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In Somerset County warmth can be a phone call away

January 31, 2019

At least a half-dozen people entered the Conemaugh Township Senior Center, 959 S. Main St., Hollsopple, Wednesday to warm up as temperatures began to dip below zero, according to Melissa Beam, deputy director of the Somerset County Area Agency on Aging.

The agency offered five senior centers as warming places for anyone to use Wednesday and Thursday, when the temperature, with wind chill, was expected to dip into the negative double digits.

Four warming centers were not used in the county Wednesday, she said.

They were the Confluence Senior Center, 700 Reynolds St., Confluence; Windber Center for Life, 700 5th St. No. 200, Windber; Meyersdale Senior Center, 120 North St., Meyersdale; and Somerset Senior Center, 1338 S. Edgewood Ave., Somerset.

All five centers will be open again today (Thursday) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone who wants to use them, she said.

The Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave., Windber, has an emergency warming station, according to the Rev. Heidi Helsel.

No one used it Wednesday, she said, but with the more frigid cold expected to hit the region Thursday, that may change.

The Windber Fire Department runs the emergency shelter at the church and will call Helsel and tell her if the warming station needs to be opened and when, she said.

Helsel said that individuals and families who have issues with the cold can call the fire department, which in turn will notify the church. The number is 814-467-7111.

Another place to call if a warm place is needed after 4 p.m. is the Somerset County Department of Emergency Services at 814-445-1525, according to Director Joel Landis.

“If somebody needs one (a senior center), we will make the calls to get it opened up,” he said. “In any case, even if they’re not near a senior center and need help, they can call.”