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!
Bernice ‘Bernie’ Grace Riddle Badger
Bernice “Bernie” Grace Riddle Badger of Mercer, formerly of Grove City, passed gracefully into eternal peace at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, surrounded by her loving family after being diagnosed with liver cancer on March 30, 2014. She was 82.
Teresa Ann Forese
Teresa Ann Forese of Grove City passed away at 12:15 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Butler Memorial Hospital. She was 84.
Ina Gertrude McDowell Frazier
A memorial service will be held Saturday for Ina Gertrude McDowell Frazier of Hermitage, formerly of Sharon. She died at 4:25 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was 88.
Elsie Ann Geralsky
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday for Elsie Ann Geralsky, formerly of Masury. She passed away at 11:09 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in John XXIII Home in Hermitage. She was 91.
Sara R. Joseph
Sara R. Joseph of New Castle passed away Wednesday evening, April 23, 2014, in Select Specialty Hospital of St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Youngstown. She was 90.
Ralph M. Campbell
Ralph M. Campbell of Grove City, formerly of Lake Road, Mercer, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Trinity Living Center, Grove City, after a six-week illness. He was 83.
Loretta DeAngelis Pepe
Loretta DeAngelis Pepe of Sharon passed away at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 93.
Donald M. Squires
Donald M. Squires of Nutt Road, Pine Township (Grove City), passed away at 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Trinity Living Center, Grove City, after a lengthy illness. He was 67.
William James ‘Butch’ Stanton
William James “Butch” Stanton, formerly Titusville, and Weeki Wachee, Fla., passed away at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in John XXIII Home, Hermitage. He was 77.
Marilyn Lasina Williams
A funeral service will be held Saturday for Marilyn Lasina Williams of Farrell. She was called home to be with the Lord at 1:31 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, after a brief illness. She was 61.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated May 2 for Ethelnel Baron of South 8th Street, Sharpsville. She passed away peacefully of natural causes at 7:55 p.m. Wednesday (4-16-14) in Clepper Manor, Sharon. She was 86.
Mary Frances McFadden DeJohn
Mary Frances McFadden DeJohn, Sharon, passed away unexpectedly at 6:20 p.m. Monday (4-21-14) in St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, Youngstown. She was 87.
Helen Marie DeMaio
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday for Helen Marie DeMaio of Sharon. She passed from this earth at 3:40 a.m. Easter Sunday (4-20-14) to join her husband of 45 years, Anthony, who passed in July 1983. She was 96.
Helen Louise Donner
Helen Louise Donner of Brentwood Drive, Pymatuning Township, passed away of natural causes at 1:05 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in St. Paul’s, West Salem Township. She was 96.
Pauline Ann Gioan
Pauline Ann Gioan of Greenville passed away at 3:25 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, in Whitecliff Health and Rehabilitation Center, Hempfield Township. She was 94.
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