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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Cameron County Community Chest 2016 Fund Drive

Cameron County Community Chest 2016 Fund Drive

The 2016 Cameron County Community Chest Fund Drive is underway. The Fund Drive Committee has sent letters to the active businesses, clubs and individuals of the community. To be part of this worthy community event send your tax-deductible contribution today to: Cameron County Community Chest, P O Box 134, Emporium, PA 15834, attn: Judd Schager, Treasurer. Once your contribution is received you will be added to the list of the Community Contributors. Don’t wait and be last on the long list, contribute now.

The Cameron County Community Chest is your Community organization. Like the United Way, your contributions to several organizations can be made with just one contribution to the Community Chest Fund Drive. Contributions to the drive benefit: the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, the Summer Reading Program, the Package Team and the Garden Club. These organizations serve Cameron County and help make Cameron County a better place to live.

Each year the Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors, a group of volunteers, meets to review requests and to establish the Community’s Goal. This year the goal is $20,200.

The Campaign runs all year round with an emphasis on the campaign between October 1 and December 31. Please consider a contribution to theses Community worthy organizations.

The Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals, clubs and businesses that donated time, money and services to the 2015 Fund Drive. This was the sixth year that we have reached (exceeded) our goal since 2004.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Beautiful Cameron County

This photo was taken looking north towards Rich Valley


Nightmare On South Broad Street

Nightmare On South Broad Street 

 The Cameron County Haunted House Committee and the Prospect Park Playground Association are hosting a haunted house at 211 S. Broad Street in Emporium. 

 The Haunted House will be open October 22,23,24,29,30,and 31.

 It will be open from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm each of those nights. 

 Contact Bunny McLean if you would like to help or if you have any questions about this event.


Family, Friends remember Hannah Lewis

MCCONNELSVILLE — Small bunches of people stood in circles outside Matheney Funeral Home in McConnelsville as a line of mourners stretched an entire block of Kennebec Avenue.

They were trading stories of Hannah L. Lewis and Donnie J. Perry, two Morgan High School students who died in a Friday crash on Ohio 37 outside Malta. The visitation Tuesday night to celebrate Hannah's life continued what has already been a long and difficult week of remembrance and grief for the community.

Ameila Bartimus, a sophomore at Morgan High School, with tears welling in her eyes, stood on her tiptoes to look over the shoulder of her friend, sophomore Shaylyn Pierce. After contemplating how to best remember the legacy of Hannah and Donnie, whose names now and perhaps forever will go hand in hand, she settled on an answer.

"Just always bring up good memories of them," Ameila said as the tears let go of her eyelids to tumble down her cheeks. "They were never sad. They were always happy together."

Those good memories made lasting impressions on the hordes of people gathered to pay their final respects to Hannah.

Hannah, 16, played trumpet in the marching and concert bands at Morgan. Her friends said she cheered and played softball. But even more so than what Hannah did, friends identified with who she was.

"When you were around her, she was just always happy," Shaylyn said.

Friends described her as happy, loving and positive above all. She brought an infectious energy and spirit to whatever she did, they said.

Sophomore Alexus Masterson said the band largely contributed to Hannah's affable personality and cheerfulness.

"The band was really big in that," Alexus said. "They're like a big family. This has only brought them (the band) closer together."

Although the absence of Hannah's optimism was detectable in the lines of visitors with tears in their eyes, arms wrapped around shoulders, inching forward onto the shaded porch outside the funeral home, it maintained its presence in the stories shared by loved ones.

Morgan students — those who knew Hannah and those who didn't — as well as friends and family members laughed almost as much as they cried. They embraced in parking lots at the funeral home and on nearby streets, allowing happy memories to navigate their way to the forefront.

The case was the same at school, where Alexus said the hallways were silent when students returned to school Monday.

"It was like you go in and you know that something's wrong, something's missing," she said.

Living in the wake of tragedy was unfamiliar to them.

"It hits you when you go into class and see an empty desk in front of you," Shaylyn said.

But the support of the McConnelsville community, student body and school staff has been unparalleled, she said, making maintaining the memories of Hannah and Donnie much easier while coping with the sorrow of losing them.

"When you're a small town, you're all a team," Shaylyn said.

Drone Guys Target Emporium

If you see something flying overhead in Emporium next week most likely it is a drone.

 Drone Guys have targeted the PA Wilds for documentation. Jim Temoshenko and Chad Raugh from Mount Jewett will be at the controls.

 The company has flown over St Marys, DuBois and other cities in the region and will post the Emporium video on the web site:

Shop Local Made Easier

The words are bantered about “shop local”, but why and how? 

 The why is because local merchants make donations to local organizations. Dealing with an out of town owner is often difficult to reach and corporate policy sometimes places restrictions. For every dollar spent at a local hardware, grocery, or retail shop 45 cents comes back to the community.
 Purchase it elsewhere and 15 cents comes back, and if you purchase online, no money comes back locally.

 The how just got easier. Saturday November 28 is Shop Small Saturday.

 A number of retail shops will participate hosting special sales and activities. To help you pick out the perfect gift, the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce web site at is offering a gift buying section. 
 Each week gifts made by artists in the region will be featured. They can be purchased using the online store, or reserved with a phone call for pick up. 
This season shop local and keep the money local.


Firequacker Duck Derby Ready for First Fork Festival

Firequacker Duck Derby Ready for First Fork Festival

A major fundraiser for the fireworks that light up the sky in Cameron County set for Saturday October 10 in conjunction with the First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park. The Firequacker Duck Derby will be held at Forty Maples Day Use Area starting at 1:30 Saturday. “All of the events coordinated by the chamber of commerce benefit all residents of Cameron County, but most of those activities take place in Emporium,” explained Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns Solak.

“In 2014 the race was moved to Sinnemahoning and we had the largest turnout for the event entering its fourth year,” Solak continued. More than 500 ducks have been adopted and will paddle down the First Fork. The first, second and third place finishers will earn their adopted trainers cash prizes.

Ducks can be adopted in Emporium until noon on Friday at the following locations: L&M Lumber, Reids Hometown Napa and the chamber of commerce office. At the First Fork Festival ducks will be available until noon Saturday at the fireworks stand where hot sausage, kraut and plain hotdogs plus soup will be sold.

This year Seneca Resources will match dollar for dollar the amount of money raised through the Firequacker Duck Derby.
 The fireworks will blast off Saturday, July 2 from the Cameron County High School.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Emporium Borough working with local apartment building owner on blight issues - The Bradford Era: News - Emporium Borough working with local apartment building owner on blight issues: News

Emporium Borough working with local apartment building owner on blight issues - The Bradford Era: News - Emporium Borough working with local apartment building owner on blight issues: News: EMPORIUM — The Emporium Borough is working with a property owner to resolve issues at an apartment house on Sixth Street.

Open House At The Emporium Fire Department

This week is National Fire Prevention Week. We at EVFD would like to invite you to our annual Open House tonight, October 6th at 6:00 - 8:00PM.

Meet your Firefighters, EMS providers, Law Enforcement, Search & Rescue, and other local service providers. This is held rain or shine. Fire truck rides will take place as well.

The weather was a little cloudy, but that did slow down the kids that came to the open house tonight. Hats off to all of our volunteer fire personnel. Cameron County is so fortunate to have all of you!

Beer & Bacon Cash Bash

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hannah Leora Lewis

Hannah Leora Lewis, 16, of Malta, died on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. She was born on June 29, 1999 in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania to Andrew and Geri Pease Lewis. 

 She was a student at Morgan High School and played the Trumpet in the Morgan High School Marching Band and Concert Band.

 She is survived by her parents, Andrew and Geri Lewis of the home, 
a brother, Dalton Lewis of the home,
 paternal grandparents, Walter Lewis of Gains, PA and Dorothy Lewis of Emporium, PA,
 maternal grandfather, James Pease of Bartlett TX, 
several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

 She is preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Trudy Pease. 

 The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the Matheney Funeral Home in McConnelsville.

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, this is a tragic loss. 


Flu Shot Clinics October 14th - Cameron County

October 14, 2015  10:30 - 11:30 AM  Driftwood Senior Center

October 14, 2015  1:00 - 2:30 PM  Emporium Senior Center 

Community Health Screening Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015



 The Flaming Foliage Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday - October 10, 11 & 12, 2015 in Renovo PA 17764 (Clinton County Pennsylvania.) 

 Observe natures's beautiful colors in Clinton County, and visit Renova's Flaming Foliage.

 Festival includes, vendors, food, arts and crafts. 

 There will be a parade on Saturday, Queens carnation and much more....

Best of luck to Taylor Johnson, our Cameron County Representative! 

One Warm Coat Winter Coat Drive

Senior Corps RSVP’ is holding a coat drive collecting new and gently used coats (children & adult sizes) to distribute to our neighbors in need. 

From Oct. 1st through Nov. 1st coats can be dropped off at the Cameron County Recreation Center & the Chamber of Commerce . 

Please join our efforts & make a difference in our community today!

Deadline Looming for Sinnemahone 50k

Deadline Looming for Sinnemahone 50k

Saturday October 17 will mark the third running of the Sinnemahone 50k. The deadline for registration is set for Thursday October 1. “Added this year is a 10k course. We hope that will introduce runners to trail courses and encourage participation in various trail runs held throughout the PA Wilds,” explained race director, Craig Hudson. All three races begin and end in Emporium. The course follows the West Creek Rails to Trails for less than one half mile and travels through the Elk State Forest utilizing pipelines and DCNR trails.

Registrations can be dropped off at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office in Emporium, taken over the phone or online at

In conjunction with the race, a community fall flea market will be held in downtown Emporium. The chamber of commerce office (814-486-4314) is taking reservations for $10.00 a spot.

Vendors Wanted for Fall Flea Market in Emporium

Vendors Wanted for Fall Flea Market in Emporium

Route 120 and Broad Street through Emporium will morph into a giant flea market on Saturday October 17. The event will be held in conjunction with the Sinnemahone 50K.

Food vendors, crafters, those selling antiques and garage sale items encouraged to register. The locations are secured with a payment. “This is a wonderful fund raising opportunity for church groups, sport teams, and organizations. The race starts at 7:30am Saturday and continues through 5pm.

The cost is $10.00 and the number of tables allowed per spot is unlimited. Contact the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office at 814-486-4314 to make a reservation.

Sizerville State Park Autumn Festival.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Sylvan Heritage table at the Sizerville State Park Autumn Festival.  It was a rainy day for everyone there. 
 If anyone is interested, there are several of the decorated jars still for sale contact Michelle Clark

 Thank you, we appreciate your support!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Basket Raffle

Everyone, please spread the word! 

Stop in at the Cameron County Courthouse to purchase tickets to win a basket filled with tons of great items!!! One more basket to be added on Monday (Winter Theme). 
The tickets are one dollar per basket, and you can purchase as many as you like. It is for a great cause! Proceeds will go to a local individual "fighting the fight " against cancer.

Please everyone, come and show your support.

These are baskets filled with amazing items from our local artists and local merchants! 
Stop by for a better description and get a first hand peek at the display!
 You won't be able to resist! 
Must be 21 to purchase tickets due to content in most baskets. 

You can also purchase tickets at FLOWERS 'N THINGS