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Friday, September 21, 2018

The Bear Den Smokehouse and Tavern

The Bear Den Smokehouse and Tavern

Under new ownership & a new name, the former Bear Den in Sterling Run reopens tonight
 @ 4pm till midnight!

Best wishes to the new owners and to another successful business in Cameron County!



We are your hometown nursing facility and are able to offer personal care units, rehab stays with physical, occupational, and speech therapies, and long term skilled services. We would like to extend an invitation to come and see what is available. Please call 486-3736 for the skilled nursing facility or 486-4939 for our personal care wing.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Friends of the Library Fundraiser

Check out the newest project sponsored by the Friends of the Library....a Chinese Auction focused on kid's books. Each container includes books and other items going along with the theme of the book. You can find books related to duct tape, rocks, Beverly Cleary, Elmo, Star Wars, Ninja Turtles and more...17 different collections. You can support the project by purchasing 10 tickets for $5. The containers can be seen at the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets can also be purchased at that location. Please share.


Friday, September 14, 2018

$65,000 in Funding, Training and Technical Support For Cameron County

Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Partners Bring $65,000 in Funding, Training and Technical Support To Cameron County

Emporium, (Sept. 18, 2018)—The Pennsylvania Humanities Council has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Orton Family Foundation to support Cameron County along the path to becoming a stronger, healthier and more vibrant community through a humanities-based approach to community development.

“We’re really excited to officially be cultivating Community Heart and Soul in Cameron County!” said Jess Herzing, Project Coordinator for The Cameron County Project. “The resources, training and funding we’re receiving from our friends at the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Orton Family Foundation, and DCED will help our project accomplish our goals of encouraging resident engagement, meeting with our neighbors, where they are, to hear their stories of what makes Cameron County such a special place to live and help us develop local volunteers with unmatched skills in facilitation and community pride building.”

Through this unique partnership among a government agency, a statewide nonprofit and a national foundation, PHC and Orton Family Foundation will provide training and technical support worth an estimated $60,000 to the county. In addition, The Cameron County Project has received $5,000 in combined funding from PHC and DCED, for a total investment valued at $65,000. “The humanities are a valuable tool for community and economic development in Pennsylvania,” said Laurie Zierer, PHC’s executive director. “We see so much positive change as residents build relationships, honor their homegrown talents and assets, and reclaim and reshape their communities.”

Since 2015, PHC and Orton have been working together to bring Community Heart & Soul®, a community development model pioneered by Orton, to communities across Pennsylvania. This month Cameron County, along with Upper Chichester, join the towns of Carlisle, Meadville and Williamsport, which have Community Heart & Soul projects underway. “This alignment of interests: the humanities, the community and the economy makes perfect sense. We all share a common goal—building communities that are stronger culturally, socially and economically. We look forward to seeing positive change unfold as the residents of Cameron County embark on Community Heart & Soul,” said David Leckey, executive director Orton Family Foundation.

 About the Cameron County Project

The Cameron County Project’s mission is to encourage resident engagement and community pride by focusing on the themes in our community that unite residents and highlighting them through a campaign of storytelling and resident-driven visioning. Since launching the grassroots resident engagement project in October 2017, completing a county-wide visioning survey using the Community Heart &Soul method and producing a community action report highlighting what residents value about Cameron County and how residents would like to see their values honored, developed or capitalized-on has been the primary goal. Through the process of completing this goal, we hope to encourage residents to re-engage with their communities, rebuild trust by ensuring residents feel heard, and encourage new voices in Cameron County to create and implement change that highlights residents’ values. This is a special limited-term project of the Cameron County Community Chest, who provides the project with the most amazing resources, guidance and oversight. They are a 501 (c) 3 dedicated to serving Cameron County. For more information or to get involved with the project please visit thecameroncountyproject.com.

About the Pennsylvania Humanities Council 

 The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) puts the humanities in action to create positive change. PHC programs and grants bring Pennsylvanians together to build avenues for civic involvement and community development, and for youth and adult learners to strengthen skills for school, work, and personal improvement. An independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, PHC is part of a network of 56 state humanities councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions. Learn more at pahumanities.org. 

About the Orton Family Foundation and Community Heart & Soul

The Orton Family Foundation is focused on building stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant small cities and towns across America. Founded in Vermont in 1995, the foundation devoted more than a decade to working with small towns to create a community development model that helps build trust and empowers residents to shape the future of their communities. Community Heart & Soul® projects are underway across the country creating positive change that is resident-driven and recognizes the value in the unique character of each place and the emotional connection of the people who live there. For more information visit orton.org

Contacts Jessica Herzing Project Coordinator 
The Cameron County Project
 814.486.0612 ext. 10
 814.335.0571 (cell) 
camcoproud@gmail.com

Mary Ellen Burd
 Director of Communications Pennsylvania Humanities Council 
215.925.1005 ext. 121
 717.756.0107 (cell) 
meburd@pahumanities.org

Leslie Wright
 Senior Associate of Marketing and Communications 
 Orton Family Foundation 
802.495.0864 
lwright@orton.org

September Meeting of the Cameron County Project

Friends of the Library Chinese Auction

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 Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library
 27 W 4th Street 
Emporium, Pa

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wiggles & Wags SPCA Fundraiser

SAT, SEP 15 AT 11 AM - 7 PM 

 Cameron County Fair Grounds 
FREE ADMISSION !
 Pet Dress up Parade starts at 11:00


We are planning many things hoping ya all have a great time.

 Pack up your family and come have a good time !

 "Pet Dress Up Parade" starts the fundraiser at 11:00 am .
 Music - Bob Spaeth Mike Echo , Glenn Lucas 

4-7 Food --BBQ by Jody Martin Burgers, Hotdogs, Floats--Twisted Sisters 

Lularoe Barbara Melillo-big truck to shop in !
 Bake sale 50/50
 Chinese Auction Baskets 
Touch Truck 

Face Painting "Pet Dress Up Parade" (Dress up your furbaby)
 Alpacas Farm Animals Vinyl Art & Pallet Pieces Wood Crafts

 Eric Leslie- Book signing- "Man on the Bench" 
Paparazzi Scentsy 

More things are still being planned.
 We are looking for vendors for this event and Raffle Items !
 If your interested here is my email tabycat410@yahoo.com 
 Questions call me 814-486-0910

Rotary News


Ken Gerg displaying his quilt made from all 31 T shirts from the
 90 Mile Canoe Race over the years.

Rotary News


Rotarian, Gary Boden, introduced guest speakers, Brad & Cheri Clinton, owners of the Lakeview Store, Cabins & RV Camping, in Sinnemahoning at the Rotary luncheon meeting September 11th. Brad is a PA native who grew up hunting, fishing and the outdoors was a way of life. Brad has over 30 years of experience in the outdoor industry both in the field and at the corporate level. He has served as a Pro Staff member for many large industry leaders including Mathews Solo Cam, Scent-Lok, Knight Rifles, and Outdoor Channel to name a few. He has been a television personality, a seminar speaker, and is recognized for his research of wild game habits both in the field and in his captive study area. He is also Chairman of the Board for the Tom Siple Foundation. Cheri works for Guardian Elder Care in Brockway.

Brad was a preacher’s son and feels God has blessed him with many talents and opportunities. One opportunity was recently purchasing the Lakeview Store in Sinnemahoning as an investment. The Clinton’s want to impact the lives of everyone and bring awareness to the surrounding counties. Cheri stated “ when someone enters their store, they want them to feel like they have waited for them all day”. Although the Clinton’s have 3 employees, you can find them most weekends at the store. They invite everyone to stop by the store or camping area.

All Fired Up BBQ Competition

All Fired Up

A record number of competitors signed up for the All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ competition Saturday, September 22. “The addition of the $500 cash prize for the mystery meat category is creating interest in the five year old event,” says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce executive director Tina Solak. Embassy Powdered Metal providing the award and Solak picking the meat that the competitors must cook. Competitors will be given the item at 6pm Friday night and must use what they bring to season and cook the unknown variety.

Nam Knights of America Allegany Chapter will kick the event off Friday night with beer sales and music on the portable stage provided by acoustic guitarist Even Gerg. The public invited to mingle with the competitors and enjoy the music. On Saturday music by Old Skool and food sales will begin at noon.

Because of the large number of competitors Greenwood Street will be closed to traffic on Friday night and Saturday. The stage will be place on the property across Greenwood Street.

The chamber is selling a new version of the All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ shirts created by Art & Ink. The orange shirts are $10 each.

Job Opening @ Dominion Powdered Metals, INC


Dominion Powdered Metals, Inc. has an immediate opening for a General Laborer position at our St. Marys, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility. The successful candidate will possess a strong work ethic and the desire to work as a respected part of our team to contribute to our company's success.

First shift position, competitive starting wage, and company paid health insurance.

Come learn the business and grow with us!

Please call and leave a message or text your initial interest to 814-598-4684.

Please also feel free to share!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

28th Annual Autumn Festival @ Sizerville State Park



Fall means changing leaves, cool, crisp autumn air and the 28th Annual Autumn Festival at Sizerville State Park. This special event will be held on October 6, 2018 from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.

 This historic festival celebrates the pioneers of Northern Pennsylvania through crafts, skills and foods! We are still in need of volunteers to assist staff with activities and crafts for children. If you are interested in volunteering or donating items, please contact the park office at 814-486-5605 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by email sizervilleee@pa.gov

 Please come join us and get a feel for what Autumn was like for the pioneers who settled this area. 
 It is a wonderful event for everyone to attend!

Elk Cam Now Streaming Live!

Pennsylvania's ELK CAM is STREAMING LIVE at http://bit.ly/PGCElk!

Enjoy viewing North central Pennsylvania’s elk country from the comfort of your own home. 
Keep in mind, the best time to view elk here is at dusk and dawn. 
You may see white-tailed deer, turkeys, and ground hogs.

The stream is the product of coordinated efforts by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTAPand the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.


Elk program and pontoon tours at Sinnemahoning

The weekend of September 15-16, 2018, Sinnemahoning State Park is offering the last regular pontoon boat tours of the season and a program on elk behavior.

Understanding Elk Behavior - Saturday, September 15, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Mid-September through October is elk mating season in PA. Learn to read elk behavior this season by understanding herd dynamics, body language & vocalizations. This free interactive program will be led by park staff in the Wildlife Center Classroom.

Pontoon Boat Tours - Sunday, September 16, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, & 1:30 PM. Join park staff for a relaxing and informative one-hour tour of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir. Last regular pontoon tours of the season. Seats are still available, but reservations are recommended. Donations requested. Lake Day Use Area.

To pre-register for a program, please visit the online DCNR Calendar of Events at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/sinnemahoning_state_park. If you need assistance with online registration or to receive more information about the programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, please call the park office at 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk or email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Driftwood Big Bass Tournament

Be sure to check out the Driftwood Big Bass Tournament on September 15! 
$25 entry fee per person and all proceeds go to the Drift Borough Park.
 Contact the Driftwood Saloon & Grill for more information!

 375 Driftwood Avenue
 Driftwood, Pa 15832
 (814) 546-2447

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Stella C. Pushcar


Stella C. Pushcar, 95, of 205 W. Seventh St., Emporium, PA died at daughters residence, Emporium, PA Friday morning (September 7, 2018). She was born March 13, 1923 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Olivett Livoto. On July 16, 1951 in Emporium she married the late Andrew Pushcar. Stella graduated from Emporium High School and during the war she worked at Sylvania. She was a member of Saint Mark Catholic Church, CD of A, and had been involved with the funeral luncheon committee at the church. Stella was an avid reader, enjoyed crocheting and was a member of the Seventh Street Card Club for over 40 years. She loved spending time with her family. 

She is survived by a son, Michael (Cheryl) Pushcar, Cheyenne, WY; and a daughter, Mary "Tootsie" (Rich) Stuart, Emporium; six grandchildren: Ryan, Megan, Jamie, Aaron, Shaun and Joel; ten great grandchildren; one great great grandson. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister, Julie Livoto. 

There will be No Visitation. 
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (September 10, 2018) at 9:00 AM 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 www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fall Ladies Conference

The Moving Wall


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Endless Mountains Jam Sept. 8th

Cameron County Project Goes Live Sept. 19th


Another one for your Calendars!

 Let's talk about the Project, #MyCameronCounty, and #CamCoPride (from the comfort of your own home) with a LIVE question and answer. *Curious what our goals are? Great! *Questions about story gathering? Perfect! *Who exactly are our partners? *Can I write a blog post? 
I'm excited to answer all your questions!

Meeting Date for the Cameron County Project


Mark your calendars and please plan to attend! We'll be providing *volunteer on-boarding* for all ­čîčNew Volunteers­čîč interested in helping us gather stories from other residents or plan fun events to encourage story-sharing and foster community pride. *Formal training to follow in October* We hope to see you there!

 "WE SEEK TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY PRIDE BY FOCUSING ON THE THEMES IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT UNITE US AND HIGHLIGHTING THEM THROUGH A CAMPAIGN OF STORYTELLING AND RESIDENT-DRIVEN VISIONING"

James F. Burgoon


James F. Burgoon, 79, of 29 E. Fifth St., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands DuBois on Tuesday morning. (September 4, 2018) He was born January 4, 1939 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Earl and Clara Hornung Burgoon.

Attended Emporium Schools and then served our country with a combined twenty years in military ( Airforce and Army). He was a member of the Emporium VFW for the last 20 consecutive years. He was a hard working family man. He ran a local printing business in the 80's and 90's and also drove bus for several years for the Cameron County School District. He also drove truck for Roberts Trucking for 10 years as an Owner Operator. He graduated from triangle Tech and became an Licensed Electrician, shortly after graduation he taught at the school for a short time. He formally retired 2004. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing with his Ham Radio's.

He is survived by two sons, Andre (Karen) Burgoon, Las Vegas, NV; and Dustin (Brandi) Burgoon, Emporium; one daughter, Clara (Sonty) Finchio, Albion, PA; four grandchildren; two sisters, Beverly Kephart, and Marian (Ken) Schuckers, Emporium. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Joan Silvis; and three brothers, John, Eugene and Robert Burgoon.

The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Tuesday from 2-4 PM followed by a Memorial Service at 4 PM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating. A military service provided by Cameron County Memorial Detail following the service.

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

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Sinnemahoning State Park Weekend Events

Sinnemahoning State Park Weekend Events

 Marvelous Migrating Monarchs Saturday, September 8, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Every fall thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate from Pennsylvania to their overwintering grounds in central Mexico. Join Sinnemahoning State Park staff to learn about monarch butterflies, their annual migration, and what we can do to help these marvelous insects to survive.

This free, family-friendly program will begin with a presentation in the Park Office & Wildlife Center classroom, followed by a short walk around the gardens and fields to look at monarch habitat and, hopefully, catch a glimpse of these beautiful butterflies. If monarch butterflies are present, the group will have an opportunity to participate in Monarch Watch butterfly tagging. Arial nets will be provided and participants will be able to help tag and release the butterflies.

Evening Kayak Tour Saturday, September 8, 6:00 PM -8:00 PM

Join the Sinnemahoning State Park staff and volunteers at the George B. Stevenson boat launch at 6:00 PM for a relaxing evening paddle on the reservoir, learn about local plants, animals and local history while enjoying the quieter atmosphere of the lake life. Bring your kayak or use one of ours!

Pre-registration is required for this free program. All experience levels are welcome, participants under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. PFD's are required to be worn for all State Parks boating programs.

Rotary News




Members of the Cameron County Quilters, (left to right) Linda Ostrum, Karen Jiang and Ginny Schager were guest speakers at the Rotary luncheon meeting September 4th.

 Karen gave a history of the group who started in 1991 as an informal get together for a group of women, and then grew to 14 members. They meet twice a month at the library where they bring a project to work on. Important to the quilters is giving back to the community and over the years they have donated quilts to many organizations for fundraisers. Ginny gave a history of quilting and displayed some of the quilters beautiful quilts and table runners. Linda had on display an old quilt she acquired from a family member with many community members names stitched on it which she has donated to the Methodist Church.