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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Win a Kayak!

Win a Kayak!

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce raffling off a kayak in time for spring and summer paddling. The escape 100x by Pelican is 10 foot long with adjustable footrests and includes a paddle and life jacket. All the items donated by Mike and Linda Songer.

 “The chamber is appreciative of this donation allowing more programs to be brought to member businesses and residents,” says chamber executive director Tina Johns Solak. The winning number will match the PA 3 digit evening lottery number drawn on April 2. This is the same day as the Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic.

Tickets can be purchased at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center, L&M Lumber, Singers Auto Service, Reids Hometown Emporium, or Reid & Reed Auto Center. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00

A.B.A.T.E. Meet and Greet at the Emporium Moose

A.B.A.T.E.  Meet and Greet at the Emporium Moose

BAGUBA Meeting

BAGUBA club board meeting Monday February 8th at 6pm in the back room of the VETS club.

 All are welcome to attend.

Shirley B. Blackburn

Shirley B. Blackburn, 81, of 25 Blackburn Rd., Emporium, PA died at her residence, Emporium, PA Saturday, February 6, 2016 morning. She was born June 14, 1934 in Cressona, PA a daughter of the late William and Alice Morrell Brown. 

On September 10, 1955 in Schuylkill Haven she married Joseph M. Blackburn, MD, who survives Shirley was a graduate of Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia

 Surviving In addition to her husband Joseph M. Blackburn, MD 
2 daughters Leslie Blackburn, Ferryville, and Sharon Blackburn of Wilton, NH. 
1 son Joseph Blackburn, Ambler, PA and 6 Grandchildren 

She was preceded in death by her parents William and Alice Morrell Brown and 
1 Sister Harriet Timm 

 Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E 4th St., Emporium, PA on (February 10, 2016) Wednesday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM followed by a
 Meeting for Worship at 1:00 PM with Donald Miller. 

Burial was in the Sanford Cemetery, Truman, PA 

In lieu of flowers memorial Contributions may be made to Dunnings Creek Meeting House, c/o Marcia Rogish, 800 Preston St., Apt. #1, Bedford, PA 15522 or to a charity of donors choice. 

Online Condolences may be placed at 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Area school officials support proposal to delay Keystone Exams

Area school officials support proposal to delay Keystone Exams: Several area superintendents are cheering proposed legislation that would delay requiring high school students to pass end-of-the-year exams t…

Ordinances a hot topic at Emporium council again

Ordinances a hot topic at Emporium council again: EMPORIUM — Ordinance enforcement issues continue to be the topic of conversation at meetings of Emporium’s Borough Council.

Area band students to take part in Pearl Harbor Day festivities

Area band students to take part in Pearl Harbor Day festivities: A regional honors band has been created to represent the state of Pennsylvania at ceremonies to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 2016.

Peter F. Grovanz, Jr

Peter F. Grovanz, Jr., 96, of 3764 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands-DuBois on Tuesday (February 2, 2016) morning. He was born October 14, 1919 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Peter and Rose DeMoro Grovanz, Sr. On November 25, 1962 in Emporium he married the late Mary Ellen Griffith Grovanz.

Mr. Grovanz served with the US Army, during War War II, from February 5, 1941 to October 29, 1945. He served in the the European African middle eastern campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was wounded in France on December 24, 1944 and he returned to action to fight in four more countries. He was awarded a Purple Heart medal on January 7, 1945, American Campaign medal with five bronze stars. Peter retired from Louis and Hockenberry where he had worked for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoying hunting, fishing and trapping. Pete also enjoyed gardening and farming and his animals.

Surviving Son: Peter (Lori) Grovanz, Emporium
3 Grandsons: Thomas, Keith & Justin Grovanz
3 Great Grandchildren: Katherine, Oscar & Diesel
 Sister: Rose Gentile, Ruselton
 Sister: Josephine Haight, Ashtabula, OH

Preceded in Death By Parents: Peter and Rose DeMoro Grovanz
Wife: Mary Ellen Griffith Grovanz
Daughter: Ann Darlene Grovanz
5 Sisters: Jennie Yore, Katie Carnovale, Lottye Carlson, Theresa Young, Christine Grovanz & Theresa Young
 3 Brothers: James, Ralph & Joseph Grovanz

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Friday from 2:00-4:00 PM followed by the Funeral Service with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail. Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium, PA

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sweets for your Valentine Sweety

Sweets for your Valentine Sweety

 Cameron County Chamber of Commerce welcomes back Goblin Chocolates. The PA Wilds Juried chocolatier from St Marys is offering boxed chocolates and strawberries in time for Valentine’s Day.

 Chocolate covered strawberries are available in milk and dark 6 and 12 count packages for $13.50 and $22.00. Boxed chocolates range from $9.95 to $15.00. Also available are chocolate covered fruits and expresso beans.

 Orders should be placed as soon as possible to guarantee delivery for Valentine’s Day. Pick up will be Friday February 12.
 Contact the chamber for more information or to place your order 814-486-4314.

Ice Fishing Event Cancelled

The Bucktail Rod and Gun Club and CCOYA sponsored youth ice fishing event that was scheduled for Saturday 2/6/16 has been cancelled. 

The warmer weather that we have been experiencing has created un-safe ice conditions. We are disappointed that we have to cancel the event and we plan to schedule another Youth Ice fishing program for next winter

Lack of Snow Spells Postponement For The Cameron County Cardboard Classic

Lack of Snow Spells Postponement

 The Cameron County Cardboard Classic and snow festival planned for Saturday February 6 postponed for the third week in a row due to lack of sufficient snow and ice thickness. Officials from Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Emporium Country Club had set three dates for the event. “We have exhausted our calendar of dates,” says Tina Johns Solak from the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. 

 Johns Solak says the plans will remain in place to host the event at a future date if a snowstorm hits the region. If the winter remains snowless, the event will be planned for 2017.

Port Allegany Rotary Comprehensive Blood Analysis


THE VATICAN EXHIBITION OF EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES OF THE WORLD is coming to ST. MARK CATHOLIC CHURCH! Saturday, Feb. 13th & Sunday, Feb 14th after each mass. Light refreshments will be available. Donations are not necessary, however, if anyone would like to donate, all proceeds will go to the National Pro-Life Alliance. Please make plans to stop in after mass to see this exciting exhibition.

Mardi Gras At St Mark Church


 Sunday, February 7th After 9:00 AM Mass in O’Connell Hall. 

Join us for a tureen BRUNCH! We’re having a pancake bar! We’ll provide the pancakes and lots of different toppings. Please bring your favorite dish, casserole or dessert to share. This is a great family event…Please, join us for GREAT FOOD, FUN & GAMES!

St Mark Church 
 235 E 4th St,
 Emporium, PA 15834

Cameron County Christian Center

Greetings to all

 This week, all ladies shirts and sweaters, 50% off!
 Open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 Stop down and have a cup of coffee on us!

 While you are there ask to see the newly renovated gym.

 Did you know that we have FREE WI-FI? 
 Stop down and check it out! 

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

Shippen Township Collection Schedule For Week Of Feb 15th

Shippen Township will be closed on Monday, February 15th for President’s Day.

 Monday’s refuse pick-up will be on Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday &Thursday’s refuse collections will remain the same.

 Thank you!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Landfill improvements approved in Cameron County

EMPORIUM — At Thursday’s meeting, Cameron County Commissioners approved a payment from Act 13 funds for much-needed improvements to the county’s landfill. Funds of $4,377 were granted to the Cameron County Solid Waste Authority to pay half of the repairs deemed necessary through an engineering study. The solid waste authority will be responsible for the other half of the needed funds.

Commissioner Lori Reed stated that there were a number of issues that needed to be addressed immediately. Commissioner Phil Jones was appointed to the Headwater RCD for the Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Association. The stakeholders’ board determines where to direct grant funds coming from the interest on a $3 million payment awarded because of the Gardeau train derailment several years ago when sodium hydroxide was dumped into the stream, killing fish, plants and insects and causing a massive clean-up and monitoring effort by the company and local entities. The grants are issued to pay for environmental and educational projects. Notice of an application made by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to the U.S. Department of Labor was received for the 2016 Mine Safety and Health Administration.

A notice was received from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) of their application for a general permit, which covers maintenance, testing, repair, rehabilitation or replacement of water obstructions and encroachments. The permit concerns replacement of a footbridge over the East Branch of Cowley Run in Sizerville State Park.

A “thank you” letter was received by the county from the Walters family for efforts to find their lost family member in Wykoff Run during deer season. The family included a $500 donation to the Emergency Management team that helped with the search. A similar letter and donation was received by Mountaineer Search and Rescue for their efforts, as well, and the Wykoff Run Campers’ Association has also reached out to show their appreciation.

The next meeting of the Cameron County Commissioners will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 4 at the courthouse in Emporium.

 By AMANDA JONES Era Correspondent

Lack of Snow Spells Postponement For the Cameron County Cardboard Classic

Lack of Snow Spells Postponement

The Cameron County Cardboard Classic and snow festival planned for Saturday January 30 postponed for the second week in a row due to lack of sufficient snow and ice thickness. Officials from Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Emporium Country Club surveyed the location Thursday morning and determined the ice is too shallow for safe ice skating and the recent warm up has melted the snow on the hill to be used for the cardboard sled competition.
 The new date is Saturday February 6 from 11am-4pm

Registration for the cardboard sled competition will take place 11am till noon, with competition beginning at noon. Sleds are to be made using cardboard, duct tape, glue and paper. Age groups: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-18 and adults will be judged on originality and the distance traveled by their creation. A two-person snowman building contest and creature building contest will also be held. In addition, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating are planned.

Anyone interested is asked to contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gateway Outdoor Radio Features Ron Luckenbill

Gateway Outdoors Radio 1 February 2016

Hugh Glass, an 18th century trapper and hunter, is depicted by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “The Revenant”. The rifle he uses is historically correct and was fashioned by Ron Luckenbill who lives in north central Pennsylvania.

Luckenbill has been producing and restoring Muzzleloading rifles. The rifles Ron builds are done by taking into account thef finest of details.

Tune in this week as we visit the gunsmith in his shop and Luckenbill describes in his own words how he masterfully turns wood and steel into a working muzzleloading firearm.

The program airs on Monday, February 1st, 2016. Gateway Outdoors is heard every Monday at 6 PM on Connect FM 96.7 and 107.9 FM and live streamed on the Internet and archived on the Connect FM web site

"Gateway Outdoors Radio, the next best thing to being there"

Tina A. Wood

Tina A. Wood, 62, of 36 Lincoln Dr., Lewis Run, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at The Pavilion at BRMC, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born November 18, 1953, in Offenbach-Am-Main, Germany, she was a daughter of William and Cornelia "Connie" (Braun) Noah who reside in Emporium. She was a 1972 graduate of Bitburg Baron High School in Germany.

On September 8, 1979, in Lewis Run, she married Jeffrey T. Wood who survives. Tina worked for Hamlin Bank in the Title Insurance Department and as a Loan Officer.

In addition to her parents, and husband Jeff, she is survived by two sons, Jason E. (Alyssa) Wood, of Custer City, and Brian T. Wood, of Lewis Run, two sisters, Irene Maria Lion, of Phoenix; Penny Joyce (Chris) Hoffman, of Mt Airy, MD, three brothers, Bill (Corina) Noah, of Adamstown, MD; Karl (Kathy) Noah, of Frederick, MD; Tommy Noah, of Phoenix, and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, January 30, 2016, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 2:00pm with Rev. Steven Collins, pastor, of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church officiating. Burial will be in St Bernard Mausoleum.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at