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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Paul D. Plant

Paul D. Plant, 60, of 305 E. Third Street, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Wednesday (May 4, 2016) morning. He was born November 15, 1955 in Penfield, PA a son of the late Rev. John and Elner Henderson Plant.
He married Leslie Fragale Plant, who survives. Paul worked as a machinist at several factories throughout the area and was also a self employed machinist. Paul loved his 5 cats.
 Surviving in addition to his wife Leslie Fragale Plant are a Daughter, Tiffany Plant, Kenmore, NY; four Brothers, Dennis Plant, Mifflintown; Don Plant, Greeley, CO; Max Plant, Georgia and Several nieces and nephews.
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. John and Elner Henderson Plant, 3 Brothers, Bob, Robert & Jimmie Lee Plant,
 At his request there will be No Service. There will be No Visitation.
Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cameron County Christian Center

Greetings to all! 
 This week at Country Blessings, all ladies skirts and dresses just $2.00 each!

 Additionally, for all of you who love yard sales, we have set up a mini yard sale table with new items added each week; Oh and there is a $1 table iof clothing in the hallway!

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

 Cameron County Christian Center 
240 East 4th Street Emporium, Pa. 15834 

Emporium Borough officially owns several properties on E. Fourth Street

Emporium Borough officially owns several properties on E. Fourth Street: EMPORIUM — Emporium Borough now officially owns several properties along East Fourth Street that are slated for demolition.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


Last Tuesday was beautiful and sunny. 
A perfect day to take a couple of pictures on the military banners in Emporium.

 My Unlce Nick Malizia

My cousin Rich Malizia

2016 Pittsburgh Marathon

Today was the running of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon

Pictured below are some of the runners who participated in the half marathon, running 13.1 miles. Congratulations ladies !

  Amanda Clark, Desiree Cummings ( Emporium) Mandy Miller ( Emporium ) Julie Prutznal 

Whitney Lewis, on the far right,completed the 26.2 miles

I want to share this story of Whitney's journey to race day.
 Dedication to her goal made her first marathon a reality. Congratulations Whitney!

 I DID IT!!!! One of my biggest life accomplishments-- I am a marathoner!! One year ago my goal for the year was to complete a 10k (6.6mi) and today I completed the Pittsburgh Marathon (26.2mi)! I found an inspirational group of people who were dedicated to getting up at 4:15am before work to run and they coached me through the training. I at first thought okay, I can do this and completed a half marathon in December and said to myself now I need to raise the bar and although it was so incredibly far above my bucket list and goal for life, I signed up and today I reached that goal!!! While I never thought possible--I was teaching third grade, coaching college and elementary basketball teams, waitressing, and getting my masters, running became my "me time," the time that I was able to dedicate daily to myself for a few hours every morning and not feel guilty like I should be doing something else. I never before considered myself a runner, just someone who ran a few miles to keep in shape, but now it has become a release and a passion.
 I've learned that while things can be so far in a dream world at one point in life, if you work hard and dedicate yourself, anything is possible!!

Driftwood Senior Center Old Foagies Hoagies

Driftwood Senior Center Old Foagies Hoagies
  $2.50 Each Orders due May 9th, and delivery date is May 18
Please phone or fax orders to 814.546.2331
Last month this great group of volunteers made and sold 876 delicious hoagies!


When you shop Amazon at the AmazonSmile website and choose us as your charitable organization, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items to the Cameron County SPCA.
  Go to and pick "Cameron County Future Spca-Boarding Kennels" as your shosen charitable organization.
Then purchase all your Amazon items at the website.
Thank you for your support!


Cameron County SPCA will be holding their annual Rabies Clinic on Saturday, May 14 at the Emporium Fire Hall from 11 am to 2 pm.
The SPCA will also be holding a Microchipping Clinc on Saturday, June 11 at the Emporium Fire Hall from 11 am to 2 pm.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Prescription Drug Take Back Set for April 30

Prescription Drug Take Back Set for April 30

Next Saturday, April 30, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The day is designed to ensure proper disposal of unused prescription drugs and to keep the drugs from being misused and abused. According to a 2011 survey in Pennsylvania, 14 percent of youth surveyed admitted to taking prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them and 18 percent felt that prescription drugs were not harmful.

Prescription drugs may be dropped off at the following locations in our area.
Drop-off hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•McKean County Sheriff’s Department, 17129 Route 6, Smethport.
•Pennsylvania State Police Coudersport Barracks, 3140 E. Second St., Coudersport.
•Potter County Sheriff’s Department, Potter County Courthouse, 1 E. Second St., Room 24, Coudersport.
  •Coudersport Borough Police Department, 201 S. West St., Coudersport.
Pennsylvania State Police Emporium Barracks, 12921 Route 120, Emporium.

The Emporium Police Department also has a permanent drop-off box at 421 N. Broad St., Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for more information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pennsylvania State Police Emporium Barracks and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to 12921 Route 120, Emporium. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)
 The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website

Mike D. Polinick

Mike D. Polinick, 79, of 63 Trailer Court Dr., Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Friday (April 22, 2016) morning. He was born December 18, 1936 in Rasselas, PA a son of the late Michael D. and Barbara Minnich Polinick. On November 29, 1958 in First Baptist Church, Emporium he married Ethel Uplinger Polinick, who survives.
Mr. Polinick retired from Cameron Manufacuring where he worked for many years. He enjoyed the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Steelers, cars, Reese Cups and Pepsi and daily visits from his dog Miss Muffy. He loved spending time with his family.
Surviving in addition to Ethel Uplinger Polinick,
 are a son, Donald Polinick and his wife Sue, Emporium;
daughter, Melinda Ackman and her husband Kevin, Emporium;
son, Ronald Polinick and his wife Jonie, Emporium;
5 Grandchildren: Donna, Brandy, Natasha, Charles & Matraca;
3 Great Grandchildren: Tristan, Nathan & Aubrey.
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael D. and Barbara Minnich Polinick.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (April 26, 2016) at 12:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Deeper Waters Ministries, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Service.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA
Online Condolences may be placed at BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry

 The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 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.



Ridgway, PA – We’ve all heard about heroin taking the lives of our community members…some of which may be friends, some may be family members, or acquaintances. Regardless of our relationship, we are all affected by the current heroin epidemic, and the overdose deaths continue to increase. Deaths from heroin have tripled in the last five years. Pennsylvania has a higher overdose rate than most states. We’ve all also heard many radio commercials indicating why our youth first starting using heroin/opiates in the first place. One of those reasons identified was the lack of knowledge about drugs in general. ADAS is committed to providing that knowledge and is taking it a step further for our community.

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, Inc. (ADAS) will hold a question and answer session about the opiate/heroin epidemic at the Cameron County High School on April 26, 2016 at 6:00pm and at the North Central building on May 17, 2016 at 6:00pm for all to attend. This event is open to the general public; anyone and everyone who is interested in learning more about heroin/opiates along with what services are available to a drug user and/or their families.

Anyone can become addicted to heroin and/or prescription pain pills…Anyone… Addiction does not discriminate against race, gender, ethnicity, etc. There is no one way to prevent addiction, other than education and prevention efforts to inform people to never start.

Prescription pain pills (Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin) are all used to treat pain, but are highly addictive. Many people are prescribed prescription pain pills for legitimate uses, however, when that prescription runs out, many are still left with not only pain, but now withdrawal to deal with. This is when the user will look for another way to treat the pain and withdrawal…Some may ask friends or acquaintances and others look to the streets, which is where the heroin comes into play.

So rather than turning a blind eye or thinking that it doesn’t exist, why not become educated and work with community officials to stop this epidemic. Please take the time to attend this much needed event.

For more information contact Lisa Cherry at (814) 788-2080 or or visit

Alcohol &  Drug Abuse Services, Inc. is The Single County Authority (SCA) for Cameron, Elk, and McKean Counties. ADAS, Inc. provides direct services as well as contracts with the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programming (BDAP). Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. provides Inpatient, Outpatient, Prevention, and Case Management Services.

Bed & Breakfast Workshop

Bed and Breakfast businesses are a great way to generate extra income for people who enjoy entertaining and cooking, but is it right for you?

In this workshop you will learn how to select a location and building, legal requirements, startup costs, liability insurance, B&B traveler expectations, rooms food hospitality, marketing and promotion, and much more.

Dale Fox, our instructor, is the former owner, developer and manager of the highly successful “Towers Victorian Inn in Ridgway.” “This instructor knows what she’s talking about!” – Owner of the Horton House in Warren.

This workshop is being held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Education Council’s Coudersport office. The cost is $49 per person. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 11. To register, email or call 814-362-5078.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Emporium Woman Killed In Motorcycle Crash

An Emporium woman has been identified as the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash at 4:45 PM on Sunday at the roadside pull off on Route 6 on Hazelhurst Hill near Mt. Jewett. 

 Virginia A. Gribble, 56, of St. Marys formerly of Emporium, PA, was a passenger on an eastbound motorcycle operated by Randie Scott Gribble, 54, of Emporium, PA, when he lost control of the cycle and slid into the pulloff area. Virginia died at the scene. Randie was airlifted by helicopter to UPMC in Erie where his injuries are described by family members as not life threatening. 

 Trooper Jason L. Perry of the Kane barracks said the investigation is pending and anyone with any information is asked to contact him at 814-778-5555.

Virginia A. “Genny” Gribble

Virginia A. “Genny” Gribble, 56, of 297 Honey Lane, St. Marys, PA formerly of Emporium, PA died at Mount Jewett on Sunday (April 17, 2016) afternoon in a motorcycle accident. She was born May 12, 1959 in Coudersport, PA a daughter of the late Francis and Eva Sabatino Burgett. She had been married to Randie Gribble, Emporium Genny worked at GKN for over 28 years. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family very much. She liked decorating and baking.

She is survived by a daughter, Stacy Scarpelli, DuBois;
 son, Jason (Kelly) Allison, Emporium;
 daughter, Dusti Rees, Emporium;
son, Josh Rees, Emporium;
son, Derrick (Ally) Gribble, Emporium.
Twelve Grandchildren, Madyson, Chanz, Tapanga, Camdyn, Brynn, Laila, Haley, Kierstyn, James, Brooklyn, Jarron &; Grayden.
 sister, Evie Sabatino, Meadville, PA;
 brother David Burgett, Emporium;
brother, Paul Burgett, Emporium;
brother, Tom Burgett, Hermitage, PA;
 brother, Charles Hooftallen, Emporium;
brother, Perry Hooftallen, Roulette.

Preceded in Death By Parents, Francis and Eva Sabatino Burgett 

The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium on Monday from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM with the service to follow at 1:00 PM with Rev. Mark Conklin, Pastor, Christian Missionary &  Alliance Church, officiating. 

 Online Condolences may be placed at 

 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements. Scholarship is offering three scholarships worth $1,500 to university students attending accredited U.S. college or university who are providing care for aging relatives while attending school.
Applicants are required to submit a 1,500 word essay or two minute video telling who the applicant is caring for an how the applicant is involved as their caregiver, how being a caregiver influenced the applicant’s decision for their major/career path, and how the scholarship will be helpful to the applicant in the student-caregiving role
. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2016. More information and how to apply can be found at

Saturday, April 16, 2016



Austin, PA – The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s (PPFF), photo tour will be on display at Sinnemahoning State Park from April 3 through May 8, 2016.

The photos displayed were chosen from more than 350 photographs entered by both amateur and professional photographers. The twenty four photos in the display include those awarded 1st and 2nd place by popular vote and a critics’ choice in 6 categories, including Capture the Season, Friends & Family Fun, Young Photographers, Black & White, Nature Up Close and Historical Gems. Also included in the photo display are 2 Best In Show photos, awarded by overall popular vote and critics’ choice. All photos are taken in a Pennsylvania state park or forest. Many of the prize-winning photographs were taken right here in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Jennifer Ingram won First Place in the Nature Up Close category with her photo of an elk titled, “This Spot Is Taken”, taken in Elk State Forest. Jennifer commented, “Living in the PA Wilds, it’s not uncommon to see elk on a daily basis. This bull seemed so content resting in the ferns, enjoying the sunshine. After the cold temperatures last winter, I could relate!”

Makayla Whaling earned Second Place in the Young Photographers category with her colorful and up-close photo titled, “Yes, Grasshopper”, taken while walking along the creek at Sinnemahoning State Park. Makayla says, “Pennsylvania State Parks and State Forests offer a variety of recreational and educational activities. I truly believe that there is something for everyone! I love being outdoors; and the parks and forests provide the perfect opportunities.”

Other winners from the Pennsylvania Wilds area included: Scott Hafer, Ole Bull State Park, Best in Show – People’s Choice; H. Bumper Bauer, Cook Forest State Park, Capture the Season – Critic’s Choice; Phyllis Terchanik, Cook Forest State Park, First Place – Friends and Family Fun; and Diane Lynch, Bald Eagle State Park, Critic’s Choice – Friends and Family Fun.

The 2016 PPFF Through the Seasons photo contest is underway, now until September 13, 2016. Details are on the PPFF website, The categories include some popular categories from past contests, as well as new ones, such as Fur, Feather, Fins & Scales and My Parks & Forests.

About the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation Founded in 1999, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation supports 120 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities and donations through its 40 chapters. The mission of the foundation is to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests through public engagement in volunteerism, recreation and conservation. @PaPFF

Loons and Eagles at Sinnemahoning State Park This Week

Loons and Eagles at Sinnemahoning State Park This Week

The loons are still at the lake! The number varies at different times of the day. One visitor reported seeing 18 last night. There were 5 loons out there this morning. This viewing opportunity will not last long – these migrating birds are likely to leave by the opening day of trout season next week.

Lots of activity up at the newest eagle nest. Have the eggs hatched? Join us at the Eagle Watch this afternoon between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to see the nest and the adults and, hopefully, catch a glimpse of the baby eaglets.

 Eagle Watch will be held every Saturday and most Sundays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Wildlife Viewing Area just one mile north of the Park Office & Wildlife Center.

Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser

St. Mark Youth Mission Trip A group of St. Mark youth and chaperones are planning a Mission trip to Yucat√°n, Mexico in July. 
 To help defray travel expenses, they’re having a Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser on Sunday, April 17th from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM (or until sold out).
 The cost is $7.00 (at the door) in O’Connell Hall (basement of St. Mark Church).

Shippen Township Sping Cleanup Date

Shippen Township will be holding its annual spring clean-up on Saturday, April 30th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Township building. 

 The cost is $15.00 per truck or trailer load. Tires are extra. 
 We will NOT be accepting TV’s and computers this year.
 All refuse accounts must be paid up to date.