October 28th, 2012
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.
With Hurricane Sandy set to hit the East Coast late Sunday, state and local agencies and area residents are preparing for what might happen.
Governor Tom Corbett on Friday declared a statewide disaster emergency in advance of Hurricane Sandy to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to what is anticipated to be a significant impact.
The current average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline in Western PA is $3.781, down 9 cents per gallon from a week ago.
This weekâ€™s average prices: Western PA Average: $3.781; Average price during the week of October 16, 2012Â - $3.871; Average price during the week of October 25, 2011 -Â $3.480. Todayâ€™s National Average PriceÂ - $3.648.
ST. MARYS â€“ Work to improve Route 255 in Fox Township and St. Marys is shutting down for the winter, and all lanes between Greenbriar Drive and Tractor Supply are now open.