By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer
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.