Local News In Brief…

Holiday closing

Experience, Inc. and the Allegheny Community Center (ACC) will be closed for the holiday Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25. They will resume services on Thursday, Dec. 26.

Tea party to meet

The Warren County Tea Party will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the Community Room at Thorne’s BiLo. This is a change from the regular schedule, due to the New Year holiday.

Shelter closed

Paws Along the River Humane Society will be closed Dec. 24-26 and will resume regular hours on Friday, Dec. 27. For animal emergencies, contact local police or call 726-1961 and leave a message.

Flood precautions from National Fuel

(Dec. 20, 2013) ERIE, PA. National Fuel offers customers the following information should they experience flooding in their basements:

If flooding has affected customers’ 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.

While the basement is flooded, customers should NOT attempt to adjust any gas equipment or their gas meters.

Customers should not turn on any gas valve that has been turned off by National Fuel or emergency personnel when flooding has occurred. Once the water has subsided, contact National Fuel at 1-800-365-3234, and the company will test and restore the service at no charge to its customers. Appliances affected by floodwater will remain turned off and the customer will be required to contact a heating contractor or plumber to verify that the equipment will operate safely.

As always, if a gas odor is present, the customer should open a window for ventilation, leave the premises and call National Fuel at 1-800-444-3130 immediately. Do not use any appliances or operate any electrical switches if a gas odor is present. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive emergency calls.

ANF?trails to remain closed

Warren, Pa. The Allegheny National Forest announced today that the Rocky Gap, Timberline and Marienville ATV trails will remain closed until further notice. These three trails were tentatively scheduled to open for the winter season on December 21st; however mild temperatures predicted for over the weekend will result in snow melt and softened conditions. Trail conditions will be re-evaluated after January 1, 2014, to determine whether conditions have improved sufficiently to allow safe operation without risking trail and resource damage.

The Forest encourages all winter-season ATV riders to call one of its offices or check the Forest website prior to riding as trail conditions can change rapidly. Trail conditions can be obtained by calling the Supervisor’s Office in Warren at (814) 723-5150 or the Marienville Ranger District at (814) 927-6628, or by visiting the ANF website.