October 29th, 2012
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY â€“ National Fuel offers customers the following information should they experience flooding in their basements:
â€˘ Â If flooding has affected a customerâ€™s natural gas appliances (furnaces, hot water tanks, etc.), they should not attempt to re-light the pilot lights on that equipment. If furnace or hot water tank controls were submerged, the floodwater may have caused damage that could
affect the safe operation of the equipment. A qualified contractor should be called to inspect the appliances.
HARRISBURG â€“ Local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) can coordinate shelter or find services for older Pennsylvanians during Hurricane Sandy.Â Residents are encouraged to visit www.aging.state.pa.us or call 1-800-490-8505 to be connected with an AAA in their local area.
AAAs are the local representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. They carry out many programs such as:
Home-delivered meals; Family caregiver support; home services; Assistance for individuals with finding residential living and domiciliary care; and
Herman A. Grotzinger, 90, of 435 Evers Ave., St. Marys, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 7, 1922 in St. Marys, son of the late Ambrose and Margaret Smith Grotzinger. On Oct. 7, 1947, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Eleen I. Smith, who survives.
Mr. Grotzinger was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a retired employee of Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1987 after 43.5 years of service, and owned Grotzinger Agway for 30 years.
DuBOIS â€“ Students on the Penn State DuBois THON committee will host a Kid's Day fundraising event from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, at the DuBois Mall. All children and their parents and guardians are invited to attend and have fun, while making a positive impact in the battle against childhood cancer.
HARRISBURG â€“ When sunny days and fall foliage tempt the boater in you, donâ€™t forget about your life jacket, especially if you are planning to use a canoe, kayak or similar small boat.
Beginning Nov. 1 and lasting through April 30, boaters are required to wear a life jacket while under way or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak, under a new state regulation passed in September by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Had a bad day? Extending your normal exercise
routine by a few minutes may be the solution, according to Penn State
researchers, who found that people's satisfaction with life was higher on
days when they exercised more than usual.
"We found that people's satisfaction with life was directly impacted by
their daily physical activity," said Jaclyn Maher, graduate student in
kinesiology. "The findings reinforce the idea that physical activity is a
health behavior with important consequences for daily well-being and
DuBois - The free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices provides real-time hurricane safety information such as weather alerts and where Red Cross shelters are located. The app also features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch â€śIâ€™m Safeâ€ť button lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay.
Devin E. Mertz, 24, of 535 Washington St., St. Marys, died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born June 19, 1988 in St. Marys, a son of Thomas A. Mertz of Kane and Kathryn Novosat Mertz of St. Marys, who survive.
Devin was a lifelong resident of the area and had attended St. Marys Area schools. He enjoyed skateboarding, biking and spending time with his friends. Devin also gave the gift of life as an organ donor.
David A. Benson Sr., 71, of 482 Silver Creek Rd., Johnsonburg, died on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born on Dec. 17, 1940 in Johnsonburg, son to the late Arthur and Louise Polinski Benson.
On Aug. 2, 1963 he married Julia Kasmierski, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of Johnsonburg, having graduated from the Johnsonburg High School in 1958. He was employed by PennTech Papers in Johnsonburg for 40 years before retiring in 1998.
He was also a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Johnsonburg.