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 Mark Locke
William Mark Locke of Glendale, Ariz., formerly of the Shenango Valley, passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Phoenix. He was 47.
A funeral service will be held Thursday for Regina Miess of Valley View Road, Sharpsville. She passed away at 5:55 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, following a brief illness, with her family at her side. She was 88.
Francis ‘Frank’ J. Vagh
Francis “Frank” J. Vagh of Buhl Farm Drive, Hermitage, passed away at 10:12 p.m. Friday (12-6-13) in his residence after a short illness. He was 66.
Joseph Peidle Jr.
Joseph Peidle Jr. of Burghill, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon (12-8-13) in his home surrounded by his family. He was 88.
Paul J. Lowers
Paul J. Lowers of Harrisville, left this life for his eternal life at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Visiting Nurses Association Inpatient Hospice, Butler. He was 80.
Theodore Savchuk of 220 W. Methodist Road, Hempfield Township, passed at 12:03 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in St. Paul’s, 339 E. Jamestown Road, West Salem Township. He was 85.
Donald Arden Rice
Donald Arden Rice, Village of Leesburg, Perry Highway, Volant, Springfield Township, passed away in Grove Manor Nursing Home, Grove City, at 2:57 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. He was 89.
Jerry M. Reynolds
Jerry M. Reynolds of Sandy Lake passed away of natural causes at home surrounded by his family at 12:35 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. He was 67.
Harry ‘Al’ Salandria
Harry “Al” Salandria of Sharon passed away from natural causes early Thursday morning (12-5-13). He was 85.
Leviana Pagliarini, formerly a long-time resident of Hermitage, passed away at 10:15 p.m. Thursday (12-15-13) in St. Paul’s, West Salem Township, after an extended illness. She was 89.
Infant Ahloh Cathrine Elizabeth Hougelman
Ahloh Cathrine Elizabeth Hougelman passed away at 9:08 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at UPMC Horizon, Farrell.
Geneva Gunn, Federal Street, Farrell, passed away peacefully at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Nugent’s Convalescent Home, Hermitage. She was 83.
Fred A. McFadden
Fred A. McFadden, Pine Township, died at 1:13 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Butler Memorial Hospital, Butler. He was 73.
Marie Kathryn ‘Kathy’ Woods
Marie Kathryn “Kathy” Woods, of 2250 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, formerly of George Street Extension, Hermitage, passed away at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at John XXIII Home, Hermitage. She was 82.
Richard J. ‘Dick’ Snyder
Richard J. “Dick” Snyder, Pine Township, died at 6:55 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Orchard Manor, Pine Township, after a three-year illness. He was 68.
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