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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

American Pickers Want to Pick Cameron County

“American Pickers” on History Channel is a program which explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ The high profile show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business ‘Mike Wolfe’ and ‘Frank Fritz’ as they embark on an epic road trip across the US.   In August the show will feature sites in Pennsylvania. Recently a director contacted the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office hoping to find some residents willing to be “picked”.  

The show offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be the men on the ground who are on the frontlines of the antique industry. The show follows the pickers in their truck as they go on a mission in search of America’s most fascinating and valuable antiques - treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards and barns across the country. The team tracks down unique and interesting items from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.

The series follows the highs and lows of the trade as our team gets their hands dirty in the search of weird and wonderful hidden treasures. The show examines how determination and amazing instincts drive the pickers to salvage the good junk from the bad junk. On the adventure our team meets fascinating characters along the way each with a story to tell about the history of their collection and their own lives. Mike and Frank bring the past to life and recycle America as they go. On the way, we explore how our pickers strike the ultimate deal and discover just what it takes to renovate and re-sell a newly found antique in a competitive market.

According to the producer, they will not visit auctions, flea markets, antique malls or museums.  Items they are NOT looking for include fine furniture, agricultural or farming items, Depression glass, appliances or pottery.  If you are interested in hosting the American Pickers send pictures of items to


Sinnemahone 50K Sets Training Runs

Sinnemahone 50k is set for Saturday October 18.  In advance two training runs will be held.  Both organized runs will be held on Sundays.  On Sunday September 7, participants will run a portion of the  25k course.  Runners are asked to meet at the Buttonwood Motel & Restaurant at 1pm.  The training run will begin and end at the Buttonwood Motel & Restaurant.

The second training run begins at Whitehead Trail and continues to the Buttonwood Motel & Restaurant.  Participants will be transported from the Buttonwood Motel & Restaurant to Ridge Road.  That training is set for Sunday September 28 at 1pm.

Those portions of the course will be marked and open for individual training runs.  Registration is open until October 3 and can be done online at  More information is available at the website

Farmer Market Opens in Emporium Saturday

For the second summer in a row, Emporium will host a Farmers Market on Fourth Street.  The first vendor will set up Saturday, July 26 in the middle of Emporium.  Uhl’s 4 Star Farm will have items grown at their farm in Kersey.

The chamber of commerce invites others to set up in the same location. Last year Alpaca Creations sold hand knitted and handspun yarn.  “It is hoped that more vendors will take advantage of the prime downtown space offered by the owner of the vacant lot,” says executive director Tina Johns Solak.  There is no fee.

This once a week venture provides those holding farmer market vouchers a local place to redeem the certificates.  The farmers market will be open 9am-noon each Saturday as long as the vendors have items to sell.


Fall Flea Market Marks A Return

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce planning for the 2nd annual Fall Flea Market.  It will be held the same weekend as the Sinnemahone 50k, on Saturday October 18. 

“Last year was the first time this event was held.  We wanted to provide an event for those that traveled with participants of the grueling race,” explained Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Solak.  “The race has a ten hour time limit, giving time for those supporting the participants’ time to browse.” 

The Fall Flea Market is open to anyone selling food, household items, or crafts, and not limited to Cameron County residents.  Vendors are assigned spots along Broad Street, Third and Fourth Streets.  To reserve a spot a $10.00 fee must be paid and vendors are assigned on a first come first serve basis.  Reservations are being taken at the chamber office at 34 East Fourth Street or by calling 814-486-4314.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Save St. Marys, PA Giant Eagle Store!

The Giant Eagle in nearby St Marys will be closing its doors on August 23, 2014. The store has been open at its current location since 2010. 

Currently there is a petition circulating to keep the store open.  You may view it by clicking on the link below.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Swim Meet

We had our second home meet and we only lost by 10 points!!!!!

 Our little team is usually behind by 100 points or more.

 Great job kids!!!!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Project Pearl Harbor Bingo

My name is Katie Caldwell, and for my senior project, I will be hosting a bingo to help with Project Pearl Harbor for the Cameron County band.

 Everyone is welcome!

     August 2 @ 7 pm.  Doors open at 5 pm

The cost to play bingo is $25 per person when you buy a pre-sale ticket. 

Tickets can also be bought at the door for $30 on the night of the bingo. 

Anyone who wants a pre-sale ticket can contact me at 486-1355 or go to the Emporium Chamber of Commerce/Artisan Center. 

The price of the ticket includes a six pack of cards that plays all night, a meal, a drink, and a dessert. Also available are: rip-off tickets, a chinese auction, and 50/50 tickets. Additional bingo packets will also be avilable at the door. 

Everyone is welcome at 5 P.M. and bingo will start at 7 P.M.

 Come and enjoy a fun night out for a good cause, hope to see you all there!


Brenna's Senior Project

A big thank you to all who came out in support of Brenna's Senior Project !

A night swim was held Saturday, July 12th to raise funds the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics in honor of Jakob Costner.

Jake is the son of Lacey Singer Costner & Josh Costner of Plumtree, NC, and brother to Libby.

Lacey is the daughter of George & Peach ( Virginia Moate ) Singer, longtime residents of Cameron County. Lacey and her siblings have their roots in Cameron County and return throughtout the year to visit friends and relatives.

Cameron County Food Pantry - July

 The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people 

determined eligible on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 

p.m. in the building located behind the Northern Tier Community Action 

offices at 135 West Fourth Street in Emporium. 

Call 486-1161, ext. 269, with any questions.


100 Mile Yard Sale

The date for the 100 mile yard sale this year is July 18th and 19th of 2014.

Click here to download this years brochure


Saturday, July 12, 2014

TODAY IS THE DAY ~ Brenna's Senior Project


 Can't wait to swim with all my friends!!!! See everyone tonight!!!! 

 Brenna's Senior Project

 I will be holding a night swim for my senior project at the CCHS school pool. There will be music, games, Fox's pizza, snacks and drinks!

 Saturday, July 12 from 7:00pm - 10:00pm The cost is $2.00/student, $3.00/adult and $5.00 for a family.

 All proceeds will go to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics in honor of Jakob Costner. 

It's for a great cause so we hope to see a lot of people there! Jake is the son of Lacey Singer Costner & Josh Costner of Plumtree, NC, and brother to Libby.

 Lacey is the daughter of George & Peach ( Virginia Moate ) Singer, longtime residents of Cameron County. Lacey and her siblings have their roots in Cameron County and return throughtout the year to visit friends and relatives.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014



 We encourage parents to invite their children to this great event! 
Children (from preschool age to 5th grade) of ALL religious affiliations are welcome!

 JULY 14-18 9:00AM- 11:30AM 


Country Blessings

Country Blessings will be closed Wednesday and Thursday of this week; we will be openFriday.

 For those who wish to place a food order through Family Table, the lobby will be open today (come in back door) and you can grab a menu ( they are the green sheets in hallway). If you already have a menu and would like to place an order, you can drop off your order this Friday from 9-5 or you can drop it in our mailbox locate on the wall by the back door.


Wendy L. Jones

Wendy L. Jones, 63, of 324 W 4th St., Emporium, PA, formerly of Harrisburg died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Tuesday (July 8, 2014) afternoon following a lengthy illness. She was born July 14, 1950 in DuBois, PA a daughter of the late Joseph and Violet Akins Jones Card. Ms. Jones graduated from Cameron County High School. She was a member of the Emporium VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Unit #6222. Wendy enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

Surviving Son: Paul Baughman, Harrisburg, PA 
2 Grandchildren Kurt and Kyle
 Brother: Joseph L. Jones, Sr. and his wife Beverly, Emporium 
4 Nieces and Nephews; 6 Great nieces and nephews; 2 Uncles

 She was preceded in death by her Parents: Joseph Jones and Violet Akins Jones Card
 Brother: Richard Jones on Nov. 22, 1994 

No Visitation. Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

 Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium, PA Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County Cardiac Committee, Inc., P.O. Box 86, Emporium, PA 15834

 Online Condolences may be placed at BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Edith M. Smith

Edith M. Smith, 69, of 512 Tannery Heights, Emporium, PA died unexpectedly at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Wednesday (July 9, 2014) morning. She was born (July 15, 1944) in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Howard S. and Edna Lattin LaPolt. On December 18, 1976 in First Baptist Church, Emporium she married the late Richard P. Smith. Mrs. Smith graduated from Cameron County High School. She was a member of the Rich Valley Wesleyan Church for many years where she enjoyed volunteering and participating in church activities. She enjoyed playing cards with the ladies on Thursday evenings.

Surviving Daughter: Judy Brown and her husband Ryan, Emporium
 1 Grandson: Justin Brown
 Brother: William LaPolt and his wife Evelyn, Emporium
 Sister: Etta Gee, Dunkirk, NY
 Sister: Doris Britton, Emporium
 Sister: Dorothy Lapolt, Emporium

 Preceded in Death By Parents: Howard S. and Edna Lattin LaPolt
 Husband: Richard P. Smith 
Brother: Albert L. "Shotgun" LaPolt, Sr
. Brother: Sanford LaPolt

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on on Saturday from 10:00 AM to the time of the service at 12:00 PM with Rev. Tammy Claydon, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Huntley Cemetery, Driftwood, PA

 Online Condolences may be placed at BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Josephine Bursic Kirn

Josephine Bursic Kirn, 95, of Verona, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Born April 16, 1919 in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary Crnkovic Bursic. On April 26, 1947, in St. Joseph Church, Verona, she married William M. Kirn who died July 7, 1993.

A resident of Verona most of her life, she was a 1938 graduate of Verona High School and the Pittsburgh Academy Business School in 1940. She was a homemaker but at various times was employed as a bookkeeper and/or sales representative by Verona News & Ice Cream Shop, Scaife’s Mfg., Hayes Appliances, Ritter Plumbing and Hornes Department Store. Mrs. Kirn was a longtime member of St. Joseph Church in Verona and was very involved with the local Slovenian & Croation Clubs, had many hobbies & interests like bowling, golfing, ceramics, and photography, and was a great Pittsburgh sports fan.

Survivors include: three daughters, Joyce (Barry) Scott of Connoquenessing, Shirley (Jim) Condon of Emporium, and Jane (John) Malek of Monroeville; three grandchildren, Amy (Dave) Bocci of Butler, Dr. Kim (Dr. Jim) Kelly of Lititz, and TJ Condon of Pittsburgh; four great grandchildren; and several generations of nieces & nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Frank Bursic & Ante Bursic; and one sister, Angeline Hromyak.

Visitations with video tribute will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in the English Funeral Home, Oakmont. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, in St. Joseph Church, Verona, with Fr. Edwin Wichman, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Verona.

 Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Joseph Church, 825 Second Avenue, Verona, PA 15147. Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.


Ernest C. Russell

Ernest C. Russell, 75, of Manley Hot Springs, with his loving wife by his bedside, went home to be with the Lord on June 26, 2014, at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

 He was born on Sept. 26, 1938, to Carl A. and Edith Louise Dickinson Russell at the home of his grandparents, Ernest P. and Winnie Chandler Dickinson on Sizerville Road in Emporium, PA. He was married to Anna M. Snyder Russell on Nov. 4, 1972. They moved to Alaska in 1973 and lived there ever since. Ernest graduated from the Cameron County High School in Emporium, PA, in the class of 1957.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, step-mother, Hilda Russell, and sister, Carol (Russell) Perusich, of Wasilla. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 41 years; brother, Jim, and his companion, Karen, of Emporium, PA.; brother, Terry, and wife, Bea, of Manley Hot Springs, and a sister-in-law, Mary Vander Wall, of Phoenix, Arizona.

 He was a member of the Manley Baptist Fellowship in Manley Hot Springs. He was truly loved and will be greatly missed by his loved ones and friends.

 A graveside service will be held next week at the Newton Cemetery in Emporium at a date to be determined.

Please refer to Barnett Funeral Home web site to verify the day and time. Barnett Funeral Home, Emporium is entrusted with arrangements

Max L. Lininger

Max L. Lininger, Jr., 54, of Bethlehem, Pa., died Friday, July 4, 2014, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. Born February 14, 1960 in Lock Haven, he was the son of Max L., Sr., and Janet Campbell Lininger. He was a 1978 graduate of Cameron County High School and continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford Campus.

He was formerly employed by Solveson Contracting of Emporium and Pesces Fabricating in St. Marys and later spent many years traveling for work from Florida to Alaska with Fleming Building Company. For the past several years he was a licensed crane operator with SmitHahn Company, Inc. of Bethlehem, Pa. Mr. Lininger was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Emporium and enjoyed coming back to Emporium during hunting season and for the holidays when he spent time setting up elaborate model train displays under the tree. He was an avid NASCAR fan and with his camper was able to visit many tracks around the country. He was also a member of the Protective Fraternal League of St. Marys. 

He is survived by: his mother, Janet Lininger of Emporium; one sister, Michele (Mike) Rodich of Emporium; a niece Mallory Rodich of Emporium; and two nephews, Matt Rodich of Emporium, and Daniel Earlywine of Washington, Pa.

In addition to his father, Max Lininger, Sr., he was predeceased by a sister, Martha Ellwood. 

Visitations will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium where Funeral and Committal Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with Fr. Paul Siebert, pastor of St. Mark Church in Emporium, officiating.

 Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Protective Fraternal League, 214 Chestnut Street, St. Marys 15857.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July

Wishing you all a fun filled, safe weekend ~ Happy 4th of July


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Country Blessing

This week, all purses and shoes 50% off, suggested donation. 

 Open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Country Blessing will be closed Wednesday and Friday this week.

 ALSO! The new Family Table Food menus will be available this afternoon; stop in and pick up your copy and see how you can save money on your grocery bill!