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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sylvan Heritage Program ~ Final Round of Military Banners

The Sylvan Heritage Council's third and final round of military banners will be going up tomorrow in Emporium beginning at 8 am. Thank you so much to our 154 sponsors - we certainly couldn't have done this project without you. And thank you, ultimately, to those men and women (and their families) who sacrificed so much for our great country. It's been our privilege to honor you all with this program. 

 The Sylvan Heritage Council, a group of Cameron County residents with diverse backgrounds, is committed to the betterment of our community through positive energy and action. A few of the projects that we have sponsored are: the installation of the Emporium welcome signs and the surrounding landscaping at the east and west end of town, the mural and banner projects, the new signs for the Endeavor and other local businesses, and the placement of a block retaining wall at the town’s east end triangle. These projects of the Sylvan Heritage Council are most fitting to their mission: to pursue sustainable economic growth through the beautification, revitalization, and historic preservation of our community in such a way that capitalizes on our area’s abundant natural resources and maintains our proud local heritage. We want our community to thrive and we intend to continue to be a driving force behind that cause.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

All Fired Up & Kickin Ash

All Fired Up & Kickin Ash

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce firing up for the All Fired Up & Kickin Ash BBQ Competition set for Saturday September 23. The annual event held the 4th Saturday of September continues to draw competitors and visitors from across the United States. “The first competitor to register comes from the Clarion area,” says executive director Tina Johns Solak.

The event will grow to two days this year with the addition of Alleghany Mountain Chapter of Nam Knights. The group is organizing adult beverage sales and entertainment for Friday and Saturday. Friday night following the Cameron County High School home football game, competitors will be available to answer questions. “This is a wonderful mingling opportunity and a way to grow the event,” says Johns Solak.

Saturday competitors will be judged on 7 categories including dessert and sides. Attendees can also cast votes for their favorite. Food sales will begin at noon.

The chamber website has rules and a registration form online at Currently the chamber is accepting names of people wishing to judge the competition. No experience is required, just a hearty appetite

Kenneth I. Burkhouse

Kenneth I. Burkhouse, 93, of 616 Rich Valley Rd, Emporium, PA formerly of Sylvan Heights died at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA on Tuesday (August 15, 2017) afternoon. He was born September 7, 1923 in Reynoldsville, PA a son of the late Fred and Mae Smith Burkhouse. On July 19, 1947 in Mt. Jewett he married the late Margaret "Peg" Cupp Burkhouse.

Ken graduated from Mount Jewett High School where he was a standout basketball player, playing at the state level. He served with the US Armys Air Corps as a Second Lieutenant where he was a flight instructor during war war II. He then graduated from the Philadelphia School of Pharmacy. He owned several pharmacies in Ridgway and in Lebanon, PA and later partnered with Ed Lundburg in the former Burklund Pharmacy in Emporium, from which he retired in 1989. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Emporium and was an avid golfer bowler, member and past president of the Emporium Country Club for many years.

He is survived by two sons, Robert (Merri) Burkhouse, Ridgway and Kenneth (Ruthie) Burkhouse, Emporium; four grandchildren: Kelly, Kimberly, Justin and Katie; two great grandchildren: Eastan and Cooper.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mae Burkhouse; his wife, Margaret "Peg" Burkhouse who died Sept. 11, 1998; one daughter, in infancy and a brother, Donald Burkhouse.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 1-5 PM.
 Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (August 21, 2017) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Steven Miller, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, officiating.
 A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail. 
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA 

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Clara V. Sarick

Clara V. Sarick, 94, of 44 S. Cherry St., Emporium, PA died, peacefully with her family at her side, at her residence on Sunday morning. (August 13, 2017) She was born January 7, 1923 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Charles and Rose Gennacarro Vassallo. On October 31, 1944 in St. Mark Catholic Church she married the late John "Sonny" Sarick. Clara graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1941. She retired from Sylvania after 35 years in the payroll Department. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Womans Auxiliary, Unit #6222. She enjoyed playing cards, having played for over 50 years with the same group of friends. Clara loved the many flowers that surrounded her home of the last seventy-plus years, watching them bloom and change with the seasons was such a joy to her. She loved watching her birds on the feeders, reading books, chocolates, playing cards, and sharing time with family and friends. Her greatest love was for her family.

 Clara is survived by her son, Barry E. Sarick, Emporium; daughter, Nancy Sarick Vierhaus, San Jose, CA; three Grandchildren: John D. Sarick, Treasure Lake, PA, Jill Santos, Ventura, California, & Eric Vierhaus, Oakland, California; two great grandchildren: Ziggy Finn Santos & Cameron Anisa Sarick and numerous nieces and nephews.

 Clara was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Rose Vassallo; her beloved and love of her life husband, John "Sonny" Sarick in 2006; two sisters, Virginia MacDonald and Caroline Drotos; one brother, Charles Joseph “Joe” Vassallo.

 Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM, where a Vigil Service will be held at 6:45 PM.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (August 19, 2017) at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. 

 Burial will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA 

 Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Memorial Detail, c/o VFW, 427 E. 3rd St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430 

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

Aurelia M. "Ral" Grippo

Aurelia M. "Ral" Grippo, 95, of 128 E. 3rd St., Emporium, PA died at her residence, Emporium, PA on Saturday (August 12, 2017) morning. She was born January 9, 1922 in Conifer, PA a daughter of the late Jerry and Adele Festi Gosetti. On July 18, 1958 in St. Mark Catholic Church she married the late Joseph Grippo. Mrs. Grippo graduated from the former Cowanshonnack High School in the class of 1942. She retired from Phillips-Sylvania in 1981 where she worked for over 31 years. She also worked as a waitress at the VFW for many years. She was a member of the St. Mark Catholic Church and the C. D. of A.

She is survived by two daughters, Carla Erskine and Patricia "Patty" Grippo, both of Emporium; three grandchildren: Joshua (Jessica) Grippo, Jordan Brown & Dustin Erskine; four great grandchildren: Elena Aurelia & Julia Marie Grippo, Dane &; Demarco Erskine; one sister, Rose Marie Bernard and her husband Anthony, Rural Valley, PA;

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Adele Gosetti, husband, Joseph Grippo who died March 12, 1992; one son, Patrick in infancy; twin sister, Candida Gosetti in infancy; sister, Theresa Gosetti, two brothers, Louis & Guido Gosetti,

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM, where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:45 PM.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Friday (August 18, 2017) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

Jan Hampton Youth Conservation Night

Wednesday August 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cameron County Fair Grounds the annual Youth Conservation Night was renamed the Jan Hampton Youth Conservation Night!

 Crafts, games and different activities were on hand for families to enjoy! Mark Baker was also on hand with his live Birds of Prey program. Don Bickford gave a wonderful speech about Jan, he called her Cameron County's biggest cheerleader and he is right. Jan had a heart for her community, her friends and family.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mrs. Katherine L. Bowden

Mrs. Katherine L. Bowden, 94, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at her daughters residence.

Mrs. Bowden was born on March 30, 1923 in Criders Corners, Pa to the late Walter and Ethel Garvin Slining. She had graduated from the Mars High School. After raising her children Katherine worked as a bus driver for Rhodes Transit for 20 years. She enjoyed going to the Driftwood Senior Center, and was good at needle work and Tole painting.

 She is survived by her daughters Pat (Hollis) Stacey of Franklin Twp., Nancy (James) Smith of Franklin Park, and Linda Bemis of Portersville, her sons James Strella of Georgia, and Walter Bowden of Sinnamahoning and his fiancĂ© Melony Harr of Ligonier, her eight grandchildren, and her ten great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Paul Strella in 1960, her second husband Walter Bowden in 2000, her daughter Judith Ann Strella, her sister Jeanne Super, and her son-in-law Paul Bemis. 
As per Katherine’s wishes there will not be a public service. 

The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

Michael Lynn Hepfner

Michael Lynn Hepfner, 47, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family and closest friends on August 3, 2017 at UNC Hospital.

Born November 13, 1969 to Charles “Bud” William Hepfner and Judith “Judy” Ann(Sprague)(Hepfner) Mosher, Mike grew up in Emporium, PA.

After graduating from Cameron County High School, Mike served in the US Navy from 1987-1993 and was stationed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (Attack Squad VA-36 Roadrunners) through Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. During these years he found his passion for cooking.

Mike attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Culinary Arts degree in 2001. From there he received an externship at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC where he worked his way up to Sous Chef with a specialty in Soups, Stocks, and Sauces. In 2004, he started working at The Country Club of North Carolina, Pinehurst, NC, as an Executive Sous Chef.

Mike met Christie (Oldham), the love of his life, in 1992. The two were married in 1994. Together they tackled all of life’s challenges and raised three beautiful daughters, Genna Anne, MacKenzie Rose and Kennedy Jeanell.

He loved spending time with family, cooking, camping, golfing, playing and watching sports – especially Penn State. Mike had a sharp wit and was known for being a jokester. He embodied compassion, serving others through his church and community. Throughout his life, Mike was an inspiration of strength yet always humble; those who knew him were blessed because of it. Above all, he had a love for his family that was paramount.

Mike was preceded in death by his father Charles “Bud” William Hepfner and his Stepfather Robert “Bob” Douglas Mosher.

In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his mother, Judith “Judy” Ann (Sprague) (Hepfner) Mosher of Emporium, PA; brothers Charles “Chuck” Hepfner (Beth) of Emporium, PA and Joseph “Joe” Hepfner (Cristal) of Port Allegany, PA as well as several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. He shared a special bond with Emily (Hepfner) Gillis (Tirrell) of Aberdeen, NC and Aaron Hepfner (Jessica) of Aberdeen, NC

In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Page Memorial United Methodist Church (Soup Kitchen), Pinecrest High School Marching Band in honor of his daughter MacKenzie, or Pinecrest High School Chorus in honor of his daughter Kennedy.

A Memorial Service in NC will be held at Page Memorial United Methodist Church, Aberdeen, NC with Rev. Mike Davis and Rev. Jane Leechford officiating at 10:00am on Saturday, August 19, 2017. A reception will follow at the Country Club of North Carolina.

A Memorial Service in PA will be held at First United Methodist Church, Emporium, PA with Rev Joe Short and Rev. John Spahr officiating at 12:00pm on Saturday, September 9, 2017.
A reception will follow at the Emporium Fire Hall.

Mr. Hepfner’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at Sandhills Sentinel.

12th Annual David Hutton Memorial 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk

12th Annual David Hutton Memorial 5K Run and 2-Mile Walk

Saturday August 19th, 2017

 TOP DOOR PRIZE IS A $100.00 Gift Certificate to Road Runner Sports!
 Online Registration Available 

 Race Day Registration 7am-8:45am in Cameron County Elementary Cafeteria 

 9:00 AM Race Start Time
 Cameron County School District 601 Woodland Ave. Emporium, Pa 158344

 Total Scholarship Money Awarded: $14,450.00 

About the David Huttom Memorial Race 
 The David Hutton Memorial 5k Run & 2 Mile walk Scholarship race is put on by David’s family and friends. We also get help from other local race directors and the Elk County Striders. 

 David was a high school and collegiate track and field athlete. During his high school career he competed in many local 5k road races and was a state qualifier in the 800 meters. He continued his running career at Duquesne University where he competed in track and field for four years and Cross Country for three. Following his graduation from his bachelors he continued to run during graduate school and would make the trip up from Pittsburgh to contribute to the local races he had come accustomed to. He loved to run and would do the best he could to fit running into his busy life. He was a member of the Elk County Striders. David passed away due to injuries sustained in a automobile accident. Before his passing away he had earned his bachelors in Athletic Training from Duquesne University in 2002, his masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and was pursuing his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Exercise Physiology. David was a BLS instructor for Healthcare providers. He had worked with many organizations in and around Pittsburgh including UPMC Presby-Shadyside, Strength Fitness & Speed, and his favorite place Locke’s Fitness Studio. He had also completed Strength and Conditioning internship with the Pittsburgh Pirates. David strove to improve the health and well being of others. We hope to carry on his work by encouraging individuals of all ages to become active in fitness, improve their overall wellness, and to have fun along the way. All proceeds from the race/walk will benefit the David Hutton Track Scholarship Fund.

Emporium Resident to be featured in National Down Syndrome Society Video


 Levi Olivett To Help Kick Off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Unique Annual Video Presentation NEW YORK ( Aug. 3 2017) – Levi Olivett, of Emporium PA, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 16, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. The collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The photo of Levi Olivett, who happens to have Down syndrome, was selected from over 2,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Almost 500 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown in the heart of Times Square.

 Levi is pictured participating in Fun Day at Woodland Elementary School, where he is a student.

 The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation will be followed by the 23rd Annual Flagship Buddy Walk in New York City. This year, Buddy Walk events will be held in more than 275 cities across the country, as well as select international locations, in and around October with over 325,000 people participating around the globe. For more information about the NDSS Buddy Walk Program, visit or call 800-221-4602.

We are selling tickets for a $200.00 Gift certificate to Valley Meats as a fundraiser for our trip to NYC. Half of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the NDSS Buddy Walk and half will help with the cost of the trip. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10 and are available at State Farm, Cameron County Chamber office, Valley Meats and L&M Lumber.

ABOUT NDSS The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down Syndrome. NDSS provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive programming to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families with four main areas of programming which include: the National Advocacy & Police Center, the National Buddy Walk Program, Community Outreach and Resources and Public Awareness. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.
For more information visit

Cameron County Food Pantry

Cameron County Food Pantry

 The Cameron County Food Pantry will hold a distribution for people determined eligible on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 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.

Donald R. Hefright

Donald R. Hefright, 91, of 23 W. 2nd St., Emporium, PA formerly of Huntingdon, PA died at Snyder Memorial, Marienville, PA on Tuesday, (August 8, 2017) evening following a lengthy illness.

He was born August 18, 1925 in Huntingdon, PA a son of the late Emmerson and Minnie Hughes Hefright. On June 15, 1974 in First United Methodist Church in Emporium, PA he married Helen E. Housler Hefright, who survives.

Don was the youngest of five children. He graduated from Huntington High School. He served with the US Navy Seebee's for three years during WWII. He attended Juanita College for four years majoring in English. He worked for the United States Postal service as a assistant post master for many years retiring from the Johnsonburg, Pa Post Office. After moving to Emporium he served as the administrator for the mentally challenged group home which is now Northern Tier. He and his wife traveled and loved attending family events. He was active in the community in various organizations including the VFW, the American Legion, the First United Methodist Church and the Senior Center. He also served on the Shade Tree Committee for many years, researched and producted four geneology family names. Some of his hobbies were tennis, polka/square dancing, golf, artist, picture framer, and carpentry.

 He is survived by his wife Helen E. Housler Hefright; four sons, Tom Hefright and John Hefright both of Johnsonburg; Craig Hefright, Russell, PA and David Shaw, Emporium; four daughter, Nancy Hartman, Kane; Lori Waddell, East Rochester, PA; Bonnie Smith, and Cathy Wright both of Emporium; numerous grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmerson and Minnie Hughes Hefright, two sisters, Martha and Mabel; two brothers, Cloyd and Dick Hefright and his former wife, Jeanine Speaker Hefright

A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 306 South Spruce St, Emporium, PA on Saturday (August 12, 2017) at 3:00 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the memorial service.
 Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium, PA
 Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Auxiliary, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834

 Online Condolences may be placed at

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

St Mark News - - Picnic, Father Mendez, Festival TShirts

St, Mark/St. James Parish Picnic SUNDAY, AUGUST 27TH
Sizerville State Park (Pavilion #2)
 Beginning with Mass at 11:00 AM Mark your calendar! *********

 FR. MARTIN MENDEZ from San Antonio, our sister parish in the Yucatan, will be here at St. Mark, Emporium, the week of August 22-28. Plans are underway for his visit…. stay tuned!!

 Get your St. Mark T-Shirt Now! Pre-orders are being accepted, only $10.00 each!
 Color Choices are: Sapphire Blue, Irish Green, and Orange. Please make checks out to “Defined by Ink”. Any questions, please call Nicki Abriatis @ 486-2177. Orders and payment can be put in the collection baskets…payment due by Aug. 20th. T-Shirts will arrive before festival.

Fishing Derby Benefit

Nick Guisto 9th Memorial Golf Tournament

Rotary News

The Emporium Rotary Club sponsored CCHS students, Alex Umble, Eric Morton &; Derreck Beldin who attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) this past June. 

 RYLA is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year thousands of young people participate in this program through seminar camps or workshops to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice.

Sponsorships Available for Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run

Sponsorships Available for Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run

 Samson Energy committing to the prime sponsorship of the Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run Saturday October 21. “We are excited to welcome Samson Energy as our prime sponsor for 2017. Last year we had no major sponsorship since Pennsylvania Independent Oil Gas Association withdrew its support due to a declining oil and gas market,” says Craig Hudson, race director. As of the end of July, 11 local organizations and businesses pledging support to the event. Sponsorships start at $50. 

 The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is the information center. Contact the staff for sponsorship and registration paperwork or visit

Artisan Center Joins with DuBois Business

Artisan Center Joins with DuBois Business

Cameron County Artisan Center teaming up with Kreative Kreations in DuBois to offer Sunday afternoon classes starting this fall. Two projects have been selected according to Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Solak. “Several residents from the county have been traveling to DuBois to take classes, and the chamber reached out to see if the teachers would travel on Sundays also meeting a request by residents of Cameron County.”

The first class is a reversible wooden wall hanging depicting three pumpkins on one side and a snowman on the other. The class is set for Sunday October 1 starting at 1pm-3pm. The second class is set for Sunday November 5 and features a replica of a door fashioned into a tray. Each class is $40.00. Payment reserves a seat and reservations can be made online at, by phone 814-486-4314 or in person at the Cameron County Artisan Center. Classes are limited to 18 students.

Rotary News

Trooper Jonathon Wooster was the guest speaker at the Rotary meeting August 1st. 
 Trooper Wooster spoke about the heroin epidemic, its effects, and how it is hitting small communities. Also picture is Rotarian, Bonnie Smith.