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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Paul A. "Sonny" Abriatis

Paul A. "Sonny" Abriatis, 74, of 49 Huckleberry Circle, Emporium, PA died at Altoona Hospital, Altoona, PA on Tuesday (June 21, 2016) morning. He was born December 18, 1941 in Pittsburgh, PA a son of the late Paul "Pete" Abriatis and Mildred Greiner Renton Abriatis Elder

On December 28, 1963 in St. Mark Catholic Church he married Donna Gillette Abriatis, who survives. Sonny attended elementary school at St. Ann's Catholic School in Pittsburgh and later at East Forest High School in Marienville where he graduated in 1960. He moved to Emporium and began working with his father in the construction business which he did for over 50 years, until poor health and economy forced him to quit. Together they built most of the industrial buildings in Cameron County. Sonny was a 4th° knight of the Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium.

Surviving in addition to his wife Donna Gillette Abriatis, of over 52 years are four sons, Paul (Nicole) Abriatis, Emporium;
 Michael (Beth) Abriatis, Pittsburgh;
Jon Abriatis, Emporium;
Mark (Jen) Abriatis, Emporium.
Ten Grandchildren: Ian, Haley, Autumn, Emily, Joe, Molly, Sarah, Maggie, Noah & Zach.
Brother, Robert "Bob" (Roseann) Abriatis, Mesa, AZ;
 Sister, Aloma Jean Rudolph, Emporium;
 Special Friends, Mary Jo Fiore & Joan Price.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul "Pete" and Mildred Greiner Renton Abriatis Elder; Two Brothers, James and Ron Abriatis.
 Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (June 25, 2016) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7 PM. Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA
 Memorial Contributions may be made to Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834 or the charity of the donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Sylvan Heritage Pork & Cork Scholarship Fundraiser

The Sylvan Heritage Pork & Cork Scholarship Fundraiser 

Thank you so much to all 200+ people who came out and attended our first annual scholarship event. We are completely overwhelmed with your compliments and generosity. We could not be happier with how it all came together. ❤️šŸ·.

 A beautiful day, a gorgeous location, delicious food, friends, family, townspeople, and all the others that traveled to the Andrews farm. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make this wonderful day possible!

The mission of the Sylvan Heritage Council is 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 history. 

 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. We intend to continue to be a driving force behind that cause.

Ear Plugs Needed

Ear Plugs Needed

Cameron County will blast off Saturday July 2! Fireworks will light the sky starting at 9:30pm. “What makes this display unique is the loud explosions,” says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce executive director Tina Solak. Ear protection is advised according to Solak!

The non-stop 30 minute show draws an audience from as far away as Maine, Florida, and throughout the state. Many families plan reunions around the event and camp owners mark the date on the calendar. The gates to the Cameron County High School Football stadium opens at 7pm. The home bleachers provide up close safe viewing. The fireworks committee sells food at the concession stand.

The chamber staff coordinates the display in conjunction with Weekend in the Wilds which begins Friday July 1 with a quilt show, ice cream social and music.

Big Foot Calling and Hunting

Big Foot Calling and Hunting

Saturday July 2 Cameron County hunters will take to the trails and look for Big Foot. New this year will be a Big Foot calling contest. Licenses now on sale for the annual Big Foot Hunt which benefits Mountaineer Search & Rescue.

Tombob Outdoors will film the hunt and calling contest to air at a later date. “We are excited for the exposure Tombob Outdoors will give this contest, which is one of our largest fundraisers,” says Steve Bajor from Mountaineer Search & Rescue.

Hunters must possess a $5.00 license to hunt July 2. The hunting season opens at sunrise and continues until 1:00pm. At 2:00pm the calling contest begins and prizes awarded at 2:30pm.

Licenses are available at Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, Bears Den, Driftwood Saloon and Grill, Sinnemahoning Tavern, South Park Supply, and Tombob Outdoors.

The hunt and calling contest are held in conjunction with Weekend in the Wilds in Emporium which concludes with fireworks Saturday at 9:30pm.



 JUNE 27TH – JUNE 30TH, 9:00AM – 11:30AM, AT ST. MARK’S THIS YEAR!



Friday, June 17, 2016

Shippen Township Refuse Dates

Shippen Township will be closed on Monday, July 4th for Independence Day.  

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

 Have a Happy & safe Fourth of July!

The Sylvan Heritage Pork & Cork Event

The Sylvan Heritage Council's Pork & Cork event is tomorrow! We are all working very, very hard to ensure a great time for everyone in one of the most beautiful locations in Emporium! We will be doing 5 great basket raffles (think moonshine, yoga, golf, honey/beeswax, and, of course, wine!), a 50/50, and 4 cash prizes throughout the night - so make sure you bring your wallets! 

We have local home brewers and winemakers in addition to a wide variety of north central Pennsylvania wines and beers. Dinner is by Jill and her staff at the Cabin Kitchen and music will be provided by Two Guys Drinking Beer.

 Tickets are sold out -THANK YOU!! - and we are so excited we can't sleep! See you all Saturday at 5:00 pm. Ps - We will have parking attendants to guide you, but if it's at all practical, please try to carpool.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Annual Snake Hunt This Weekend!

Northern Tier Landscape Project Complete

The Sylvan Heritage Council, in conjunction with the Northern Tier Community Action Corporation, recently applied for and received a grant to landscape the front and west-facing sides of the beautiful and historic Northern Tier Community Action Corporation building. The project was financed in part by the PA Wilds Planning Team, with a C2P2 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. Kane Lawn & Garden, of Kane, PA completed the work at the end of May.

 Shown in the photo are, left to right: Randy Metcalf, Deputy Director NTCAC; Jan Hampton, PA Wilds Planning Team; Lori Reed, Cameron County Commissioner; Chrissy Slusarick, Sylvan Heritage Council President; and David Greene, Executive Director NTCAC.

 Stop by and take a look if you haven’t already!

Afghan Raffle

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Emporium Borough Council talks levee issues with Eldred Borough officials

Emporium Borough Council talks levee issues with Eldred Borough officials: EMPORIUM — Members of Emporium Borough Council are in contact with Eldred Borough officials to share information on levee issues.

Celebrating 50 Years

The District is celebrating 50 years of conservation in 2016. 

The District will be hosting a celebration at the Andrew's Farm on June 11th from 1-5 pm. Join us for a fun afternoon with live music, a live Birds of Prey program, kid crafts and a picnic to follow.

Time Running Out

Time Running Out

PA Wilds Juried Artist Julie Mader offering a two night scarf painting class at Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center. Students of all ages welcome, but the class size is limited to 10. Mader will teach a technique called gutta which allows the scarf to painted rather than tie dyed.

The class will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 20 and 21 6-8pm. The cost is $27.00 and includes all materials. Registration is available online at or by 
phoning 814-486-4314.



A couple from Maine, with family living in Emporium issuing a challenge to businesses and individuals that love the July fireworks. Erik and Mary Jo van der Kaay live in Kennebunk Maine, but travel for the Zito family reunion each July, which coincides with the fireworks. The family is willing to match up to $1000.00 in donations received between now and July 2.

“I am at a loss for words,” says Tina Johns Solak, a member of the Cameron County Fireworks Committee. “The generosity is overwhelming.” If more than the $5500.00 is raised before July 2, the show can be expanded.

Donations can be accepted at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office or by mail at Cameron County Fireworks, 34 East Fourth Street, Emporium PA 15834.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Cameron County Food Bank

Cameron County Food Bank

The second Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Collection Sunday. Please bring a nonperishable food item and drop them in the designated location of the church. If you would prefer a monetary donation, please place an envelope in the collection that is labeled “Food Bank”. Thank you so very much for your help to provide food to individuals and families of Cameron County. Cameron County Community Food Pantry is a ministry provided by the Cameron County

Ministerial Association.k you so very much for your help to provide food to individuals and families of Cameron County. Cameron County Community Food Pantry is a ministry provided by the Cameron County

Ministerial Association.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Celebrate National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day

 Saturday June 4, thousands will hike trails across the United States. In Cameron County the day will be celebrated with a hike on Bear Hollow Trail which is on PA Game Lands. 

 Nelson Haas will lead the group. Hikers should meet at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce at 9am. The nearly 4 mile hike includes a 440 foot climb from Hicks Run and then an 840 foot decline to Route 120.

 The event will be held rain or shine and hikers should dress accordingly, bring a light snack, and water.

New Sign At The Little Museum

The Little Museum in Sterling Run opens for the season with a new sign! 

 Standing along the side the new Little Museum sign are John Kautz, President of the Cameron County Historical Society and Michael Wennin, Director of the Lumber Heritage Region as the museum opened its doors to kick-off the season.

 The new sign could not have happened without our loyal members and visitors donations while visiting the Little Museum the past few years, which provided the Cameron County Historical Society the necessary matching funds for a reimbursement grant from the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania.

 The twenty-five hundred dollars we received for this project is being financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Recreation and Conservation

. The purpose for grants of this nature is to fund projects that promote heritage and nature-based tourism in our region, and it already has! As soon as the new sign was installed the overwhelming impact from the public was an immediate positive feedback, to our new look and that the sign now displayed the days and hours we are open. 

 The new sign has inspired various groups to schedule their visits including a few groups who requested tours before we officially opened. Making this project an immediate success story.

 Don't forget to add a visit to the "Little Museum" on your list of things to do this year, we're open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 PM. 

We look forward to your visit.

Facade Improvement Program In Emporium

Sylvan Heritage Council 110 East Fifth Street Emporium, Pennsylvania 15834

Dear Emporium Business Owner: The Sylvan Heritage Council, in conjunction with the Borough of Emporium, has recently embarked upon a cooperative faƧade improvement program for businesses located in downtown Emporium. This program will allow you to stretch your faƧade improvement dollars, as it will fund an approved project using the following three-way match: one-third of approved costs will be paid by the Sylvan Heritage Council, one-third by the Emporium Borough, and one-third by you, the business owner – up to a total project cost of $4,500. (Of course, your project costs may exceed this amount, but the SHC and the Borough will each only fund $1,500 per project.) The grant comes with the following conditions:

1. The funding is to be used for the benefit of one (1) business and that business shall be located in in the Borough of Emporium, with higher priority being given to businesses located along Fourth Street or East Allegany Avenue, from bridge to bridge, in keeping with the recently completed “Trails and Feasibility Study.”

2. The business/property owner must fill out an application detailing the nature and the cost of the proposed improvements to be made. The Sylvan Heritage Council will then review the application and make the decision to award the grant to the business if the specified improvements to be made fall in line with our committee’s plan for faƧade beautification. Examples of appropriate facade projects include such permanent improvements as awnings, painting, signage, doors and windows, and landscaping.

3. The payment to an awarded business shall be made on a reimbursement basis, upon inspection and satisfactory completion of the project, and funds must be matched dollar for dollar by the business/property owner, up to $1,500.

If you are interested in applying for this funding to improve the facade of your business, please fill out the enclosed application and return it to the address above by June 17, 2016. Please direct any questions you may have to Christine Slusarick (486-0583). We look forward to receiving your application for this funding and remain committed to the improvement and beautification of our community. Sincerely, Sylvan Heritage Council

Facade Improvement Committee Applications are not attached here. 
Please pick one up in the Emporium Borough Building.