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Monday, January 16, 2017

Rotary News

Rotarian, Chris McFall, introduced members of the CCHS Drama Club (from left to right), Amily Schatz, (Chris McFall), Jaecay Major & Ann Burt who updated the club on projects, needs and efforts it takes to put on a production.

 Each year the club puts on a fall & spring play. Ann Burt is the audio technician who works with the sound system and special effects. Jaecay has done over 10 plays, Emily helps her mom, Karen Schatz, the Drama Coach with making sets and makeup. The club is in need of new microphones as they only have 3 that are working. The group have been fundraising most recently with Flamingo project, hoagies, jams and tea party. They plan on presenting a Willie Wonka production this spring.

 Tickets for the 14th annual Wine & Cheese Rotary Fundraiser February 14th are now on sale.
 To purchase tickets, see Becky Pasquinelli at Northwest or any Rotarian.

Richard W. “Dick” Hickoff

Richard W. “Dick” Hickoff, 83, of 804 Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA died at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA Sunday, January 15, 2017 evening 

He was born December 31, 1933 in Emporium a son of the late Homer and Marion Munsell Hickoff. On September 29, 1956 in St. Leo Catholic Church, Ridgway, PA he married Janet Allegretto, who survives. Mr. Hickoff resided in Emporium all his life. A graduate of Cameron County High School, he worked as a banker until retirement. A St. Mark’s Catholic Church parishioner, he served as a Eucharistic Minister, and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Christabell Club and the Moose Lodge. He was active in several local sportsmen’s clubs as well, and coached the Emporium Foundation Little League team. He'll be remembered as an avid hunter, fly fisherman, fly-tying enthusiast and fish taxidermist. 

Surviving in addition to Janet Allegretta Hickoff are three sons, Steven R. Hickoff, Kittery, Maine; David C. Hickoff, Fenton, Michigan; Ronald Hickoff, Erie, PA; six grandsons and one great granddaughter. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Marion Munsell Hickoff.

 Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 120 E. Fourth St., Emporium on Wednesday from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Wednesday (January 18, 2017) at 1:00 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. 
 Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA 

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Benefit Dance @ Emporium Moose

The members of Emporium Moose Lodge 368 will be holding a benefit dance on Jan 14th. 

The proceeds will go to troop Weavers family.

 Also on Jan 21st we will be holding a chicken and rib BBQ and donating the proceeds to trooper Weavers family. 
Watch for further updates in the coming days for more Thanks

CPAP Day @ SMP Home Medical

Many people use these devices. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions! 

Come join us for our annual CPAP day on Wednesday, January 18th at our
 St. Marys Home Medical location.

 It's your chance to have one-on-one discussions with our Respiratory Therapists and get the advice you need (AND IT'S FREE)! WHO's will be there? Other CPAP patients, SMP Staff, Respiratory Therapists & You. WHAT is it?: Our annual "CPAP DAY" - open to public WHEN is it?: Wednesday, January 18th from 9am to 5pm WHERE is it?: SMP Home Medical 21 S.St. Marys St. Marys (next to St. Marys Pharmacy) WHY do we have it?: A chance to speak directly to CPAP experts, our Registered Respiratory Therapists, and fix your CPAP issues. Is your mask fitting correctly? Are you eligible for more supplies, or different masks? How often do I clean or replace this stuff? We’ll tell you. See all the latest styles, and newest technology

. It’s totally free to customers and non-customers – there's no obligation. Just stop in a receive your free CPAP Wipes sample and sign up to win one of our giveaways, a Contour Products CPAP Pillow. We’ll also have great special sales on select CPAP related products.
 Contact us at, or call 800-876-3442.

Loretta Forsythe

Loretta Forsythe, 89, of 1730 Bucktail Rd., St. Marys, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA Friday (December 30, 2016) morning following a lengthy illness

 She was born January 6, 1927 in Caledonia, PA a daughter of the late Albert R. and Rose Lutterotti Hixon. On December 18, 1941 in Penfield she married the late Fred Forsythe, Sr. Loretta worked, for over 33 years, at Sylvania in Emporium. She was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle in Coudersport for over 40 years. She loved spending time with her family, friends and enjoyed fishing, hunting and doing things for others.

 She is survived by two daughters, Rose (Lonnie) Whitt, Opp, Alabama and Midge (Tim) Houghtaling, Coudersport; son, Fred (Darlene) Forsythe, Jr., Coudersport; longtime friend & caregiver, Judy Pearsall, St. Marys; ten grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren; one sister, Evelyn Kephart, Penfield.

 Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, Albert R. and Rose Lutterotti Hixon, husband, Fred Forsythe, Sr. who died in 1973, daughter, Gloria Forsythe, granddaughter, Gloria Whitt; three brothers, George Hixon, Sr., Thomas Hixon and one brother in infancy; two sisters, Marie Viola and Carrie Wendell.

 Funeral Service will be held at the Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Route 6, West, Coudersport, PA on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM with Rev. John Minor, Pastor, officiating. Visitation will be at the Gospel Tabernacle, on Friday, two hours prior to the Service. 

 Burial will be in the St. Marys Protestant Cemetery, St. Marys, PA Online
Condolences may be placed at 
 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Fr. Paul’s Coffeehouse – Rosary Society Spaghetti Dinner

Fr. Paul’s Coffeehouse – Rosary Society Spaghetti Dinner

ST. MARK ROSARY SOCIETY SPAGHETTI DINNER COME ONE…COME ALL…Sunday, January 15th From 11:30AM to 3:30PM in O’Connell Hall (basement of St. Mark Church). 
Cost is $7.00 Adults, $3.00 Children 12 & under.

TAKE OUT AVAILABLE! And tickets will be available at the door or from any Rosary Society member.


Beginning at 3:30 PM In O’Connell Hall (basement of St. Mark Church)
 Enjoy great music performed by


(following Rosary Society Spaghetti Dinner)

This is always great fun for all ages…all are welcome! Free to the public.

Cameron County Community Chest 2017 Fund Drive – Jan. Update

Cameron County Community Chest 2017 Fund Drive – Jan. Update

The Cameron County Community Chest Board of Directors wishes everyone a very Happy New Year. As of December 31st, we have collected $8,089.50 toward our $20,500 goal. That puts us at 39% of our goal. Thanks to all who have contributed so far. The 2017 fund drive will stay open until September 30th.

This month’s featured organization will be the Community Nurses, Inc.

Community Nurses, Inc. is a non-profit home care organization established in 1929 that provides comprehensive services to the residents of Cameron, Elk and McKean Counties and parts of Clearfield, Jefferson and Potter Counties.

Services include: 
 • Home Health Services- provides in-home skilled medical services which include Skilled Nursing, Rehab Therapy, Social Services and Nutrition Counseling.
 • Hospice Services- provides terminally ill patients with the assistance they need to live their remaining days in the comfort of home or their nursing home residence.
 • Home Support/Private Duty-offers non-medical supportive in-home services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help people remain independent and safe in their homes. Services include, but are not limited to personal care, bathing assistance, hair care, preparing meals, laundry, shopping and respite care.
 • Adult Day Services-offers an activity-oriented, medically supervised day program for people 60 and older with physical or mental limitations. The Center is located in St. Marys and is open 8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Community Nurses can be reached for all services at their toll-free number: 1-800-841-9397, or locally at 486-1216. A comprehensive overview of services is available on their website at

No donation/memorial is too small. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to: Cameron County Community Chest, PO Box 134, Emporium, PA. 15834, Attn: Judd Schager. Help support the Recreation Board, Community Nurses, Red Cross, Friends of the Library, the Package Team, and the Garden Club.

Pancake Supper

Fall Reduction Workshop

“Emporium Senior Center will be hosting a “Fall Reduction Workshop” this March! This program is a statewide initiative to help older adults prevent falls and stay healthy. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 14th, beginning at 9am.

Before you make a decision about whether or not to participate, here are just a few extra incentives to sway you: 1) Choosing to participate in this program benefits your local senior center. Emporium Senior Center will receive money, simply for hosting this workshop, if we have at least 20 participants. 2)Prize Possibilities: One lucky participant at our center’s workshop will win a door prize valued at around $50! 3) Another lucky participant, from one of 6 senior centers, will win the ultimate prize of a new flat screen television!

Requirements to participate: Must be 60+ years of age and a Resident of Pennsylvania If you are interested in participating, stop at the center sometime Mon-Fri, 8-3pm and we can get you registered. For questions, call the center at 486-3707.”

Rotary News Jan. 5th

Brenda Porter, Interim Director & Chief Operating Officer of Penn Highland Elk’s Community Nurses described the agency’s mission and program as the guest speaker at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Emporium Rotary Club January 3rd.

In 1929, members of the Woman’s Club of St. Marys recognized the need to promote the health of the community and to provide for the care of the sick in their homes. Since its beginning in 1929, Community Nurses has developed and grown into the premier home care agency in the region employing over 275 individuals and providing home health, hospice, professional nursing care, adult day services, rehabilitation dietitian nutrition counseling, social services and community health and education to thousands of area residents each year. The agency see approximately 500 patients a day covering Elk, Cameron, McKean, Clearfield, Jefferson and parts of Potter counties. Brenda mentioned some of the changes forthcoming in 2017 with the Community Nurses including consolidation of agencies and software.

Community Nurses are located at 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA. For more can contact them by calling 800-841-9397.

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Hi everyone. Just sending out this message to let you know I will be resuming my blog posts soon. I have been ill and in the hospital but hope to be back to normal soon.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Helen " Margaret" Gratton

Helen “Margaret” Gratton Helen Margaret Gratton, 94, of Erie, PA, formerly of Emporium, passed away on December 31, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie. She was born October 28, 1922 in Big Run, the daughter of Albert and Marie Cole Mitchell.

 On May 17, 1944 in Emporium she married her husband of 68 years, James Gratton, who passed away December 18, 2012. Margaret worked in the grocery industry in many capacities and as a baker for 10 years. She had also been employed by Sylvania-Phillips in Emporium for many years.

 She was the beloved mother of one daughter, Bess Heiberger (Joe) of Atlanta GA; one son, James Gratton Jr. (Jan) of North East PA; was Grandmother to Brian Heiberger (Melanie) of Columbus OH and Jason Gratton (Sheila) of Erie PA; and 3 Great Grandchildren. 
She loved puzzles and neighboring with her many friends.

 Funeral Services will be held at the convenience of the family and are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home in Emporium.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

VFW Auxiliary Essay Contest

The VFW Auxiliary will be holding an essay contest. Below are the details with age groups. There will be prizes for each age group. This contest is to encourage kids to reach out to veterans and learn. A Veteran is any person who has served for any length of time in Any military branch....if your child is interested handouts are available at the VFW club or we can email them to you just private message us your email address. Any questions please let me know. Essays are due back by January 16th 4:00 p.m. to the VFW club or can be handed into the guidance office at school.

Learn To Quilt

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center will host quilting classes in January. Quilter Gini Schager will teach the two night class on Monday January 23 and January 30 from 6-8pm focusing on turning t-shirts into quilts.

Each student is to bring a minimum of 12 t-shirts, scissors or rotary cutter and an iron to the first class. The fee of $40 includes the stabilizing material for the back of the t-shirts. On the second night students are asked to bring a portable sewing machine, thread and additional fabric. Students can purchase fabric from Schager for an additional fee.

For more information and to register contact the chamber office at 814-486-4314.

Rotary News, Wine & Cheese Tasting Tickets on Sale

Tom Hayden, President of Emporium Forging, recently rejoins the Emporium Rotary Club. 
Tom had been a past member from 2006-2011.

(Pic- Airman) Rotarian, Dave Guloien, introduced his son, USAF Staff Sergeant, Eirick Guloien.. Eirick is a graduate of CCHS afterwards attending Penn State University. After graduating from Penn State, he entered the United States Air Force where he trained at Lackland AFB,Texas. Afterwards he was stationed at Creech AFB, a command and control facility in Clark County, Nevada, used to engage in daily Overseas Contingency Operations. Eirick was then stationed for 6 months in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Currently, Eirick is stationed at Nellis AFB Weapons School in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. The Weapons School graduates 240 students per year, mostly pilots, who are the USAF premier MQ-9 warfighting experts. Eirick is a Sensor Operator for a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper aircraft, formerly know named Predator B, which is an UAV Drone aerial vehicle capable of remote controlled or autonomous flight operations. Eirick explained some of the systems, capabilities and operations. The cost of this aircraft is $11,000,000 and measures 2.5' tall, 36' long, with a 66' wide wing span and weighs 10,500 lbs. fully loaded with weapons. The sophisticated jet is equipped with infer red cameras, chat systems that interface with other agencies and carry weapon AGM-114 Hellfire missile, an air-to-surface missile, which can hit a target from 546 yards-5 miles with a semi-active laser homing millimeter wave radar seeker.

Guests attending the meeting were Sally Guloien, Eiricks mother, and Barb Rogers.

Tickets are now on sale for the 14th annual Rotary Wine & Cheese Fundraiser February 18th. Must be 21 to attend - Ticket cost $30.00. See Becky Pasquinelli or any Rotarian to purchase tickets. See Ryan Magaro to enter your homemade wine in the contest.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Emporium CMA Church

Join us Christmas Eve for a traditional candlelight service at 7:00 PM and join us Christmas morning for a family-oriented time of celebration at 10:30 AM.

 All glory to the newborn King!

Emporium First United Methodist Church

Emporium First United Methodist Church will be holding two Christmas Eve Candlelight Services. 

The first will be at the Moore Hill campus 1466 Moore Hill Road at 4pm. 
The second will be at Emporium First United Methodist Church located at 306 S Spruce St. At 7pm. 

We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus.




Shippen Township Monthly Meeting Dates

“2017” Monthly Meeting Dates 
All meetings will be held at the Shippen Township building and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

January 3rd 
February 7th 
March 7th 
April 4th 
May 2nd 
June 6th 
July 5th 
August 1st 
September 5th 
October 3rd 
November 8th 
December 5th 

 *Reorganizational Meeting **Wednesday 

Joan Ellen Lyon

Joan Ellen Lyon was born April 27, 1933, in St. Mary’s Hospital and departed from this world with her family surrounding her on December 19, 2016 at the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.
 Joan is the daughter of the late Arthur R. (Pete) and Eulala Crawford Smith. On March 28, 1953 she married Alvin C. Lyon at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Emporium. 

Mrs. Lyon graduated from Emporium High School in 1950. She received a Bachelors degree from Penn State University in the field of Medical Technology. She worked as a Medical Technologist in Oakland, CA, St. Louis, MO, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Erie, PA and 18 years at Elk County Regional in St. Marys as the Microbiologist. In 1971 she completed additional credits needed to work in social services from Penn State and from 1971-1981 was employed by Cameron County as Director of Children’s Services. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium; VFW Post #6221 Auxiliary and the Loyal Order of Moose International. She served on the Board of Directors of Dickenson Mental Health and as Mental Health delegate for Cameron County for several years. She also served on the Mid Cameron Authority for many years, several of those as Chairperson. For 14 years she owned and operated a Personal Care Home, The Victorian Home, on North Broad St. in Emporium. She was also an EMT and served with the Cameron County Ambulance Service for 5 years. 

Surviving in addition to her husband, Al, are: one daughter, Lorie J. Walker and companion Myron R. Zwally of Ephrata, PA; three sons, David C. Lyon and wife Connie of Emporium, Daniel R. Lyon and wife Lori of Wallkill, NY, and Lieutenant Colonel Darryl W. Lyon and wife Mary of Bangor, ME; 
seven grandchildren, Nicole Lanier of Newnan, GA, Taryn Lyon of MD, Jakob Lyon of Wallkill, NY, David A. Lyon of Emporium, Brandi Lyon of Bangor, ME, Jonathan and Marin Lyon of Bangor, ME; one step grandson, Andrew Marin of Bangor, ME; one great granddaughter, Emilia Jean Lanier of Newnan, GA; 
two brothers, Gary Smith and wife and sister in Christ, Shirley of Lakeland, FL; and Samuel Smith and wife Geraldine of Emporium; and also nieces & nephews. 

A Memorial Service date is to be determined and will be announced. 
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Emporium Senior Center. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2016 Cameron County Christmas Gift Project Wraps Up

2016 Cameron County Christmas Gift Project Wraps Up

 Many thanks to all those involved in the success of this year’s Cameron County Toy Drive/Christmas Gift Program.
 As a result of the generosity of our community businesses, organizations, and individuals, 83 families were blessed with gifts; hundreds of wish list items were fulfilled for nearly 200 children in our community. What a heart- warming experience to be part of something so miraculous, made possible only by the generosity of our wonderful community.
 Keep up the great work Cameron County. Many thanks for your support. 
 God Bless and Merry Christmas!