cool and got a suntan during a sun-drenched afternoon that saw temperatures hover around 90.
The pool is open from noon to 7 p.m. on weekends and 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, she said.
Ed Steines of Hermitage said he enjoys the way each of the seasons is felt in the Shenango Valley.
He and his family were enjoying the afternoon at the pool and when they get home, they’ll enjoy the air conditioning of their home, he said.
For those without that convenience, places like the Shenango Valley Mall or the Cinema 8 in Hermitage are cool places to hang out.
Breanna Milankovich, who works as a cashier at the movie theater, said there’s an uptick in business at the discount theater whenever the temperatures climb, especially among more mature audiences.
“Like right now, older people come in,” Milankovich said. “Everyone says it’s cold in here.”
A few hundred feet away from the theater, at Plaza Pizza, Ken Evans and Mark Sewinsky plied one of the hotter trades Sunday, which was a pizza day as people ordered hot pies instead of cooking themselves.
“We’re always busy in the summer,” Evans said.
He didn’t lament the job, though.
“You’ve got to pay the bills,” Evans said.
His advice to beat the heat: “Drink lots of water.”
John Libonati agrees.
Libonati’s director of operations for McGonigle Ambulance Service and he said the hot weather is a time for people to use common sense and pay attention to their bodies to stay healthy.
“It’s pretty simple,” Libonati said. “Say well hydrated, take precautions.”
People with respiratory problems should stay indoors.
“We always warn people not to take unnecessary risks,” he said.
The heat wave is expected to last through the week. For more on the weather, see page A-2.
Thank goodness for pools, AC
MERCER COUNTY —
Doggonnit, it’s hot!
William A. ‘Bam’ Rotell
William A. “Bam” Rotell joined our Lord and his nine brothers and sisters at 2 p.m. Wednesday (3-10-14). He left this world peacefully from his home in Farrell as a result of natural causes. He was 96.
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Mary Locnikar of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Woodland Avenue, Sharon, passed away peacefully at 8 p.m. Saturday (3-8-14) in Manor Care, Boca Raton, Fla., after an extended illness. She was 92.
Kimberly Lynn Osborne
Kimberly Lynn Osborne of Sharon Bedford Road, Shenango Township, passed away unexpectedly at 10:30 p.m. Saturday (3-8-14) at her residence. She was 26.
Helen Agnes Davis
Helen Agnes Davis of 3 Penn Ave., West Middlesex, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at John XXIII Home, Hermitage. She was 92.
Helen Sherbondy passed away Monday, March 10, 2014, in St. George, Utah, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 80.
Karen Rita O’Donnell Brzuz
ERIE – Karen Rita O’Donnell Brzuz, a critical care registered nurse of Erie, died at her residence Saturday, March 8, 2014, after a courageous, 20-year battle with Stage 4 cancer. She was 65
Thomas Edward Clarke
PHOENIX – Thomas Edward Clarke of Phoenix, formerly of Farrell, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, following an extended illness. He was 58.
Korine L. ‘Ko’ Krichko
A private memorial service will be held for Korine L. “Ko” Krichko, formerly of Lyle Drive, Hermitage, who passed away at 10:40 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, of natural causes in St. Paul Homes, West Salem Township. She was 84.
Leslie Ann Bovard
Leslie Ann Bovard, 69, of Grove City went home to be with the Lord on March 9, 2014.
Phyllis J. Cooper
Funeral service is Thursday for Phyllis J. Cooper, formerly of South Maysville Road, West Salem Township. She passed away at 4 p.m. Sunday (3-9-14) in Countryside Convalescent Home, Mercer. She was 94.
Edward M. Derrick Sr.
Edward M. Derrick Sr. died the morning of March 10, 2014, in his home in Transfer. He was 83.
Marcella Ann Fiorina-Dixon
Marcella Ann (Davis) Fiorina-Dixon, 78, of Greenville, formerly of Leechburg, Pa., passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 7, 2014, in Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh surrounded by her loving family.
Louise Eaton Hogg
Louise Eaton Hogg of Hermitage went to be with the Lord on Friday (3-7-13). She was 91.
Twila I. Roberts
Twila I. Roberts died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Orchard Manor, Grove City. She was 84.
Beverly L. Stull
Funeral service is Wednesday for Beverly L. Stull, 76, of Sharpsville, who passed away of natural causes Sunday morning, March 9, 2014, in Corry Hospital.
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