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!
Myrtle L. Bryant
A private funeral service celebrating the life of Myrtle L. Bryant of Farrell was held Saturday March 8, 2014, in Love Christian Center, Farrell. She departed this life March 3, 2014, in John XXIII Home, Hermitage. She was 88.
Ervin ‘Red’ J. Osborne
Ervin “Red” J. Osborne of Sharpsville passed away at 3:58 p.m. Friday in his home surrounded by his family after an extended illness. He was 86.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday for William Waclaski of Brookfield, who passed away Friday afternoon, March 7, 2014, in Heritage Manor in Youngstown. He was 90.
Carolyn Coon Brown Cronin
Carolyn Coon Brown Cronin of Ross Township, formerly of Sharon, died Friday afternoon, March 7, 2014, in Passavant Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was 87.
William L. Duncan obit photo
William L. Duncan of Butler passed away at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Forbes Hospice in Pittsburgh. He was 69.
Diane D. Harper
Diane D. Harper of Hermitage, formerly of Florida, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014. She was 82.
William Nespor of 190 Boyd Drive, Hermitage, passed away unexpectedly at 10:43 p.m. Thursday (3-6-14) in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 85.
George Raich of Hermitage passed away at 1:27 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System after an extended illness. He was 76.
Robert J. Fuller
Robert J. Fuller of Masury was called home to the Lord on Thursday morning, March 6, 2014, in his home. He was 72.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday for Calvin Holloway of Sharon. He passed away early Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014, in the intensive care unit of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 59.
Lucille J. Parker
A funeral service will be held Monday for Lucille J. Parker of 760 Division St., Sharon. She passed away early Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014, in her home. She was 92.
Adam Puhl Jr.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday for Adam Puhl Jr. of Strawbridge Ave., Sharon. He passed away peacefully at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday (3-5-14) in his residence after an extended illness. He was 79.
Harlan E. Shaffer Sr.
Harlan E. Shaffer Sr. of 6073 SW 104th Lane, Ocala, and 1649 Everett Ave., Youngstown, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Hospice Legacy in Ocala. He was 81.
Mary Joan Girlinghouse Egan
Mary Joan Girlinghouse Egan, a resident since 1993 of 168 Latonka Drive, Jackson Township (Mercer), passed away at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in The Overlook nursing home, New Wilmington. She was 81.
Colleen Grossman of Hermitage passed away peacefully at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday (3-4-14) surrounded by family in her daughter’s residence after a three-month illness. She was 81.
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